Thanks for your response Tim. You provide me with exactly what I’m looking for. These references will soon become part of my library of resources.
Given the 3rd world conditions in which this program will take place, it’s tempting to say that virtually anything will do. I can’t abide by this. As said in my original post, the bar has been set high in creating a superior apologetics program that equips our students to become the salt and light in Nicaragua, no matter where our graduates’ futures take them.
This is especially important given the chaotic political conditions that have emerged over the last month in Nicaragua. If you Google “Nicaragua news today” you’ll get a taste of the turmoil in which Nicaragua finds itself. Nicaragua’s troubles are, without question, a spiritual battle, given that the President’s wife (who is also the Vice President and controls her husband) is a professional witch. Two examples of her evil are (1) an edict she enacted 8 years ago whose intent was to empty all children’s homes (orphanages) and return the children to their biological families. This sounds like a nice idea until you realize that these homes are where the children were badly abused and removed from their home by the government’s child welfare agency, Mi Familia. I’ve been involved with 3 children’s homes over my 29 years in Nicaragua (one of which is where I met my adopted daughter in 1990) and heard devastating horror stories of the abuse to which these children have been subjected. Most of these homes are Christian and are heavily funded by missions groups from the U.S. and (2) If you look at the news stories on Google, you’ll see giant metal “trees” that are being torn down by a populous that is enraged with the President and his wife . These trees were the idea of Rosario Murillo, the President’s wife, If you look closely, the trees are made up of a number of “666’s”. I’ve been told that it costs the country 1 million dollars a year just to pay for the electricity to illuminate these trees each night.
Again, thanks for your references which are of tremendous help to me and, ultimately will become a blessing to the children of CICRIN who will carry their training into many parts of Nicaragua.