isn't It great!
In my junior year of high school, I went
wtih a medical team to Wiwili, Nicaragua, a tiny mountain village. The
families were poor and the houses were built right on the ground out of
old lumber and banana leaves.
The medical team vaccinated the
villagers against polio, measles, and DPT. Sometimes they had to turn
children away, because they had already gotten the disease. This was
heart-breaking. By the end of the first week, I started feeling
sorry—even guilty—for the conditions these people lived in. I became
homesick and depressed.
One night I was sitting outside in the
darkness. I was thinking about home, my girlfriend, and why I had
volunteered. I asked myself why people had to live like this. Whose
fault was it? Why did God permit it?
Then I heard someone in the darkness.
was José Santos, the schoolteacher and the father of the family that I
lived with. He sat down next to me, tilted his chair back against the
wall, and stared up at the sky.
After a minute he said, "Isn’t
it great!" I asked what he said, and he repeated, "Isn’t it great, all
that God has given us!" His eyes were still staring up at the sky. I
tilted my head and looked up. I hadn’t noticed that the sky was lit
up with millions of stars. It was spectacular. The two of us just sat there looking up at the stars. It was an experience I will never forget.
week 598 - day 5
The next morning I got up early to bathe. Walking through the woods to the river where we washed, I looked around. Everything was green. The only sounds were those of birds and running water. Then I remembered what Jose had said: ‘Isn’t it great, all that God has given us!’ At that moment I felt great.
Everything fell into place. “Never before had I felt so thankful for all that God had given me. Never before had I felt so loved. As we vaccinated the villagers that day, I had such
a big smile on my face that my cheeks began to hurt toward the end of the day. Inigo Manglano