About a dozen people spent the week of February 4-12, 2017, in Haiti working at the Haiti Health Clinic and Source of Life Ministries children’s home. It was an amazing trip in which God’s hand was seen throughout the week.
Having been awake all night, the weary Haiti team arrived in Port-au-Prince before noon on February 4th. Except for a few other mission groups, the airport was relatively quiet. We were able to get through security and find our luggage with ease—except for nurse Rachel’s carry-on. It was missing. Finally, after 45 minutes or so, it was evident there was no hope of finding it. Suddenly, like Moses parting the Red Sea, the custom security officials rushed us through customs without even opening a bag. This is unheard of! Likewise, instead of local Haitians scrambling to carry our bags to the trucks for a hefty price, they were nowhere to be found. We knew this was a miracle and that God was with us on this journey.
The ride from Port-au-Prince to our destination was nothing short of terrifying as trucks loaded with people from top to bottom swerved around motorcycles and everything in their path. Upon arrival at our destination, we were grateful to be fed and able to rest. On Sunday we attended a Haitian church to worship with our brothers and sisters. The sermon was interpreted for us. However, the Spirit of God superseded the language barrier through the songs sung.
The construction team (Chris, Dennis B., Gary, and Greg) worked hard at the Source of Life Safe House every day. Accomplishments included applying solar panels on roofs, getting help to continue building the security wall, installing a very tall security light, and applying tile to the floors and wall of the shower. Currently there is only one bathroom for 14 children and staff with the shower outside.
Despite suffering from multiple ant and mosquito bites throughout the entire week, Marie diligently taught the girls how to sew purses that could later become a trade.
At the medical clinic Dr. Beidler saw 133 patients over the course of a week, with 730 total patients seen by the team. Each day before the clinic opened, the medical team had prayer, and the gospel was shared to the waiting people (usually 100 people before 8am). Nurses Rachel, Stephanie, and I assisted either Dr. Beidler or a Haitian physician. It warmed our hearts to serve the Haitian people, many of whom patiently waited from morning to late afternoon to see a doctor. I must admit that I can become impatient when waiting even 10 extra minutes for a doctor’s appointment!
The medical issues most commonly seen included sickle cell anemia, gastric burning, hypertension, diabetes and related wounds, viral pneumonia, prenatal ultrasounds, and check-ups for infant and children (so cute). We saw one TB patient. A five-year-old girl with a collapsed lung had to be transported by helicopter to a city hospital. The supplies we brought in (including medication, canes, crutches, and office supplies) were well utilized. Thank you, Donors!
What impressed me the most was Dr. Jim and his wife Sandy who have served at the clinic for 18 years. The first clinic was destroyed by the earthquake in 2010 and the current compound requires on-going maintenance. My husband Dennis assisted in painting benches for the clinic waiting area and other tasks. He also provided a four-hour training session for the security guards of the compound. The training was so well received that Jim and Sandy asked Dennis if he could repeat the training every three months. Be in prayer that Dennis can provide a video training for them.
Please also pray for the needs of Source of Life, the medical clinic, and the people of Haiti who may not know where their next meal will come from.