When the walls in Jerusalem had been broken down, God called Nehemiah to rebuild them.
Like Jerusalem’s walls, many of Nicaragua’s physical, social, and spiritual structures have been broken down by natural disasters, civil wars, and corruption.
We challenge the church to expand their understanding of the gospel in order to take over the holistic transformation of their surroundings.
How We Do This
We facilitate opportunities for spiritual formation and ministry development to the church for the holistic transformation of their surroundings
The Nehemiah Center is a community of learning and service that contributes to the formation of leaders and continuing training of pastors using a biblical and holistic worldview, and that cultivates local, national and international collaboration for Christ-centered cultural transformation of communities and nations.
We see Nicaragua transformed through the church proclaiming and living out the fullness of the gospel.
We call forth the church to discover its potential and live out the fullness of the gospel.
In October of 1998, Hurricane Mitch had blown in Central America. A Category 5 hurricane, Mitch devastated Nicaragua
The Nehemiah Center was launched in 1999 as an interdenominational ministry to respond to the devastation that followed Hurricane Mitch. In the wake of catastrophe, the Nehemiah Center offered Nicaraguans a biblical worldview—a belief in a God who loves not just His church, but His entire creation. Following a vision conference, the center offered a series of workshops, to build not just healthy churches but also robust businesses, schools, and families. Some believe the Nehemiah Center’s best work in its first decade was in assisting pastors and church members to build healthy family relationships. The center focused much of its work in the cities of Chinandega and León.
In 2010, the Nehemiah Center entered a second decade of working with Chinandega and León churches. In its new five-year plan (2010–2015), the center included continuing to strengthen these churches and schools with workshops on education, family and marriage, and church health. The center also planned to assist members of the churches of León and Chinandega to become agents of urban transformation in their communities. A third part of the plan was to launch biblical worldview training in Estelí, 150 kilometers north of Managua, a prominent stop on the Pan-American Highway with a temperate climate and a population of 119,000.
In 2015, the Nehemiah Center moved towards a new strategic direction. The revised vision focused on collaborating with churches to strengthen them in their mission in God’s world. Included in that vision was continuing to build cross-cultural relationships between Nicaraguan and North American churches for their mutual transformation. According to the new strategic plan, the work of strengthening churches would switch from Esteli to Managua, where the Nehemiah Center was located.
In the first decade, the Nehemiah Center was born out of the vision of three very different missionaries to Nicaragua in the wake of a natural disaster, Hurricane Mitch. As the center ended its second decade, it faced a new disaster: social and political upheaval. During the second decade, the Nehemiah Center has adapted to changing times. But its purpose has remained firm: transforming lives in service to the Lord of all.