Serving in Nicaragua
I have been a missionary for the past 12 years in Nicaragua. Prior, I was a nurse manager in a hospital in Florida. My experience in health care has enabled me to focus on making a difference in health care in Nicaragua.
Ministry Focus/Current Projects: For the past 12 years I have been working in the mountains of Nicaragua. Many families lack education in hygiene and basic health issues. Needless to say these people have limited access to quality medical care.
MVI has a clinic called El Buen Samaritano located in the country. The people pay $3.00 to be seen by the doctor after the consult they receive their medications at no cost. We provide care for children and people of all ages. We have found women with cancer and put them on the right path to receive chemotherapy and surgery. We treat people with diabetes and high blood pressure who had not been receiving treatment. The clinic also offers screening for cervical and breast cancer.
The clinic provides dental care at a very reasonable price to the rural communities. They can have extractions but also the dentist wants to save teeth so we can offer fillings and repairs. People who have lived with constant pain due to infected teeth are now pain free.
In Matagalpa MVI has a home for children who are severely malnourished. It is called the Re-nutrition Center. Families bring their children who are suffering from malnutrition. The children stay 24/7 until they are physically and emotionally improved. Once they return to their families there are social workers who monitor the children. We receive children from all over the north eastern part of Nicaragua.
Another focus for MVI in Nicaragua is working with pastors to improve their understand the importance and responsibility of their calling. Three times a year MVI offers a conference to over 250 pastors from all over Nicaragua. Many different topics are offered to help these pastors in spiritual and family lives. They are given tools to use to improve their ministries.
Many exciting things are happening in the Matagalpa area of Nicaragua. Come and get involved!