May 18, 2018

Pray for Nicaragua

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Dear Friends,

If you've been following the news, you may have heard of the recent protests in Nicaragua.

We've been in close contact with Nilda and Lester, our key contacts on the ground in Nicaragua. I wanted to share an update we received yesterday from Nilda, the Nicaragua Coordinator:

The protests don't stop. They're not only in Managua but in different cities as well (Masaya, Granada, Chontales, Nueva Guinea, Bluefields, Jinotega, etc, etc) mostly in the whole country. More people have died... Main highways are blocked in the whole country. Yesterday afternoon high school students, from public and private schools, marched asking for justice. There was thousands of them.

This morning the dialogue started, Ortega and his wife were there. One of the main items on the agenda was asking Ortega to stop the police and paramilitaries from shooting and killing people. In his speech, Ortega said the the national police is a victim of all of this and that since the beginning they've had orders not to shoot. 

This dialogue had not answers but showed the position of the government of doing nothing about it. The dialogue will continue on Friday [today] this week. Streets are more dangerous now since people got more angry with Ortega´s answers.

The Nehemiah Center [where EduDeo's Partner works] keeps closing at 1:00 pm so that we can have time to go home, especially now that the public transportation is not running normally and most of us use the public transportation.

It is expected and it feels that tonight will be a long night... The only thing we can do is continue to pray.

We're carefully monitoring events in the country - and are hopeful this whole situation will be resolved soon, recognizing this affects all of our work, including our HANDS teams.

At times like this, we're reminded again of the importance of good leaders. And how vital it is for us to teach the next generation to model themselves after the perfect leader -- Jesus Christ, the faithful, servant King.

Thank you for praying for Nicaragua.

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