TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY FOUR
Our day started out early, as a group of us gathered together for a quick surf session. It was wonderful to watch everyone truly enjoying themselves out on the water.
After surfing, we jumped back into our big yellow school bus and drove about an hour into Rivas. Upon arrival to our location, we could already see a crowd of eager patients waiting to be seen. Everyone then quickly got to work. Gods fingerprints were evident in each interaction today. There was a heart-touching moment when Lorelle and Kimball were both loving and praying over a young lady overcome with tears. She turned out to be the daughter of one of our patients who had just received shoes from Dr. Daryl’s own feet. I saw each one of our medical providers getting on their hands and feet, genuinely caring for, listening to, and treating each patient as if it were their own family member. I watched each of my teammates truly stepping into their individual roles with passionate hearts and vulnerability. I saw compassion, grace, and love. Its pretty incredible watching Jesus in action.
Vulnerability is the word that stands out to me this week.
As I reflect back on each day, I realize more and more that vulnerability is manifested strength because it takes strength, courage, boldness, trust, and faith to be vulnerable.
Vulnerability is not easy. Period.
Each day in clinic, I’m witnessing so many humble people who come from humble backgrounds willing to be vulnerable for the sake of healing; for the sake of connection. I have to hold back tears when patients who come from a life of poverty and oppression are vulnerable enough to smile at me – a stranger from a foreign country – and truly want to know who I am too.
I’m learning to be more vulnerable as I take the time to smile, laugh, and hear each patients sharing concerns, their problems, their aches, their pains, their struggles. Because after all, struggle is universal. But I know that God intended for us to be able to share and carry each other’s burdens. And again, I’m reminded why I’m here.
– Rona Grace
Another day in Nicaragua has flown by! We started the day with some really fun waves as a group at Mag Rock before a great breakfast and another inspiring devotional. Today Jimmy helped us to focus our hearts on “compassion” before heading out to set up clinic. The amazing thing was that the community we served was obviously such a warm and loving group of people. Every person that walked through the door today was quick with a hug or a kiss and were so willing to share their story with us. Maybe it was a function of how remote this particular church was, or more likely they were following the lead of a sweet and humble pastor who closed us in amazing prayer at the end of our clinic. Regardless, we were blessed to serve this amazing community.
One of the very last patients of the day today was an elderly man with debilitating foot pain. He has had to live the past 9 years in sandals and his arches had literally had enough. A typical day of work for him would have been spent in the fields performing hard physical labor, but he has been unable to work due to his debilitating foot condition. Dr. Daryl, who had worn a pair of running shoes to clinic that fit the man’s feet perfectly, gave the man the experience of arch support and cushioned soles for the very first time. At least ten minutes later, with a big grin on his face, the man was still walking back and forth outside of the clinic. This is such a selfless team with a heart for service and I’m so proud to be a part of this mission.
– Kimball Mapp
TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY THREE
Today was an unbelievable day in clinic. We saw another beautiful church and another amazing community today. Our increased efficiency with two days of clinic under our belt, and a bit more space in the church we were able to use today, allowed us to see 147 patients (our highest volume of the week so far).
The rapport that every team member forms with these patients so easily is so much fun to watch, and the bonds that are being formed between team members themselves are already strong and obvious after just a few days. This chemistry only enhances the experience for the patients and creates an environment for more complete care. Treating such amazing people alongside such great people is simply a blessing.
– Jeff Mapp
Tonight after dinner three people shared their life stories. Stories of victory, stories of grace, stories of faith.
Earlier this morning, our team arrived in the community of Astillero to the One World Health mobile medical unit and Nicaraguan staff working hard to prepare the community Church for a medical clinic. It is our third day in clinic and we are all working more cohesively as a team but change is in the air.
As we talk to people arriving at the clinic we are learning their stories. We are learning about runny noses and sore knees. We are learning about kidney stones and esophageal reflux. We are learning about being sad from a lost pregnancy and about mean kids at a boy’s school. We are learning that we are all the same. We are learning that we all have stories.
Christ told many stories. Stories about lost coins, stories about prodigal sons and stories about women being healed by touching his clothes in a crowd.
For such a moment as this we are part of a story, a story of loving and being loved, a story of searching and finding and a story of lives being changed.
– Daryl Perry
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