Miskito settlements dot the coast of the Rio Coco, a river that forms the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. More than 200,000 Miskito live in settlements with no electricity or running water, and many suffer from malnutrition, malaria, typhoid, dengue fever, and various skin infections.
This group lacks access to the gospel because of their remote location, but efforts are underway to reach them.
Engagement — What’s Happening Now
AGWM missionaries Don and Terri Triplett, along with a group of translators and Master’s Commission students, recently traveled down the Rio Coco. Terri recounted her experience:
There were holes all along the bottom of the boat, so our guide hired a boy to travel with us and help bail out the water. One day we had to stop for about an hour as they repaired the holes with mud and rags. During our last night on the river, the boy, who had been with us all week watching our programs, came forward to accept Christ
There is no Assemblies of God work on the river. In the town of Boom, we met Charlie Thomas, a 70-year-old whose grandfather came from England. He told us, “Don’t forget our problems. Thank you for coming,” and he informed us that this was the first time visitors had come to this settlement.
Sustainability — The Bigger Story
Manuel Umana, a third-year Master’s Commission worker from El Salvador, has plans to learn the language and work in the area. Manuel is training a group of Miskito Master’s Commission students from the area who will assist him in ministry.
Partnership — Move Beyond
— Pray that the suffering and disease among the Miskito would be alleviated.
— Pray for wisdom and strength for those who are called to reach the Miskito.
Entrepreneurs: While visiting the settlement of Andris, Terri wrote, “There were no wells. The people catch rainwater for pure water. In the summer months when there is no rain, Andris has no clean water. The town was so thankful that we came they gave us 10 gallons of their water and chlorine tablets for treating it. It was a precious gift.”
Readers, Writers, Speakers: This people group speaks Miskito almost exclusively, and few Spanish speakers live among them. Terri Triplett says, “There is such a need for workers who speak the language.”
Problem Solvers: Diseases are widespread, and medical care is virtually nonexistent.