Greetings from the not so rainy season in Nicaragua! We are beginning to get a bit of rain but still need much more in many areas for the crops to grow. We appreciate your prayers for the many Nicaraguans who make their living in agriculture.
Here is a quick update and a few prayer requests:
Bruce has begun visiting pastors in different areas of Nicaragua. He has been up to Chinandega and San Benito as well as Malacatoya. On each of his visits he is taking a national pastor with him to help encourage the church planters. This week, he delivered 4 bee hives to pastors who have begun studying beekeeping as a way to support their families and churches. We are grateful for a generous donation from a fellow beekeeper in the US to make the start-up possible for these pastors.
The ICP class of 2015 is nearing graduation! There are 3 modules left and then they will graduate on December 2. December 1 will be a Family Day at the ABWE Ministry Center for the current and former graduates and their families. We look forward to this great time celebrating the birth of several new church plants.
We are already planning the 2016-18 ICP. It is exciting to already have another group of men waiting to start the church planting training. We have been blessed with donations that have made the ICP possible for the last 8 years. We are now in need of more funding to continue this program. The students are asked to cover the cost of transportation the ABWE Ministry Center themselves. Many are coming from 2 hours outside of Managua, so even this is a sacrifice for them. We are covering the costs of lodging, food, and materials for each of the 3 day modules once a month for 2 years. We project the cost to be $250 per year, for the next 2 years, per church planter. We estimate the next class to have 20 men! Would you consider supporting a church planter? That’s the potential for another 20 churches in the next 2 years! One time gifts and monthly donations are both appreciated and can be directed to Account #0725313 by mail or by visiting www.abwe.org/give.
Please pray for Bruce as he travels September 4-7. He will be speaking at the Children’s Bible Mission 80th Anniversary National Conference in Valdosta, GA.
Please pray for the current ICP students as they wrap up their studies.
Please pray for the former graduates of the ICP as they persevere through many trials they face.
Please pray for funding for the next ICP.
In an effort to conserve costs, we are moving our website. Effective immediately, please visit www.bruceandlauraedgar.weebly.com Our current site will only be functional through the end of September 2015. Please also note, our only e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce and Laura