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Schroon Lake students assist Nicaraguan poor

Mission of Hope trip proves rewarding

Schroon Lake residents, from left, Clare Whitney,  Mitchell Beers and Nicole Beers took part in a Mission of Hope to Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua, this summer.

Schroon Lake residents, from left, Clare Whitney, Mitchell Beers and Nicole Beers took part in a Mission of Hope to Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua, this summer.

— “I got a painstaking glimpse of what it was like for this young girl to be an outcast from society,” Nicole Beers said. “I scooped her up in my arms and bore the weight of her frail body so she could celebrate her first birthday, although she was already 7 years old. Holding her I saw the signs of the disease progressing and I realized that this child might not have the chance to celebrate many more birthdays. And then she looked at me and smiled for the first time since I had seen her. Although I couldn’t cure her HIV, reclaim her childhood or take away her pain, for those few minutes I could show her that we cared. I could make her smile. In that moment I knew that I was living my purpose and changing my world.”

All the Schroon residents hope to return to Nicaragua.

“I will definitely go back to Nicaragua,” Mitchell Beers said. “I know that my journey in helping others isn’t over and I am sure that there are always needs for so many, and always a way to fulfill them.”

A spiritually-based humanitarian organization, the North Country Mission of Hope is committed to fostering hope and empowering relationships with the people of Nicaragua through sustainable programs in education, health care, community and ecological development. It began in 1998 by responding to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch on the impoverished villages of Nicaragua.

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