Nicaragua is a poverty-stricken country plagued by a history of civil war, political corruption and natural disasters. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated NW Nicaragua, leaving one million homeless refugees surrounded by death and destruction.
In January of 2002, Pastor Tommy Gable visited this area of Nicaragua with a short-term mission team. His heart was touched by the faith, friendliness, and joy of the Nicaraguan people, but at the same time, he witnessed corruption and a spiritual oppression that broke his heart.
A local pastor named Jose Matamoros asked Tommy for help in starting a new church in the village of Candelaria. Tommy, his wife Linda, and a team of mission-minded Christians from the U.S. eagerly took on this exciting new project and began sending teams to help. Thus, “Mission Nicaragua” was born!
In 2005, they purchased land, by the favor of the Lord, through Samaritan’s Purse and then registered New Song as a non-profit in Nicaragua. A mission began to grow up around them!
By 2007, the Gables KNEW that God had called them to sell everything and live in Nicaragua to focus on New Song’s assignment. Tommy has been training the pastors who oversee the central church in Candelaria and sending them out to start new churches in rural areas. They have planted three outreach churches (Santa Matilde, Nuevo Amanecer, and La Isla), which are growing under their care.
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