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The Rainbow Network Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Nicaragua

The Rainbow Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary of helping the poor in Nicaragua on Saturday, October 15th. KSMU's Christy Hendricks has the story.

An Ozarks group celebrates its 10th year in helping the poor in Nicaragua.

The Rainbow Network began in 1995 to provide health care, education, economic development and housing to the citizens of rural Nicaragua in Central America.

The network currently serves nearly 43-thousand people in six areas in Nicaragua.

Keith Jaspers is the founder and President of the Rainbow Network.

He said he developed the idea after visiting Nicaragua on mission work.

Jaspers says the Rainbow Network partners with the Christian community in southwest Missouri.

The network sends between 10-12 people per month to Nicaragua to work.

Keith Jaspers says several factors determined how Nicaragua became the focus of the Rainbow Network.

He says Nicaragua and Haiti are the poorest Spanish speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The anniversary celebration will be Saturday, October 15th at the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

There will be a Partnership Walk around the campus of Missouri State University at 9:30.

Other activities include displays of a feeding center, medical clinic, school, and a typical shack in Nicaragua.

A panel discussion will address the question,