Today we continued what we started in the village of Bismona: putting Bibles in the hands of people who have never even been able to read the Gospel in their primary language. Our first stop was a new neighborhood in Puerto Cabezas (considered the capital for the Miskitu people). While a good percentage of people in Puerto Cabezas speak Spanish, people in poorer neighborhoods who are a further distance from what schools exist often speak mainly Miskitu. This was the case with this specific neighborhood, and as such, Santiago had to do the majority of the talking. As we distributed Bibles to families underneath the shelter of a tin roof that serves as the meeting place for a church, rain began to fall and still more adults and children flooded in. We passed out the 60 Bibles we had brought and, overwhelmed and slightly surprised by the amount of kids in the neighborhood, we decided that we would return the next day to do games, Gospel bracelets, and Bible stories with them.
We continued to another church in a neighboring barrio and as our taxi driver prayed for everyone, one man said something that really put some weight on what these gifts really meant. He thanked God for the blessing of the Bibles we had brought, saying there was no way he could ever afford to buy one, and expressed joy that he could finally get to know who the Lord is. Even while handing out God’s word, I forget the reality of my privilege that I live in constantly: having money that I constantly spend on worthless things, having access to the Bible wherever I go and not digging into it nearly as much as I know I should. Witnessing the passion that people here have to learn about God is humbling and really a wake up call to my own lackadaisical attitude.
We finished out the afternoon by doing a kids program at the Moravian church where we buy Miskitu Bibles from. Something that has been really encouraging to me is that there is not as much division between denominations as I have witnessed in other countries, Guatemala especially but the U.S. struggles with this as well. Santiago travels up and down the coast, working with pastors no matter what denomination they belong to or what theologies they hold. It has been amazing hearing from numerous pastors that because of Santiago and because of our team, they have begun to feel that they are not alone and that in Christ, we truly are united. The unification that Christ has brought us is so beautiful, and we often try to get in the way of that with petty differences that get used divisively. Santiago is a wonderful example for me of someone who truly reflects the humility of Christ and the unity that follows.