Thursday, February 9, 2017

Gods in Control!

These past few weeks I have just been reminded again of Gods grace towards us! And how he knows just how much we can take before we need a break!! It's times like these that make us stronger, There's no way I could have made it through the last couple weeks on my own! So I praise the Lord!

Gods in control!

For lack of being able to put my last couple of weeks in words, here is a few pics from last week!


                                 
                                       Here is Alyssa and I working on a wound that come in last week!    




                 This particular one actually had about 30 maggots that we removed the first day he came in!!



                                                      
 
Here is a Mom and her baby, Alyssa, Katie, and I had takin out on an emergency run out to Petit Goâve! To the general hospital there, the mom had started having seizures while she was in labor! We were all so glad to see mom and baby doing so well 3 days later!!

Sorry I didn't have more to share, hope the pictures help describe our week at clinic!!


And please continue to pray for our clinic, and the staff,
We cherish ever one!!


James.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Darkness vs Light

My heart is over whelmed as I try to put my thoughts into words. Almost two weeks ago, we had a patient come in who was in severe respiratory distress. A young 25 year old man, who had a lived a very undesirable life. He had ruined himself so young. He was rough, tough, one you wouldn't want to mess with. He was brought to our clinic with a very short life expectancy. 

How would Jesus reach into a life like his? My flesh wanted to run the other way and hide but my heart wanted to give the love of Christ. Everyone left him. No one wanted to take responsibility and care for him. We were left to sort everything out. Where was his family? Where was someone who truly cared? 

My heart ached as we spent hours beside his bed sharing Christ, praying, and singing with him. The spiritual battle was strong. You could feel the rage between darkness and light. The young man fought on. He was fighting to hold on. Fighting to not die. He was scared. He didn't want to give up life. He would ask me, "Can you please give me another day Mis"? Of course, I wanted him to have a chance and be able to live another day but, that wasn't in my control. The last 24 hours were wearing, the spiritual battle was so strong. We kept ministering to His needs. 

I have no doubt that God was with us in those hours. The peace and calmness we experienced. God gave us a love and heart of concern for his soul. PTL! In the afternoon his sister showed up. She was a Christian from Port au Prince and had a testimony of the love of Christ in her heart. We were able to talk. She shared about her brother. She hadn't seen him in years because he hadn't wanted her in his life. However, when he was at the lowest place in his life. She is who he called for. She talked about her concern for his soul. We knew he was so close but was fighting against something. We committed to pray. 

That same night we had a lady in labour, James, Sharon, and I were down with her. Sharon and I were with the lady while James spent time with the young man. The patient's sister was there praying and talking with him.

Shortly after midnight a new life entered the world. A little bundle of joy. Not even an hour later the young man peacefully passed away. We will never know what happened but something in the atmosphere changed. He finally had relief and seemed to be at peace about letting go.

Life is Beautiful but so short. God gives us all one chance to live our lives. We have one chance to choose how we want to live our lives. What is my destination? What am I doing while I am on this earth? These are questions we all need to ask ourselves daily. 

Snapshots......
These little faces have a way of stealing our hearts

Our friend Herman is standing on both feet again. PTL

Meriland, loves to come see her "Mis". She is a little girl who lived a normal life up until a few months ago. She use to go to school and play with her friends but, now life is different. She started suffering seizures which overtook her life. She was having multiple seizures a day up until a few weeks ago. We placed Meriland on a medication that has almost completely stopped her seizure activity. Mèsi Jèzi!!

Thanks to all those have been praying and supporting us in so many ways. We have felt your prayers in the past several weeks. We could never do what we do without"Prayer Warriors". God richly bless you today. 

In His Service, 

                      ~ Mis Alyssa 



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Greetings one and all!

After having difficulty updating our www.gospeltohaiti.org website, and the donate button not working properly, We decided to temporarily use Clinic blog as our general mission website till we can get a new website up and running!

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause anyone and we ask for your patience as we work on getting a new site going.

In the mean time please take time to read the blog posts from the nurses here on this blog. We try to update it on a weekly basis!

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Thanks and God Bless!

Donavon

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Highlights

Hello! My name is Katie. I am still a fairly new member to the team here at Ileg mission...( or so I feel at times) ;)  I arrived November 16th along with my brother James. I took Rachel's place in the pharmacy and the regular bandage station and I  expect to be in there for the next few months. I am also on a birthing team with Kayla, which as been a joy to me to be a part of. Since I haven't blogged yet I'm going to share with you bits and pieces of  things I've been able to be a part of and some things that are a highlight to me!

Visiting people on weekends has been one of my highlights here. Last Saturday a few of us visited a co-worker at clinic (Adolf) and his family. They fed us a Haitian meal and we visited for quite a while which is really good for us that are still learning creole!:)

This is the Adolf  and his family.


Spending time with the children here has been a other highlight of mine! These three neighbor children have found a special  place in my heart since the first day I met them! There's something so special about all  the children here that melts your heart in a way that it can never be the same! 

This is one of my very faithful bandage patients.  He's had a small wound on his leg for quite a while that just wouldn't heal! But this week  I guess it decided to changed its mind!

Thank you all so much for your prayer and support! I know God uses it in more ways  then our eyes can ever see.   Mis Katie.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hurts, Joy, Miracles and Sorrow

         Where do I start? My week has had a lot of ups and downs; hurts, joys, miracles and sorrows. Things I don’t know what to do with, but God does and that is what matters!
 Monday morning dawned early with a knock at the gate around 5:30am…. A lady in labor. And it’s my turn! J She had already made lots of progress in her labor before coming to us and I expected the baby to be born in the next several hours, but she was a 1st time mom so you never quite know. I had noticed some variability in the baby’s heart rate but nothing to major so I just kept monitoring it.  She labored, but not hard, throughout the day. She was making slow progress; in the evening I thought the baby was about to come but, oh not yet. I left her for the night with instructions to come call use when they needed us. A knock never came in the night, though I thought and dreamt about her. So I made my way down around 6-6:30am, baby’s heart rate was really good but he still wasn’t making his appearance. I came back to the house but around 7:30 we were called again. This time baby was ready to come!  Though it as still a long process… we found ourselves with some complications. Baby’s heart rate dipped into the 80s and 90s and the second time it happened it wasn’t coming back up. NOT GOOD! I went and talked to Alyssa. We thought maybe the umbilical cord was around the neck… It was. Thankfully we were able to slip it off and over his head. But, still we knew this baby had been compromised and needed to deliver. Through some hard work by the mother and prayers by the nurses he finally made his appearance but limp and white, not breathing. Alyssa, Katie and Sharon whisked away with the dear little angel to try to revive him. But, it wasn’t to be. They worked on him for over 45 min, trying to get him to breath on his own but he wouldn’t. At one point they even lost his heartbeat and proceeded with compressions and his heart started again. The decision was made to stop resuscitation, there was nothing more to do! It was so hard! His strong little heart kept beating for hours.  I gave him to his mother to hold, his father and others took turns. I explained there was nothing more for us to do but that it was in God’s hands. I left the baby, his little heart still beating away with the family and came home for a break. (That birth and everything involved took most of my clinic day.) I went back down later in the afternoon just to see how things were going and was very surprised to hear baby sounds coming from the hospital room. Here was our lite angel breathing on his own.  It was irregular and his muscle tone was still not good at all but it was enough to turn him pink and give us hope. And there was his sweet young mother with hope in her eyes. We had hope, yet reality was still there… he had been without oxygen to long and there was no way from a human stand point that he would have a normal life even if he did live. I explained again to the family that it was all in God’s hands! His little heart kept on till about 4:30 the next morning, and then he went to be with Jesus! Where there is no more pain, suffering or heartache!

The little angel after he pinked up some


With his Mama

Wednesday afternoon during my on call shift a set of twins were brought to me, needing some love and care! Their mother is ill and they had not been getting proper nourishment and care. Mashed up spaghetti, crackers and sugar water is not proper nourishment for a 3 month old! One of the twins was definitely doing better than the other but still hungry. The one baby was very weak and dehydrated. I put him on oxygen right away (which helped him perk up), and attempted and IV. The IV was unsuccessful so I decided well try oral fluids first and proceeded to find some formula. That seemed to help.  I then successfully placed and IV in the little guys foot and he perked up even more. (What a miracle to get an IV catheter in to a vein that tiny!) The dear little things had a bad odor and not very proper clothing so I told Katie to get some things to wash them up and went and found some better clothes. Katie was so excited when I told her that yes we can bath them put lotion on and make them smell good!  Oh they were so sweet and squish-able! It felt so good to have some babies to hold and care for after just losing one.  We got them stable sent them home with a little formula, and told them when that is out to come with some money to buy more.  And to bring the ill mother to clinic! I was crushed to find out 2 days later one of the twins had died and the other one wasn’t doing well, but that and aunt took it out to Port-Au-Prince.  Why God? I don’t understand! I am grateful to know he is without suffering, but it still hurts me!
James giving one twin a bath, the little one doesn't look very impressed 😉 

Isn't he adorable!
This is a glimpse of a few things that have filled my time and heart recently…. God doesn’t give us an easy road to walk but he gives us his hand to hold!

His servant,
                    Mis Kayla

 Extra Thought.....
      What kind of a sermon are you preaching, what sort of Bible are you walking? These kind of thoughts have been going through my head a lot recently. You know everywhere we go people are reading us like a book, what do they see? It’s often not what we say that matters the most; it’s how we act, react, respond and just plainly how we go about life. Be a book that points people to Christ, preach a sermon that reflects God's love! And you may not even have to open your mouth. 😉
Happy nurses with the twins!