The success of One Body Global Ministries is rooted in obedience to God’s will serving the poorest communities on Ometepe Island with holistic compassion. This is not possible without your support as well as the dedication and energy of many long-term, trusted relationships working together as the Body of Christ.
Erlin José Álvarez Jiménez, Project Administrator
Erlin is 36 years old and lives on Ometepe Island with his wife Yovelsi and son Andrew . We met Erlin & Yovelsi over ten years ago, through Island Breeze Ministries, when Erlin was in Law School and Yovelsi studied architecture at the Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua). Erlin came from a very poor family in Ometepe with nine (9) children. Our relationship through the years grew and we watched Erlin transform from a college scholar beneficiary into an empowered builder in his own community.
Erlin currently works as a Lawyer and Real Estate Agent and he dedicates part of his time to work with One Body Global Ministries administering and coordinating the programs. In fact, Erlin has 9 years experience working with Christian ministries that serve the communities. Erlin’s dream is to continue serving God through service to others along with his family.
Hilder Antonio Alvarez Barrios, English Teacher
Hilder is 24 years old and a man of honor in his community. He lives on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua with his with two sisters, mother, two nieces and three nephews. Hilder loves Christian worship songs and he enjoys preaching in his community church. After finishing high school in 2015, he attended Instituto Nacional Tecnologico (INATEC) to study English, and after that, he continued to study at Peace – Corps USA – Nicaragua.
We are honored to have Hilder be a part of One Body Global Ministries to oversee and teach for our English class outreach. Hilder is motivated to help people grow in English and in their relationship with Jesus. He currently teaches 3 classes, including a large group of young children, some who travel 2-3 km. by foot to attend class on Saturdays! Hilder’s dedication goes beyond the walls of the classroom as he also engages our young students’ parents in their mental and spiritual development. Click here to learn more about our English project.
Leydi Graciela Rios Alvarez, Assistant English Teacher
Leydi is 25 years old and a mother of a young son, who is her inspiration to get ahead in life. She currently studies English as a career at the University. Her greatest dream is to become an interpreter, so that she can share the Gospel in other languages. She enjoys working at the church and loves to help people who want to learn English.
Leydi’s other passion is singing (and she’s amazing) and to worship at church. She is also part of her local church’s program with Compassion International, where she holds a close relationship with the children she teaches and loves.
We are excited to watch Leydi grow in her new role at Assistant English Teacher with OBGM under the mentorship of Hilder Barrios. Our hope is that in the future, Leydi will assume full responsibilities for our Santa Cruz English program. Click here to learn more about our English project.