1: This Christmas I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to visit my sister who was working in a hospital there. While we were there we traveled the country and had an amazing experience. . While there we also visited the children's hospital and gave out presents to the children.. It was truly an amazing experience and I hope to return there in the summer.
2: Nicaragua is the second largest producer of pineapple in the world. It is home to 5 to 6 million people. It is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. 80% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. TThe country of Nicaragua is approximately the size of the state of New York.
3: Many people believe that the most popular sport in Nicaragua is soccer, like many other Spanish speaking countries. However, the favored sport among Nicaraguans is baseball.
5: The second day in Nicaragua we visited the children's hospital and handed out gifts to the patients. Children ranged in age from premature newborns all the way up to teenagers. All had very different medical needs but all had very positive attitudes. In the picture on the opposite page, top left, we are giving presents to a burn victim. His mother could not stop thanking us. To the right my father and sister are giving presents to a little boy with a skin condition, and on the bottom is Santa Clause, my father, with all of the mothers and children. On this page is a picture of the neonatal unit. These babies were precious. The equipment was not so great though. It was such an eye opener to see just how fortunate we are in the United States. I cannot wait to return to Nicaragua and visit this hospital again.
6: While in Nicaragua we went to Volcan Masaya, which is one of the active volcanoes in Nicaragua. It is located in Masaya in a national park. We were able to climb to the top of the volcano and look into the middle. While it was extremely fun, it was a little scary at the same time.
8: Pinas de Paz is a mission organization that is owned and operated by he Lathrops, graduates of Clemson University. The name means Pineapples of Peace. Pinas de Paz is a pineapple farm located in Ticuantepe Nicaragua.
9: The Lathrops use the farm to help out Nicaraguans that do not have a job and need one. The mission is still in the works but it has made tremendous improvements. Each summer, the Lathrops hold mission trips to the farm. Time is also spend helping the less fortunate Nicaraguans.
10: This is a roadside stand that we bought a pineapple at on the way into the mountains. The pineapple was delicious and the people were so friendly. There is and always will be a special place in my heart for the people of Nicaragua.
11: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:18