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Dear Potential Team Leader for 2012:
We had an unbelievable 2011! The testimonies of our teams who have served with us in previous years is that our ministry is more strategic, our staff more passionate, and the fruits of their labors more evident!
Our ministry partners testify to this as well! El Ayudante’s relationships with MINSA (Ministry of Health), National Police, Community Movement, City of León, Ministry of Education, target community leaders and the Ministry of the Family remain strong!
We have found our way to the cutting edge with God! To remain there, we must continually assess/evaluate what we do to confirm God’s Presence! We do this because we are not interested in doing a good work, but His Work which brings change and opportunities for influence!
We have become agents of change! Without seeking it, we have gained great influence in Northern Nicaragua! What do we do with this influence? What will our ministry look like in 2012?
El Ayudante Family Enrichment Center
Our on-campus child protection center (HCN) has been transitioned into El Ayudante Family Enrichment Center. Our new mission is to ensure the placement of children from our child protection center with loving families and then partner with these families to prepare their children for life.
The El Ayudante Family Enrichment Center is providing quality services to these families which are addressing education, character, nutrition, and health.
Mission teams will integrate into our partnership with these families by providing educational, social, recreational, and spiritual growth opportunities.
El Ayudante Clinic
Our on-campus clinic has allowed us to provide medical attention to the Ministry of Health’s greatest priority, health of women who have very few resources and difficult access to health care. The El Ayudante Clinic integrates with our overall strategy to bring continuing care to our target communities and to areas of concern of our strategic partners.
Medical and non-medical teams alike are encouraged to bring in medicines/supplies for use in the El Ayudante Clinic, distribution to public clinics, and use by our medical teams who serve throughout the Department of Leon. Opportunities are available for visiting medical personnel to conduct seminars with medical students and public health officials.
With the understanding that the Gospel is the answer to every question in community, mission teams will aggressively serve beside community leaders to make their visions for their communities become a reality. Mission teams will address health care, education, spiritual, and facility needs coordinated in a way that will bring change to our target communities of La Majada, Carlos Fonseca, Trapichito, El Jardincito/Pablo Morales, and Ruben Dario. Cultivating relationships in these communities will continue to be a priority.
Our contract with the Nicaraguan Government through its Foreign Relations Department allows us great privilege and access! Important in this relationship is our understanding that we are under authority. When we serve in communities in the area of health care, we seek counsel/ guidance from the Ministry of Health (MINSA.) MINSA directs our medical teams to communities with the greatest need while sending their doctors in support of our teams! Service opportunities in schools are guided by the Ministry of Education while service to at-risk children is overseen by the Ministry of the Family.
Our partnership with the National Police provides opportunities for service to the 450 officers of the Department of Leon and their families. Our convenios with the City of León and Community Movement make us more effective in our ministry. We will continue these relationships in 2012 through continued cooperation.
El Ayudante is committed to excellence, and we look forward to serving with you in 2012 to bring change to Nicaragua!