Bicycle ministry rolled out

February 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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A team of volunteers in Masatepe, Nicaragua, gets ready to pedal off to service opportunities to villages and rural areas around Masatepe.

(Editor's note: Dr. Javier Barrios is the director of Mision Medica San Lucas in Masatepe, Nicaragua. His partnership with the Luke Society began in 2015.)

Bicycle ministry rolled out

By Dr. Javier Barrios

In November 2016, we initiated health programs and community health in some area communities and we decided we should provide follow-up and continuity.

However, our small truck was suffering the ravages of the automotive industry market strategy called "Scheduled Expiration." (In other words, the truck broke down.)

A week later, it was getting worse and we still have not been able to repair it completely.

It was frustrating. The community kits that we had initiated in pilot form were not receiving adequate follow-up, and we had stopped visiting the sick identified in the communities.

But as Paul said to the Romans: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

The situation forced us to look for alternatives that are already bearing fruit.

Among them was an alternative that God put it in our hearts, and we began to share it with different Christian brothers.

The Bicimisiones (Bicycle Missions) began this year. We started coordinating the equipment and began outreach to the urban and rural areas.

Bicimisiones are stimulating the mobilization of the local church to fulfil the Great Commission.

We coordinate activities with local church leaders to join what they do and to add our gifts through service.

We have volunteers from three churches that accompany us with different gifts. Some preach; others cater to the sick; and some share the word of God. We sing and pray with them. We have volunteer preachers, barbers, teachers and nurses – all of them with the aim of serving.

We visited the communities, and with our acts of love say to the sick, "Come, approach the Kingdom of God."

We are now coordinating with pastors and two churches in our municipality carrying out the Bicimisiones in different rural areas and in three neighboring cities.

We understand the call of Paul to the Romans in Rom. 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We now make visits to the communities, accompanied by a group of volunteers who provide services according to their gifts, which add to the community health programs we are developing.

Thanks to our God that we do not have "programmed expiration" in His kingdom. We renew ourselves, and it is eternal.

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Dr. Javier Barrios provides medical assistance to a young girl during the recent Bicimisiones ministry in Nicaragua.

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Volunteers use different gifts from preaching, to medical knowledge in serving on the Bicimisiones campaign coordinated with two churches.

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