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As we prepare for, and soon embark on our journey, this blog will not only be a window into our travels and experiences, but also a way for us to share with our supporters in the good works along the way. So many people have helped make this trip possible and for that we are grateful! We hope you'll stay tuned to see what and who your support impacts. We also ask that you will continue to pray for us and the people we will serve while we're in Nicaragua.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Amazing Tuesday!!!

Hola Friends and Family!!!
Today was exceptional! Yesterday was our day to iron out all the wrinkles and today clinic flowed smoothly! Everyone was assigned a station and those who were not as busy helped others who were swamped! (PA students have a thing for being flexible! ;) ) I was stationed in triage today. This is where the patients get their vitals taken and then we take a brief history to get an idea of what is going on before they are taken back to see the providers. I love to hear their stories about their families and what they do for a living. The Nicaraguans are so appreciative for the care that they are recieving. It's the simple things in life such as a smile and a handshake that light up their face. Although the language is sometimes a communication barrier, I have learned to communicate in so many other ways. Somehow, they seem to understand my crazy hand expressions and southern-accent broken spanish! In the beginning of the day I was asking Aileen "how do you say this, how do you say that" and kept a little list of commonly used phrases. Before the trip I bought a medical spanish pocketcard for $7 ( a tiny little card, but it turned out to be the best $7 i have ever spent!) By the end of the day Kelly and I could work as a team to form sentences and take a history! The kids here in Nicaragua are precious. They're so happy and giggly!
We look forward to what tomorrow brings! It will be another big day in the clinic!


P.S. To all the worried moms, the girls who drank the unpurified water are just fine! They took some pepto and never had any symptoms! :)


  1. Couldn't help but think of you guys when I read Luke 7:22-23 today - Jesus said "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." You all are not just preaching the good news, but showing the good news by what you are doing. Proud of you guys. We are praying for you.

  2. Hola everyone,
    I LOVE this blog. It is so nice to be able to keep up with what all you guys are doing. It is amazing how God provided for these people before you got there...like the hearing aid...Keep up the good work delivering the good news, the needed medicines and love God has provided for you to give his Nicaraguan children. And thanks for the PS that no one got sick from the water....how did you know there would be worried moms (like me)
    Love you Grace!!!
    Sharon...aka Grace's Mom

  3. Loving the blog! Making me think about a mission trip!!!
    Rachel and Amanda, Bobbie sends her love and prayers. Her daddy's kidney working great but still in a lot of pain.
    Rachel, Sara B. sends a big hug and said "so proud of my Rachel".
    To all, love and prayers being sent!!!
    Stinkerbelle's mom

  4. I too believe that God placed that hearing aid in your bag for that particular man Tuesday. Sometimes God's plan is visible and sometimes it isn't so easily seen, but what a blessing it is to be part of His plan. PS. Yes, we moms were quite concerned about the water (Caroline G.)...Love, mom

  5. You guys are doing amazing things and I am so proud of all of you! To my classmates...I have watched you guys grow into wonderful clinicians and I know the care you are giving the people of Nicaragua is top notch! Just think...this is only the beginning! And way to go on being flexible...good thing we learned something in PA school, right?! Amanda--I am over the moon excited for you and I am there with you...living through you in spirit! Can't wait to see today's blog and all of the awesome things you are doing! I love you!! <3

  6. What amazing stories thus far. I pray the week will continue to hold miracles for each of you and the people you serve. Glad to hear everyone survived the water. Please tell Britt that I think Wrigley drank the same water, but he's feeling much better today. As for Jonathan, please ask him to bring the cook home, she would make a good addition to our team.
    Rob Gorman

  7. So glad to hear y'all are having a productive mission! Praise the Lord for those who have received Christ! Hi to Britt from Steve, Becky and Mocha!