Granby church prepares to send 23 missionaries to Nicaragua
July 2, 2010
On July 8, 23 missionaries from the Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church in Granby will make their fourth trip to Nicaragua to continue their work in construction and health care education in villages there.
The Lord of the Valley works with Trinity Lutheran Church in Denver as well as Habitat for Humanity to build cement block and adobe houses in the villages. They have also created optical and dental clinics to provide dental checkups and eye exams, providing antibiotics for tooth infections and eye glasses for those who need them.
At the clinics, they have created a children’s ministry, where the village children can spend time playing games, singing songs, listening to Bible stories, and receiving education on basic public health practices while they wait for their parents.
Health care education is a main focus of the mission, teaching both children and adults everything from handwashing, to teeth brushing, to knowing how to make toothpaste when they run out. Nicaragua has the highest percentage of adolescent pregnancies in the world, and this year the mission is adding a women’s health program that will teach the values of abstinence, STD prevention, and will provide care for pregnant women.
The mission hopes to create a more sustainable environment for the communities they visit.
“The idea is for them is to come up with the desire to be able to carry out what we started,” says Carmen Covington, coordinator for Mission Nicaragua.
This year’s mission will last 10 days. Although fundraisers for the mission have ended, Lord of the Valley still sells fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate at their church in Granby. All proceeds benefit Mission Nicaragua.