Hello all! It has been so amazing here in Haiti. Our hearts are bursting with all kinds of emotions. Our hearts are changed forever, it’s hard to explain but you have to be here. It’s late and I’m going to make this short, Lexie is tired and taking a shower right now. This morning started at 5:30 with Lexie waking me up whispering “Mom, something bit me” That is not what a mom wants to hear from her daughter in Haiti. We unintentionally woke up everyone in the building searching for a centipede. Yes I said centipede. We found it and killed it, it was big. Lexie was fine it was like a bee sting and she’s doing great! Lexie has been playing hard with all the kids this week; her smile is infectious with all the Haitians. The first VBS I broke down in sobbing on Larry’s shoulders, my heart was soft and filled with brokenness. Later Lexie and I were sitting on a bench for a break and we teared up but Lexie made us stop, our hearts were one. The Mole mission is doing so much in this country and to be here and witness and be a part of it is all God. I hope you all will pray for Haiti and their hearts to be softened and the words of God change them. Curtis and Tanner we are thinking and praying for you guys every day. Even though Lexie’s birthday started with a sting, it turned out wonderful! Tomorrow will be a great day and we are looking forward to it. Please pray that God stomps out all bugs and rodents in our building too! Seriously! Love and miss all our family and friends at home. Love Mickie and Lexie
Thank you Daddy for the birthday wishes!!!
Hello from the PV ladies! We had a busy day 2 clinic in a town called Marouge about an hour and a half truck ride away from the Mole. It was pretty tight quarters in their little church for our 4 stations of the clinic, but the pastor was so gracious to allow us to use the facility and was on hand all day to help any way he could. Today we were able to see quite a few more patients than yesterday after our pep talk from Jody last night helped us feel more confident to get better organized and understand how clinics in Haiti work in her experience. Our nurses along with the orphanage nurse were able to help take some of the load off of the doctor and get the people the care and hope they were looking for when they came to the clinic. This kept us hopping in the pharmacy trying to keep up with the medicine translating, dosing, substituting, improvising (especially with two of us having no medical training, but knowing that the most important thing was to not give anyone the wrong meds). Thankfully Pat and her sweet translator, Benjamin, stayed super busy in the spiritual station receiving everyone who was waiting for their meds sharing the Good News of Jesus with them using the salvation bookmarks we put together as well as hugging, holding hands and praying over whatever concerns or needs they shared with her—many were touched by these loving gestures and were given a sense of hope and love and hopefully pointed towards Jesus by knowing they were cared about individually. Sometimes it’s easy for medical people to get discouraged seeing all these people who are sick and not always having the ability, medicines, equipment, etc to make them better, but we adopted a motto as we were training to come that we keep reminding each other of—we are “meeting an immediate need to earn the right to share Jesus with them.” We’ve been told that sometimes all we can give them is Jesus, but Jesus is enough—for Haitians and for us! I heard from Jeanella and Jenny that they had a great time back here in the Mole with their group of young ladies sharing very specific information on all things female and answering a large range of very frank questions related to the topics they were discussing and things inquiring young minds want to know but don’t want to ask in normal situations. Thank you for all your prayers, we are definitely feeling them. Please continue lifting us up to finish strong! –Sarah D.
Today was the day of my “god light bulb.” Ironically it didn’t even happen when we were doing the VBS with the kids but when I was swimming in the crystal clear ocean. I was cleaning layer upon layer of dust and grime off my legs when a boat of Haitian fishers pulled up and started pulling the net in and just as a joke called out in English, “help!” so what did I do? Well before I would have done nothing but after the soul searching I got in this week, I swam to the beach got out of the water and went to the random Haitians, grabbed the rope and began, to much surprise from both our “white” group and the Haitians, share the burden of the taunt rope to bring in their hard work. In fact I was the one who called to my group and brought them to help like a leader. It made me laugh though when I was asked for the pants I was wearing right on the beach. Through jumping in and helping these men and having the courage to talk to them, I have found that I am a “fisher of men” and with the strength granted by God I can overcome the challenges of public speaking and can be a leader in the church. –Joshua Madison Clemons
Sorry for the lack of photos tonight! The internet has had a weak signal all day. We’ll try to upload some tomorrow.