TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY TWO
Today was in some ways easier and in other ways more difficult than our first day. We had 20 more patients than yesterday, and the beginning was extremely busy with all the chairs taken and many more standing and waiting to be seen. Since registration is outside the weather is a major factor and today was very windy with random gusts that covered everyone outside with a fine layer of Nicaraguan dust. Since it’s the dry season there’s no escaping the fact that we will get dirty! However, it’s a small price to pay when you witness the smiles on the children’s faces, and the joy expressed by their parents knowing that they are being taken care of by our professional team of doctors and nurses. I am truly amazed by these kind and loving people, they are entrusting us with their elderly parents, and their babies and don’t seem to notice the dust storm around them or the heat and humidity. I’m learning much from them.
Thankfully I’m getting better at differentiating between a V and B when working with our awesome translators. Slowly but surely I’m getting some of the more common last names spelled correctly on the first try…. baby steps!
I’m so proud of our team after only a day we are running like a well oiled machine. I feel like we are kindred spirits all coming together for a common purpose to serve those in need and be humbled at the same time. Loving each other and this bit of humanity as Jesus has taught us. I am grateful and feel very blessed to be part of this life changing experience.
– Laura Stone
Today was really inspirational for me. As it was our second day serving and I mustered up the strength to pull myself out of bed this morning at 5 am. I’m so happy that I got up though because it was a great experience surfing that early in the morning.
After surfing and breakfast we got on the bus as per usual and set off to the new location. The spot was a little more cramped but it gave us a chance to develop better teamwork skills. When we arrived there was already a line of people waiting for us to serve them.
According to my translator TJ some people had been waiting since six! Within an hour we were backed up with scrips and were trying to push them through as fast as possible. It stayed like that till about 3 pm when there was finally a break.
– Beau Stone
TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 1
Our first clinic day started out with a splash as more than half our team congregated at 5:15 am to head out and surf. There were quite a few beginners among us, but also no shortage of experienced surfers to provide inspiration and advice.
Returning from that exhilarating experience, we headed for the community of Gigante after a hearty breakfast and inspiring group message led by Jimmy— the National Director of the Christian Surfers Association.
Upon our arrival, it was beautiful to watch how our team of 20+ people from different states and nationalities— who essentially just met—mobilized themselves to transform a church into a fully functioning clinic less than 45 minutes later.
The fruit of great leadership, willing and ready volunteers, and thorough planning resulted in a morning that felt surreally calm. This peaceful, organized and highly productive environment was not extending the adrenaline rush I had begun the morning with, so I went to hang out with some children waiting with their parents outside, hoping we could entertain each other.
We colored, played with a kaliedescope and a ball, and drew on inflated medical gloves. It was precious how they chattered away to me in Spanish, not seeming to care that I didn’t speak their language. All in all, the day flowed quickly and smoothly, and we saw about 106 patients, which was quite a satisfying turnout for this smaller community.
The pack up went just as smoothly as the set up, and about one hour later several of our team members were back in the ocean, rinsing off the dust of the day with its powerful waves. A blessed day, from sunrise to sunset.
– Lorelle Perry
Today was definitely a full day of firsts for me. First time taking a school bus to a surf spot, first time working in a medical clinic, first time being in Nicaragua. It’s definitely a learning experience being a surfer on a trip full of medical professionals and other professionals in general. Having to learn how the clinics run, learning the order the patients need to go through the clinic and learning about all of the new people who make up this family.
Usually the only thing we need to learn is our way around a new surf break. Most of our usual mission work is pretty intuitive. Seeing the team go through a day in the clinic was pretty inspiring, the amount of love and care they showed each individual patient was pretty amazing. I’m excited to see how the team continues to grow as we see more patients in the clinic and spend more time in the water together. It’s awesome watching the rest of the team become more confident in the water and see how much joy it brings them surfing.
– Jacob Galura
APRIL TEAM NICARAGUA: SAFE ARRIVAL
Buenas from Nicaragua!
We have been here for only one day and already the team feels like friends and family. Today we toured the Boulevard in the capital city Managua and learned a bit of the culture and history of the people we will be serving. Many of the people In this beautiful country grew up in an era political and civil unrest, but the country has enjoyed peace and growth in the last decade.
As we were on the bus out of the city of Managua we drive into the rural region of Rivas. We saw families and community gathered in the shade of patios; children playing ball in the fields; and yards busy with chickens, goats and the occasional horse. I know I speak for the team when I say I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to bring medical care to this population, but I know we each stand to gain so much more from the hospitable and resilient people of Nicaragua.