This morning I purchased tickets to travel to Jinotega, Nicaragua. I was invited by IMA Helps to join them on their third annual trip to host a mobile hospital in Nicaragua. Last year they provided over 12,000 surgeries to the poorest of the poor. This year they are bringing nearly 100 surgeons, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals to bring health to the people of the 2nd poorest nation in the western hemisphere. This is IMA Help’s 11th year of bringing medical teams to poor countries in Central and South America.
My friend-like-a-brother, Ryan Frederick, will be accompanying me on this trip. Ryan started Crux Watches to help us bring healing to injured and ill children (along with helping some other really cool nonprofit work). In the midst of hiking Mt. Rainier, helping to plan the Exodus Experience, leading worship at Desert Foursquare Church, and running his two companies, Ryan jumped at the opportunity to go help the people of Nicaragua. Ryan, you’re one in a billion.
We really don’t know what we’re going to see. It’s one thing to see pictures of these types of procedures, and another entirely to see thousands of people lined up, waiting to be screened & hoping for healing. I know that this trip will have a profound impact on my life, but trying to guess what the outcome will be is impossible. I’ll be sure to blog, facebook post and email as much as possible.
The goal of our trip is to screen for potential Rooftop 519 patients who can come to the U.S. for advanced medical care. I am excited to share their stories with you.
We leave on July 29 and return August 4. Please begin praying for us now. My prayer is as simple as praying for God’s will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. That is the beginning of justice and righteousness, and we have a unique opportunity to open many relational doors that will deeply impact people.