Thursday, March 16, 2023

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Some people don't believe in God because of the suffering in this world. I was thinking about that and came to the conclusion that God is not the one who causes suffering. It is because of the fall. We are sinners, and the world is not perfect anymore. I saw one of my little babies on the milk program. She came in with dry, hard skin from scabies all over her body. I talked to the mom and dad and explained how serious the condition of their child is. She is eight months old and weighs ten pounds. As Loveda and I bathed her, we rubbed the soap into her head, and she was so happy. Her little skin was so itchy! She has been coming everyday now for a couple of days for Loveda and I to track her progress and give her a bath. She is really responding. Each day she comes, her skin is a little better, and she is more alert. Thank God for healing! Each day we see hurting people. There is so much hurt in this world because of sin, but Jesus is the REDEEMER. He is the true HEALER whether we have physical or spiritual needs. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. We could not do it without you! 
Mis Mackenzie

The little girl on the milk program 

                                  We went visiting 

This little girl was born near the end of our clinic day 

My family had an opportunity to visit me last month! 

Friday, January 13, 2023

Update from Marla

This post is written by Marla, almost a month ago and I made a mistake and didn’t get it posted. I’m sorry. Enjoy her words almost a month late. ☺️

It's December and only a couple days away from Christmas and vacation! We're trying to wrap the year up, and with end of year cleaning and inventory we have our work cut out for us. 
It's been a good year and as I reflect I see the faithful hand of God, He never did leave us.  He walked with us through the pain and joy. 
When we had no answer and wondered why, He was there and understood. 
When there's a baby that doesn't have a mom that loves her and lives and then there's a mother that grieves for the loss of her newborn child because she loved her baby even before she was born. 
I find myself asking God why. This land is filled with so much pain, loss and beauty. 
Yesterday as I sat in the emergency room and held a child who couldn't breathe well because of a cold, my heart broke for the child as the DR recommended that they stay longer and do a few more treatments but the mom/Grandma said she didn't have time so they left.
Today I held a little girl, her and her twin sister are on the milk program their cheeks are chubby and their hair is now long enough to be put into braids, the mom's face lit up like a proud mom because of her daughters. 
It's not in how much things we have or are given that makes life beautiful but it's when you have someone that cares.
I hope this Christmas brings you joy! Share the gift of Chrsit and be that someone who cares!
Thank you all for your support and prayers! 
Merry Christmas- Miss Marla Zimmerman

Friday, November 18, 2022

Hello! My name is Loveda Lee, and I arrived here at GTH the middle of September to work in the clinic. I grew up in Ligonier, Indiana, but the past 7 years I've lived in Harrison, Arkansas, working as a CNA and Household Coordinator at Hillcrest Home. I enjoy working in the medical field, hanging out with friends, sewing, reading, being outside, and playing games.

I first heard of GTH 2 years ago when my brother Verlyn was asked to work here. I was privileged to visit twice in the time he was here and am growing to love this country and the people who live here. I'm excited to see what God has in store for me and for the mission in my time here.

Marla trained me in the pharmacy, and between filling out prescriptions, I've been working on updating Ti Kats (patient ID cards), prenatal forms, and miscellaneous other documents.

Occasionally there's a birth or emergency I get to help with. My very first day at clinic started at 7:30 with a gate knock. There was a small child at clinic whose aunt had brought her in for very labored breathing. After assessing her and preparing to transport her to a hospital, her situation suddenly worsened and within a few minutes she passed away. The following week I helped Dani deliver a healthy newborn in the morning. That night Clyde, Dani and I headed to Fond de Blanc with another lady in labor, but the baby was born and passed away before we got to the hospital. Life has so many uncertainties, but I'm so thankful to we can rely on a loving God who never changes. He is faithful, caring for our every need. Thank you for your prayer and support!

Mis Loveda

Our team 

Dani and I with a newborn 


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Update from Mackenzie

October 4, 2022
Hello from the rolling mountains of Haiti! The last blog post I wrote was introducing myself and telling you a little about myself. Now I have lived in this beautiful but broken country for four months. I'll tell you a couple lessons I learned in my first four months here. One lesson is that we live in a broken world, and there is death and hurting all around us. I knew this, but it became so real as I worked with the sick and hurting here. Let me tell you a story that illustrates what I mean a little better. I am not a writer so bear with was Monday evening, and Jacinda poked her head into my room and said there's a baby about to be born at clinic if I could go up and help. I crawled out of bed half waking up because I had been sleeping due to being up all night Sunday night on a transport. As I walked into the room, I heard moaning as she tried to deliver her baby. She was young...19 years old. I thought to myself... Wow! I could be the one having a baby! I'm almost the same age as she is. I grabbed gloves and started assisting Mis Simose. We helped the mom trying different positions and techniques but still no baby came. We laid our hands on the mom's stomach  prayed for the baby, for God to be glorified, for the mom to have strength, and wisdom to know what to do next. As we all prayed out loud, the family also prayed and poured there hearts out to God. At that moment, I could feel God's presence, and I knew He was here with us. We decided to transport after no progress. Since I had went on a transport the night before, two of the other nurses and Clyde headed to Fond de Blanc. When they were about half way there, they could see the baby was coming soon. Thankfully, they were near a clinic in Villa. They drove there, and the baby was born as soon as they layed the mom on the bed. The baby had a weak heart beat but did breathe, so the doctors started CPR right away.  The baby unfortunately did not make it, and they returned to the clinic, so the mom could recover. Another lesson I learned here is to focus on the joy of the little things. One day I did not have many patients, so I went and sat on a bench with a couple of parents waiting to be seen by one of the nurses. I started talking to a little girl who was approximately 3 years old, and she had the cutest smile! It made me realize that there is so many little moments of joy in each day that I take for granted by focusing on the hurt or problems that look so big to me but not to God.  Bob Goff wrote, "When joy is a habit, love is a reflex" (Everybody Always by Bob Goff). 
              The day we accidentally matched

            The little girl who brought me joy 

This is a sunrise from that I took on a transport to Fond Des Blancs 

Mis Mackenzie

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

It was a fun light evening of sitting around boss' kitchen table playing beans, drinking tea an eating fiber balls. When 9:30 rolled around, we came up and crashed in our own beds; but then there was a gate knock.  It sounded like a stitch job, so Mackenzie, Clyde and I went out and met the guy at the gate. He had a cut about an inch long on his cheek. Mackinze washed the wound while I gathered the stitching supplies. I numbed the wound with lidocaine and then put in the 3 small stitches. It looked good, and the black thread matched right into the guys wanna be beard. As we washed the bed and got the room looking tidy again, James brought in a patient having an asthma attack. He had taken the machine up to church and brought them down to clinic. Miss Leida was with them too.
The patient was breathing hard. It took all her energy to get a breath of air.
In a panic she grabbed her legs as she sat on the emergency bed while James held the nebulizer for her. 
Wheezing hard as she gasped for air. We stayed with her giving her care till she was stable and then gave her a bed in the hospital room for the night telling Osley to come knock on the gate if her breathing got to hard again. It was fun to work with Miss Leida (she has worked at the clinic for the past 20 some years as a nurse)
Mackenzie assisted her, and I jotted down the vitals and time.
After we did everything we could, we waited  until the medication started working. Miss Leida rubbed and patted the patient's back, singing and then praying for her making the emergency room into a worship center! At 12:30, we headed back home a little sleepy but the cool night air waking Mackenzie and I up again making us realize that we were both hungry so befor bed (and the long chat we had) we ate bread with some of Mackenzie's   precious jam she got in the mail from family... 
Though we slept the rest of the night away it felt too short, and 6:30 came too soon! 

Sometimes I forget about life out side of our little compound that sits in between the valley of the mountains. For the twenty some weeks that I have been here so much has happened. The good and bad, the hard an rewarding, staff that came and went.
It's all a part of of life down here. But through it all we continue to see the faithfulness of God, prayers that are heard, and hearts that have been redeemed! Whatever happens next, we find peace in knowing that God is in control; and if we call on him, he will answer!
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.     Isaiah 45:10
Mis Marla

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Hello! I am Mackenzie King! I came the end of May, so I have been here for a little over two months. I am 20 years old and am from Lancaster, PA. As a job, I worked at a local nursing home as a Certified Nursing Assistant and really enjoyed it! 

I am doing the milk and malnutrition program. I am really enjoying meeting the children and seeing them grow and get healthier from more food and nutrients! 

I am also helping out with the bandage program since Todd will be leaving soon. Todd came to fill in for three months until someone can come fill that position more long-term.   I am enjoying caring for the wounds and learning what works best for different types of wounds.

Our current team 
A bandage patient with an abscess near her collar bone 

A little boy with a broken arm. We splinter it before sending him to TiGoave. 

Mis Mackenzie

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