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February 17, 2013

Mission of Hope heads to Nicaragua

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Disabled boys live there, growing and harvesting the crops that help support the center.

Mission of Hope will provide boots for the boys, Blow said, much needed for the work they do.

SHOCKING POVERTY

Meanwhile, work will be done “converting a dilapidated hotel near the Oriental market into a health and training facility for women,” Blow said.

The John Paul II Fundacion will provide home-health-care and vocational training; Mission of Hope has provided funds and materials. 

“Between 15 and 20 volunteers will work there (this week),” Blow said.

“We will also be helping Sister Karla Marie and the Serviam Sisters,” she said, referring to a group of nuns living in “some of the worst poverty I’ve ever seen.”   

In the community of Granada, the nuns are attempting to convert a small abandoned building into living quarters.

“Even the most veteran among us were disturbed and shocked by the level of poverty they were living in,” Blow said of a trip she and a few other mission members made there in January.

The building where they live has no ventilation, “and we’re talking about tropic weather,” she said. 

And the roof is full of holes. 

“And yet they exude joy,” Blow said. 

The mission will make repairs to the building and provide some basic food for the nuns.

‘NO MOSS UNDERFOOT’

Bill Murray, vice president of the Mission Leadership Team, noted that much work has already been done in preparation for the trip. 

He was on the January trip for that purpose. 

“I was traveling around to orphanages, hospitals and schools, determining projects, needs and costs,” he said. 

“We wanted to be ready to go, and there were a lot of logistics to work out.”

“No moss grew under our feet in January, and no moss will grow under our feet in February,” Blow said.

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