Welcome to the Gospel to Haiti Clinic Blog!
We are located in the beautiful mountainous terrain of rural southern Haiti, and our clinic serves its small community in many ways. These pictures and comments are about individual people whose lives we have been able to touch in some way. Look through the compassionate eyes of Christ, and pray for them...
Three Haitians whose lives could see significant changes; because of God's grace and the prayers and generosity of YOU!
We've spent the day in Mirebalais, about a six hour drive from rural Allegre. We have four patients with us; the little 8 year old girl in yellow needs a hernia repair, the 15 year old girl in the striped shirt needs a biopsy for strange lumps on her arm, and older man needs foot surgery. Lord willing they will all be receiving the care they need in 2 weeks, here in Mirebalais! Today they were all getting checked out for potential surgery. The fourth one, also an older man, was biopsied today and also received a CT scan for a bad abscess at the base of his spine. We will be waiting the biopsy results.
The exciting thing? That we were able to find this kind of sympathetic, professional care at the highest surgical levels- right here in Haiti! And this hospital does the work 100% free of charge! Granted, we need to spend about 12 hours on the road for a round trip out here, which is difficult to arrange. But it is worth it for this kind of helpful service!
I think Rho will give a more complete report on our trip today (hint-hint Rho:) but suffice it to say that we're very excited to have developed a connection with this newest, largest, most modern hospital in Haiti, and we'd love you to join us in praying that this connection would grow and expand- allowing us to reach out and help more of the serious long-term type cases that we've been relatively helpless with before! A few specifics...
-Thank God for Surgeon Ward and Doctor Mandigo's willingness to email back and forth, arrange appointments, and take the time to provide skillful compassionate help to the patients we bring. -Pray for a dedicated couple to fill the position (currently open) of Clinic Director here at GTH. This would help open and expand the opportunities.
-Pray for funding in several areas; including ongoing medical support, funds to build a long-term care/bandaging room/rooms at the clinic, and for a dedicated vehicle for emergency and medical appointment transport.
Thank you for your support. It is helping people like Emanès, Dieutanne, Vitrene and Marie- every single day, right here in Haiti. May Christ bless you...
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 …
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 ba…
"A hurricane is coming! It's name is Matthew!". Such was the neighborhood talk leading up to the storm this week. Everyone wondered if the blans (whites) knew just how bad this one would be and just when it would arrive. Walking to clinic on Monday morning, we wondered what our day was going to be like. We thought either we would have a really big day, or else small. To our delight, it was the latter! We had 13 patients who braved the light rain and wind. By early afternoon the street was quiet. Everyone had gone to their houses to try to stay warm and dry. The Hurricane didn't start with all of its furry until around midnight on Monday night. Around that time, the wind and rain started to really pick up speed. I can't find the words that I want to describe to you what all happened in the next 24 hrs. Alyssa, Rachel and I mopped up water, and more water. The tin on the one corner of the house started to make a rather odd noise, so we alerted the guys and they soo…