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TEAM(S) NICARAGUA: FUN DAY

August 14, 2017

NICARAGUA TEAM ONE (Sébaco)

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit…” (1 Corinthians 12:7-9)

This is my first mission trip to Nicaragua and my first with doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health care providers.  As one with none of those skills I was curious how I would fit in.  Somehow I did.  Being married to a nurse and having many friends who work in the healthcare space meant I had a nominal understanding of how they delivered care.  But watching them work and delivering acts of healing, compassion, and love on the poorest of God’s children was amazing.  I got to be a part of their care and healing this week.

I turned 60 on this mission trip.  This morning as I look out over the Pacific Ocean on our “fun day” I am spending time reflecting on what God was trying to show me about this week.  What I saw is how the Holy Spirit is at work for the “common good”.  Seeing over 900 patients this week was “good”, spending time watching providers under trying circumstances deliver amazing care and compassion was “good”.  Seeing people come together for early morning devotions when many of us would rather catch a few more minutes of sleep was “good”.  But what I know for sure is that the God of the Universe loves all His children and only through the power of the Holy Spirit could He bring this group together to minister the poor, the lost, and the least this week.  Surely, this is the “common good” at its best.

+ Blake Sullivan, Business Owner

TEAM UGANDA: FUN DAY

August 13, 2017

We have been so incredibly busy the past two days with finishing up clinic, counting zillions of tablets, and partying our faces off!!!

Last night we got to see a local dance and music group perform at the hotel for us, and man did we dance! Seeing the culture of the locals through their outfits, their vocals, and their dances wa so breathtaking.

Today we traveled to the safari lodge that we are spending the night in and it is beautiful. It is such a genuine African experience and a relaxing way to end the week that has changed all of our lives. We took in the scenery and the sweet breeze, had a home cooked meal, then made our way out into the grasslands on the safari. We saw so many incredible animals, both big and small. The vast lands that we saw just showed us how big our God is, and the incredible artist that He is with his landscapes.

Tonight we will be glamping in tents, and tomorrow we will embark on our ever-so-long journey home!

We miss our family and friends, and of course our 4 legged furry babies!!

See you all soon and blessings to all.

+ Maggie Harrell

+ Emilia Vawter

TEAM(S) NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 5

NICARAGUA TEAM ONE (Sébaco)

Yesterday, we spent the morning seeing patients at the clinic in Sébaco. We were welcomed by the clinic staff and were able to supplement the care they provide to their patients. While the setup was quite tricky (we set up shop in the street) we were able to see around 130 patients. We said goodbye to our amazing translators from the week and headed to the beach. We spent most of the afternoon on the bus traveling through Friday afternoon traffic in Managua, but we had some awesome views of the sunset over the mountains. We arrived at the hotel and had a nice dinner with snapper.

Yesterday’s word was joy. It sure has been a week full of joy from watching the kids smile after having teeth extracted or seeing the smile when someone puts on reading glasses for the first time, we certainly are leaving here filled with joy from these dear friends we had the pleasure to serve this week.

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2)

+ Morgan Sullivan

+ Stephanie Holstead

+ Catherine Harmon

NICARAGUA TEAM TWO (El Viejo)

The team wrapped up the week serving at the El Viejo clinic and headed to la playa (the beach) for our fun day! We had an unforgettable week serving 1,077 patients in communities surrounding El Viejo.

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