Misión Para Cristo Serves and Evangelizes in Nicaragua
by: Stafford North | March 11, 2019
Misión Para Cristo (Mission for Christ) is an international development mission and registered NGO in the Jinotega and Matagalpa (Northern) Region of Nicaragua focusing on the spiritual and physical needs of the people. The mission was started with God’s blessings by Benny and Donna Baker and continues to be directed by them. Since 1997 the mission has been serving the people of Nicaragua by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through opportunities of service. The mission accomplishes this goal by helping the church meet three basic needs: Body, Mind and Soul.
The work began in 1997 with one evangelist and twelve members in the church. A medical clinic was opened in Jinotega as an outreach of the church to the community. Initially, Benny and Donna traveled to Nicaragua several times a year while continuing to work in local ministry in Arkansas and Louisiana. In 2001, through the support of the church in Minden, Louisiana, they worked half-time with the mission and the other half with the church. In 2005, thanks to the Garland Street congregation in Plainview, Texas, the Bakers went full-time and moved to Jinotega to afford them the opportunity to work more closely with the mission.
On August 1, 2013 the Grapevine congregation in Grapevine, TX assumed the oversight of the mission. God has blessed this work richly. Today the mission works with twenty-eight congregations, eighteen full-time Nicaraguan preachers and four part-time preachers with Sunday attendance of over a thousand adults and children
In 2009 they expanded their Institute for the Preparation of Workers thanks to Sunset International. Now this part of the work has six locations with over 250 students. Also thanks to Spanish Literature, Big Three Bible Bowl and World Bible Translation Center the mission started a Spanish Bible Competition. Thanks to Uplift at Harding University, the mission also sponsors a national youth day “Uplift Nicaragua.” Working with Linda Landreth and Eastern European Missions, the group has translated into Spanish her material on Character for Kids. The mission also works with Spanish Literature to get their material into Nicaragua in container shipments.
The mission now works with eight congregations in the Chinandega region, and with an additional eight congregations in the Estelí area. WBS they has adapted their first lesson for Nicaragua and have secured 10,000 Bibles in Spanish, personalized for distribution.
Other activities include vocational and spiritual development for those in the Waswili prison and service for the indigenous river region that borders Honduras with the help of the Saturn Road congregation. The mission now operates thirty schools with over 2,500 children. All schools are certified by the Ministry of Education which allow them fifteen minutes a day for Bible study.
Over 40,000 people are served each year in the missions’ medical ministry with a full-time medical clinic. They also serve over 10,000 children a year with treatments for parasites and providing vitamins. The mission also serves women expecting children and has mobile clinics. Groups from the United States come to provide health care in cooperation with this mission. Each year they also provide large amounts of food, medicine and school supplies.
The most important element of their work is to incorporate evangelism into every service they provide. Before they start work in a community, for example, they make it clear that they will share the good news about Jesus as part of their service. The mission and the churches work with over thirty-five groups coming from the US each year to help share Jesus and serve people.
For more information on this work or to assist in what they do, call them at 318.560.2868 or go to www.misionparacristo.com.