Serving children is an important part of missionary work. Deaconesses play a major role.
Part of this work is a new Christian children's education program. Missionaries learned many children couldn't attend school because of tuition fees and other costs. Their parents also needed their assistance at home just to make a living. A selection process now identifies needy children and provides them with uniforms, shoes, a backpack, books, pens, pencils, as well as financial resources for a year-long program of school tutoring and Christian education.
When the children are not in school – classes are held for half a day – they gather at the church. There, trained teachers and deaconesses go to work. More than 900 children are currently enrolled in the Christian children's education program. The Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua (ILSN) and our mission see this work as a major outreach program. It's funded through generous grants provided by Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and Concordia Lutheran Mission Society (CLMS). Additional contributions are also received from interested congregations in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
Vacation Bible School
All congregations and missions participate in a church-wide vacation Bible school in early January. Using Spanish VBS materials from Concordia Publishing House, children learn of a loving heavenly father who gave His only Son as Saviour. Volunteer mission teams from Canadian congregations often support the program. They assist the deaconesses with project materials and games. We are grateful to CLMS for significant funding.