HUG A CHILD MINISTRY   Matthew 5:16 Ministries in Nicaragua
Who We Are

My name is Lynne Schweitzer and my husband, Glenn, and I have been serving as Missionary Pastors in Nicaragua since 2001.  When we moved here we knew that the Lord was going to use us to teach the children of Nicaragua but we had no idea how He was going to do this.  It has been a journey of daily putting our faith in Him and as we have done so He has provided for us and He has directed our paths.

Matthew 5:16 Ministries (Asociación Ministerio Mateo 5:16 en Nicaragua) is a 501(c)3 under the covering of  The Missionary Church International (TMCI), Columbia, SC.  Hug a Child Ministry
 is another name for Matthew 5:16 Ministries.  

Our mission is:

Protecting, providing for and preparing the youth of Nicaragua, liberating them from their economic, physical and spiritual poverty and preparing them for the Great Commission.  

Matthew 5:16 Ministries currently consists of 9 churches, a children's home, a youth center and a missions house, Casa Mateo.

The primary functions of Hug A Child are

  Churches & Sunday Schools    - Feeding Programs     - Children's Home 
 Preschool - Bible School            Youth Center 
  Short-term Missions    - VBS/Camps                      - Home Groups   
  Medical Missions                    - Scholarship program          -  Retreats 

Casa Mateo Missions House in Jinotepe, Carazo is for the use of Short-term Ministry Teams, Missionaries, Pastors, Christian visitors.

  It consists of:                                                          It offers:
  Ministry offices                                                        
School of Ministry
    El Shaddai Sanctuary                                                
Seminars and Conferences
    Conference Room                                                    Church and Sunday School
    Dining - Nicaraguan and American                          H
ands-on training and employment 
    38 private rooms              for ministry/hotel workers

Quinta Esperanza located in Diriamba, Carazo includes:

  "Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer" (New Awakening Church)
  "Semilleros de Jesus" (Jesus Little Seedlings) P
  "Clinica El Sol" (The Sun Clinic) used by short-term medical teams
   "Etz Chayim Daycare"  (Tree of Life Daycare Center) (opening Fall 2015)
  "Centro de Jóvenes El Refugio" (The Refuge Youth Center)
  "Yo Si Puedo"  ('Yes I Can' Accelerated Learning Center)
   "Comedor El Maná"  (Manna Feeding Center)
   "Centro de Retiros" (Retreat Center and Lodging for Visiting Teams)

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