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Moravian medical work in Nicaragua

The Moravian medical work in Nicaragua is continuing to bear fruit for the health of the people of that Central American country.

It began with a dream of Dr. David Thaeler to establish a Moravian hospital on the Rio Coco in northern Nicaragua and to train locals to assume responsibility for the health care in this region. Even though the original hospital was destroyed in the Sandinista War, the Bilwaskarma Clinic continues to provide significant care, especially in its preventive health program.

032015nicaraguadocsDr. Thaeler also established a nurse’s training school, and today graduates from this school work all over the world. One of these graduates, Alta Hooker, had a dream that was likely influenced by Dr. Thaeler—training medical students at her school.

Alta currently serves as Dean of URACCAN (University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua). In an effort to support the movement of the newly-born autonomy process of the region, Alta used her influence and contacts for URACCAN to receive the approval of several government agencies to conduct training of medical students there.

On December 12, 2014, URACCAN graduated its first 17 medical doctors. This first class was composed of students primarily from the northeast coast of Nicaragua, speaking Miskito, English (Creole), Spanish and Sumu Mayagna. Students received special training in traditional medicine of the local people along with their standard medical training.

In addition to being a graduate of the nurse’s training school, Alta is niece of the late Alice Hooker, who for many years lived in Bilwaskarma with the Thaelers and later in Puerto Cabezas, directing the Christian Education program of the Moravian Church. Alta has also been influential in convincing the Nicaraguan government to provide consistent financial support for the two universities of the Caribbean coast.

Thanks to the hard work of those forefathers and persons like Alta, the future of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua appears brighter! ■

Larry Palmer is the treasurer for the Moravian Church in Nicaragua . Above: Medical graduates from URACCAN.

Moravian Daily Texts

04/27/2017

Thursday, April 27 — Psalm 55:9–15

Job 32,33; 1 Corinthians 7:17–24

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18–19

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree.” Luke 13:19

Through the gift of the amazing variety of seeds on earth, you feed our hunger, give us shelter and clothing, help us to wisely use our soil and give us beauty and pleasure. Through these gifts, you give us the ability to live, to grow, and to serve and be served by others. Give all people in this world, we pray, the seeds of hope and nourishment, and help us to do our part in serving others. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

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