At Friendship Church we’ve made a decision to staff the Friendship Bible Institute in Jinotepe, Nicaragua. We visit twice a year to teach the bible to area pastors. Our hopes are to maximize the spread of God’s word in the most efficient way possible. In the end we believe that teaching other pastors so they might teach their people is the best way to do this.
If you’re unfamiliar with Nicaragua then here are some interesting statistics that can be found at the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
These devastating political, economic, and environmental events left the nation in a precarious development position for the new century. The landscape ahead will be challenging for the people of Nicaragua:
Economy: Nicaragua is the fourth poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Its economy is based mainly on agricultural exports, and dependent on coffee, sugar, beef, and seafood exports, along with some manufacturing.
Health: Malaria and tuberculosis cases continue to increase and one out of three children suffers from chronic malnutrition. Forty-six percent of the population does not have access to sustained sanitation services.
Environment: Large-scale commercial and slash-and-burn agriculture have decimated Nicaragua’s forests and left the land vulnerable to landslides and droughts.
Human Rights: Approximately 76,000 landmines (left over from the Contra war) continue to kill and maim hundreds, particularly children. Domestic violence remains a severe problem, while indigenous people’s access and rights to land are a constant issue.
Women’s Rights: Family violence (55,000 reported cases) and sexual violence are two of the main issues; yet they are routinely unreported and unresolved due to social stigma and legal inaction. Wage discrimination and sexual harassment also persist.
Youth and Education: Only 29 percent of children complete primary school, and only 5 percent of disabled children receive an appropriate amount of attention from instructors.
Community Development: Nearly 46 percent of Nicaraguans live below the poverty line. Poverty also results in child labor, which affects more than 167,000 children and adolescents.
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