A Reflection by Steve Rorrer
Sure, there is plenty to do in your own backyard. Hurricanes, tornadoes, mudslides, flooding….you name it and you could respond to it. So why Nicaragua?
For me, it has been a way to broaden my perspective on the world and the beautiful people that live in it. It has also been a way for me to understand that God is not always concerned about us simply performing a task. He is as interested, if not more so, in us connecting with each other….developing relationships. You will do this not only with those on your mission team but with many of the Nicaraguan people.
Just this past year, we began working with a new community in the Leon area which was particularly heartwarming. Observing the simplicity of those that would seem to be “lacking” or the “have-nots” will likely impact you the like the way Jesus does when he turns the tables and changes the way you see things.
Those that are lacking have an abundance of the things that you may be lacking. Their love for each other is strong. Their faith in Christ is overflowing. They are happy, joyful and thankful with the basics. They have a sincere understanding of where their blessings come from and they remember and are grateful for them.
All of this changes your perspective on many things. Suddenly, your “things” aren’t as important as the relationships you have and the time you have to spend with others.
You see life in a more simplistic way…..actually, in a more faithfully rooted way….realizing that God does provide and you can rest in the grace and peace of that assurance. You will likely gain a better understanding of who you are, what God may be calling you to do or be, and come away with a brighter light in your heart.
You might go to Nicaragua with the attitude that you will change their lives and solve their problems. Sure, you will make a difference, but the most surprising difference will likely be the way the experience changes you. You might even learn a little Spanish 🙂
Dios te bendiga!
Stever Rorrer, member 2015 and 2016 Hyde Park Mission Teams to Nicaragua
The 2017 Nicaragua Mission trip will be Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2017. The first information meeting for prospective team members will be at 6 p.m. April 3, 2017 in Knox Hall Room 150 at the Hyde Park campus, 500 W. Platt St. Learn More.
El Ayudante, our mission partner in Leon, Nicaragua is accepting applications for Mission Team Liaison.
Every year, our Nicaragua Mission Team members have an amazing experience serving others at the El Ayudante mission. You can now join this life-saving team as a Mission Team Liaison! The Mission Team Liaison will help promote the mission of El Ayudante by coordinating with visiting Mission Teams.
Click here for the job description.
Click here for the application.
Questions? Contact Vicki Walker.
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The Executive Director’s Report
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Connie Di Leo, a missionary in the Dominican Republic supported by Hyde Park United Methodist, thanks Hyde Park’s Little Dresses for Missions! Click here for more news.
Good news Wycliffe Bible Translators, has finished an initial draft of a Kandas version of the New Testament! They are one of our mission partners supported by your generosity. Kandas is an Oceanic language spoken in Papua New Guinea.
Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation is a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Hyde Park United Methodist partners with missionary families in Brazil and Papua New Guinea.
View a message from the missionaries we partner with, Pat and Melenda, below:
Dear Hyde Park Friends,
Thank you for your prayers and faithful support. The Kandas language team above are celebrating the completion of the initial draft of their New Testament. In May, I will be doing the final check of several of their Epistles. Your support is enabling this language group and many others to move towards their final New Testaments. PTL! And thank you.
Pat & Melenda
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Papua New Guinea
PO Box 180595, Casselberry, FL 32718; (407) 488-8385
Executive Director’s Report
February 23, 2017
Would it surprise you to learn that the Society of St. Andrew’s work of gleaning continues year ’round? Even in the depths of winter, there are table crops growing all across this country.
In fact, your gifts helped the Society of St. Andrew arrange about six gleanings every single day during the month of January, sending 1,424 volunteers into fields and packing houses to pick or gather healthy fruits and vegetables for their neighbors in need!
Florida citrus, Georgia kale and broccoli, Carolina sweet potatoes, Mississippi and Virginia apples, and Alabama collards were just some of the great food you shared through the Society of St. Andrew in January.
Large truckloads of potatoes, mixed greens, and bananas, and even 30,000 pounds of fresh eggs were sent to places as diverse as Oklahoma, New York, Wisconsin, West Virginia, New Jersey, North Dakota, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky, Illinois, Washington DC, California, Virginia, and South Carolina-and that’s all between January 1 and February 3, thanks to support from caring people like you!
Altogether, in the first month of 2017, with your help 5.8 million servings of nourishing food made their way to the tables of our hungry brothers and sisters.
This good food means that they can go to school or work well-fed; it means that chronic illness can be better managed through healthier eating; and it means that the heat bill can be paid or medicine purchased, because you’ve helped them save a few dollars on their food bill. When you are struggling to get by, even a simple bag of apples provides health-and hope for a better tomorrow.
It would be difficult to overstate the good you are doing day after day, through your ongoing support for the Society of St. Andrew’s work. Leveraging partnerships with farmers and feeding agencies, mobilizing volunteers to glean in fields, and growing a broad, grassroots network of neighbors helping neighbors across the United States, you keep good food out of landfills and get it to the people who need it most, at a cost of only 3¢ per serving.
Thank you for believing in this cause; for telling your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about the Society of St. Andrew; for your prayers for this work and for the people we serve. Thank you for your time in volunteering; and thank you for your financial support that allows the ministry to keep going and growing.