From the Streets of Jinotega, Nicaragua – Entry 1.1

November 9, 2013

Here you can read about the experiences of people who are either in Nicaragua at the moment or have been in Nicaragua and know the people, the place, the church in our sister parish community.

Specifically now…

Parishioner Sue Kellett is in Jinotega right now! She will be there for the next few weeks, joined by parishioner Kris McCullough. They will be e-mailing their progress, impressions, and such throughout their visit. Check back frequently to see what’s going on!

November 9, 2013

I arrived here in Nicaragua on Wednesday night late. I hit the ground running with a Baptism and birthday party on Thursday. My good friend Leyla from Miami was here visiting her family and we’ve had some special time together.

I met with Victorino and Vilma yesterday  and we have a sketchy plan for the next 13 days. There is a lot to accomplish with FMSC. We’re increasing our programs because there is going to be a crisis coming. The coffee harvest will be bad again this year or maybe worse and the poverty is becoming extreme for many families. So we want to be ready to help where we can.

Vilma went to a lawyer to have a contract drawn up for our friend Jobina to sign. It gives her the right to live in the house we got her for the next 2 years. We had to get her fingerprint because she can’t write. Good news… She’s working at her own little business selling coffee from thermoses on the street. She has regular customers she returns to each day. She said she makes maybe $50 per week! We are very proud she is finally independent and taking care of herself and the 4 boys. Some of the boys also work but she’s looking good and feels good about herself.

Kris McCullough a nurse midwife from St Ed’s will join me on Thursday the 14th and will hopefully be able to see how the hospital here works and the challenges they face. I on the other hand will stay in the background. There is a brigade of doctors, nurses and an anesthesiologist coming from an organization called Esperanca in Arizona and will be doing surgeries for 5 days.

There will be a lot more on the agenda soon.

Pray for all of us…
Sue