Sister Parish: Our History
The sister parish relationship between The Church of St Edward and Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (Our Lady of the Angels) in Jinotega, Nicaragua began in 1987 during the second half of the Contra Sandinista war. Our idea was to let them know we were with them spiritually in their struggles during this very difficult time. Since that time we have tried to maintain a spiritual as well as a financial relationship with them. We began helping with various liturgical and social projects after visiting and seeing the challenges they face because of the extreme poverty in that area. It’s impossible to visit them and then turn our backs on their poverty saying only: “We will pray for you.”
The next step after beginning a spiritual and friendly relationship is “faith in action” which includes the many social projects we have tried to help with. Many of the peasants there are coffee pickers and like our migrant workers they work day to day during the harvest and then scratch for their living the rest of the year. The government tries to help solve these problems, but Nicaragua is a poor country and they need outside help. In 2000 we began a relationship with AVODEC, a non government grass roots organization which was already operating and who agreed to help us complete various social projects to benefit the community.AVODEC stands for Asociación de Voluntarios para el Desarrollo Comunitario. Volunteer Association for Community Development.
In 2008 we were accepted as a partner of Feed My Starving Children and we now receive two 40′ containers of Mana Pack food. This is a great blessing to us and those living in extreme poverty in the city and surrounding countryside. The food is donated and we pay the shipping. The food is stored and distributed from a warehouse in the church to our partners, helping to provide nutrition to those in need. Our goal is to continue to expand this mission in the future.