RiSE home from 10-day Nicaragua visit

RiSE home from 10-day Nicaragua visit

RiSE, a traveling worship team of student musicians at BBC, has returned from a 10-day ministry trip to Pochomil, Nicaragua.

BBC&SFour group members travelled with BBC Admissions Counselor, Geoff Ellsworth in October, serving with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism at its regional Missionary Enrichment Conference. Ministry leaders from surrounding areas, including Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, gathered for fellowship and encouragement.

RiSE led worship, served in student programs, and participated in small group programs. The team also ministered to parents and students at Nicaragua Christian Academy, as well as various church plants and a facility for impoverished children.

International, Personal Impact
Host missionaries Mark and Diane Henzler showed the five-member team around the area where they have aided in several area church plants in the last eight years. RiSE leader Geoff Ellsworth said this had a profound impact on him.

"It was pretty cool to see the training of local people to carry on the work of the Church to the people of that area, by the people of that area," Geoff said. "It has enlarged my community of believers, which genuinely strengthens me."

BBC&SRiSE member Suz Henzler, whose parents hosted the team, attended Nicaragua Christian Academy before coming to BBC. She enjoyed the time of reunion and service with friends she grew up with in Managua, Nicaragua.

"God reminded me of the work He is doing in Nicaragua, and that He is working in places and ways I have absolutely no idea of," said Suz, a senior Office Administration major. "God is huge and His work is so much more incredibly exciting and beautiful than we even know."

Serving, Growing as a Group
RiSE team members saw a glimpse of God's work in the world while creating cross-cultural ministry relationships.

"A goal of the trip was to expose RiSE members to 'non-American ministry,'" Geoff said. "Ultimately, it was important to us for the same reason as every other engagement we do -- to lift up the name of Jesus through musical, corporate worship coupled with authentic, servant-themed relationships."

B.J. Greathouse, a sophomore Sports Ministries major from Batavia, NY, recognized how the trip brought the team together for ministry.

"As a group we learned what it truly means to endure, to struggle together," he said. "Amidst the culture shock, sickness, and fatigue, the team banded together in spirit to genuinely worship together in song and in life."

About RiSE
The name RiSE comes from John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease," and encompasses the team's purpose: To see Jesus' name lifted high to rise above all other names.

BBC&SThe team travels throughout the academic year, ministering in a variety of venues through music. Members build relationships with people, creating interest among future students to show them how BBC can help develop skills for global Christian leadership.

Recently, RiSE led worship during iView, a college visit weekend on the BBC campus. In September the group participated in a Lackawanna County "Battle of the Bands" event. RiSE's first album, "God Is Able" is available online. For details, visit

Upcoming events include a retreat at Rock Mountain Camp, and two Pennsylvania churches. See the full schedule at

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Posted on: 11/5/2013 7:28:37 AM

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