Need and opportunity pave the way for outreach in Central America and the Caribbean.

By May 13, 2004

Central America (MNN)–Nicaragua is one of 16 nations picked by the United States for more financial aid.

The money is coming through a Millennium Challenge Account earmarked for economic growth. It’s one more step the country is making to end the grinding poverty plaguing its people.

At the same time, the Dominican Republic continues to struggle. The government there trying to keep from sinking into irreversible economic damage.

Both areas are facing a crossroads in change. Many families are beginning to see the value in education as a way out of generational poverty.

Worldwide Christian Schools’ Steve Guerink says a combination of need and opportunity means open doors for outreach in Central America and the Caribbean.
Worldwide is looking for teams to help build schools in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. “The schools that we’re working with, a lot of them fall into the category of poor and developing communities, and, without our assistance and help, there’s no real good way that they can receive the Gospel of Christ through Christian education.”
Guerink explains they’re getting teams ready to go for this spring, but they’re also trying to fill spots for fall and winter.

WCS is partnering with the Nehemiah Center in Managua, Nicaragua in a project to reach a new ministry group within the country of Nicaragua. They’ve helped build and assist schools in economically depressed regions of the country. They’re looking for volunteer teams to help us build this new school portion of this new ministry center.

Another projec t there is the Gameliel School. WCS will be constructing a second floor on this school. Last year, the rebuilding of the first floor by a team from the Midwest resulted in a wonderful increase from 77 to 110 students in the school.

The San Rafael School also needs one team to construct a classroom addition on this school.

In the Dominican Republic, teams will focus on school and classroom construction projects. They anticipate10-15 volunteer building teams will be needed between right now and September- December.

Of the qualifications, he says, “The most important element is not whether you are skilled in a trade, such as construction, the most important part about going on a missions trip is ‘do you have a servant’s heart?’ and ‘are you willing to go and be used of God?'”

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