GLOBAL HEALTH INFLUENCERS BLOG

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.

TEAM(S) NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 4

August 11, 2017

NICARAGUA TEAM ONE (Sébaco)

The word of the day today is vulnerability. It’s so easy to feel insecure in a foreign environment. The unknown is always  scary in life but when new people, a new country, foods, and customs are involved it always seems worse.

I came to Nicaragua with a decades old “Bucket List” in mind and wanted to check it off. It seemed the moral and Christian thing to do. I, however, never realized what a gift I was giving myself. Seeing so many come together to help reach a common goal has been amazing especially at such a divisive time in our world’s history.

Hearing each others’ life stories has been both inspiring and heart breaking. Devotionals at 5:45 AM seemed “iffy” but most everyone attended and were blessed for having done so. The richness of “community”, both ours and our patients’ have been MUCHO evident.

I go home in a few days with a new respect for missions—the strength and tenacity of the human spirit, and its place in the world. I find myself blessed beyond measure.

“From those who are given much, much is required.”

I also cannot help but comment on the Mother-Daughter teams, and how proud I am of my time with my daughter. I am proud of her contribution. I am sure that the other mothers feel the same. What a memory for them and for us!

+ Len Hickman, Nurse

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