Weston United Methodist Church - Nicaragua Covenant
There are so many hurting in the world. Can a small church in the suburbs make a difference? Our congregation in Weston is making a formidable effort.
Vision Statement: The Covenant between the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, our Covenant partner La Iglesia de Cristo de Nicaragua, and our mission partners in Nicaragua was formed to accompany one another in solidarity as a response to the unjust and inequitable differences between the North and the South, the rich and the poor. We envision a world where all life is valued equally and the basic rights of human dignity, health and education are available to all.
Below is a listing of partner organizations as well as corresponding programs supported by our Mission Committee along with individual Weston UMC contributors:
LA IGLESIA DE CRISTO (AICN) Education Program - The Nicaragua Covenant supports scholarships for children in six AICN primary schools, all located in poor communities: Maranatha, Las Flores, Camino a Emaus, El Nazareno, Cincoyo, La Cruz Verde. Also supported by the Nicaragua Covenant were technical scholarships for 12 AICN students.
LA IGLESIA DE CRISTO (AICN) Children’s Lunch/Nutrition Program – We supported four lunch/nutrition programs within the poorest barrios of the AICN.
LA IGLESIA DE CRISTO (AICN) Women’s Sewing Program - The Women’s Sewing Program provided classes for women in four locations: Managua, Nandasmo, and Leon, and Carasel. Graduates from these four locations as well as a craft-making program in Managua equip women with skills enabling them to become self-sufficient.
EVANGELICAL METHODIST CHURCH (EMC): Our Amanecer Mobile Health Clinic (AMHC) served EMC communities most in need.
AMANECER MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC (AMHC): The AMHC is a nondenominational program served 40 barrios throughout Nicaragua, visiting every six weeks. Medical/dental care along with medications was provided for free to these communities, most of which have no other access to health or dental care.
STOP HUNGER NOW has partnered with us in providing nutritionally balanced food packets for our Children’s Lunch/Nutrition programs.
EL PORVENIR: The Nicaragua Covenant in partnership with El Porvenir, a long standing organization providing clean water in Nicaragua and Haiti, completed our third Community Well Program in the isolated mountain community of Las Mercedes.
FUNDACION NITCA: In support of this community program, we have supported scholarships for 6 technical students, 24 high school students, and one university student from the barrio of Laureles Sur.
Flow-Through: Many of our Weston UMC church family members are generously supporting the programs of the Nicaragua Covenant as well as supporting monthly scholarships for young people in need. Although the university is free in Nicaragua, the money is needed for books, school supplies, shoes, lunch and travel expenses. This year, the following students are being supported by WUMC members:
We continue to be blessed by a wonderful sister church relationship with La Iglesia de Cristo Maranatha. Pastor Roger Amador, his wife, Fanny, and his three children Daniela, Rebecka, and David all share in the life of the church. Pastor Roger and his congregation prayed for us every Sunday just as we pray for them. For over a decade, we have shared our joys and concerns and grown in our love and concern for one another.
We look forward to sending another Nicaragua Covenant Mission Team representing Weston UMC in the upcoming year.
We give thanks to God and to all of you for your generosity and loving kindness to the people of Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Within our journey of walking hand in hand in solidarity with the poor, we have been blessed in abundance. In the words Micah 6:8 ~ “What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk.