To date, NFUMC has sent 403 individuals to serve in the community of Ruben Dario. Many are repeat short-term missonaries, as close and personal relationships have been established over the past several years. We will have at least one more team to go this November and I'm hopeful to have a prayer team go down in August.
Church: Ruben Dario Metodista Iglesia was constructed throughout 2005 and was concentrated and opened September 19, 2006. The church continues to be a beacon of light in the very poor community of Ruben Dario, serving as a place of worship as well as a meeting place for various activities that serve the community. Pastor Jose Tellez serves as paster.
Police Station: NFUMC works in association with strategic community leaders who live and work in Ruben Dario. We work closely with the police department, supporting them through upgrades to the police station and providing them with much needed supplies printers and computers.
Schools: Norcross is very involved with the local schools in Ruben Dario, again, providing teacher-to-teacher training, class instruction, VBS for the younger grades as well as providing much needed teaching supplies.
Feeding Program: The Methodist church has been running a feeding and vitamin program for the local preschool, providing one nutritional meal for approximately 200 children. All meals are prepared at the Methodist church and are delivered to the preschool each morning, five days a week, when school is in session. Each meal is accompanied by prayer and a multi-vitamin.
Medical Clinic: NFUMC has been very instrumental in the development of the local Ruben Dario clinic - once again, providing thousands of dollars of much needed medicine. NFUMC teams have provided doctors, nurses and non-medical volunteers to assist Dr. Alonzo Medina with patient care, educational seminars, adminsitrative assistance, as well as physical upgrades to the clinic. In partnership with Living Waters of the World, NFUMC also installed two water filtration systems, providing clean water to thousands, in two communities. Provision and distribution of "baby bundles" are another favorite ministry that NFUMC helps faciliate out of the Ruben Dario clinic. Donations of baby blankets, clothes, diapers and various newborn items are collected, bundled and distributed to young mothers who often have nothing to even wrap their newborn infants in. Each distribution is in association with an educational seminar on parenting.
House construction: NFUMC has provided labor and funding to rebuild or repair 13 homes in Ruben Dario. Latrines and exterior kitchens have also been constructed at the request of the community leaders. Families who recieve assistance are selected by Dr. Medina and other community leaders. Priority is determined based on need. Typically homes that are selected have multiple children, expectant or single mothers. The program works much like Habitat for Humanity, where family members are required to assist in the build. Lives have been transformed through this ministry.
Funds for these various projects have been provided through NFUMC's Faith Promise. Team members are responsible for their own trip, travel and expenses.