A team of 4 from PRMI met up in Matagalpa Nicaragua to work with La Fuente church over the first weekend in January 2009. Matagalpa is a city about 2 hours to the interior of the country from Managua, the capital, and is tucked in a mountainous valley in central Nicaragua.
Pastor Raul of La Fuente (pictured with me) was our host, and founding Pastor Orlando Rutledge served as our translator during the entire event. Since we were in town for an event with Vida Joven, we were invited to have an additional conference in the city with La Fuente church. A big thanks to Pastor Orlando for arranging this.
Forty to sixty people met with us at La Fuente, which meets in a former warehouse that stored and distributed farm fertilizer: Concrete floors, terraced concrete slabs and a slight slope to lower a slab to a level appropriate for a truck loading dock. The steel plated entrance door is right at the street and slides to the left to allow cargo trucks to back in and be enclosed. Sounds echoed off the concrete wall, and wall mounted fans keep the place relatively cool even in the hot Managua sun.
This conference was the first of its kind for La Fuente, so attendance results were a surprise: More people than expected.
While the charismatic leaning congregation is familiar with experiencing the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the Ignite conference from PRMI was the first systematic teaching they have received in a while and many folks found it personally refreshing. For many, the theology sections on world view and the review on the Holy Spirit as the 3rd person of the Trinity were most helpful.
I taught on issues about worldview and the person of the Holy Spirit, and other team members taught on the 4 works of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and receiving the fullness or baptism of the Holy Spirit (Sam Hale pictured above). Saturday night, during the worship service, we had lab time and prayer time for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Sunday, I preached through Matthew 9 about getting the Father’s heart for the harvest field. We had lab time and prayer time for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
After lunch on Sunday, we visited with Raul and Pastor Orlando to discuss the event, hear testimony from them, and to discuss future plans.
During the event, a woman who heard us during our 2007 trip drove up from Managua and shared some updates from our ministry visit there.