Recently, Vision Nicaragua had the privilege of holding a fundraising banquet in Asheville, NC. The theme of the evening was entitled “Hand in Hand: Commissioned.”
An at-capacity crowd joined us Saturday, Feb. 25th where we shared an evening of worship, dinner, and message given by Anne Graham Lotz. The event left many attendees speechless, encouraged, and challenged only being able to utter the words, “Wow! God is so good!”
If you were not able to join us, you truly missed a blessing! The message that Anne Graham Lotz delivered was universal: the Gospel. Her message came alive as she shared the story of a young boy who was given the opportunity to go to the local town circus only to come home to give the report of the parade that was on Main Street. He never made it to the tent where the actual circus was held.
Anne challenged us to live for more than just the parade on Main Street, but that we are all invited in to the “main event” being a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
For many of us, this message was especially applicable to our own lives! Lotz went on to declare…
“We can hold truth in knowing we are saved, be well-versed in the scriptures, and attend church every time the doors are open. Yet, as Christians, we are often simply standing idle and watching the action take place before us.”
Ultimately, as believers, we are called to be followers of Christ. But, once we “enter the tent” and experience the power of the Gospel ourselves we can’t help but share it…it becomes an overflow. As we are entrusted with the Gospel, it’s the “love of God that compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14) to go to places like Nicaragua to share the truth that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to be His hands and feet. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands us,
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
God calls us to go into the nations; this can be your place of work, the homeless shelter down the road, the Boys and Girls Club in your own town, or an international mission trip. The point is this: Jesus has called us! So, my question for you is, “Will you stand on the sidewalk? Or, will you follow the calling of Christ our Lord and serve Him?” Following this command doesn’t mean you have to go on a mission trip with us, Vision Nicaragua. (Although, if you are interested we would love to talk to you about it!) But, maybe that means you start an outreach ministry where you are or get involved in an already existing one, serving and loving on people who need to know the teachings of Jesus Christ! …Will you go Hand in Hand to the nations?
We want you all to know that your support through donations, gift bags, sponsorships, etc….that you ARE making a difference! The Lord is using you in more ways that you may know!
If you are interested in becoming involved with Vision Nicaragua this year and furthering the Great Commission email us at email@example.com.
Guests were able to share they prayers and visions for the future of Vision Nicaragua.
Our fearless leader Daren Pinkerton & Anne Graham Lotz
Nicaraguan Coffee and Hand Painted Ornaments from the village of Bethel.