Well, it is safe to say that taking pictures of this place never does it justice both in its beauty and it’s pain. I AM IN LOVE! We have been a very busy crew today! My cup is empty but it is a good empty.
We woke up today about 7:15am for breakfast. It was great and my Daddy would be in heaven. We had oatmeal, with fresh milk, pure sugar and fresh butter. It was great! And let me tell you, the coffee over here is out of this world GOOD! I mean really! The coffee has so much flavor that you do not need anything but their fantastic sugar to make your hot night of sleep worth it! OK…..enough of the food!
We quickly ate and got to work! I have to admit some of my difficulty being on a medical mission trip. I have been graduated from PA school for 13 years now and times likes this make me miss it terribly. So……Allen the director for the medical team has been putting me to work in the pharmacy and we are going out to see the surrounding villages tomorrow.
In the clinic today we have already seen and done a lot. In fact, the night we arrived we had a 20-year-old young man come to us with a thyroid ductal cyst that he has had for over two months. At that time Allen saw him but wasn’t able at that time to do anything about it because the truck with all the supplies had not arrived yet! So we put him on doxycycline. We were able to treat him more aggressively when the medical supplies arrived.
Today, by 11 am we had set up the pharmacy,seen and treated (that I knew of) over 15 patients. We are seeing a lot of cysts, skin infections, and gastrointestinal problems including GI bleeding and hemorrhoids. We were also able to drain most of the cysts and provide antibiotics to help with the healing process.
I was also able today to preach to the over 60 women from the village that showed up! We were able to encourage them and help them understand that they are “strong and God loves them”. It was amazing!
Ok……I have to stop now because the generator goes off soon and my roommates would really appreciate me taking a shower.
Pray tomorrow as we go into the villages in the mountains to provide the mountain Haitians with medical help! I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I GET TO GO! HAPPY DANCE!
Grace and Peace,
Momentum Christian Haiti Team 2012
What a day! Haiti is a beautiful place full of beautiful people. Scott and I got the chance to minister to the people waiting for the medical clinic. We used the wordless book to teach them the message of the gospel, and handed out bracelets that went with the book. The medical team was fantastic about sharing Jesus while ministering to people’s physical needs. Meanwhile Kim, Gabby, Sergio, and Peyton took balls and crafts to the park. They were able to play and paint rocks with the kids. They drew a crowd and were able to share the Gospel through the wordless book. They were able to minister to people in the community who may not attend the church. What a great opportunity!
We had a great lunch of rice and beans, and then set up for the Women’s Conference. The medical team went back to work, and we got ready for the women. Jill and I were able to speak to 60+ women. I shared about women throughout the Bible, and how their stories can affect our lives. It was wonderful to group together, as women, with our sisters in Christ.
We could definitely see God at work in the Mole and Preskul today and it was great to be along for the ride. We were going in many different directions today. It started with Rick and I using an interpreter to pray for each person individually who was waiting their turn to see the doctors at the medical clinic. It was a blessing to hear their stories and to pray in the power of Jesus for their physical healing and for strength in their faith. Hopefully we could provide some encouragement and strengthen them through the power of Christ. The Momentum team did an awesome job with the medical clinic and were able to serve many in the community who had no access to medical care.
While we were praying Karen and Renee were busy helping Erika get her preschool supplies organized and then helped her lead her first class of ten 3 – 4 years olds from the orphanage. They received a blessing being with the kids and helping to provide some structure to their day, learn the first letter of the alphabet, count to ten, and sing Bible songs with them.
After lunch Rick and I took a 30 min. boat ride to the Preskul fishing village. We felt so welcomed to their village. We were asked to go deeper in sharing who God is and to challenge them to apply to their lives. Today Rick shared the story of Jesus loving the children even though his disciples tried to keep them away. We used that to share how Jesus cherished and loved children and how God wants them to love their children. We told them that tomorrow when we return they will need to share examples of how they loved on their children tonight. We brought some dominoes with us and just enjoyed time fellowshipping with the men.
In the afternoon Karen and Renee participated in the first day of the women’s conference. They had 60 women from the town come and they had a great time sharing God’s love to all who attended. They are participating with the NWHCM staff, and Momentum church in sharing testimonies, music and bible teaching. One of the biggest needs for prayer is an awareness that Haiti and this town have a culture of abuse towards women and they want this conference to be of encouragement and a start to change thinking in this town.
Tonight we will attend the second night of the revival. Last night there were probably close to 200 in attendance and the music and preaching were inspiring.
Bill, Jess, Mom and Dad – Thanks for your comments (glad you figured that out Mom!) Love and miss you too! Renee’