Haiti 2017 / Day 8

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Our young translators: Alienne, Luma, Watson and Elmise

imageimageimageWe awake early, eager to go home. On this final day, as throughout the week, Gerald has coffee ready for us. During devotion, we reflect on the past week, marveling at how well our team gelled. We had not one single moment of strife. Each member filled whatever gap was needed. Our hearts were truly filled with the gift of serving, not just for Haiti, but for each other as well. Gerald not only had coffee for us each morning, but also enough water for showers each night. During down time, Beckie and Denise could be found sweeping floors and wiping down the table. Creativity sparked in the kitchen with many breakfast casseroles. No basic oatmeal here, we had baked oatmeal, egg casseroles and much more. Along with our crock pot desserts, Erica and Nathan concocted chocolate pudding cups complete with graham crackers and marshmallows. Sangela’s (Pastor Payot’s wife) delicious dinners were accompanied by Julie’s coleslaw topped with Ramen noodles and chopped almonds. (And here I thought Ramen was a food group for college students.)

But now, the morning is becoming bittersweet. We hug and say our goodbyes. Pastor Payot reminds us, “it is good to visit, but also it is good to go home”.


Haiti 2017 / Day 7

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Translator Kensom chillin’ at the beach

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Nathan’s turn to be the patient

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Who’s’ gonna dive for it?

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Martie rocking out the church

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Hugs and goodbyes

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Beckie and Leonne

Rest Day – yay! We all worked very hard this week. We are eagerly looking forward to our day at the Comier Plage Resort and beach. We invited our young translators to join us, as they, too, worked very hard. Although they live in Haiti, they have not had the opportunity to visit the resort. We watched with joy as they swam in the ocean and sipped on fruity drinks like tourists.

At one point, Nathan stepped on a sea urchin. Our young translators quickly sprang into action, pushing Dr. Doug aside, as they meticulously pulled each barb from Nathan’s foot. They did such a superb job; Nathan was able to join the beach volleyball game. As he is an athletic trainer and athlete himself, he clearly dominated. Perhaps our young friends did too good of a job????
Lunch and a day at the market complete our outing. We are exhausted but very content with the day’s adventures and the beautifully carved, wooden bowls we scored.

After dinner, we attend one last church service. Many prayers were offered for our safe return home along with hugs and goodbyes. As Martie is again filled with the Holy Spirit, she takes the microphone right out of the hands of Pastor Payot. In true diva fashion, emboldened by the Holy Spirit, Martie leads the church in a rousing rendition of ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’.

That night we thank God for a beautiful day enjoying the ocean and beach, and especially the love of our Haitian family and friends.


Haiti 2017 / Day 6

Today is our final day of clinic. Erica, Nathan and Morgan really step up as Dr. Doug and Beckie accompany Leonne (wife of Pastor Ernest) to Milo for a physical at the hospital. Dr. Stan supervises, but it is evident the three are really on top of their game. As we see the last of another 155 patients, it is now time to pack up the supplies until next year.

It has been a long week with a total of 635 patients seen. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve, knowing there is still much work to be done here. There are still many in Caracol who do not know Christ, many others who practice voodoo, and now with the addition of a mosque in Caracol, our prayers and presence are needed more than ever. We will continue to pray for Haiti and we thank God for the opportunity to witness to those in Caracol and Roche Plate.

We spend the remainder of the evening packing and organizing the remaining medical supplies.

Dinner brings forth another surprising dessert. Once again, who knew chocolate brownie cake could be made in a crock pot?

We complete our evening devotion and head to bed, looking forward to our exciting rest day tomorrow.


Haiti 2017 / Day 5

We are ready to begin our second day of clinic in Caracol. The school children and patients keep us busy for most of the day.

After seeing 155 patients today, we conduct another benevolence walk. At the first house, Martie’s prayer touches everyone. With shouts of “Hallelujah” and hands in the air, we all feel the power of the Holy Spirit in Martie. As we continue to walk through the village, Gary picked up a few friends along the way. It appears that Morgan is not the only pied piper in the group.

Julie is non stop today. She’s in charge of the pharmacy, it’s her day for devotion and her day for meals. In addition to preparing baked French toast for breakfast, Julie made dessert for dinner. The delicious aroma coming from the crock pot had our mouths watering all day. Who knew you could make a cherry dump cake in a crock pot!

With the many songs Julie has pre loaded onto her phone, we offer up much praise to our Lord before we settle into our devotion. As it is Wednesday night, the praise continues long into the night with the late night church service. Though in Creole, the voices are beautiful and the praise unmistakable.

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A long day in pharmacy for Gary

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Denise enjoying the benevolence walk

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Gary picked up a few friends along the way


Haiti 2017 / Day 4

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Kenson translates as Erica and Dr. Doug examine a patient

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Beckie and Julie working hard in the pharmacy

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Morgan, the pied piper

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It’s not as easy as it looks!

 

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Gerald checking out the bean field

We depart early this morning for Roche Plate. We are prayed up as we know with travel to and from, our clinics at Roche Plate are very long days. Tinal, in true fashion navigates both paved and unpaved roads, potholes, water and ruts with expertise.

In one day, we see local patients as well as students from all grades at the school for a total of 171 patients. But no trip to Roche Plate is complete without a walk to check out the bean fields and Faunet’s chicken farm. Faunet, the school principal, farms the bean fields and takes care of the chickens which help feed the school children. He is now also an assistant pastor and somewhere in there found time to get married. Congratulations to Faunet and his new wife. Penny and Becky manage to make it down a steep embankment and cross the river on slippery stones without mishap, which we were very thankful. Others in our group make it look easier than it is.

Part of the group participates in a benevolence walk. The group comes upon a bed ridden man with terminal cancer who is not a believer. Dr. Doug administers pain medication, while the group prays over this man. Our fervent prayer continues that in the short time he has left; this man does come to accept Christ as his personal Savior.
Later in the evening just before Erica and Nathan begin devotion, Erica notices the clouds are overshadowing the stars. Within minutes the clouds part, allowing us to not only see stars and constellations, but Venus and Mars as well. A gentle reminder that God is always with us and listening to even our smallest prayer.


Haiti 2017 / Day 3

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Nathan and Morgan tend to a patient

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Patients waiting in pharmacy

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Martie ensures no one leaves without prayer

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Dr. Stan, Watson, Junior, Gerald, and Luma enjoy a cool drink after clinic duty

Monday, we are all excited to begin the first day of clinic. Our teams are ready, Dr. Doug assisted by Nurse Morgan and Athletic Trainer Nathan, Dr. Stan assisted by Nurse Erica, and local physician Dr. Jeau Claude. Julie, Gary and Becky are manning the pharmacy, while Penny is keeping order among the patients. Our prayer warriors, Martie and Denise are keeping a keen eye on all exiting patients, ensuring no one leaves without prayer. And finally Gerald, our behind the scenes support. Gerald ensures everything we need is ready and functioning, the watchful eye, monitoring all stations so we can concentrate on our separate tasks. Returning to assist us with translation are Luma, Kenson, Watson, and Junior, along with newcomers Alienne and Elmise.

Along with patients from Caracol, we began the monumental task of also examining the students who attend school at Caracol Mission.

After seeing 154 patients, our first day of clinic ends and we wind down with a walk through town sipping on ice cold sodas, a refreshing end to a busy day. We laugh and tease noting that Morgan, Erica and Nathan quickly learned the Haitian words for cough, fever, infection, headache and other maladies. They have quickly proven they are more than worth their weight in gold and truly have a gift for serving.


Haiti 2017 / Day 2

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Yesterday’s Take Out

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Following Julie’s Orders

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Cartwheels in Caracol

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Preparing to wash feet

After a powerful sermon in Creole by Pastor Jack (don’t know what he said but he sure was passionate), we hosted a delicious lunch of rice and beans, AND CHICKEN! Yes, yesterday’s take out was today’s lunch. (Note photos from Day 1)

After lunch, we became quite busy. We spent several hours sorting and organizing medicines and vitamins to be given to patients throughout the week. As Julie served as head pharmacist for the week, she issued orders, (er, tasks), which we followed to the letter.

Later, some of the group took a walk through town to the ocean. Like pied pipers, the children followed, especially clinging to Morgan. While collecting seashells, the group was thoroughly entertained by the children’s cartwheels on the beach.

Martie continues to amaze us. During our evening devotion, to remind us of our purpose this week – serving others, Martie had us wash each other’s’ feet. While doing so, we each prayed silently, asking the Lord for his guidance as we serve the community of Caracol this week. This was a marvelous end to a very busy day.