Team Stillwater Nicaragua: Clinic Day 4
As I reflect upon not only today, but this week in whole, what comes to my mind is the song “Good, Good Father.” The entire group of volunteers gathered together to worship last night, and as this song was played and passion filled voices were ubiquitous amongst the group. The specific line, “I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide, but I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide” is majorly applicable to what our group’s predominant mission is geared to. Our team saw over 600 patients in just 4 days; each citizen looking for unique cures and answers for their health. But precisely as the song states, without God no solutions are to be found. It leaves me speechless to think that our crew is here based upon the notion that we are doing exactly what Jesus was sent to Earth to do: heal. Just as Jesus was able to do works through our Father, our crew was able to do the same. Hundreds of Nicaraguan natives were able to seek and find answers provided by our Lord. God worked through the team with the talents he provided each member.
Personally, I have no medical background, but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I was given to attend this trip. I find it very difficult to fully describe the feelings of pure joy I experienced. I spent my days interacting with patients through registration and running, and truthfully speaking, I have never seen more unique and lovable spirits than those here in Nicaragua. The immaculate dignity and compassion that our patients embody is incomparable. I found memories that will last a lifetime and relationships that I know I can confine in.
Thank you OneWorld Health and everyone who made this possible for this opportunity!!
+ Kate Carpenter
TEAM STILLWATER NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 3
Today was another productive day for our awesome team, as we saw 240 patients and extracted 34 teeth in the Sebaco church where we set up clinic. That makes 637 patients and 130 extracted teeth in 3 days. Tomorrow will be our last day of clinic, which is really hard to believe because it seems like we just arrived.
This is my third trip to Nicaragua with OneWorld Health. As a dentist, I don’t always get the full clinic experience because not every patient that comes through the doors of our medical clinic is having a dental issue. We are very lucky to have a climate-controlled mobile dental unit in which we can provide quality dental care to the patients that need treatment, but that does mean the dental team is somewhat isolated from the rest of the team. I enjoy stepping off the dental unit when I get a chance and walking through the clinic to watch the rest of the team and their interactions with the patients. It really is amazing to watch a group of people who have never worked together before, and in many cases, have never even met before, be able to function as a team and actually make it look somewhat efficient! Many of the volunteers who come on this trip have no previous experience in the areas they find themselves a part of once they are here. They are simply here because they want to serve in any way they can.
Yesterday, the pastor of the church in which we set up clinic, wanted to speak with us at the end of the day. He prayed over us and thanked us for being there and providing health care to his congregation, neighbors, family, and friends. He was so very grateful and he wanted us to know that in John 12:26, Jesus said that “Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” As hard as it is to put aside our daily lives for a few days and step out of our comfort zone to serve on a mission team, we have been reminded in more than one way that this is where we are supposed to be.
In our morning devotion today, Steve was discussing how Christians are called into community with other believers. Romans 12:4-5 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Each part is necessary for the function of the whole. We are stronger together and we become more like Christ together than we do alone. To watch this team work together, there is no doubt that God has orchestrated this trip. There is no other explanation. What is so hard for me to believe, is that the exact same thing has happened on each of the other mission trips I have experienced with OneWorld Health. To God be the glory!
+ Stephanie Kendrick, DDS
TEAM STILLWATER NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 2
Back to city life…..remote clinic yesterday, city clinic today. While the accommodations were different the people had the same sweet, patient and grateful spirits. The church today was a beautiful facility that was able to house our entire group- 4 nurses, 5 doctors, 1 chiropractor, a glasses area and the pharmacy team; the dentists hung out in the mobile unit but we were able to have dental cleaning as well. I can say the flow worked MUCH better today!
Being the Registration Lead, I felt this responsibility to keep things moving efficiently like I do in my job daily, but I feel like God is teaching me to roll with the punches, He’s the one in control, not me. I have absolutely NO control over how long it will take the doctor to see to the needs of an individual, let alone an entire family who hasn’t seen a doctor in quite some time. While the line backs up between Triage and the Providers, the people are smiling, talking to each other; kids are playing with glove balloons or marbles, completely happy to be there.
211 people in six hours isn’t too shabby but realizing who’s in control while walking in this journey of life is more than I know how to express in words.
+ Mendy Burns