American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

AMOS:
A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope

AMOS - A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hopejust celebrated ten years of service to the people of Nicaragua. Their ministry of sharing health has made a remarkable difference in the lives of those in rural areas of the country. They have trained local citizens to become Community Based Health Care Providers who provide basic health care services that save lives; services that would be hours away and certain death if not for their presence. AMOS also initiated the water filters (Waters of Blessing), made from two five-gallon buckets and a ceramic filter that makes dirty stream water 99% pure. The use of water filters reduced infant mortality to under 1%. Health is improved in Nicaragua because of the efforts of AMOS and your support. Praise God! The second AMOS goal is hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What will bring “hope and a future” to the people of Nicaragua? Before we look this question, please consider this: What did you read today? Where did you read it? What are you using to read this? When was the last time you bought a book or borrowed one from the library or a friend? Do you have your own computer or do you use one at the library?

Now imagine your home without books and your community without a library. Perhaps you want to teach your child to read but the only book you have doesn’t relate to anything you child has ever seen or can imagine. There are no book stores to visit or funds available to purchase a book. There is no computer to order a book you want delivered within a few days, no ability to read a book on the computer or a devise. On top of that, you don’t know how to use a computer or possess the opportunity to learn how to use one!

“Hope and a future” can be made possible through access to books and computers. Now that the young children are healthier, statistics show they are not developing mentally as quickly as they should. They lack stimulation that stories and play provide. They need books!

Many of the jobs available to the youth are computer related but they need to be educated in computing. They need access to computers and training opportunities.

In April 2018, ABCOPAD is partnering with ABCNY on a very ambitious mission project to build a ‘cyber box’ (computer lab) / library for the community of Nejapa. AMOS is partnering with ConTextos to provide a core library collection and training for teachers to improve the literacy of the community and their access to books. (Literacy rate for Nicaragua is 82.8% - people over 15 who can read and write) Funding is necessary for all of this to happen. The core collection of 500 books makes the average book price $8.

Please be in prayer for this project and the beautiful people of Nicaragua. If your heart is so moved, please donate; ‘buy’ a library book, help to nourish hope and a future. Thank you for your generosity and prayers.

A FEW FACTS ABOUT NICARAGUA 

  • Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America after Haiti. Poverty is largely a rural problem in Nicaragua, although there are pockets of poverty in the capital, Managua, and in other urban areas. Close to half (43 per cent) of the people in Nicaragua live in rural areas.
  • In Nicaragua, approximately 30 percent of the population lives on less than $2 per day. In rural areas, poverty rates are especially high, where 50% of households live in extreme poverty.
  • In Nicaragua, the school year runs from February to November and elementary education is free and compulsory. However, facilities are inaccessible to tribes in remote areas where it is still customary for children to work for their parents from a young age.
Check it out!  2018 Mission Trip To Nicaragua