Results include flow of Bibles into Socialist Nicaragua.
The Nicaraguan government flew in the parts for a plastic swimming pool earlier this month. The pool was not to be built at the home of some Sandinista elitist—far from it. Its destination was a large prison in Managua, where 700 prisoners were waiting to be baptized.
Their new faith in Christ, and the revolutionary government’s apparent encouragement of it, are among several remarkable developments in the Central American nation. The most recent is the revolutionary government’s request for 800,000 popular-language New Testaments.
The first 100,000 entered the country from Colombia earlier this month, mostly through funds provided by the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI). Now the United Bible Societies is raising funds for the remaining 700,000.
The New Testaments will be distributed free through local churches, and are earmarked specifically for prisoners and the thousands of Nicaragua’s new readers. In the unprecedented 1980 “Great National Literacy Campaign,” literacy in the nation of 2.4 million nearly doubled—from 48 to 88 percent.
Alberto Cárcamo, general director of the UBS office for the Americas (one of four regional headquarters) in Mexico City, said interior minister Tomás Borge Martínez requested the Bibles, realizing that “if the new readers don’t get material to read, they’ll lose what they’ve learned. “But Cárcamo also attributed the choice of reading materials to Borge’s “Christian principles.”
Borge, himself tortured and his wife and daughter killed by guardsmen of deposed dictator Anastasio Somoza, attests to a personal experience with Christ, coming largely through the ministry of the FGBMFI. He has attended a number of FGBMFI’s ...1
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