We closed out an amazing, inspiring and tiring week at the clinic, serving over 200 patients and dispensing over 800 prescriptions. We are all more than blessed for this experience to give glory to God in serving the Haitians. The smiles from the children, gratitude from the adults in forms of thank yous, smiles, hugs and kisses brightened our days. We greatly enjoyed when patients in waiting area sang again today. We all commented this evening, at what a joy it has been to be the hands and feet of Christ on this trip.
Tomorrow we head back to Port-Au-Prince to visit the Haiti National Heritage Museum and some other sites in the city. Hopefully, we will be able to post some more pictures when we have a better Internet connection.
Thank you again for keeping us in your prayers. We have continuously felt the peace and presence of God with us.
For many of us, one of the best parts of our day was getting special cards and letters of encouragement from our prayer partners! You have no idea how much that meant to all of us! We are so blessed with your love and friendship. Thank you!
We treated 65 patients today! It was a challenging but rewarding day, which was brightened by so many favors from God. At one point in the morning, patients in the waiting room began singing of a beautiful hymn in unison. It was so uplifting to hear them sing and it brightened our day. The many interactions with the people at the clinic were so meaningful to us all in different ways. We are grateful for this opportunity to share God’s love and the resources that we made available to us to share with the Haitians.
Ian changed out a radio and made a tower taller to improve the signal to the Internet provider. He also had an opportunity to support us at the clinic and took some pictures of kids eager to have their photos taken by him. See blog photos.
We are also so thankful that we have Wes Comfort assisting us. He’s with Heart to Heart and a liaison to COR. What a blessing he has been in helping us stay organized, support translations and keep us all in good spirits.
It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is our last day in the clinic. We hope to make it a great one; giving love, mercy and compassion to our patients.
Many thanks for all your prayers and support!
Everything at the clinic went very well today, based on best practices we incorporated from our Monday evening debrief. We were all more relaxed with new organization strategies in place and we treated 46 patients today! Because the team is working so well together, we are able to continually improve our service to the people. Although some of the patients were very ill, they still had plenty of smiles when Mary Beth F. showered them with children’s bubbles while they waited to see the doctor. Mary Beth W. played with kids outside the clinic, enjoying the bubbles, sunglasses and other little toys as well. The registration area manned by Trey, Mary Beth F., and Wladimir set the tone for calm patients as kids made artwork for the walls. A new triage process allowed nurse Jill and/or doctor Bill the opportunity to immediately assess medicine needs so that patients didn’t have to wait so long in pain. Pharmacist Veronica and her assistant Karen quickly dispensed medication at the clinic pharmacy. We treated a variety of illnesses from Asthma to Malaria, and other general and chronic health conditions.
We were blessed with some afternoon showers which cooled off the high temps, and made for a lovely afternoon and evening.
On the tech side, Ian and Louidgi (he is the resident Haitian geek, who works for Access Haiti) surveyed all the different sites and installed the radio at the clinic. He received a turbo bath from the showers as he rode back to the guest house on the back of Louidgi’s motorcycle.
We are all looking forward to Day 5, serving in this inspiring and gracious country.
Ian and Louidgi installing the wireless bridge radio and mast at the Petit-Goâve clinic
The Bay of Petit-Goâve
It’s a late post tonight as we experienced some issues with electricity shortage during the day, and then some WiFi issues, but thanks to Ian we’re able to share our experiences from today! It was an amazing first day at the clinic. Everyone worked so well together, making sure that we were able to treat the most critical patients in order of priority, and giving the kids crayons, coloring books and small toys to occupy them while they waited to see the doctor and/or nurse. We served 36 people today, which was such a blessing. The patients were all so precious and thankful for the diagnosis and medication. While the team members had their assigned duty, the flexibility and adaptability of all was evident throughout the day. It made for a great first day.
On the tech side, we have bigger issues with the overall network than we initially thought and Ian will have to do a little more re-engineering on Tuesday.
We will post some pictures in the Tuesday evening update. Thanks again for all your prayers. We appreciate them so much!
The trip to Petit-Goâve takes about 2 hours on a Sunday morning. Here’s a very quick look at the drive.
We were up early today, with a delicious breakfast at 6:15am, and soon headed out for a 2 hour drive to Petit-Goâve to attend church. The people were so welcoming and joyful. We all enjoyed the beautiful songs in Kreyol and French. There was a special group from Port-au-Prince who performed several songs for everyone. We enjoyed the message from Pastor Martinière and participated in Holy Communion. After church we drove to Pastor Dorcely’s house where we are all staying through Thursday. They have made such a lovely place for us to stay and have made wonderful meals for us. After lunch we drove to the clinic and set up the registration area, doctor, nurse and pharmacy rooms. It took us all afternoon to get things ready but we are very excited to begin seeing patients on Monday. This evening after dinner, we got to know each other better with some ice breakers, had some devotion time and made plans for our big day tomorrow. Everyone on the team is contributing in so many positive ways. We are all grateful for this opportunity.
On the tech side, Ian started working on the internet connection for the EMH facilities around town, with the goal of getting the clinic online by the time we leave. The internet connection has been malfunctioning in various obscure ways since June, and we’re making progress on getting it fixed. There’s still no internet connection at the house where we’re staying, so we’re relying on a cellular hotspot Ian brought to get our blog posts posted. Cellular internet here is suprisingly good.
Joseph, Rodney, and Wladimir at the clinic
Mary Beth and Trey at the clinic
Some of the November 2013 medical team (L-R: Mary Beth, Veronica, Karen, Jill) with Maude Dorcely at her home where we’re staying.
Hello Family & Friends, most of the team met at the Kansas City airport at 4:30am this morning, and then connected with Ian in Dallas and Wladimir in Miami. We were delayed leaving Miami, but Mary Beth F., and Karen made use of the time by knitting some baby hats which will be used by the Faithworks Knitters in Need program. Although we got to Port Au Prince later than planned, we were all happy to get here safely. We had a lovely meal waiting for us at the Methodist Guest House including salad, avocados, fried chicken, plantains, rice and red beans and cookies for dessert. We will have a brief orientation at 9pm this evening, and then get some rest for an early day on Sunday. We will attend church and continue our journey to Petit-Goave. We will post some pictures tomorrow. Thank you all for your continued prayers for the team.
Cultural day in Port-au-Prince: our first was to the National Museum of Haiti (Musée du Panthéon), where we learned a lot about Haitian history. Here is our team outside of the museum — we waited outside for several minutes because the ambassadors of Peru and El Salvador were there for a private viewing.
After lunch at Epi d’Or we drove up the mountain to a fabulous lookout. We were told that the overlook is 2500 feet above sea level. We enjoyed the spectacular view of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding mountains, bay, and countryside, as well as the cool mountain breeze.
On our drive through Port-au-Prince we passed the Champ de Mars, the largest park in Haiti. After the January 2010 earthquake this was the site of one of the many tent cities. It was wonderful to see the park restored!
We leave early tomorrow morning for home. It’s been an amazing trip, one which we will remember forever!
Today, Thursday, was the parents’ meeting. We first discussed the community results for both Cap Destre and Rue Benoit. In the following picture you see the parents and children receiving the news from the CHE trainers that nearly half of the children screened in each of the communities had parasites. This was followed-up by a mini-teaching on the causes and prevention of parasites.
Over half of the children in one of the communities were anemic. Osse St. Juste, the coordinator for Medical Ambassadors Haiti, facilitated a discussion with the parents on the causes and prevention of anemia.
Some of the beautiful children.
After the general meeting each family consulted with one of three physicians: Dr. Julie Downey, Dr. Elizabeth Fleming, and Dr. Guirlande Jean-Louis. Dr. Guirlande works at the Methodist Clinic and the Petit Goave hospital. After the consultation those children found to have parasites were treated.
Here are Rebekah Lynn (student) and Jill Cipra, RN, dispensing medications to the children.
The last parent to receive medication for her child!!!!
After the parents left and we all took a much-needed lunch break, we returned to the Methodist compound to meet with the trainers and committee representatives for the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) programs.
CHE committee representatives from five of the six new CHE communities in the area.
CHE trainers with the mission team.
The trainers had prepared a special gift for Church of the Resurrection’s Beyond Kansas City (BKC) missions department. With the camera that they had received from BKC they had taken pictures of the community development events they have been organizing over the past eight months and prepared a beautiful photo album. Below you see Jill receiving the album on behalf of the BKC team.
Breakfast! Pancakes, hot dogs, spaghetti, bananas, passionfruit juice, cherry juice, pineapple and grapefruit jellies, honey, and more!
This is the outside of the new addition to the Methodist Eye Clinic.
- The reception area for the new portion of the clinic.
Compiling the data for the school screening — it’s early in the day, don’t we look fresh and energized?
Organizing the laboratory data.
We are looking foward to the general parents’ meeting tomorrow!