Prayer vigil for Nicaragua to be held in Alexandria

Prayer vigil for Nicaragua to be held in Alexandria

A prayer vigil for Nicaragua organized by Crosspoint International Ministries will be held May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Alexandria, in Calhoun Baptist Association.

Omar Alvarado (pictured, middle), director of Central American Missions for Crosspoint International Ministries, said the service will be a time of prayer for peace and justice, for the local churches and pastors, for those who have lost loved ones, for those in exile and for the government to be moved to mercy.

‘Continue to minister’

“We have lost all civil rights and the true nature of the current government is quite evident now. We are living under a dictatorship,” Alvarado said of his home country. 

Calhoun Baptist Association is one of several associations and churches in Alabama who partner with Crosspoint in missions and ministry work in Nicaragua and Central America. That work has been disrupted by the ongoing political turmoil in Nicaragua that began April 19, 2018, when unrest and violence broke out against President Daniel Ortega. 

One year later life continues to be difficult for Nicaraguans. According to the Nicaraguan Pro Human Rights Association, the number of deaths stands at more than 560. 

 “We will continue to minister in Nicaragua, also helping create awareness of what continues to happen in the country and expand ministry into Honduras as Nicaragua is still not safe for missions teams from the United States to come and serve,” Alvarado said.

Hear background about the situation in Nicaragua on TAB News’ Sept. 6 podcast featuring Alvarado and Felix Ruiz, president of the Nicaraguan Baptist Convention, or read more about the situation at (TAB)