Countless people in coastal Nicaraguan communities were suddenly homeless after twin hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020. As they crowded into schools and other buildings, they soon faced another problem. Damp conditions quickly spread various illnesses, while surrounding healthcare facilities stood empty from the storm damage.
Medical project in devastated areas
What seemed like a hopeless disaster turned into an opportunity. CAM staff members journeyed with Nicaraguan doctors and nurses to hold medical brigades in devastated coastal areas. Once a month, the medical team traveled to these communities. They listened to medical complaints, examined patients, and provided medicines and treatment. As they interacted with the hundreds of people who came for help, they also sought to offer hope and kindness. People began moving out of the shelters as rebuilding progressed, but long-term needs and connections gave the team reasons to return several times in 2022. They continued providing medical help and followed up with needs of the people they had encountered.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . . and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4, 5
Nora portrays one relationship built during this project. This young widow lost her home to the hurricanes. CAM staff arranged to build a new house and helped minister to Nora and her children’s medical needs. One visit to Nora’s home found her ill with a headache and a high fever. The doctor diagnosed her problem and provided treatment. As he helped her, Nora shared, “Last night as I was sick, a man in white came down and visited me. He . . . just stood over me with His hands outstretched. After awhile, He went back up. I said, “Thank you, God for a sign that you care about me.”
This summer our staff members received news that Nora’s 12-year-old daughter passed away unexpectedly. Please pray for Nora and her children as they face more loss and heartache.
Spiritual opportunities through medical project
Other connections that formed through this medical project are opening spiritual opportunities to distribute the 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible book. It was recently translated into the Miskito language. The Miskito people are a native people group who live in Nicaragua’s coastal regions affected by hurricanes.
We pray the medical aid and spiritual nourishment will help people come to know the greatest Physician of all.
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