At 5 p.m. Sunday, a visitor to Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church will report on hopeful initiatives in Nicaragua, a country once much in the headlines and still challenged.
Yelba Rivera serves as a coordinator for the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua (CEPAD). Formed 40 years ago in response to the Managua earthquake, this organization continues to partner with and advocate for economically and environmentally vulnerable Nicaraguan communities. As coordinator, Rivera handles all of the arrangements for mission trips to her country, traveling with and translating for the mission teams. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of 28 participating denominations.
One of 10 children, Rivera grew up in a rural area where her parents still live. Currently she attends the University in Managua, Nicaragua, as a student of international commerce. In addition, thanks to scholarship program through the University of Georgetown, she holds an associate's degree in agricultural business for export from Iowa Western Community College.
CEPAD is also served by West Virginia natives the Rev. Leslie Clay and Carl Agsten, with whom Rivera works. The Elkins community is invited to share Rivera's news from her co-workers and southern neighbors. More information about CEPAD's projects is available on its website, cepad.org.ni.