First Baptist Missionaries Return
From Nicaragua, Saturday
by: Bobby McDonald
Thirty-four members of the Sulphur Springs First Baptist Church Missionary Team returned Saturday, following a 10 day trip to Nicaragua. Both tired and "pumped," following a successful trip of meeting the spiritual and physical needs of hundreds of Nicaraguan residents, the team was glad to be home, but reflected on the many, many people they helped and shared the gospel with. "A Nicaraguan Dentist and I saw probably 125 people in two remote areas of the country and extracted close to 400 teeth," exclaimed local dentist, Dr. Danny Lawrence. "With our two assistants, we saw patients 'around the clock" practically, but we were able to not turn anyone away, that needed dental help!"
"Dr. Cutrell and the medical team treated so many people that they ran out of pharmaceutical supplies," continued Lawrence. "But, we made so many friends and helped so many people that live in such remote places of the world. It certainly makes you proud that God chose to place you in a nation where you have running water and some of the 'finer' things in life. And, it makes you feel so guilty that we don't share our wealth, even more!"
Nicaragua is a very scenic place, according to Lawrence, but the poverty is startling in some of the mountainous villages.
This was Dr. Lawrence's second summer to travel to Nicaragua with the First Baptist Church Mission Team. "Sure, I'm tired from the trip, but you feel like it is one of the highlights of the year, when you are able to help these people, that are so appreciative and are unable to help themselves." expressed Dr. Lawrence. "You feel like you are sharing your God given talents with those that need your services so desperately!"
The young ladies in Nicaragua will never be the same, after being taught the "chicken dance!"