Feeling Blessed in Jinotega, Nicaragua

We are being spoiled by our hosts here in this beautiful town. Last night we had dinner at a restaurant that overlooks the entire city. Even though it was raining, the view was amazing.

Yesterday we had a 15 year-old patient, Joselina, ask for help with her pituitary gland. She has had a large portion a tumor removed from her brain, but there are still remnants that cause significant hormonal and other problems. She is on medication that is beyond the family’s means to provide.

In my conversation with the doctor who brought Joselina to my attention, she told me that this sort of surgery is fairly easy for a endrocrinologist in the U.S. Joselina was very grateful that we would consider helping her to get the help her life depends upon.

I shot a picture of an old many who had lived with his affliction his whole life.  Many of those who are born this way will not be able to get jobs or compete for spouses. I don’t know his name or story, but I thought I’d share his picture with you.

Being in central America, Ryan and I are mostly disconnected from the rally for Chick-fil-A. I’d like to share my two cents. First, I don’t think Christians are called to attempt to argue from moral high-ground. The people Jesus most harshly criticized were those who claimed ethical superiority. The directive he demonstrated and expected was primarily a position of humility.

Secondly, I think we are here to love God first, then our neighbor AS ourself. This guy in the picture… he’s my neighbor. Do I care more about getting this guy a leg than I do about buying a tasty sandwich from the “right” restaurant? I know it is more complex than that, and it might sound like I’m making a moral platitude that contradicts my first point. This is merely my best attempt at living the one life I have been given in service to God and others. Generously. Compassionately. Humbly. For those that are happy living their faith through a fast-food restaurant, I do not begrudge them their choice, and I do not suppose to know the level of commitment they have to serve outside of the Chick-fil-A counteroffensive.

Philippians 2:3-11 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

-Shawn

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