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Ministries request aid for Nicaragua flood victims


Church members in Nicaragua formed a human chain to cross a rain-swollen river as they returned from a recent gospel campaign.
“God was with us,” said Dr. Erick J. Garcia, who led the campaign to Ciudad Dario, north of Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. Soon after they arrived in Dario, heavy rains washed out bridges and roads between the campaigners and their home in Jinotepe, Nicaragua.
After the campaign, several of the church members got sick. They likely waded through contaminated water on the way home, Garcia said. Despite the hardships, the campaign yielded 11 baptisms.
Garcia, a Nicaraguan physician, is director of the Biblical Institute of Central America (BICA) school in Nicaragua.
He and fellow Christians are doing what they can to serve the people of their Central American homeland, beset by months of heavy rains and floods.
Tropical Storm Matthew added to the region’s misery, killing four people in Nicaragua. Since March, 54 Nicaraguans have died due to the rains, according to news reports. Thousands more have been forced from their homes.
The rains also have ruined crops, and food prices are skyrocketing, Garcia said.
The Northside Church of Christ in Temple, Texas, is collecting funds to help flood victims in Nicaragua.
Another church-sponsored ministry in Nicaragua, Mision Para Cristo, also is collecting funds. The ministry is based in Jinotega, Nicaragua.
“As we look to serve those affected by the rains, our areas of focus are food, medicine, shelter and concern for their emotional and spiritual needs,” said Benny Baker, the ministry’s director.
CONTRIBUTIONS may be sent to Northside Church of Christ, P.O. Box 3868, Temple, TX 76505 or Mision Para Cristo, c/o Highway Church of Christ, 128 Highway Church Ln., Judsonia, AR 72081.

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