Our Mission Team that is in from Atlanta, Vertical Life Church, helped make Jimmy's day at the port perfect!
It has been several months since Jimmy's last surgery. Last time I was visiting, I told Jimmy we wanted to do something special just for him, an outing! I told him he could go anywhere he wanted to go.... He chose the port in Managua. We stopped by his house to pick him, his mom and one of his sisters up. Our team from Vertical Life Church got to meet Jimmy and his entire family! They brought shoes and gifts for all of them. We took, clothes, food, milk, candy, shoes, toys and other supplies for them all to enjoy!
After, we took Jimmy to the port to watch the boats leave and see the volcanoes across Lake Nicaragua. Jimmy has not left his village community (except to go to the hospital) in 6 years. He tried to put on a brave face, but his heart was racing and his hands were shaking. I could sense he was uncomfortable and asked him what I could do to help calm his nerves.
Jimmy proceeded to tell me that it had been so long since he has been out of his house since the accident, that he had forgotten what it was like. He didn't know what to expect or how to act. He was so nervous to leave his comfort zone… His wheel chair.
It took 4 people to help lift Jimmy out of his wheel chair and into the bus. I knew this made him feel uncomfortable to have to rely on everyone's assistance. The whole time I assured him that this was all about him and we wouldn't want it any other way.
We arrived at the port. The group started walking ahead, but Jimmy called me aside to talk. Brace yourself for what comes next.
Jimmy told me that we had already done to much. See, it cost 20 cordobas (less than a dollar) to get in. He insisted that we didn't need to spend any more money on him, that this was already more than enough… less than a dollar was more than enough in his mind.
I told him no don't be silly and once again reassured him that this day was his day. He grabbed my hand and said, "Amanda, before you and your family