DetailsDate Submitted: June 28, 2018 Country: Nicaragua
For years, Nicaragua has been known as the safest country in Central America. Although the country is second poorest in the hemisphere and most people struggle to make ends meet, the economy was growing which provided hope for development and advancement. A little over two months ago, everything changed when protests against Social Security reform unleashed violence that surprised everyone. So far, there have been about 200 deaths and 1500 injuries, as well as looting and arson, and the economy of the country as a whole has been seriously damaged.
The government has issued invitations to some international organizations to investigate, and a National Dialog with participation from the government and different sectors of the business and civil society is being attempted, but right now there is not much consensus. While a few sections of the country have been able to continue with some degree of normality, other areas, like the one where we live, have almost come to a complete standstill. Road blocks have stopped traffic on highways and smaller barricades have blocked access to side streets as people attempt to protect their cities and neighbourhoods. The Pan-American highway, a trucking route that connects all of Central America, runs through Dolores and connects us to the capital city of Managua. It is currently blocked in several spots so our cars haven’t been able to leave the house since the first of June.
Currently, we are walking the kilometre between our house and the assembly. Evening meetings have been moved to 4pm so that everyone can be home before dark. We are fortunate that this is a small town that hasn’t had much conflict, and most of the Christians live within walking distance so we have been able to continue with most of our meetings. Some of the assemblies nearby have had to cancel most, if not all, of their meetings. Most people in this area are not able to get to their regular jobs, although some have been creative in looking for other forms of income.
We have stockpiled some food in our house, and some grocery deliveries are getting in from a neighbouring town, so we are not in danger of starving. As we live on a dead-end street and are slightly removed from town, everything at our home has been very calm and tranquil. Sometimes it’s actually disconcerting to be in our cozy living room and hearing the news of the sorrow and danger that people are facing just a few miles away.
We welcome your prayers at this critical time for Nicaragua, and especially for:
-peace and justice
-contentment with the timing and will of the Lord
-the safety of the Christians and that the Lord will supply all their needs
-the ability for the Christians to meet together
-the ability to move around freely and preach the gospel
-that in the midst of all of the conflict hearts may be turned to seek the Lord
Note from MSC: Please also remember Mitch and Lori Parent and family who are still in Nicaragua in similar condition