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A visit to the Balm of Gilead clinic

Balm of Gilead, Christian Aid Ministies

Tucked among the remote hills of Nicaragua, CAM’s Balm of Gilead clinic receives at least sixty patients each day of operation. Two American nurses diligently work to meet the needs of the many patients who are at the gate by 7:00 a.m.

Nicaraguans are often willing to travel a great distance to this remote clinic, rather than visit a hospital nearby. Many hospitals and health centers throughout the country offer free healthcare but are often depleted of medicines or are understaffed. At the Balm of Gilead clinic, a good stock of quality medicines and supplies is an answer to prayer for those who come for care.

“Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” Jeremiah 8:22

Some patients walk three to six hours and then ride several hours on a bus to get to the clinic. One young mother with a sick three-year-old started walking to the clinic on a Saturday and did not arrive until Tuesday. The little boy was crying and his feet were swollen from all the walking.

The nurses never know what needs they will face in a day, but they are rewarded with many positive results. One of the nurses shared, “Nine-year-old Yoselin came . . . with red, itchy, raised spots all over her face, arms, and most of her body.” After the nurses gave Yoselin medicine and creams, the young girl came back for a checkup looking like a new person.

As the clinic staff members labor to help people physically, they also take opportunities to offer spiritual encouragement. The regular times of prayer, singing, and Scripture reading in the waiting area point patients to the ultimate Healer.