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Dear Friends of Heart4nicaragua,
I am writing to you about an urgent need to which I have recently become aware. Brenda and I just returned from a trip to Nicaragua, where we spent a week specifically visiting pastors, their families, and the churches Project 14 and I will be helping. It was a great time to see the potential for the work in Nicaragua and to assess some of the urgent needs of these ministries and some of the future needs as we move forward. We also visited the south campus in Diriamba, where Project 14 has recently acquired a 28 acre campus, complete with feeding stations, a medical clinic, mission group housing, and 4 churches that are part of that mission station. It was encouraging and enlightening to see the work the Lord has called Brenda and I to minister.
I am writing to ask you to pray with me about a burden the Lord has laid before us. While I was visiting these churches, I found that there were needs in over half of these churches that are the basics of a functioning church. Understand, that in these churches, they are located in the most needy areas, places that most of us would never dream of serving. To say they are economically depressed would be an understatement. In one of these churches, church members walk for miles to attend services and the offerings for the month are not 1/3 of what it would take to support a national pastor. At another church, it is down a road that, in our country, would require a 4x4 truck and where our vehicle was the only one in front of the church. Suffice it to say that these churches are not about the money. I know this may be nothing new around the world, but it is important to never become calloused to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ that are serving desperate areas around the world.
This is what moved my heart and I am asking you to pray with me about resolving this need. While I was in Nicaragua meeting with the local pastors, the theme I heard again and again was heartbreaking. I sat across from pastors who told me they needed Bibles, coloring pages for Sunday School, gospel tracts and discipleship materials. My heart was touched and my eyes were wet, when I realized that these men were interceding for the needs of their flocks, and not for themselves. It literally broke my heart to hear this. I could only imagine as a pastor,if I did not have a bible to give to a new convert, or to have gospel tracts to give out to the lost around me. Once again, we are not talking about churches who have squandered their resources, we are speaking of churches who have no financial resources to meet the basic needs of their ministries.
I am opening a new opportunity called Project Make a Difference. Jude 1:22 advises us, "And of some have compassion, making a difference". Project Make a Difference will be funded with the sole purpose of providing physical resources to churches in Nicaragua who do not have the basic resources such as Bibles, tracts, and discipleship materials. 100% of the funds donated will go to these churches for these specific purposes. These are not funds for missionary support, church support, or pastoral support. Those kind of resources can be provided in other ways. But Project Make a Difference will finance only material, physical needs of these churches. Many I have met while on deputation have offered to help in any way possible, should the opportunity arise. Here is our chance to make a difference for Christ in Nicaragua.
-How can we expect a new convert to grow in the Lord if they have no Bible to take home and study?
-How can we say we to these precious people that we care about them, when we see a immediate need, but fail to act to solve the need?
- How can we that have been blessed so greatly, neglect to use our resources to be a blessing to others?
I am asking if you or your church will consider giving directly to this urgent need. This can be through a Sunday School project, a one time love offering, or adding this to your mission budget. I will send regular updates of what has been raised and exactly how it has been utilized, ie. how many Bibles, tracts, etc.have been purchased. If you are an individual, you are welcome to give as well, but I would encourage you to speak with your pastor first about this, as I am a big believer in the local church.
If you can help with this exciting project, please email me your questions or that you are going to help with this. Monies donated can be sent directly to our Mission Board with a note attached designating it "Crawfords/Project Make a Difference". They will list this as designated for this mission of purchasing Bibles and other material resources. Any money sent to us for this purpose will be forwarded with the same designation. You may send a check and instructions to add this to "Crawfords/Project Make a Difference" to:
CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
or go online to donate at:
I realize that many are financially strapped for cash or unable to help, so I would ask them to pray that the Lord would send in sufficient resources. For some it could be a Sunday School project, others maybe a 5th Sunday offering, and then for others a small sacrifice like one less snack or value meal.I am not necessarily looking for large donations, just a little pocket change that could benefit a great change in someone's life.
Will you help us be a blessing to our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua by contributing to Project Make Difference? The Bible tells us in 2 Cor. 6:9 that if we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully. it also admonishes us that the early Corinthian church (I Cor 16:1-3) gave to the needy church in Jerusalem, and were encouraged to do so on a regular basis. This is missions participation at the grassroots level, helping directly those that could use it most. My point is that even a little bit of help on our part can go a long way to encouraging pastors and churches in Nicaragua.
As always, I have committed this to much prayer and would be happy to speak with you personally, to answer any questions you may have. It is my hope that once a month or even once a quarter your church may be able to help where it is needed most. God bless you and thank you for taking the time to read about this burden.
Doing all we can,
Theron and Brenda Crawford
Missionaries to Nicaragua