SERVING IN: Nicaragua, Central America
MINISTRY FOCUS: Church Planting, Evangelism
Mark and Kevin Randall have been serving on the mission field since 1994. They have served in the Philippines, London and South Africa and are currently serving in Nicaragua.
Their vision is inspired by the Word of God, Isaiah 61: ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
After years of building relationships, establishing a ministry presence and laying a spiritual foundation, the Lord led Mark to plant a church at La Boquita, a fishing village nestled along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Mark is actively involved in the community through a variety of surfing activities such as surf camps and contests. The core of the ministry includes evangelism and discipleship and are accomplished through the preaching of God’s Word, Bible Studies, prayer and fellowship.
The Randalls work alongside the Nicaraguan community to help facilitate life sustaining projects such as digging wells to provide clean water, providing water purifiers, hosting medical clinics and partnering with others to build schools and other needed resources.
Kevin teaches sewing and quilting classes to women, enabling them to learn skills to help support their families. Currently, they are making lap quilts for cancer patients and others in need of care and comfort. She also helps individuals with disabilities by providing resources and instruction to help them reach their potential and fulfill their purpose in life. Kevin and Leah, her daughter, also have a ministry named Living Beyond the Edge, inspiring women to live courageously and wholly engaged in God’s purpose.
The Randalls also have a food bank ministry which provides groceries and other essential items to orphans, widows, disabled persons and others in desperate need.
‘The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.’ Matthew 4:16
Our return trip to Nicaragua in mid-December was no less than adventurous. After hurdling many new travel requirements, we boarded a plane headed for Costa Rica, then traveled by land to the border and made it safely home later that night. It’s wonderful to be back in the saddle!
May your hearts be encouraged with the Good News that Christ has come to dwell in our midst. May your mouth be filled with laughter and your tongue with shouts of joy. The Lord has done great things for us! Psalm 126
Families are receiving groceries regularly from Elijah’s Pantry. God is using this ministry not only to provide for physical needs but also to open the door for sharing the gospel. We visit their homes, spend time fellowshipping and sharing the gospel, and pray with each person. Lives are changed through this ministry! If you would like to help provide groceries for families in need, mark your gift ‘Elijah’s Pantry ’.
Good things are happening! Elizabeth’s husband, Jorge, who was unjustly imprisoned and endured the worst of conditions has been released from prison to serve the rest of his sentence on house arrest. Truly, it’s an answer to prayer! Keep this family lifted in prayer for God’s hand to be continually working in their lives.
As with much of the rest of the world, Nicaragua has been adversely impacted by the spread of the coronavirus. Already an impoverished nation, they are experiencing severe economic hardships. Many people we know survive on mostly beans and rice, but now even that supply is not as abundant due to loss of income and diminishing supplies. Pray for the people of Nicaragua to look unto their Savior for help, and that provision would be available for them.
Twice a week we gather at Darling’s home to share devotions, pray together and work on our sewing projects. The women have different levels of skill but all are in need of instruction since this is their first time ever to use a pattern and follow instructions. Our first project was a shoulder bag which turned out so well made!
In mid-December, a friend’s husband was driving his van with several passengers when suddenly a young man on
a motorcycle passed the oncoming vehicle resulting in a head -on collision. Tragically, the young man lost his life. The police came and through the testimony of many witnesses, they faulted the motorcycle driver with the accident but later, changed the report and arrested our friend’s husband. He has been unable to support his family since the accident because he has been wrongfully confined. Elijah’s Pantry has been a source of relief for the family. Thank you for sowing into this ministry and praying for the people who are in great need!
For the first time in two years, our family spent Christmas together in Nicaragua! What an adventure it was from the start as Leah and Anna, who flew standby, were bumped from their flights and ended up flying to Costa Rica and then taking a bus to Nicaragua, a wonderful way to intersect with ordinary people as you all become traveling companions. Friends were made
along the way!
We are in the planning stages of another sewing group to start in a very poor area of Managua. A dear missionary friend is helping facilitate this group of about a dozen young mothers who will be learning basic sewing skills.
We’ll be heading back to Nicaragua soon. We covet your prayers for effectiveness in the work that God is doing in and through us in Nicaragua, that his Word will accomplish the purpose set forth – to bring people to Christ.
Elijah’s Pantry is a grocery distribution ministry to families in great need and is made possible by your generous financial support. The gratitude expressed by those receiving assistance is difficult to convey.
Elijah’s Pantry needs funds to supply basic staples like rice, beans, corn flour, oil and milk for needy families. Mark your gift ‘Elijah’s Pantry’!
The ladies’ sewing group is bearing much fruit! During a dark time in the country of Nicaragua, God’s daughters are walking in the light of his presence.