On Sunday, Oct. 3, the Waldoboro United Methodist Church welcomes the community to hear stories and see pictures of a July trip to Managua, Nicaragua, by the Rev. Bev Blaisdell and church member Scott Lash.

The two stayed a week with the Amanecer (Dawn) Mobile Health Clinic, helping with the clinic on the volcanic island, Ometepe, reached by ferry in Lake Nicaragua.

The mission trip was in response to a visit from the clinic team to the Waldoboro church in December 2009, and a sense of God’s call to learn about a country in an area of grave poverty largely forgotten by the global community.

“By going in person, we were able to experience remote areas and meet folks inaccessible to the typical tourist. We saw first-hand a culture of need, but nevertheless great spirit. Children from homes with no facilities and dirt floors arrive at school in clean white shirts and with an attitude of cooperation and affection,” Lash said

“You can read and watch video segments, but nothing compares to living among the Nicaraguans, eating beans and rice every meal, and coping with limited comforts,” said Blaisdell.

“The miles and miles of corrugated metal homes leaning side by side in the heat and dust became overwhelming,” Lash said. “We worked with a clinic doctor who was visited by 100 patients in a morning session, and after a break and travel to a new location, an additional 100 in the late afternoon,” continued Lash. “The spirit of genuine concern was remarkable after seeing so many patients in makeshift conditions.”

While the pair was with the mission group, a number of children’s schools and sewing programs were visited. Those who are interested in hearing the experiences and reflections of Scott Lash and Bev Blaisdell are welcome to the church at 95 Friendship Street in Waldoboro, at 5:30 p.m. for a potluck meal, followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. The church is active in mission work in the local area and beyond. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. To learn more, call 832-5556.