While Nicaragua is ostensibly a Christian nation, the transformative power of the Gospel has been suffocated by the same secular form of Christianity we see in the United States. Many know the name of Jesus and have perhaps had a relationship at one time with a church, the life-changing aspects of Christ love is rarely in evidence.
Granada, Nicaragua has a great amount of economic diversity within its city. The tourism industry reigns supreme and there are many opportunities for employment and income within that industry. However, the disparity in income levels between individuals who speak English or have computer skills can be as much as 400%. That can mean the difference between feeding a family or not.
We build relationships in the community trying to "be Jesus" to the world around us. This includes:
- Discipleship classes
- English classes
- Ministry at the jail
Pastor Jeff Thackston
Growing up on the mission field for most of his youth, Pastor Jeff never imagined leaving the U.S. other than to serve on short-term mission trips. But, it was on one of those ministry tours to Granada, Nicaragua, that Jeff fell in love with the Nicaraguan people. When most men his age are contemplating retirement, Jeff is joyfully answering God’s call to embark on a new adventure by serving in the Nicaraguan community of Granada through Uno Mas Ministry.
Joy Community Church "Joy", O'Fallon Missouri has been the living link partner since this grassroots mission began in 2015. Partners at Joy have committed to providing Uno Mas with support that includes a Mission Committee, financial supporters, prayer partners and IT support.
- Mission Committee: Sharon Placatka, Jim Haalboom, Jennifer Barbey, Debra Selinger, and Kevin Gambill.
- IT Support: Chris Selinger