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Petra Managua

The Petra Managua church was first established in 2005 and now has over 300 members. It has multiplied and the church plants in Matagalpa, Chinandega, Balgue, Merida and East Managua have all come from those sent out from the Petra Managua Church!

The church was founded by Petra International Ministries director, Jared Cox, and is now pastored by Pastor Hamilton. A new church plant in Managua, the sixth Petra church in Nicaragua, was started in East Managua in February 2023.

Prayer Requests from Pastor Hamilton:
  • For God to raise up elders, deacons and leaders after His own heart and use them for the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
  • For God's vision and strength in the Lord to take the steps of faith that He is leading us to take.
  • For wisdom and conviction to be able to plant one more church in Managua and a church in the city of Masaya.

"Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."
-Psalm 100:2-5

Pastor Hamilton

Senior Pastor Petra Managua, 2016-Present
Pastor Hamilton’s Testimony: 
I was born in 1984 in the city of Jinotega in northern Nicaragua; I grew up in a dysfunctional home. My mother was a believer and my father was an atheist. When I was 7 years old I received Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe it was the grace and love of God in my life.
My mom was faithful in bringing me to church, but at the same time I grew up with a distorted image of God. I grew up with a huge amount of pride in my heart for the moral things I did, but I also had a great fear because of the lack of identity in my heart. When I was 15 years old I learned to play the guitar on my own, so my pride grew because I thought I was a super special man for God. I disguised my pride with a false humility, but my fear became even greater. There were great conflicts in my life that pushed me to look for God, but I took refuge in music instead. I locked myself in my world of music, which was my way of connecting with God, I spent hours and hours with my guitar and the Bible.

At age 21 in 2005, I liked to help churches that did not have musicians because it was the way I felt useful, but I discovered that it was the way I told God that I was indispensable, which was a very sad way of thinking. At the end of September 2005 I received a call from a young man who worked in Petra asking me if I could help him with the music in his church, and of course I did not hesitate. I met with Pastor Jared and visited Petra. To the Glory to God, that is when God started to radically change my life.

When I arrived in Petra I was a moral man, respectful, and a man that I thought God would use. That was my human, fleshly thinking.   But when I heard the direct message of the Word of God, He confronted me and destroyed my pride and my false godliness, and I saw for the first time that I was dying and God rescued me from my agony and sin. The preaching of the Word deeply impacted my heart even to this day. Also, prior to coming to Petra, in my 21 years in the evangelical culture, nobody asked me “How are you?” I mean, he (Pastor Jared) really wanted to know how my heart was before God. Believe me, the churches in Nicaragua do not know what discipleship is. I learned it by the grace of God as He started to show me His greatness, power, and the depth of my sin.

In February 2009, after being a volunteer at Petra Bible Church, God called me to work full time in the ministry. That is how I started my pastor training process. That year God worked in my heart in immense ways. I married on December 17, 2009 to Jill and by the grace of God we have a beautiful family, with our three children, Esteban, Liz, and Benjamin. God molded my heart to become Petra Managua’s Senior Pastor today. I was taken by surprise and I was very afraid, but God taught me to trust Him and rest in Him. How did I learn it? First, it was what God was calling me to be, and secondly, because of a long process of discipleship.

My role as pastor is simple, after seeing the role of my pastor over me; I can define it in three very important points:
  1. My time in the Word, not seeking knowledge but being a man broken by the Word, applied to my daily life affecting every millimeter of my life.
  2. My prayer life. Nothing moves without faith or prayer.
  3. Time to disciple others.
The work in the ministry is huge, from seeing the administrative details of the NGO that is part of my job description, to watching over the heart of the church. Today, that is what I dedicate my life to. To learn from God and to teach the things of God, and to train men, to disciple them to be the men God wants. It is not about information and facts, but about having a strong conviction of the God’s power through the gospel transforming hearts and lives for His glory.