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WATER VALLEY – A missionary couple from Nicaragua with longtime connections to Water Valley spent three days in the city late last month as part of a six week trip in the United States. Roberto and Aura Sequiera with the Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International (BMDMI) spoke at several events during their time in the community including a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meeting at Water Valley High School.
“God has really blessed our country with the gospel that has spread through the work of missionaries who come to Nicaragua,” Roberto told the students. “My wife and I and our kids are part of that.”
The couple has worked for decades with the Water Valley Mission Team that has traveled annually to Central America since the 1980s with BMDMI. Roberto shared that Binnie Turnage, Raymond Aven and many others from Water Valley made many trips to Nicaragua. He explained that the missionary teams also help with essential care for people in his country, providing medical care, dental care, eyeglasses and veterinarian care.
“Brother Binnie, Pastor Raymond and many others from here helped get the gospel to the very remote areas in Nicaragua,” Roberto told the students. “This has had a great impact.”
Turnage made his first trip with the Water Valley Mission Team in 1985, traveling to Honduras. He served as team coordinator from 1993 until 2012. Turnage also led the group on their first trip to Nicaragua in 1995 and met Roberto and Aura a year later.
Aven met Roberto during his first trip with the team over 20 years ago. He recalled that Roberto was his translator on that trip. Aven would preach under a tent four times a day, and Roberto would translate.
“He is very passionate to see souls won. He loves people and cares about people. We became really good friends,” Aven shared. “I remember Roberto’s dad drove the bus for us.”
A Challenge To The Students
“This morning we are here to let you know there is a great opportunity for you,” Roberto told the students. “Learning in school and graduating to start a professional career is not just the main purpose in your life. The main purpose is to take the gospel to those who do not know Christ yet.”
Roberto explained that many people all over the world are living a miserable life because they don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And He is the only hope that can change lives. He changed my life when I was 18 years old, He had mercy on me and reached me with His grace, making me another person.”
He then challenged the students to be missionaries, adding the mission field is at their back door.
“You can do mission right here, in your neighborhood and your family. In the power of the Holy Spirit, you can take the gospel and share it,” Roberto added.