A Missionary Moment

Central America - August, 1999

The Moravian work in Central America began when a gift of land from the last King in the Western Hemisphere came into the hands of the Moravian Church. In 1847 an exploration was made, it was reported to the Synod in 1848, and in 1849 the first four missionaries arrived. The work has had a long history of growth and new areas of ministry in spite of much political turmoil. There are now 100,000 Moravian Christians in Central America.

In Nicaragua, evangelistic, education and medical ministries have become the main thrust of the Church. Translation of the complete Bible in Miskitu will be completed for the 150th Aniversary in March of 1999. Work has been carried on in English (Creole), Miskitu, and Sumu (Mayangna) of which there are at least five dialects. A strong sense of joy has always been present in the lives of those who have accepted Christ in this land.

Honduras, to the north, with the same Indian population was a natural step. This was begun by Howard Storts in 1931 and continued by others who shaped the Church there. Evangelistic, educational and medical ministries have been the main thrust, although agriculture and vocational training promise great rewards for the people.

During the Sandinista war, thousands fled to Honduras, Costa Rica and the USA. Our work in Florida is the result of them wanting their church. In Costa Rica we have a number of congregations made up of Nicaraguans, but evangelizing the Spanish speaking people as well.

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