TEAM STILLWATER NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 1
“Here’s your sign”
Day 1!!!! OneWorld Health/Stillwater Medical Team has arrived, inventoried, settled in and we are ready to work!! We spend time together at breakfast discussing the day ahead, and enjoying our devotional time, lead by Steve Broadway who always delivers a message worth listening to! ….his message strikes a chord, and sticks with me today…..”Imago Dei”….God’s image is stamped on everyone, and we need to take the time to see this in the people we serve today. Don’t get too wrapped up in the work. I say Amen.
I will make a confession at this point. In regard to whether or not I am making the right choices, I have been filled with doubt. Doubt. This feeling that affects all of us, at many points in our life, and can lead us astray. Doubt……and I am struggling to figure out why. Today, this moment in time is NOT like last year when my mind was ready, I was in THAT PLACE, I knew this was ABSOLUTELY where I was supposed to be, and I was doing EXACTLY what I was supposed to do, I’d prayed for direction in my life and I had it!! If you’ve experienced it, then you know, that euphoria-like moment of time when you feel like the veil between Heaven and Earth is as thin as it can get….. I begin this day and I am still not there, and why not?!? This rides heavy on my mind as I try to cover it up with a variety of band-aids, try to force the hand and that is not working. So, I carry on……but the time is here, I am here so there is no backing out now. I pray all the way to clinic this morning, filled with doubt, worried that this won’t be “the same as last year”. I shouldn’t have come.
I love to use the phrase “connect up”, and man did I need to connect up, with God. On our morning drive to clinic, I connected, and while the moment was split-second, I realized that this was EXACTLY where I needed to be……turning off all the earthly noise, seeing the people and looking for God’s stamp. Stop getting so wrapped up the the “work of life”, because THAT is what has unnecessarily lead me into this sea of doubt. BAM!!
And, there is was. My sign. I’m not one to ask God to show me a “sign”, like a lightning bolt striking the ground with a grand explosion for me to know whether or not I should be standing outside in a storm……This was a sign straight to the heart. A little hut, 1 hour out of town, down a long, bumpy, dusty, mountainous road we travel to our very remote destination for the day. Cattle drawn carts. Men on bikes headed to town. Kids half dressed watching as we drive by. No grass, no running water, minimal electricity, door-less concrete houses, not a single car. Not one. We drove 1 hour to get to these beautiful people, we treated 183 patients, we extracted 60 teeth, we learned to communicate in other ways to overcome the language barrier. Here’s your sign. A team of 23, traveling with one of the best international medical operations, serving 183 people who otherwise would have had to walk or bike the 1 hour drive we made. Here’s your sign. Grateful hearts, childhood laughter in the distance, smiles and Thank you’s abound. Including a little Thank You from above. #chasingsunsets
+ Shawn Scott, DDS
Today began almost like every other day, except I woke up in Nicaragua! As we began our first full day, it all felt like a dream. It didn’t, and still doesn’t, feel like I’m actually here. But I am here, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
On this trip I am working in the pharmacy as a tech – which I have zero experience with! But as the day flashed by, I found myself enjoying every minute of it! To see chickens, pigs and dogs freely roaming around as I worked to fill prescriptions, brought moments of laughter into my fast paced day. I have found much joy in being here, and I hope and pray that I will be overflowing with joy at the end of my time here. The community, our translators’, my new friends, and the time I’ve spent serving are what I pray I remember most about this trip! I’m realizing now I loved this day most because I began and completed it without thinking of myself as my first priority. It’s so easy for me to fall into this place of “what can I do to make myself happier today?” Today felt different. Less focused on me and more about being a servant to others and meeting their needs. The feeling of feeling less paired with my joy excites me for what the following days will hold and how the Father will mold and shape me to be more like Him!
To conclude today’s adventure, I will share a phrase, or billboard, I saw today: El Gallo más Gallo. It’s so silly, but I wanted all day to find out what gallo meant. I have no interest in acquiring a rooster (which is what gallo means), or more roosters, but I do hope to have more joy! So, my catch phrase for tomorrow, and the rest of this, trip will be The joy, more joy!
+ Becca O’Neal