May 27, 2020
We are Knit Juntos (together).
If you back up and look at how vast the Amigos Family really is, it's breathtaking. God uses people from all over the world to play a part in our big family and to accomplish huge things. Whether you are from The United States, Nicaragua, or somewhere in between - whether you've sent a loved one on a trip, been on one trip or ten trips yourself, You are part of the Amigos family.
The beautiful reality is, it all started with one invitation. Someone invited John Bland on a mission trip in 1997, then he invited more people to come back with him. Then, they invited more people to come back with them, and the rest is history. Now, 20 years later, we are a community of over 20,000 people! That's inspiring stuff. Check out the stories below about how they were invited to join the Amigos Family. We'd also love to hear from you. Send us a picture of yourself or loved one on a trip, or record a short selfie video and share your story of how you became connected to the Amigos Family.
We are #KnitJuntos
Amigos' Family - St. Louis
Dan has been bringing his youth group from Incarnate Word for 12 years! "I keep coming back because of the opportunity to serve. When I really think about it, I come back because I hear God most clearly in my life when I am there. No matter how much I can give, I always return with much more clarity in my own life. That may sound self-serving but once you experience Christ through the people of Nicaragua like we do, you will continue to yearn for that everyday. My favorite part of being involved is, now over 1000 people from Incarnate Word who have joined us. You get to see the face of Jesus. The coolest part may be the way it transforms someone else's life and then they go and tell someone else, who comes the following year.
"My father worked for the organization a long time ago, that's how I was introduced to Amigos. I started working on the hospitality team, but over my eight years at Amigos I've grown into a role where I am teaching farmers how to track their sales and invoicing. I’m so glad to be a part of this big family."
I became part of the Amigos family when their leadership team came to our community years ago and explained that we would lead our community towards change. I stayed until the end of the meeting because I really wanted us to take advantage of this opportunity!” The rest is history. At only 28 years old, Napoleon is one of the youngest community leaders in La Grecia. “I want to be healthy and happy and leave a legacy of opportunity for my family. I want a better life for my family, especially for my four siblings that live with me. I also love watching my grandmother laugh with joy whenever we turn on the water spigot! ”
Douglas Miranda's cousin, Alvaro, lives in Matilde with his wife and their little boy. They came to know Amigos through the water project in their community, and through their cousin. They recently just built their own home and are joining it to the existing water system.
Amigos Famliy - Cincinnati, OH
“My first trip to Amigos was in January 2013, and I’ve been there a total of 13 weeks since." Dr. True is an orthopedic surgeon and was invited by his good friend, Dr. David Miller, who leads an incredible winter surgical brigade every year. "I keep coming back for a lot of reasons. Probably first and foremost is the people. I love the Amigos staff. Their hearts for service are unbelievable and it’s been a true pleasure to come to know and love them and call them friends! I also obviously love helping the people of Nicaragua. The gratitude of the patients is beyond description and very humbling, and I’m so grateful every year to be reminded of why I do what I do and love the giving back component of our medical trips. Our trip is truly the highlight of the year!”
"My first trip was in 2010 with Dan Huss' youth group, Incarnate Word. It changed my life." Danny returned as an intern in 2012 and 2013. When he moved to Nicaragua permanently in 2014 he joined the education team, helping students connect with their scholarship sponsors.
"My first connection to the Amigos Family was when I met Danny back in 2015 at a language school in Granada where I used to teach Spanish. He invited me to come to Chinandega and check out Amigos, and I started working here in 2018." Manuel has been been married for almost 20 years and has two daughters, Stefanie & Keysha, and one son, Tyrese. I love meeting people that come down to serve with us. They are trying to find Christ in everything, and that's what I am trying to do too.”
"I came to know everyone at Amigos when I first went to Young Life. Amigos for Christ has been helping in lots of areas, even in the local neighborhood, Monserrat. So when I was given the opportunity to help with the Amigos projects, I got really excited. I've worked for Amigos for three years, and my job is to create the best organic fertilizer possible! and my days at work are usually filled with lots of sun, lots of land, and lots of friends."
Amigos' Family - Wilmington, NC
“Our Church, Lifepoint, from Wilmington, North Carolina has made trips for seven consecutive years. We keep coming back year after year because we get to help change lives in Nicaragua, our group members lives are changed in Nicaragua. And God speaks something new into me every time that I come so I can’t wait for each next trip. “ Daryl has introduced hundreds of people from Wilmington, North Carolina into the Amigos Family.
Mina de Agua
Dixia and her husband, Nelson moved their family to Mina de Agua a year ago to be a part of a thriving community. One of the biggest draws for them was the clean water system (a water system that Dr. MIller and Dr. True's groups helped build) They're also excited about the opportunities for their two daughters in this community. “We are blessed to live in Mina de Agua and to be a part of the Amigos family where there is so much opportunity.”