Today is sadly our final day together as a team here in the beautiful country of Nicaragua. It began with a humbling devotional time over breakfast that facilitated introspection and reflection on our service for the week. During the week we have all faced many challenges, both as a team and individually, as we delivered healthcare to those in most need in the rural and remote areas surrounding El Viejo. We now all have a better picture of the unique model of sustainability that exemplifies PMI – because all of our patient encounters have now seen healthcare providers in their communities and have follow up opportunities at our El Viejo Clinic and a chance to access care at an affordable price!
For now, we’re all headed to Vistamar Pochomil, a beautiful beach on the Pacific Ocean with horseback riding, surfing, ATV tours, beach soccer, pool volleyball, and a little time relaxing in the hammock. We have all worked so hard this week, with a genuineness in our hearts to reach out and touch the souls of some truly tremendous people in Nicaragua and demonstrate our love for them by providing simple healthcare. This free day on the beach is so well deserved, and as Team Director, I am overwhelmed with the cohesiveness and camaraderie I have witnessed this week united under a common goal. Everyone has coalesced greatly and formed bonds that I’m sure will endure for a very long time from now. We are now all a community – part of the “PMI family.”
Our hearts are somber as we ready ourselves to depart and return home. Everyone here is so loving, caring, and hospitable! Leaving such a beautiful people is always so difficult – but returning to our families and friends will be comforting, especially as we share this experience and the infectious and contagious spirit of service. Moving forward, we spoke of “integration,” and how we can take these experiences and feelings back to the states with us and do something positive and constructive with them. Our week was intense, but this mission trip does not end today…it is with us forever and nobody can ever take it from us. There is already so much talk of volunteers returning on future trips, bringing friends, bringing family, and spreading the word about our work here in Nicaragua. Success! Mission Accomplished!
It’s been a true honor and privilege to serve and lead this team. Can’t wait for the days when we can all return in service to provide healthcare once again!
Cuide Se y Vaya con Dios!