Recently, a team from the Quinalt Baptist Church in Kennewick traveled to Dario. The following is an account from one of the team members, the Pastor of QBC.
This summer I had the privilege of visiting Dario Christian Academy with a group from my church, Quinault Baptist Church. This is the third straight year we have been able to send a team and my first year going - I hope it’s not my last. This year’s team was our largest, consisting of 9 adults, 1 teen, and 1 toddler.
My goals for the trip were:
God far exceeded my goals and expectations. He most certainly used our presence as a blessing, but far deeper and wider than I had even prayed for. Our first Monday there we were able to help put on a teacher appreciation day.
What a joy it was for us to get to know these big-hearted, loving, hard-working servants of the Lord. And what a blessing they were to us when at the end of the day they recounted to us how much it meant to them that our church was part of the ministry God is doing through the school, and that we would travel so far just to be with them. And then our last Monday in Nicaragua we had the opportunity to help facilitate a staff appreciation day (staff means everyone not a teacher - security, cooks, custodians, etc). Our team was impressed by the dedication and servant hearts of the staff. We all had a fun day playing in the ocean, doing team building exercises, and eating delicious food. And then again(!) at the end of our day the staff wanted to express to us how much they appreciated us and all we did for the school. Here we went to be a blessing with our presence, and our presence with these brothers and sisters blessed us.
During the week we had time to interact and participate with the students. I led a discipleship time with high school students on Wednesday, and our team had activity stations after school for the younger students Thursday and Friday. For about 90 minutes after the discipleship time Wednesday I was able to visit with two great young men. And this was not an isolated event - over and over throughout the week connections were established and names were seared onto our hearts and prayer lists.
Dario Christian Academy is an exciting and enriching place and people. I was impressed to see first-hand the quality education the students are getting. Not just quality for a poor country, but a quality education. The teachers and staff aren’t just doing a job, and they know it. They are investing in the lives of these students and sending them out into the world as lights for Christ.
I pray that our partnership with Dario Christian Academy will not just be sustained, but grown. A partnership with Dario Christian Academy is a partnership in the gospel.
Thank you so much for your faithful and generous support of Compassion in Action. Please continue to help us get the word out about the ministry and increase support if possible. Our financial reserves are very low and diminishing some each month as per the chart above. We are trusting God to provide exactly as He sees fit and will make decisions accordingly about our operating budget and ministry scope moving into 2015.