Nicaragua: What’s the Big Deal?
by: Jon Thompson
Spoken to anyone who has come on an HOI mission trip to Nicaragua? If so, they probably recruited you to join them on their return trip! Of the six confirmed trips to Nicaragua this year, four are repeat groups that came in 2014. So, what’s the buzz about?
The buzz is about the unique community of Los Robles. A community of 2,100 residents living and working together in ten different sectors of some of the most beautiful coffee country this world has to offer. The buzz is about Nerys Blandon, local leader, health promoter, and mother of three that coordinates community outreach and education for the local health center. People are talking about Finca El Peten, the 250 acre organic coffee farm that is home base for HOI in Los Robles. We still hear comments from folks about how impactful the home visits, vacation bible school, and community projects were.
2015 promises to be a continuation of the great work led by HOI mission groups in Nicaragua since 2013. The Los Robles Health Center is fully operational, the local water filtration program continues to expand to more families, and community projects are in queue for as many mission teams as we can recruit.
Regardless of what people remember most about Nicaragua, it is clear that those who have come definitely want to return. They saw how local families work to address their needs, and how our small and dynamic team on the ground facilitates the inclusion of mission groups in the most culturally appropriate ways. They were also treated to some rest and relaxation in the colonial city of Granada, situated on Lake Nicaragua, adjacent to the beautiful Mombacho Volcano. Who wouldn’t want to return?
Nicaragua and its people await you.
Jon Thompson, HOI Nicaragua Director