There have been significant changes for Students International here in Nicaragua in light of the political climate. One of the most significant changes was moving out of the base where we were we have been renting for the last several years. It belonged to another non-profit organization that was forcibly closed. In essence, our organization became homeless.
Ministry continued. Our staff and teams were out in the communities, and we pivoted to hosting teams at local hotels. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t feel like the fullness of who we are and what we do. We explored dozens upon dozens of properties. Most of them could not meet our needs. We did find one potential option, negotiated a drafted a rental agreement, only to have the deal fall through last minute. Then this happened again…..and then again.
In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We were confident that this is the place for us to do ministry and we had the assurance that God had a place for us…. “but what Lord? Where?” We moved out of our old base one year ago and moved everything into storage. Since then the old property has been seized by the government (Thank you Lord we weren’t caught up in that!).
One year later we are excited to announce that we have a new base location!
We have been able to negotiate a long-term lease and signed it in August. We have been doing some necessary maintenance and have begun some remodeling in order for us to host teams. We have more dreams and plans for developing the base that will be coming in the near future. We are excited for this new location, it’s more centrally located for our ministry sites and allows us to continue ministry in the same communities that we have been investing in for the past 12 years. We are excited to be able to host teams again, bringing students and the communities together to experience the Holy Creator.
We have been taking refuge in the Lord this past year, and we want to echo what the psalmist writes in Psalms 34:8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Come, celebrate with us, taste and see that the Lord is good.