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Latin America

Phil and Olivia Iekel

  • Compassion and justice
  • Education and leadership development

Community in Nicaragua is built with guava, biblical training, and common mission. Fifty percent of rural Nicaraguans live in extreme poverty with lack of access to food, basic services, and education. Phil and Olivia work with local partners to help meet Nicaraguans’ physical and spiritual needs.

Olivia facilitates church partnerships and individual volunteer opportunities for the Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD). Through faith-based leadership development, pastoral training, food security, and other programs, CEPAD ministers to the marginalized and helps communities develop sustainable practices for long-term transformation.

Phil serves as an associate structural engineer for Engineering Ministries International Nicaragua (EMI). He designs for Christian projects and disciples young professionals. EMI supports ministries throughout Nicaragua and Latin America and desires to see people restored by God and the world restored through design. Read more about how to engage with CEPAD in Nicaragua through Phil and Olivia’s ministry.

Support current needs for this missionary/partner

Give to CEPAD COVID-19 Emergency Relief
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, CEPAD is taking preventative action to increase food production, share information and provide health kits for 1,350 families in the 40 communities covering 17,000 individuals with support
Give to Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD)
Make a gift to CEPAD and equip vulnerable communities in Nicaragua with agricultural training and tools, leadership development, and faith-based education. CEPAD (the Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua) is an RCA mission partner in Nicaragua, one of RCA Global Mission's strategic impact areas.

Learn more about Phil and Olivia's work with CEPAD

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