Our primary purpose while in Nicaragua was to partner with IMB missionaries Loren & Karen Dickey, as they oversee Operation GO Nicaragua. The primary task of Operation GO is to get the Gospel into the hands of every person in Nicaragua. This is done through Gospel saturation and showing the Jesus Film. During this week our team of seven worked alongside Pastor Francisco who is a local church pastor in Las Sabanas Nicaragua. Francisco has a heart for reaching eight neighboring villages surrounding Las Sabanas. Our team was able to go into two of the remote villages (La Victoria & Aruse) passing out the Gospel of Luke and sharing the film.
During our time of ministry in La Victoria and in Aruse, as we showed the Jesus Film to 100 plus individuals and families whom we had visited over the span of two days, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the urgency with which we share the Gospel. Not only that, but what it must be like to finally have someone come into your village (which can only be reached primarily by foot, horse, donkey, or in our case Land Rover SUV) to share the Gospel message.
As I sat there with my team and the Nicaraguans watching the visual depiction of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection I wondered how many were seeing and hearing the Gospel for the first time. How would they respond? Would they cry, be amazed, wonder, or maybe not care? Then I thought how many times I have seen, heard andread the Gospel account. Would it affect and impact me now, just as it did the very first time I understood what Christ had accomplished for me.
I also began to think about how far we drove to get to these communities and then hiked to get to these homes. Who would go if we didn’t? Who would share the good news if we hadn’t? As Carl F.H. Henry is quoted as saying, “The Gospel is only Good News if it gets there in time.” I came away from this trip with a much deeper devotion to the Gospel, to evangelism and to taking the message of Christ to those who have yet to hear.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ “ – Romans 10:14-15
Written by Ryan Martin