Friday, June 24, 2011

Manauga Day 2: Calm before the storm

My first full day in Managua has been very relaxed.  I slept excellent and got a great night's sleep from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m..  I forgot to warn my roommates I talk in my sleep, but they told me this morning they found out on their own :)  Breakfast here at the hotel is amazing...anything you can think of, and for free.   Most of the volunteers who are already here (some still trickling in) spent time swimming at the pool today, but I just didn't feel like it.  It's encouraged to not leave the hotel for multiple reasons, so I walked around the grounds searching for the deer and parrots they have in a fenced area.  I had quite a scare when big dog started barking at me from behind a fenced area, so I gave up on locating the deer and headed into the airconditioned lobby to read.  So far this feels more like a vacation than a mission trip, but I know tomorrow will be a completely different so I'm enjoying this calm. 

I've felt like I was antisocial for most of the day; I guess I forgot how out of place and shy I can feel sometimes when around people I don't know.  When I feel like I wish I came on this trip with someone I know, I tell myself to get over it and introduce myself.  I introduced myself to a group of female newcomers from Florida and joined them for lunch. One lady brought her daughters (8 and 10) who are rediculously smart and adorable (and much better at math than myself).  Another lady has been on mulitple trips with Corner of Love and is a doctor.  The other two ladies are both doctors hereand it was interesting listening to the seasoned doctor explain the other how the clinic days will operate.  It makes me nervous and excited for the days to come.

Tomorrow, I will be taken to the dental clinic to select items I think our dental team will need for the week.  There are no dentists on this trip, but there is one other hygienist from Bermuda I have yet to meet.  I was told I am the lead for the dental team, so your prayers are appreciated as I prepare and make decisions. 

While reading last night, Psalm 57:9-11 stood out to me, and I've decided to focus on this next week:

"I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over the earth."

"Te alabaré, Señor, entre los pueblos, te cantaré salmos entre las naciones." Muchas gracias to my Sistaw Elizabeth for loaning me her English/Spanish Bible and phrasebook :)

We have a meeting tonight at 7:00 and then bus 2.5 hours to San Ramon.  Your prayers are appreciated for the team as well as for those we will serve in the villages of Matagalpa.  I will not have access to internet after tonight, so I will try to "check in" again next Friday when we return to Managua. 

Buenas noches!

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