God uses NGU in Costa Rica
Dr. Bill Cashion, professor of evangelism and missions at the North Greenville University graduate school, led a team from NGU and local churches on a mission trip to Costa Rica from July 8 -16. The team partnered with Costa Rican Baptist churches to strengthen existing churches and start new churches through evangelistic services, one-on-one personal evangelism, music, and evangelistic drama presentations.
The team was comprised of 21 members. Representing NGU were: Beverly Hawkins, chairperson of the NGU board of trustees and a student in the masters of Christian ministry (MCM) degree program; MCM student Michael Archer; undergraduates Morgan Bryant, Elizabeth Snipes, and Samantha Snipes; Marnie Daniel from the NGU theatre department; and MCM graduate Buddy Robbins.
During the week, the team had the privilege of returning to Iglesia Bautista del Norte (North Baptist Church) in Piijes, Costa Rica. Last year, the NGU team and local area churches were the first volunteer group to ever serve in this remote area.
“It was a blessing to see the fruit of last year’s labor in the lives of those who came to Christ and in the numerical and spiritual growth of the church,” said Cashion. “Please pray for Pastor Carlos Salazar as he disciples believers in a very poor and needy area of Costa Rica.”
After a few days with the North Baptist Church, the team traveled to Nicoya to work with the Ebenezer Baptist Church and pastor Jorge Corrales. The team spent one day visiting door-to-door in a new work area where Ebenezer Baptist Church is planting a new church. The team also visited the community surrounding Ebenezer, conducted evangelistic services at night, presented puppet shows, led a women’s conference, and presented the drama, The Redeemer. A highlight of the week was the opportunity to minister to students and staff in a government-run day care center. In addition, a special evangelistic outreach was held in the city plaza of Nicoya.
The praise team made up of NGU student Morgan Bryant, NGU staffer Marnie Daniel, and Fairview Baptist Church of Greer members Kate Durham, Ashley Blevins and Marlee Daniel presented a concert. The team members witnessed to many in the crowd and saw ten people accept Jesus Christ. Another ten surrendered to Christ when Cashion used a large EvangeCube to share the gospel following the concert.
In the rural and city locations where the NGU team served, a total of 85 people accepted Jesus Christ. Please pray for the two churches as they follow-up with those making decisions for Christ. Similar reports to this one from MCM student Beverly Hawkins could be given by every member of the mission team.
“There was a mom, grandmother, son, and the son’s friend at one of the houses where we stopped. The grandmother went inside and cut us some fresh mango and brought it out for our group to eat,” said Hawkins.
“The mother listened intently. She said her son had been wanting to know more and that had made her consider doing something different. She accepted Christ that day,” Hawkins said. “After we had prayed with her, her son drove up from a sports practice with his friend. We presented the gospel to the son and his friend and they both prayed to receive Christ. We went back in the afternoon and left a New Testament for everyone that had received Christ that morning,” she said.
God used the team members from NGU to make His name known through many ways. Through Morgan Bryant as she sang His praises, through Elizabeth and Samantha Snipes as they expressed His love to many children, through Buddy Robbins and Bill Cashion as they preached in evangelistic services, through Beverly Hawkins, Marnie Daniel, and Michael Archer as they shared their testimonies through door-to-door evangelism.
“The Lord taught me how to step out of my comfort zone and share my story. I thank God so much for the opportunity to help other people with my life experiences. I am blessed! I am so humbled and very grateful that He could use me in this way,” said Daniel.
Story and photos provided by Dr. Bill Cashion, professor of evangelism and missions at the North Greenville University T. Walter Brashier Graduate School.
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