El Ayudante - Leon, Nicaragua

    The 2020 Nicaragua Mission Team is forming. Travel dates are June 20th-27th. The team is open to all LUMC Sr. High students, parents, young adults and other adults who are actively involved in the ministries of the church including worship, service, fellowship and Bible Study. 

    PLEASE NOTE: We continue to watch the political situation and our trip will be dependent on the continued safety of teams and stability of the country through 2019-2020. Please pray for our friends at El Ayudante and in the surrounding communities as they continue to minister God's love.

    Please contact Marlene Passarelli (marlene@lynnhaven.church) if you have questions or need additional information. 

    Sunday, October 20, 2019
    Noon in the Youth Room

    General info can be found HERE.
    Application can be found HERE.
    Trip Forms can be found HERE.

    You can read about our ministries in Nicaragua from this and prior years on FACEBOOK.   We're slowly migrating all our older blog entries from prior years (2007-2014) to our Facebook page.  If you are interested in photos and comments from those past mission trips, please visit our older WordPress blog  HERE

    In 2006, LUMC began a relationship with El Ayudante in Leon, Nicaragua.  The ministry of El Ayudante was born of a call to share God's love and care with the many orphaned and abandoned children in Nicaragua, the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  A beautiful child protection center (HCN) was built that for many years provided a loving home to over 30 orphaned or at-risk children, and became a model for centers throughout Nicaragua.  As the government's focus turned to closing all child centers and returning children to their families, El Ayudante undertook to rehabilitate and reunite the families of its precious children by helping parents overcome addictions, gain valuable job skills and find employment.  When that was not possible, EA sought “forever homes” for the children through adoption. El Ayudante purchased land and mission teams built safe and secure homes close to the center for the children's families so the children could continue to come to the Center each day before and after school to receive nutritious meals and assistance with homework as well as regular healthcare and spiritual training. Our team loves to spend time with the children at the center and many team members’ families have forged lasting bonds with the children through child sponsorship. (Learn more about the Child Sponsorship Program at www.nicamissions.com.)  

    Through the mission teams it hosts each year, El Ayudante continues to share God's love in local communities. Teams from LUMC have traveled annually to serve with El Ayudante. Our ministries have included VBS-type programs in neighborhood schools, churches and community centers; sports camps; medical and dental education and clinics; construction of homes, kitchens, latrines and community centers; visiting the prison; providing clothing and assembling and delivering care packages and water filters in surrounding communities. All these ministries have allowed team members to work alongside and spend time with families of local communities and the staff of El Ayudante.

    We are excited to be part of God's work in Nicaragua and invite you to be part of this ministry through your prayers and, if you are so led, your financial contributions. You may make a tax-deductible donation by check to LUMC (memo:  Nicaragua Missions) which will help fund ministry by future teams.