Pittsburg First Christian Church, Fredonia First CC, Trinity United CC in Cheney, and churches in Iowa have worked in a little village in Santa Emilia, Nicaragua for several years. Their focus has been on health care and education.
“We would like to thank the Southeast District for the generous contribution of $1500 for this Nicaragua project,” said project leader and Pittsburg pastor Pat Nixon. “This will help some of the poorest people in the Americas. Most of them survive on just a few hundred dollars per year.”
So far the mission group has built a pre-school, provided a clinic, remodeled a church, built flushing toilets for the schools, brought electricity to the schools, built a couple of bridges, and, most importantly, brought clean water to almost every house in the village.
“When we began working few houses were within access to water, and that water was contaminated with everything from chemicals to sewage,” said Nixon. “Now most houses have access to clean water every day.”
They are now looking to expand that water system to another couple of dozen houses that were not included in the original plan.
Another project that is in the works is a footbridge across the river. From about May through October there are frequent and heavy rains. In the mountainous area, the river rises quickly and substantially. Those who are on the wrong side of the river simply cannot get out to go to work or school.
February 19-26 a mission team will go on a work trip to the village to assist with these projects. If you are interested, please contact Patrick Nixon at 620-231-1430 or 316-833-0948.
A Kansas regional mission trip to this village in February of 2021 is under consideration.