Schroon Lake residents, from left, Clare Whitney, Mitchell Beers and Nicole Beers took part in a Mission of Hope to Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua, this summer.
continued “ At the party there was a piñata, cookies, gifts for each child and a pencil case with school supplies in it,” he said. “The birthday party allowed many of these children to experience what it is like to have fun, be happy and know that someone cares. We visited Pajarito Azul (The Blue Parrot) a center for children and adults with disabilities, and spent time fostering friendships with those who lived there.”
Whitney said the trip was success.
“I feel that it was a huge success,” she said. “The February trip I went on consisted of 45 travelers and this past trip was only half of that. However, we accomplished more than what was expected. It went very well.”
Mitchell Beers agreed.
“I feel the trip I went on and all the other trips that the NC Mission of Hope does are great successes,” he said. “We helped so many people and learned so much. The help, however, is mutual. I went expecting to give and ended up receiving so much. The people who live in Nicaragua shared with me compassion, happiness and joy and in the end helped me just as much as I helped them.
“On our trip we also continued the chain of mission trips that is of such a large importance in creating a lasting connection with the people that live there,” he added. “Most of all though, we grew hope in the hearts of so many grateful Nicaraguans, and that’s what’s imperative for the improvement of their lives, and the reason why we must continue to help.”
The Nicaraguan trip gave Whitney an opportunity to re-connect with friends from her February visit.
“The highlight of the trip for me was seeing the people who I had created such a bond with in ‘Nica’ again,” she said. “There are so many people there that I consider my family.”