Missions with AMOS (A Ministry of Service) to Nicaragua
Read more about this trip in the Lent 2018 issue of The Clarion, our parish magazine
On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 18 caring members from St.
Wilfrid’s, Faith Lutheran Church in Meadow Vista, California, and Church of the
Messiah in Santa Ana, bolstered by the support and prayers of parishioners,
friends and family, departed for a 10-day trip to Nicaragua where they would help
support the work of AMOS International.
AMOS stands for “A
Ministry of Sharing”
and that is indeed what this amazing organization does. The whole model for
their work is based on the mutual responsibility of AMOS, the delegations that come to serve and the communities
that are served. The point is sustainable change. Communities must request AMOS assistance and commit to a long-range
plan for improving health conditions and education in order to receive AMOS support. Once AMOS and a community reach a mutual
understanding and agreement and begin working with consejeras,
or health promoters then plans are launched to send a delegation to install
water-filtration systems, set up health stations to get a baseline for the
health of the community, and promote early child development.
On this trip, our delegation operated in two
different locations in Nicaragua with a little more than half going to the
rural community of La Majada and the remaining members of the delegation
staying on the AMOS campus to
support a construction project on-site and serve the local community of Nejapa.
Many of us from St. Wilfrid’s had never been on a mission trip before, let
alone in another country. We did not know what to expect and were wary of the
unknown. In spite of our anxiety and fear, we held on to the stories and
experiences that other members of our team had on their prior trips. We all
worked hard to manage our expectations and prepare for the unexpected as best
as we could.
But how can you prepare for the unexpected work of God?
You can’t, really, and it was clear that God was at work behind the scenes with
an agenda that belonged to God alone. It is an understatement to say our
mission trip was extraordinary and amazing.
Many members of the team have already expressed a desire
to go back! However, we are all grateful that we went and were able to have had
an impact on the communities we served. Of course, it is really the impact the
communities had on us that will be the most lasting impression. For 10 days, we
all felt the nearness of the Holy Spirit and saw the light of Christ burning in
the faces of some many and that is indeed a God blessing!
The members of the delegation want to express heartfelt
thanks to all those who supported this trip with prayers as well as, material
and financial donations. Your support helped us and AMOS help so many others!
For more information about AMOS
and how you can help please visit www.AMOShealth.org