Word & Deed first became involved in Nicaragua after Hurricane Felix, a category 5 storm, tore through the country. Relief was provided through food, pumps, cleaning supplies in order to obtain clean drinking water from their wells, and eventually building supplies to repair their village. At that time a repair and expansion was also done on a Christian school. Today, Word & Deed works closely with Carlos Coffin (Administrator) to provide the local people with new methods to grow food for their families, while preaching the Word of God at every opportunity.
- Agricultural/Vocational Training,Theological Training
Word & Deed is supporting an Agricultural Commercialization project which is training locals in eight communities in the sustainable production of several crops (e.g. rice, bananas, and beans). The project involves micro-credits, training in family business development, and the development of Christian leaders through worldview training. The first few years of the program were very small scale (subsistence farming only), but we have now come to a turning point. Our partners are seeing a growing number of farmers beginning to apply what they are learning in a consistent way and seeing good results. From the beginning, our partners wanted to address both the physical and spiritual needs of the program recipients. To this end, they share the Gospel at every opportunity. Each meeting begins with prayer and a biblical reflection. In addition, they are currently providing two groups of pastors and Christian leaders in two different places with a basic level of formal Bible training (40 people from different communities are involved). Students meet every month for three days and are taught by two facilitators who are undergraduate and master students with Miami International Seminary (MINTS). All participants also share the teachings in their local churches to further strengthen the faith of Christians.