Rios de Aqua Viva in La Isla/Guanacastal

Our church in Guanacastal/La Isla meets between the two communities.  These communities have the most devastating physical poverty of the villages in which we work.  Pastor Pablo Campos has been serving here faithfully since 2007, when New Song felt led to plant a church in the area.  The church is named Rios de Aqua Viva (Rivers of Living Water).  This is our smallest church in members, with around 30 members made up of roughly: 15 children, 5 youth, and 10 adults.  There are weekly services and Sunday school classes.

Pastor Pablo Campos

Pastor PabloPastor Pablo Campos has served as the pastor of Iglesia Rios de Agua Viva in La Isla since 2007. He and his wife, Martha, have two sons: Solomon and Eliezer and are legal guardians to two of their nieces: Griselda and Oneida.

Pablo says of his church, “The desire of River of Life Church is to feel the love of God in our hearts. The mission is something marvelous that is happening in our lives and in the community because of what God has done for us. We have been able to feel the love of God in the community. Working in the church and in the community is marvelous. We can all preach the message of salvation to reach more souls for Christ.”

About Rios de Aqua Vivo

Our church in Guanacastal/La Isla meets between the two communities. These communities have the most devastating physical poverty of the villages in which we work. Pastor Pablo Campos has been serving here faithfully since 2007, when New Song felt led to plant a church in the area. The church is named Rios de Aqua Viva (Rivers of Living Water). This is our smallest church in members, with around 30 members made up of roughly: 15 children, 5 youth, and 10 adults. There are weekly services and Sunday school classes.

Taste & See Feeding Program

When missionary Carol Dannenburg was working in the community of Guanacastal, she saw a great need for a feeding program in the area. She worked hard to put one in place, and had this to say about it:

“When I began to work in the community of La Isla, I spent time talking with Pastor Pablo, pastor of Living Waters Church, to ask what problems and needs were present among the people. One of the issues was hunger, especially during the winter when fewer people work. Another was a very low church attendance. Pastor Pablo has a real heart to win souls for Christ, but when I asked him what strategies the church was using for outreach, he said they really didn’t have any. One reason the church attendance is low is because of the large number of single-parent households. La Isla is known as the community of widows, because so many men have died of the chronic kidney disease prevalent in the area. When a household is composed of just the mother and children, coming to the 4 PM church service means leaving the house unattended, which makes it a target for crime. Also, when a single mother must work outside the home and take care of all the household duties as well, there is very little time left for other activities.

The Taste and See Feeding Program is an attempt to feed both physical and spiritual hunger. We invite people to come to the church at midday each Saturday and Sunday, when children are out of school, to receive a meal, be blessed by Christian music and listen to a short message of encouragement from God’s Word. Children who attend primary school receive a meal provided by the school Monday through Friday, but nothing on weekends. This program seeks to provide a nutritious meal for the children and their parents on days when they may lack. We also seek to give a “break” to the mothers, providing a meal they didn’t have to prepare, fellowship and encouragement from God’s Word. The adults need to be reminded of God’s love and faithfulness, and learn to depend on and trust in Him. We also do children‘s activities, songs and games, so that the children can learn of Jesus’ love for them. Our
desire is that the people of La Isla may “taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8)

The fund for this program ends in April 2015. We welcome partners who feel called to help continue this program.