Welcome to our journey. We're so glad to have you!
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.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Bienvenidos a Nica!
Today was our first full day in Nicaragua. Since we were all tired from getting up at 3am yesterday, we went to bed around 7 last night at our hotel in Managua and all got a full 12 hours of sleep. We were feeling very rested this morning and ready for the day. It's the beginning of rainy season here so we slept to the pouring rain on the tin roof all night long. To some it was very soothing, but I think it kept some of the others up all night. We had worship and devotional time this morning on the patio, which was a great way to start the day. Nicaragua seems to have an abundance of rocking chairs (at least where we've been) so we've been taking full advantage of them so far. We also had a brief orientation this morning led by Christ for the City staff (who have been so lovely and so welcoming!) We learned a little about Nicaraguan culture, politics, religion and family life and about how to "take the high road" when it comes to interacting with the Nicaraguan people this week in clinic and in our travels. After orientation, we were on the road to Leon, where we will be staying all week and holding clinic. We ran into our first obstacle on the road to Leon with a flat tire on the bus. Ariel, our bus driver, is a champ and changed our tire in about 5 minutes flat. We're thinking of recommending him to work for Nascar. We got to the church/clinic where we'll be working, met and prayed with the church staff and volunteers we'll be working with this week, and set up the pharmacy. Now we're at our hotel and about to eat a delicious meal prepared by Jo Lydia.
Tomorrow is our first day of clinic and we're all very excited and looking forward to the day. Please be praying for our team members, church volunteers and patients we'll be interacting with.
Much love from Nica,
Aileen and Caroline G.