The Refuge Ministry Center

 
 

It began with a dream...

With 2017, NLN begins our sixteenth year in Nicaragua. The Lord has been faithful over those many years to give us vision for ministries that care for orphans and at-risk children and families. Vision for ministries that demonstrate God’s love to his people in very practical ways and ministries that support and grow the local church. He has also given us vision for ministries that takes place in communities on property that we own and utilize. A place where we can adapt and grow according to God’s leading and the needs of the community. It’s been a dream of ours for well over a decade to own such a place.

Refuge Ministry Center main entrance looks like something out of a C.S. Lewis novel.

Refuge Ministry Center main entrance looks like something out of a C.S. Lewis novel.

In July of 2016, faithful to the vision He had given us, our dream became a reality when we signed a contract on a beautiful piece of property. Nestled amidst six impoverished communities and nearly four and a half acres, adorned with every tropical fruit that can be imagined; avocado, mango, orange, lime, lemon, cacao (chocolate), olives, almonds, just to name a few. Beautiful hardwood trees touching the heavens; Spanish Cedar, Laurel, Mahogany and many more. Also on the property, a house and many out buildings that will be converted for ministry use. Honestly, it exceeds our dreams in every way!

The drive into the main guesthouse.

The drive into the main guesthouse.

All of this was possible due to the generosity of a few friends and A Cause for Tea, a nonprofit in North Carolina. At signing we were able to pay half down with two more ballon payments due in June 2017 and 2018. Since signing we’ve engaged architectural and engineering services and the designing has already begun. Nearly two hundred meters of wall have already been built thanks to Zarephath Christian Church in New Jersey. Our property is coming to life and it’s so exciting to witness and be a part of what God is doing. We are already partnered with a local church and they are having prayer times, leadership retreats and youth meetings on the property. God is already using this property for His glory even before we’ve built anything. How exciting is that!

One of our prayer gardens.

One of our prayer gardens.

Over the coming months we will be sharing more about our property and the vision God has given us for transforming these six communities. Exciting times lay ahead with many fun projects and finally a place to stay for people who want to come and be part of it, both long-term and short-term volunteers. Chris is already calling it “The Refuge”, so we will see what the Lord has for us. 

The wall that Zarephath Christian Church built.

The wall that Zarephath Christian Church built.

A Cause for Tea's next event is May 6, 2017 in the Monroe/Charlotte area of North Carolina. We would love to see you there and enjoy some fine tea all while celebrating A Cause for Tea's admirable goal of empowering women and children the world over. It's going to be a lot of fun! All of the information you need is on A Cause for Tea's website.

Todays mangos and avocados. When i think about this property and the natural beauty I'm reminded of John 4:38, "I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor." What a blessing!

Todays mangos and avocados. When i think about this property and the natural beauty I'm reminded of John 4:38, "I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor." What a blessing!