Annual Nicaragua Trip Serves Granada Community Well
This past week, 11 students, faculty, and staff traveled to Nicaragua to serve at El Puente, a missionary church and home mission base in Granada.
The group arrived on Tuesday night and promptly began working on Wednesday morning. They prepared for Vacation Bible School at El Puente by walking through the neighborhood, praying for people and inviting them to bring their children to VBS. A fairly large group attended VBS and Covenant students had the opportunity to teach them about the power of God, play games, and make crafts with the children. Melissa Frazier, Registrar at the Covenant School and participant on the trip, was very impressed with the students in the group. “All of our students have really been going out of their comfort zones and volunteering for so many tasks without being asked,” she said during the trip. She remarked that one student even shared the Bible lesson totally in Spanish without a translator, and another shared her testimony in front of a whole group at a worship service.
Throughout the week the Covenant group took many trips to the Granada Christian Education Center, led a sports ministry, sponsored more VBS services at El Puente, worshipped, delivered food to families, and prayed together. They were able to “inaugurate” the soccer goals and nets at the education center that students fundraised for at the end of the school year. They also presented the school with supplies and rain boots collected by Covenant students. “The school director, Rosa, was so excited and grateful. She immediately began taking inventory and deciding on where she could use those supplies the most.,” said Frazier.
They had great opportunities throughout the week to share their faith with people at the church and in the neighborhood and use sports as a tool for glorifying God. They shared one night of worship with the interns at El Puente and the Covenant group’s leader, Eryic. “ It was an incredible time together just worshipping God and spending time in prayer,” remarked Frazier.
On their last full day, the group got to spend the day as tourists. They went to the souvenir market, saw an active volcano, and went swimming in the Laguna. They arrived back home on Tuesday night, tired but full of new stories and experiences to share.
Caring for and ministering to others and offering the opportunity to do so is just one thing that Covenant takes very seriously. Fostering a heart of service is one of the ways Covenant teaches its students to live well.
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.