By: Elba Isabel Duson
Global Missions Coordinator – Mesoamerica Central Field
As a Global Missions team, we were recently setting goals and planning dates for the coming calendar year. Part of that process included looking back on successful and important events where God had moved powerfully last year. It made me realize that I had still not published a few testimonies and articles from 2022. Therefore, in this and in the following entry I would love to “right that wrong” and show you some great things from our mobilization ministry, even though they occurred five months ago.
A Cross-Cultural Orientation (CCO) was held for the first time in the Southeast District of Nicaragua from September 16-18, 2022. 33 participants from the four districts of the country were present, among them young people with a missionary call, superintendents, pastors, and district leaders.
Pastor José Alberto Fajardo Altamirano from the Southeast District shared: “I never thought I would have a CCO in my district. Participating was a wonderful experience. God spoke to my life in an incredible way. He fully confirmed my call and helped me clarify many things about missions. The CCO is an activity where people can truly realize if they have a call to missions or if becoming a missionary is just a fleeting emotion.”
Days before the meeting, Global Missions (GM) leaders from the four districts of Nicaragua and part of the GM team from the Mesoamerica Central Field met for a retreat where they interceded for the life of each participant and asked God to speak to their hearts and clarify their calling. As a result, each of the moments lived out in this event was an unforgettable experience for the participants.
“I was greatly impacted by one of the activities carried out during the weekend. It changed my way of perceiving missions. From now on as a pastor I feel committed to supporting, participating, and involving my congregation in the work of the Lord with more passion until I find future missionaries and develop them.” –Pastor Wilfredo Aguilar, South District
God is calling more and more workers. Once again, we can say that the Cross-Cultural Orientation is a guide, the first step that the GM ministry offers us to be part of the Lord’s cross-cultural harvest.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37–38).