“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light” Psalm 36:5-9
Week 5 in Haiti and this week we took the medical team to the villages of Minoterie and Turpin. In Minoterie I had the opportunity to triage which was basically providing assessments for the patients before they saw the providers and also got to pray with the patients. With our mobile clinics we emphasize the quality vs. quantity in the time we spend with patients which I really love. I worked with one of the translators named Champy, who made sure I knew that he was the only Champy in Haiti and also made sure that every patient we saw cracked a smile. What is so unique about the medical translators is that we have a consistent group of Haitian men and women that work with us every week. This team is on fire to see the people of Haiti know Jesus and to see Haiti transformed. In Haiti, or even all the way in Dallas, TX, there is a deep need for Jesus and I love that being bold in your faith is not just a mission trip but your every day. These men and women are that example for me. So much love for my medical team.
Wednesday and Thursday we were in Turpin, a village deep in the mountains. On the drive we all had to wear masks and gowns because of how bad the dust is. We set up the clinic outside which had a really nice breeze and under some mango trees (so much love for mangos). I always love traveling in the mountains because the drive is beautiful. I even got to give some rocephine injections so that was fun!! We saw 476 patients this week and 21 salvations!
On Friday I got to be apart of the Mobile Outreach Program (MOPS). Kelci, Ketsia, and I got to visit several people that are a part of this program and provide them with the medicines, supplies, and food they would need either for the next week or couple of months. These people had a range of different medical conditions including malnutrition, diabetes, abuse, TB, stroke, hydrocephalus, and colostomy. Friday was probably the best, most heartbreaking, most hopeful, and most rough day I’ve had here. I’m so encouraged that there are people like Kelci and our translators that are so passionate about seeing life transformation through these patients. By being able to pray for these people and by seeing the hard situations they face, I’m even more confident in our God. There is so much power in prayer and knowing God is loving and sovereign. I’m so thankful to be here and to be learning that there is beauty in suffering and our God has always been and always will be, faithful.