I was privileged to lead a group of Shandon members to Nicaragua last week, August 6-13. Through a variety of ministry activities—construction, VBS, adult ministry, and door-to-door Gospel sharing and food distribution—we saw God work in an area of the world that has very little materially.
We partnered with a local village church whose building was made of cinder blocks and no air conditioning, but their love for the Lord and enthusiasm for serving him was very evident. Worshiping with them in both English and Spanish was a great experience and a true glimpse of heaven, where we know that every tribe, tongue, and nation will worship together (see Revelation 7:9).
The beauty of a cross-cultural mission trip is that God not only uses you in an environment that is outside your comfort zone, but he also confirms that ultimately, we have similar needs, hopes, and dreams. God works and unifies his children, despite significant language and cultural barriers.
One wonderful surprise was an invitation to teach in the public elementary school near the church. We presented the Gospel to 80 children, many of whom may have never heard the Good News before. We also delivered much-needed school supplies, which were greatly appreciated by the teachers and students.
I really want to encourage you to go on a Shandon mission trip. You will have a great time, make new friends, and God will expand your vision as you minister in Jesus’ name. As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15 and Isaiah 52:7).
Thank you for financially supporting mission trips, both through giving to our general budget and giving directly to missions through the Go.Serve. Fund. Your contributions are making an eternal difference in the lives of both trip participants and the people we serve.