“SERVE” Mission To Nicaragua Week 5 – Lake Forest Park, Washington & Friends

July 2nd, 2017

Date(s) - July 2, 2017 - July 9, 2017


Scroll down to view description

“SERVE” Mission To Nicaragua Week 5 – Lake Forest Park, Washington & Friends

July 2-9, 2017

Trip Description

This trip is open to volunteers connected to Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church and Diane Sheehan (Team Leader). Anyone else who’d like to join (OPEN REGISTRATION to ALL U.S. STATES & CANADA) is welcome, but please contact nelson@corneroflove.org before signing up. We expect “SERVE” Week 5 to have about 15-30 participants. Please help us spread the word and invite more to attend. We really need a minimum of 20 people.

As always, we do NOT only need healthcare professionals, we also need general volunteers who are willing to help count pills and vitamins, organize the pharmacy, sort shoes and donations, and run the clinics. We have many jobs like filling goodie bags, sorting charts, separating toiletries, etc. that do not require healthcare knowledge. Of course there is a huge need for doctors, dentists, and nurses, too!


Underneath the beauty of the rugged mountains around San Ramon and intriguing culture of North Nicaragua, lies a hurting people group that suffers from parasitic infections, malnutrition, and complicated societal problems. Less than ten percent of couples marry, and alcoholism and thievery wage war on families and the strength of Christian churches. False religion knocks on the doors of humble pastors whose only defense is their steadfast memory of stories told to them from the bible, as most have less than a third grade education.

In these impoverished communities, tucked away on mountain-sides and nestled in dry valleys, Corner of Love is at work, helping pastors learn to read and create self-sustaining flocks, knitting together a network of more than 140 native pastors and lay people who are carrying a torch for Jesus. They are the Nicaraguans behind-the-scenes who coordinate our medical and dental clinics, seek out the sick, and bring the good news to all their neighbors.

This summer, be a part of “SERVE” Week 5 and join our mission to bring hope, help, and many kinds of assistance to these people in need. As part of the SERVE team, you’ll spend the week carrying out mobile medical clinics, learning activities, organizational projects, and other loving tasks that increase the work of Corner of Love’s native staff and help save lives in the area. You’ll have the chance to bless patients with badly needed medications, clothing, shoes, and prayer. The goal is for the light of Christ to touch the hearts and lives of families and children in the many villages that Corner of Love serves in.

Why not do something different this summer? SERVE (Week 5) is an opportunity to give, give, give in a way that will leave you a different person. Come to the villages with us and serve like never before. It will change you forever.

Trip Activities:

  • Medical Services: YES
  • Eye Care: POSSIBLE
  • Dental Care: YES
  • Prayer Station: YES
  • Open to Families With Minors: YES
  • Clothing & Shoes Distribution: YES
  • Service at New Facility (Plaza de Bonded): YES

Suggested Itinerary:

ARRIVAL DAY: July 2 – any flight arriving in Managua on this date

DEPARTURE DAY: July 9 – any flight departing on this date

On these dates a COL staff person or representative will meet you at the airport. COL staff may be inside the secure area of the airport (wearing a Corner of Love t-shirt so you can identify them) or waiting outside the glass doors where you will come out.

Please note that because our team members often arrive throughout the day, our staff may instruct you to wait at a nearby restaurant or hotel while we welcome additional participants who arrive after you. Kindly be prepared to spend the afternoon or evening standing-by while we welcome those who arrive after you. If this is asked of you, our staff will take you to the waiting place and you will have access to wi-fi, food, etc. You may want to bring a bit of extra funds to buy lunch or dinner there. Usually all flights are in by 9PM, at which time we pick up team members who are waiting, load the last travelers, and then depart for San Ramon. (Departure time may be earlier, depending on the travel schedules of team-members.)

Alternative Itinerary:

If you arrive a day or more early we recommend staying at Camino Real (better hotel for resting) or Hilton Princess (better hotel for sightseeing) and prefer that we make the reservation for you. Please contact us so we can arrange your accommodations. You will be able to pay the hotel directly by cash or credit card.

If you depart after the scheduled “end date” you will be responsible for your own transportation and accommodations. If you need assistance with this please contact us.

On alternate dates a COL staff person or representative may or may not meet you at the airport. For this reason, less critical mission cargo is usually assigned to early travelers. (I.E. You will likely not carry meds or other prescription items that sometimes require our assistance to clear customs.) Approximately 3 to 7 days before you travel, we will email instructions on how to board the hotel’s shuttle and how we will connect with you.

Our team will depart to San Ramon on the Suggested Itinerary ARRIVAL DAY, usually at 9PM. Make sure to communicate with us about arriving early or staying past the end date.

Team Leaders

Diane Sheehan dpsheehan@msn.com

Team Size

Size: We hope to have 15-30 team members. Please spread the word!

Participants

OPEN REGISTRATION + anyone connected to Lake Forest Park Presbyterian and/or Diane Sheehan

Quinta Hosts:

Nelson & Tanya Amador

Registration Steps:

  1. Please send your trip application and deposit before May 15. After that, you may still sign up and join the team, but we will ask that the cargo assigned to you be less-critical items (such as toys and clothes, instead of medicine)
  2. Acquire your plane ticket
  3. Request a copy of the Team Handbook, sign Disclosure Set, return completed disclosures to the Corner of Love U.S. office.
  4. Seek tax-deductible donations for your trip cost ($1250 payable in the U.S., $100 payable in Nicaragua)
  5. Read all info under “GO TO NICARAGUA” section at corneroflove.org
  6. Speak with Diane Sheehan (if connected to her) or Nelson & Tanya Amador (if new to Corner of Love) for pre-trip information and orientation (nelson@corneroflove.org). Team meetings will most likely be held in Lake Forest Park in the months of May & June.
  7. If in Washington State, pick up pre-packed mission cargo luggage (usually two suitcases or bins weighing 50lbs each) from Corner of Love’s Chapter Office located in Maple Valley, WA (behind 7-11). (Those outside of Washington will be asked to collect items from the What’s Needed list and each pack two 50b suitcases with supplies for clinics.)

Cost:

  • $1250 payable in the U.S
  • $100 payable in Nicaragua
  • $90 – $120 recommended spending money for entry visa, two dinners out, souvenirs

Contact:

Forms & Links:

Sign Up Now!

Want To Help Raise Money For Corner of Love Projects?

If you would like to help fundraise for Corner of Love projects, such as the new water system that will serve our clinic and school at La Lima, or our U-12 Sports Complex with baseball and soccer fields, please use Corner of Love’s tax ID number 36-4612230 when soliciting tax-deductible contributions. Donations can be sent to:

Corner of Love
22142 SE 237th St. #100
Maple Valley, WA 98038

More News