Prayer Update: 8/27/18
Outwardly, the situation has calmed on the streets of Nicaragua. Many of the roadblocks have been removed by government bulldozers. Protesters have gone into hiding due to clandestine arrests and threats to life, limb and family. Unemployment has increased as 215,000 have lost their jobs due to companies closing early, or leaving the country to do business elsewhere. Political opposition has been labeled "terrorism" and brings the automatic penalty of 5-30 years in prison without benefit of legal counsel. Hooded "enforcers" keep the fear levels up as they do the "clean-up" work. Medical personnel who treated the opposition wounded have suffered job loss, arrest, or even death and many have fled the country.
This appears to be the new normal of Nicaragua as people try to get back into life. Universities have reopened in the past 2 weeks and, though student levels are down due to many, many of them fleeing the country, those who remain are thankful to move forward with their studies. So, what's the hope? That God has planted His church in Nicaragua and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
The Blessing of God school in Nandaime has continued with classes through all of the uprising. They have been affected financially as unemployment has risen in that area but they remain faithful. The farm has produced a bumper corn crop and the school raised more than $250 in a corn festival selling several different corn and guineo (small plantains also harvested from the farm) treats. We are needing to return to the country to look for land again and move forward on the vision God has given us. Now, more than before, we must walk in step with the Sower of the Seeds of the Gospel who is calling us to prepare, plant, and harvest for His Kingdom.