This year the DOZ team had the opportunity to share the Gospel through dance at the Villa Esperanza (Village of Hope) in Managua, Nicaragua. The Villa Esperanza is a safe-haven for young girls at high risk of sexual and physical abuse. It was built in 2006 as a result of the vision of Wilbert and Gloria Sequeira (now directors of the Villa Esperanza) to help young girls escape the abuse and cycle of poverty that had defined their life.
This year’s trip brought our DOZ girls to a new community called Nueva Vida. Ten churches sent their leaders and young girls of their congregation to learn the tambourine and streamer dances. In addition to learning the dance, the leaders of the team met with our ICC team prior to classes to learn choreographing and leadership skills. The afternoons were spent teaching the Villa girls as well as the neighboring girls from Bethel Church. Each DOZ girl led Bible studies and taught songs that they choreographed prior. They led worship at the evening church services and helped Pastor Paul preach on Evangelism bringing the “Wordless Book” alive. The girls also prepared a presentation on Saturday morning to parents and staff of the Villa and Bethel group and another in the afternoon for all the Pastors, and parents of the Nueva Vida communities. The team formed strong bonds with the children and the staff they worked with.
ICC also sent a team of men who led devotions and testimonies with the men of the Villa Esperanza along with some community workers. They also led a series of video teachings every morning. The men were very receptive to the teachings and have expressed an interest in continuing to meet and learn what the Bible says about becoming authentic men. The afternoons were spent working on building a storage unit for the Villa, but their mornings were spent building the kingdom of God with their Nicaraguan brothers.