Hundreds helped spiritually, physically during week in Nicaragua

Nicaraguans wait in line to be fed at La Palmyra.

God used the members of Temple’s medical mission team to help people in Nicaragua last week, treating their physical ailments and teaching them about Jesus Christ. Missions Coordinator John King provided the summary below.

This typical housing structure in the settlements where the team ministered has a patchwork covering of corrugated metal and tarps to protect its residents from the elements. A fence in the foreground serves as a clothesline.

Thanks so much to everyone who prayed for our team during our Aug. 19-26 Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua. The trip was a great success, as team members effectively shared the love of Christ with locals, through word and deed. Following Jesus’ pattern for ministry, the team preached the message of the Kingdom and met medical needs in the name of the Lord.

Our team left from Ruston early Saturday morning. We drove to Houston and flew out that afternoon for Managua. We arrived at the airport, and after making it through customs, received a warm welcome from our gracious hosts, the Baltadano clan. Because of some car trouble that delayed our bags, we not able to get to bed until after midnight.

Members of Temple's medical mission team ride a bus on their way to serve in a clinic.

In spite of the late night, our team woke up ready to work Sunday morning. After a devotional, we set out sorting pills and preparing all our medical supplies for our first clinic, Monday morning. A small group went that afternoon to do zip lining, while the rest of the team finished up prepping for clinic and took a brief tour of Managua. Everyone met for a meal that evening in Managua.

Our first day of clinic was Monday morning. Our team was well-prepared and experienced, and each of the four days of clinic went smoothly, especially considering how hard it can be to plan in Nicaragua! After breakfast and a devotional time, we would load the truck and bus and head out to our clinic site. Upon arrival, the team would scout the location, unload, set up, and be ready to see patients within half an hour! The team was incredibly efficient.

Nicaraguan residents assemble for an evangelistic presentation at Las Esquinas.

On Monday we set up clinic at the Donna Karen school in Diriamba. This is the school where Temple members sponsor over 150 underprivileged students to attend! After clinic that day, we visited one of Temple’s two Feed the Children sites, La Palmyra. On Tuesday, the team set up clinic on a church’s property in Las Esquinas, a small community about 15 minutes outside Diriamba. On Wednesday, clinic was at a school in La Trinidad, about 30 minutes away. That night we placed a Skype call back to Temple’s Wednesday night prayer meeting to update the church on our progress. Our final day of clinic on Thursday was a shorter day. We operated for about four hours at a school in Granada, a town almost an hour away.

"The Dump" is a regular feeding site for residents.

At the end of the day on Thursday, many team members were able to visit their sponsored children in Kilombo, and some were able to pick up needed clothing and food supplies for their families. That night, we had a special time of celebration and worship with the Baltadano clan and all our local brothers and sisters who served alongside us throughout the week.

Wake up calls went out at 3 a.m. Friday, because we had to leave Diriamba by 4 a.m. for our morning flight out of Managua. Our local friends accompanied us to the airport and shared heartfelt goodbyes on our way out of the country. We arrived in Houston around noon and headed straight back to Ruston. Family and friends were waiting at Temple to welcome us back that evening.

Team member Mike Brister and his candy are popular.

All in all, the trip was a great success. Our medical teams saw over 1,400 patients and patiently displayed the compassion of Christ to every one of them. Our evangelistic team saw 315 professions of faith in Christ and distributed over 1,000 Bibles and tracts. Our hearts were broken about the work that still remains, but joyful that we serve a God who is big enough to change a whole nation! May it be so, for His name’s sake!

Senior Pastor Dr. Rick Byargeon talks to Temple's sponsored students at School in Diriamba.

About Eddie Blick

I am a retired journalism teacher and a member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La. This blog is one of several that I created as outlets for my interests.
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