Profile: Masatepe, Nicaragua

August 14, 2017 at 6:00 AM

(Join us as we take a closer look at each of our ministry partners from the viewpoints of the ministry directors. Three to four ministries will be profiled per month, so check back often to learn more about the Luke Society's 42 ministry partners.)

Profile: Masatepe, Nicaragua




Ministry: Misión Médica San Lucas
 Masatepe, Nicaragua
rector: Dr. Javier Barrios
Employees: 1 with 12 volunteers



Q&A with the Director

Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: 1.) Promotion of health and prevention of diseases through healthy lifestyles, personal and environmental hygiene, and health education on risk factors for vector-borne diseases and chronic diseases. 2.) Stengthening the people in local communities; 3.) Strengthening the local church by training leaders; 4.) Mobilizing the church for integral missions; 5.) Medical care for vulnerable groups and the at-risk population.

Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: A process of personal and family reflection to serve more in the kingdom of God; the needs of local Churches to carry out their mission; the vulnerability in which some social groups live; and the accumulated experience of service in our church and professional development.

Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: The municipality of Masatepe is located in the Meseta region of towns 50 kilometers from Managua. The local culture is a mixture between the Chorotega, Nahuatl and Spanish civilizations. There are about 35 communities and 11 neighborhoods. We are currently working in four of them and in a neighborhood. The urban population is 60 percent and the rest is rural.

The epidemiological disease profile is transitional. There are communicable diseases and chronic degenerative diseases.

More than 95 percent confess a faith. There are different denominations, predominately Catholic. Approximately 30 percent is Protestant Christian.

The municipality of Chichigalpa is located in the west of the country in an area dedicated to agroindustry. We are working with vulnerable groups here, specifically those affected by Mesoamerican chronic kidney disease and the Association of Pastors of the municipality. There are pastors affected by the disease, and we have begun exploring alternatives to contribute with the answer given that we cannot remain calm in the face of this serious health problem in our country.

Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: As a family we strive to live as God's sent ones. We put the personal relationship with God first, then the family and then the community.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: I like to discover the purpose of God in my life and in the life of my family, through the service to the most vulnerable.

Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: We are happy because this year we will provide medical consultations in the clinic we are building as we had planned in the original design of our ministry. Also, Christian education activities will begin with the children in the nearby neighborhood where the ministerial house is located.

We undertook BICIMISIONS (Bicycle missions) as a means to mobilize the church to fulfill the integral Mission. Through them we also follow up on our relationship with the community. For the preliminary talks this year, it will be possible to sign the agreement with the Ministry of Health and facilitate our work in community health.


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