Team Nicaragua: Sunday Fun Day

Aug. 19, 2019

Love, Hope, and Unity

Wow! What a week it has been! Honestly, I can say I’ve been truly blessed with the volunteer team. Lorelle (team leader) repeated herself by saying that God has placed us here for a reason and I truly believe it!

My team couldn’t be more amazing! We may be different, but as we shared our life stories and spent more time together we started to be more like family. It’s bittersweet that I will have to continue the next two weeks here without them. I will cherish their words of wisdom and kindness as I continue my internship! My confidence and hopefulness would not have grown if it weren’t for them.

Secondly, the community of Chinandega welcomed us with open arms! Shout out to all of our interpreters who devoted their time to assist us. I’m thrilled that we were able to exceed our expectations in providing care to patients!

Shaillia Raymond, Student, Global Public Health NYU

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We made it. This week was a unique experience getting to know the people of Nicaragua and their culture, and we have LOVED every moment.
Today was our last full day as a team. We drove two and a half hours to a resort called Hotel Vista Mar in Managua. Once we got there, we spent the day jumping high tide waves, playing volleyball in the pool, or just relaxing by the water. It was a much needed day of rest and reflection of all the interactions and experiences throughout our week of service.

This week has taught our group many things, and personally, I’ve tasted and seen the beauty of serving alongside other people with the same desires of serving the nations. It has been a true blessing to have support from loved ones praying for us at home and here in Nicaragua, too.

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At the beginning of the week, I had mentioned homelessness to one of the translators, and he said: “oh, we don’t really have homeless people”. It took me by surprise because he had explained that family cares for family. The Nicaraguan people have a truly authentic love for one another and this story is a true depiction of how we should love one another and ultimately how our Father loves us in our highs and lows.

Serving, as the youngest, alongside our team this week has given me a new perspective and insight of hope for what my future holds after college. Thank you to all of my team members and for making this experience one of kind!

Emma Grace Wilson, Student, Stephen F. Austin State University

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