Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Postcard - from Nicaragua

I've decided that I'd like to add a new feature to this site, but I haven't quite worked out how to do it, or even what to call it. Basically, it will be "post cards" from around the world - be it from friends, family, or fans of the blog. I guess the entry about my Uncle Paul & Aunt Teri visiting New York was the first of sorts, and below is our second post card, from an incredible woman, and friend, in Nicaragua:

Greetings from Nicaragua,

Just in case you aren't quite sick of me sending you upates about my various and sundried trips I thought I would send one more e-mail about something that is actually more worthwile then me talking about drinking beer. This is my third day in Nicaragua and I already feel that I have impacted more people in three days then I have in the last several years. Had I known missionary work was this fullfilling I would have started a long time ago.

Just to get you caught up, I am now in Nicaragua. I am working at a clinic through a program called Random Acts of Kindness through Oakland Fire and the Hope Project [Liz is a female firefighter in Oakland, California] . We provide medical care for children in Nicaragua. I am working with a pediatrician named Doctor Roger who, I swear, must be St. Peter encarnate becase he is by far one of the kindest, most giving, and lovely people I've ever met.

Today was our first day and we treated over 75 children. From what I hear it typically doubles and triples over the next 5 days. I can tell you that on my first day day I have been touched and overwhelmed by the gratitude and the love we have received from the people we have come to serve. Today we went shopping for a stroller for a woman that had a 2 year old boy who had cerebral palsy and was unable to walk. She carried him everywhere because he could not, and will never walk. I cried, she cried, we took pictures. Today was the first day. I can tell I`m gonna have to pull myself together otherwise I`m gonna be crying every day. I think this is much better then drinking beer and going to the beach. That's all for now.

Be safe and take care.
Signing off from Nicaragua,

Dear Liz (in Nicaragua), please send us a photo!
And take care of yourself. How lucky are we to have such an incredible person as a friend?
Liz, Tobi & Lukas

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