Missions

Women & Community Association, San Francisco Libre(SFL), Nicaragua
EUMC supports the Women and Community Association in San Francisco Libre (SFL), Nicaragua, through our annual Youth Scholarship Program offering. UMC missionaries, Nan McCurdy and Miguel Mairena, who worked with Women and Community for many years, have been reassigned.

We welcome UMC missionary, Alina Saucedo, and her husband, Michael Keyse, a long time UM volunteer, as they continue the important work that Nan and Miguel started in SFL.

You can learn more about Alina and Michael in their newsletter.
Spring 2015 Newsletter Introducing Alina and Michael

Read updates here:

Spring 2016 Women & Community Assoc (SFL) Newsletter

Fall 2015 Women & Community Assoc (SFL) Newsletter 

Fall 2015 Nicaragua – Scholarship Program 

 


Spring 2016 Newsletter from Nan & Miguel

Fall 2015 Newsletter from Nan & Miguel

Spring 2014 Newsletter from Nan & Miguel

Fall 2013 Newsletter from Nan and Miguel

Summer 2013 Newsletter from Nan and Miguel

MairenaM08Miguel Mairena

Miguel Mairena is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church who has served in Nicaragua since 1997. Along with his wife, Nan McCurdy, also a BGM missionary, Miguel works with the Women and Community Association in Nicaragua, a countryside ecumenical organization of women.

The Women and Community Association (W&C) facilitates community-based health and development with women, youth and children in this impoverished region of Nicaragua. W&C offers integral health and education programs focusing on prevention of violence and promotion of human rights, education, reproductive health, natural medicine, alternative nutrition and economic development. The women’s clinic promotes women’s health and family planning, prevention of cervical cancer and sexually transmitted illnesses. Their legal aid office assists abused women and youth. W&C also provides study scholarships for impoverished village youth and teachers and loans for women and women’s groups for economic development projects.

Miguel graduated from law school in December 2008 and assists in providing legal counsel to women, youth and children who are dealing with situations of violence – physical, psychological and economic. He also counsels local men about reproductive responsibility and the prevention of gender violence. A popular theologian, Miguel weaves religious reflections into his personal encounters while going about his daily development work.

Coming from a large, impoverished Nicaraguan farming family, Miguel had few opportunities to study until he was 20 years old when he began first grade. Growing up on an island in Lake Nicaragua he learned farming, fishing, and boat skills, and worked during his teens as a mechanic and boat driver. Most of his studies were accomplished during the years of the Sandinista revolution. He then worked in community and agricultural development projects serving farmers and war veterans through the Nazarene church, World Vision and two different ecumenical centers. Miguel is grateful to have had the opportunity to study law on weekends since 2003.

McCurdyN08h-199x300Nan McCurdy

Nan McCurdy is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church who has served the people of Nicaragua since 1985. She and her husband, Miguel Mairena, also a GBGM missionary, work with the Women and Community Association in Nicaragua.
The Women and Community Association (W&C), a countryside ecumenical organization of women, facilitates community-based health and development with women, youth and children in this impoverished region of Nicaragua. W&C offers integral health and education programs focusing on prevention of violence and promotion of human rights, education, reproductive health, natural medicine, alternative nutrition and economic development. The women’s clinic promotes women’s health and family planning and prevention of cervical cancer and sexually transmitted illnesses. Their legal aid office assists abused women and youth. W&C also provides study scholarships for impoverished village youth and teachers and loans for women and women’s groups for economic development.

During Nicaragua’s civil war in the 1980s, Nan and her late husband, Philip Mitchell, worked in a pastoral mission of accompaniment with people in the war zone. After the war, she assisted in the creation of the Foundation for Nicaraguan War Victims.

Nan holds degrees in biology, ecology and pharmacy and has extensive non-degree studies in Gender in Development and Community Development.

Nan, a very grateful 5 + years survivor of breast cancer, and her husband Miguel have a blended family that includes three daughters and three sons. One son and two daughters are in college and the others are grown.

To donate to programs with which Nan and Miguel work, you can give through The Advance to: Women and Community, Advance #13285A.

Video: Ministry with the Poor in Nicaragua

Nan McCurdy is available for Covenant Relationship support in Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference , Peninsula/Delaware Annual Conference , West Virginia Annual Conference .

Make an online donation to: Nan McCurdy #10801Z.

Make an online donation to: Miguel Mairena #12877Z.

Miguel and Nan have a blended family that includes three daughters and three sons. One son and two daughters are in college and the others are grown.