Nicaragua Missions

Summer 2017 • Dates TBA

Every year a mission team from our church First Baptist Dover, Florida travels to Nicaragua to provide relief and aid to the people there. We specifically concentrate on the plantation area outside of Jinotepe called Tanque where the workers live. While there, we pass out clothing, rice and beans, cooking oil and blessing bags, which contain personal hygiene products. We also visit the local retirement homes, maternity wards and the local women’s prison. As far as physical work, we replace the leaf and plastic roofs of their modest homes with well constructed tin roofs. Anything we can do or provide is a blessing to the people there.

The highlight of week is a three day crusade we in hold in the Jinotepe town square. The service consists of Christian music groups and local pastors preaching God’s Word. Hundreds have been saved over the years at these services. This is truly a “field white for the harvest!”

What type of work will I do on a short-term mission trip?

Our efforts include church service projects, preparing blessing bags, giving out rice, children’s vbs , giving out clothes , roof construction and handing out flyers for the crusade.

Do I need a passport?

A valid passport with a minimum of six months before expiration and at least two free pages for entry/exit and visa stamps are required for international trip participation. For domestic trips, a valid state issued ID is required. These you are required to obtain on your own. Visit www.travel.state.gov/passport for more information.

What does the trip cost cover?

The trip cost includes : (Average cost from previous years)

Airfare: plan on $600.00
Food: $130.00
Hotel and breakfast: $150.00
Transport: $65.00
Airport / taxes: $10.00

Total= $946
Passport= Adult $140.00 16 and under $120.00

What is not covered in the trip cost?

Immunizations, airport snacks and optional recreational activities. During training, you will be informed of any additional expenses for free-time recreation.

Why is the deposit of $215 due?

The deposit is your personal commitment to the mission. Deposit will cover your hotel and transportation once you arrive to Nicaragua.

 Why is the deposit deadline so early?

Planning for an international team trip involves back and forth communication with embassies, travel agents, hotels, transport providers, missionaries and, sometimes, medical professionals. Also, depending on the cost of your trip, deadlines are strategically given to allow you plenty of time to support raise. Applicants who apply late may be accepted if there is still availability, but will still be responsible to meet all the obligations of the trip on time, including deposit due dates.

What immunizations are required?

Each country has its own recommendations and requirements. The government has a website which we use as our guide: www.cdc.gov/travel. Once you are accepted to the team, you will be made aware of recommendations and requirements. We, as a church, will give you the freedom to prayerfully consider recommended immunizations, but you must get any required immunizations. Some immunizations take several weeks to take effect, so plan early. Suggestions made by us are general. If you have special health needs, direct your questions to your doctor.

Does my trip have to be paid in full before I go?

No. Only deposit. Deposit will cover your hotel and transportation once you arrive to Nicaragua. Airfare and food will be purchased on your own.

Sunday
• Arrive in Managua
Monday
• Community Work
Tuesday
• Community Work
Wednesday
• Community Work
Thursday
• Community Work
• Crusade
Friday
• Community Work
• Crusade
Saturday
• Tourist Day
• Crusade
Sunday
• Return Home
 Like most equatorial nations, Nicaragua is hot. There are two distinct seasons: a dry season from November to April with light rainfall and a wet season from May to October when heavy rainfall occurs. LWI works in the coastal regions and team members should expect highs in the 90s and lows in the 80s. Plan to drink lots of water and take time to rest in the shade to avoid heat exhaustion. Be sure to bring a variety of clothing, as the temperature can swing from hot to cool.

Central Americans as whole are overwhelmingly kind and giving and Nicaraguans are no different. Respect is an important element in relationships, and Nicaraguans can be formal to show respect. You will experience the hospitality, goodness, and friendliness of the Nicaraguan people as you live with them throughout the week.

 

Special Cultural Issues to note:

•             Latin American culture is generally very proper, so be polite and use good manners. Do not be abrasive, aggressive, and demanding. Seek to communicate grace and be peaceful in your words and actions. Body language communicates so much more than you will ever realize – you can communicate what is in your heart with your face and your body.

•             Latin America is a male‐dominated culture. Whether we agree with it or not, as we are coming into their country, we must respect that. Women, you will need to dress extra modestly. Do not hold extended eye contact with men, and do not allow your body orientation to become too close as you may communicate something you do not intend to. Men, you can set a great example through your interactions with female team members and the local women. Your actions will be watched and you can effect positive change with your interactions.

•             Morality is very important to Nicaraguans and they have very high standards for Christians. Your Christian witness could easily be hurt by something that might not be considered offensive to North American Christians. For this reason, it is very important that there is no consumption/use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco; no use of profanity or innuendos, or inappropriate displays of affection.