i-61 purposefully established its first training base in Managua, Nicaragua because it is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Our heart is to radically inspire teams for missions and leave them with a desire to influence communities in practical ways. Additionally, our strategy is to make a long-lasting, sustainable difference in our local Nicaraguan communities through these short-term teams and our long-term coworkers. We value the local church and try as much as we can, to work through the body of Christ.
The “Holistic Missions Training Experience” (typically 10-days) is a great launching pad for teams who want to have their eyes opened and hearts broken for the world. We train them in all seven areas of global crisis, giving them classroom and on-the-field training that offers a taste for what God can do in and through their lives. Our hope is that they go back to their churches on fire to make a difference in their community, get more training in particular areas of world crisis, and have a better sense for what God is personally calling them to do. We want to engage the body of Christ for long-term justice and compassion ministry worldwide.
Teams of up to 14 people can book a training experience with us. A church or ministry organization simply gets the team members together and appoints a team leader. Then we walk the team step-by-step through trip preparations and pre-trip training.
We take care of all your needs while on the ground in Nicaragua. Upon arrival, teams are met at the Managua airport by i-61 staff members and transported to the Isaiah House. Meals, comfortable living quarters, ministry times, and quality training will be provided, as well as ample security. The Isaiah House is surrounded by a 14-ft wall. We also help the team debrief once you return home.
Each day participants will be instructed in one of the seven areas world crisis. This training will be conducted by the Isaiah House staff on location, Our staff is experienced in missions work, community development, and the local culture. They love the energy of the training times and the opportunities to see God work. At the end of each session, team members will be taken by an outreach leader to experience firsthand the issue being addressed that day.
For example, if the area is “World Hunger”, participants would receive training in the morning hours and might drive to a neighboring ministry called “Pan de Vida”, where they feed over 200 impoverished kids, teach them a Bible lesson, and minister to the moms at the same time. Our participants would observe and participate in several aspects of this community outreach. if the issue is “Spiritual Confusion”, participants might be given the opportunity to serve the community of one of the local Vineyard churches. During the team’s 9-10 days in Nicaragua, all seven areas of world crisis will be addressed and experienced.
We have had great reports from teams who have already come to visit. If you are interested in bringing a team from your church or ministry, we encourage you to check out the reservation calendar and contact us as soon as possible. We would love to serve your team!