Central Church of Christ Has Mission Trip To Nicaragua

Friday, July 7, 2006 - by Suzanne Walker
Rev. David Schonhoff
Rev. David Schonhoff

Minister of Central Church of Christ and Civitan Club member David Schonhoff told the Civitan Club that on his two-week trip to Nicaragua, he and members of his congregation held two Vacation Bible Schools for children, Bible studies for adults and saw 2,100 visitors in their health clinic.

He said volunteers went to Nicaragua to aid as translators, nurses, doctors, teachers and much more.

During the first week, the group traveled to a small town called Santa Domingo, where they led Vacation Bible School. The first day about 130 children attended, but the next day twice as many showed up. He said children were lined up outside hoping to get into the Bible School to watch skits and puppet shows, listen to lessons and eat snacks.

The volunteers stayed in a small hotel that had running water for only six hours a day. Each night they led evangelistic campaigns for the adults, he said. Several people were baptized in a nearby creek.

The second Bible School was held in Granada, the oldest city in Nicaragua. He said the accommodations were more modern in Granada than Santa Domingo and yet, cows still freely wander the streets.

During the second week of the trip, team members set up a clinic in a school compound. Members of Mr. Schonhoff’s congregation joined up with other volunteers to create a multi-faceted clinic that included a place to get eyeglasses, a pharmacy, dental care and a head scrub to treat lice.

Visitors also had the opportunity to meet with doctors and to receive medicine and vitamins as needed.

Each day, he said, hundreds of people would line up around the school compound to go through the health clinic. Sometimes visitors would spend the whole night outside so they would be in line early the next morning.

The people were also given rice, beans and clothing, he said.

The clinic was held for four days from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. In the evening Gospel meetings were held, he said. During this week several more people were baptized.

Mr. Schonhoff said he has taken short term mission trips to Nicaragua for 10 years. He said Nicaragua’s government is very welcoming of their groups. About 20 percent of the Central Church of Christ congregation is involved in mission trips, he said.


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