A senior in Nicaragua receives one of the donated totes filled with food.

Life Care Center of Ooltewah, Tennessee, and Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, recently helped a local church group serve the people of Nicaragua.


Chad Grisham, assistant director of rehab at Life Care Center of Cleveland, went with a group from First Baptist Church of Cleveland on a Partners in Christ mission trip to the village of Cita Lapa in Nicaragua from Oct. 7 – 14. The facilities donated 164 tote bags, which missionaries filled with enough food to last each family three or four weeks. They included beans, rice, pasta, coffee, cookies, salt and other items.


Grisham and the other missionaries visited a school and helped with crafts, recreation and snacks.


“We provided seven bicycles for children to continue their schooling,” Grisham shared. “These children are required to walk nearly 12 miles in order to get to the secondary school, and thus having a bike is the only way some will be able to realistically make it each day.”


The missionaries gave out other bags of supplies to the children – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, candy and toys. They also built two homes, provided fertilizer for 30 farmers, visited an orphanage, held a medical clinic and led Bible studies and a Wednesday night church service. Grisham had the opportunity to speak at the men’s Bible study and the Wednesday night church service.


“The time spent was an incredibly humbling time,” Grisham shared. “We watched people with so very little still show happiness. So much was done to spread the love of Christ to those who definitely needed it.”

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