PVBC & Northside Day 4

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.
Emily

12 comments

  1. Lisa F…this is Gabe. I got a hit in my game tonight (Dad got it taped for you:). I miss you very much. I can’t wait to see you Friday. I love you!!!!!!!!

  2. To the medical team…let me encourage you with some wisdom from an amazing book, The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns…sitting face to face with a 13 year old boy who was raising his siblings because his parents had died of AIDS, Richard (leader of World Vision, at the time) asked himself, what kind of hope am I brining to this boy and his family if all I do is communicate to him about this abstract concept of God loving him and I don’t also help to meet his physical and other basic human needs as well? It was at this point that he knew that sharing the Gospel and giving hope to others involved so much more than just telling them about a loving God…it meant being His hands and feet and meeting needs! You are building bridges and laying foundations that great things can be built upon by meeting physical needs through your medical clinics! Keep up the great work and stay obedient to the calling you have received! God uses small people to do really BIG things because He is a really BIG God!

  3. How exciting to hear of God’s working in your life. Praying for growth in faith and knowledge of Him who is able to do exceedingly more than all we ask or imagine!

    Ephesians 3:14-21—

    For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  4. So glad to hear that the medical team hasn’t killed anyone!!! Hehehe!! Hope you’re enjoying your trips that we named “Shake and Bake”. Jeanella and Jenny, I’m praying for your words to reach deep into the hearts of those girls!! Praying for you all!!

  5. Hi to Mom (Cindy) and Brandon! I am enjoying reading all the posts 🙂 Hope you guys have a safe rest of the trip, can’t wait to see you again. (PS- Mom, I got your card. Absolutely hilarious.)
    Love, Allison

  6. Scott, Joshua, and Northside team, I am praying daily for your safety health and that God will bless you as much as you are blessing the people in Haiti. Joshua, I am anxious to hear about your experience.

    Mom/Gram/Ceil

  7. Hello Northside, The weather here has been super hot. From the photos it looks like the temperature at Mole isn’t too bad, I hope that is true. I also see from the photos some of your interactions with the Mole people. It appears they are enjoying your time with them. I praise God for each of you taking a small part of time out of your life to share Jesus and give unconditional love to people of Haiti. Matthew 25:40 comes to mind, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    Lexie and Mickie – I pray you two are well. Continue to serve and surrender to the people of Mole. The seeds you leave behind iwill one day become a garden of God’s people with a heart to also Glorify God. See both of soon. Love Curtis/Dad

  8. Team Northside (Joshua & Scott)
    I can’t wait to hear more about all the ways you are sharing your gifts and all the ways God is revealing his mighty plan to you. Joshua you were named after a very courageous man of God…specifically Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    I am so proud you have found your God given courage.
    I love you and am so proud of you! Praying for you to come home safe and sound and soon!
    Momma / Jen

  9. Northside Team (Joshua & Scott)
    I can’t wait to hear all about how your gifts are being used by God and more about how He is revealing himself to you during your work. Joshua, you were named after one of the most courageous men in the Bible…specifically Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    I am so glad you are finding your God given courage!
    I love you and miss you! Praying for you to come home safe and sound and soon!
    Momma/Jen

  10. I am eager to get daily updates on how things are going. It looks like you have been blessed with good weather. In fact, I think it is hotter here in Virginia than it is in Haiti! I enjoy reading the blogs and seeing the pictures. I hope Connor is taking after me with my motto “Why take one picture, when you can take 100!!!”. I continue to pray for everyone’s safety. God bless you all!!
    Heather

  11. Cindy & Brandon,
    Things just aren’t quite right around here with you gone, but Audrey & I are hanging in there. I’m sure you are a blessing to the mission, but knowing how God works, you’ll receive far more than you could ever give. All is well here, and I look forward to your return. I love you both. Brad/Dad

  12. Bonjour Sue, Ken, and Team Northside. I’ve enjoyed reading about, and seeing photos of, the good work you’re doing in Haiti. May God continue to bless you and the people of Haiti. I look forward to your safe return.

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