Planning a Move, Religion Mentality, and Two Surprises – From the Chapmans in Nicaragua

Will I Go to Heaven?

“I stopped going to church a few years ago; do you think I’ll still go to heaven?” Samuel’s mother looks up timidly from the Bible study, voicing the question that tugs at her soul, eyes begging a positive answer.  Samuel and his brothers lean in to hear the reply as well.  If what they just read is correct, then salvation comes only as a result of faith in Christ alone.  It seems a little too good to be true. Doesn’t God just love the people who follow the rules?

Religion Mentality

It’s been around since the very beginning when Adam and Eve first pulled those leaves on, trying to cover their shame. It’s sin nature and pride packaged and tied up with the pretty bow of human effort that the world praises…that voice inside that says, “if I just try a little harder.“

That mentality is here even in this culture where churches abound, buses and store banners praise Jesus Christ, and crosses mark the landscape. Yet we know from God’s Word that, “All fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Regardless of church membership and attendance, great behavior, giving of offerings, and dressing just right, our good works can never compare to the holiness of GOD neither can they earn salvation. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the GIFT of God, NOT of Works, lest any man should boast” Eph. 2:8-9.

nicaragua store frontWe have a goal to develop, train, and disciple church leaders, to plant grace churches so that the gospel of God’s amazing grace will be implanted into the hearts and lives of those we minister to. We want to see it impact not just in this generation, but in many generations to come.

nicaragua cityMatagalpa (above)

We continue to watch the Lord direct each step as He opens the doors for ministry.  Our plan is to move next month to Matagalpa, a town of 100,000 people nestled high in the mountains. It is there that Jeff and Sally Roth, our co-workers with GMI, are working with Samuel and his family as well as many others. We plan to complete our language study course there. Brett will be involved in the Bible studies with Jeff where he will benefit from more language exposure and be able to build relationships in the process. There is a strong need for discipleship and training among the pastors in this area as well. We are praying for an open door to begin studies with local pastors teaching through the Bible and theological concepts.

nicaragua surprisesSURPRISES! Coming early 2016!

We are expecting TWINS!! It’s been a rough pregnancy for Debby so far. She has some complications and is on bed rest. Please be praying for safety and health of the babies as they develop.

Chapman Prayer & Praise Items:

–Praise God for more Spanish acquisition. Please keep praying for our Spanish tutor, Melina.

–Pray for our co-workers: In Matagalpa and in Nagarote.

–Pray for health and safety in this pregnancy for Debby and the babies.

–Praise God for open doors in Matagalpa. Please pray for Samuel and his family.

–Pray for the Lord’s direction and timing in our move to Matagalpa.

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