After a 2:45 am wake up call, the crew headed to the airport and got ready to board the flight to Miami, Florida. Both flights went smoothly, and the clan safely arrived in Managua, Nicaragua. Trudging through the baggage claim, all were met with smiles and warm hugs from the facilitators, who surprised us with the news that we were headed to the Special Needs Medical Clinic that Traders Point Christian Church helped fund.
Right as we walked into the clinic, a torrential downpour occurred, and we were glad we made it just in time. Dr. Carla, the director of the clinic, told us the essential values, mission statement, and vision. The essential purpose of the clinic is to honor God, treat all with unconditional love, and provide effective treatment for their medical needs. Dr. Carla emphasized that if only one person comes to see the Lord through their efforts at the clinic, it will all be worth it.
The facilities for the clinic were very nice, with a few improvements that still need to be made. For the most part, it was great to see how far everything has come. Dr. Carla also did not hesitate to inform us of prayer requests that they would like us to pray about. A few of these were a new roof (two of the rooms flooded while we were there because of the rain), a play area for the kids, a TV, a waiting room, and more specialists. They eventually would like to own the building as well instead of rent it. Although these things are common to have in the United States, these are things that are luxuries for them that they are working hard to get. Most of the time it is by the grace and faithfulness of God that He provides for them.
Another crucial aspect Dr. Carla wants to implement is increased communication between sponsors and their sponsor child regarding medical needs. She has been working hard alongside the team in the United States to put into effect a new email system and database to get the kids the care they need. We are getting very excited for tomorrow to spend the day with our sponsor kids. Ginny made a comment about how large of a group it will be, so please pray for everything goes smoothly tomorrow as we go out to lunch and spend time with those we sponsor. Also, please pray for a good night sleep and smooth adjustments to life in Nicaragua. Thank you for reading, and Dios te bendiga (God bless you)!