Haiti Mission Trip

Archives: October 2014

Oct 12, 2014

Saturday in Fondwa proved to be a great experience for all of us. Jim and Sophie Snapper, Missy Owen and Meredith Barkley were all reunited with adults and children that they knew from previous years.

We visited the school that opened in October of 2013 and visited the orphanage where there are 60 children living in 4 buildings that are prefab containers. We enjoyed a...

Oct 11, 2014

One of the special things about Haiti is time together at the end of the day to reflect. We gather on the rooftop at our guesthouse for devotion, reflection, and prayer. Our theme yesterday was to love the person in front of you...as the newbies on this trip we have been presented with many opportunities to do just that. Our time in the clinic, our time with each other, and our time in an unfamiliar place has been special and frankly life changing. Today we were reminded about the power of...

Oct 09, 2014

Today was our last clinic day, a good time to absorb the sights and sounds of Haiti. The background noise of trucks shifting gears and bumping along the nearby alley, dogs barking, softly crying babies and earnest translators explaining treatments. The smell of charcoal smokes wafts up to the clinic combined with the delicious smells of their cooking. The huge crowd of patients are greeted and screened, awaiting their turn for hours in crowded bench-lined hallways. Medical care providers...

Oct 09, 2014

 

   Those of us up before dawn today watched the lunar eclipse through trees hanging over our Port-au-Prince guest house. We watched in the morning cool with mugs of hot coffee.

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Oct 08, 2014

More heat and more patients ... you could not ask for a better combination. We triaged 194 patients before lunch and it was 95+ degrees outside. Not much of a breeze like we had yesterday so there is a film of sweat covering everyone's skin. Patience is a Haitian virtue. I guess when you have waited for someone to help you, you learn how to wait graciously. The people who come to the clinic get here before 6 a.m. and many of them sit for hours on hard wooden benches to spend 15 minutes or so...

Oct 07, 2014

Family Health Ministries ... what a well run machine. By lunch time we had triaged 184 patients. Denis and his interpreters make it easy for those of us who are volunteering. Missy Owen, our mission partner from FHM, seemed to be everywhere, organizing, problem solving, interpreting and helping anyone who needed it. Her energy and ability to get things done, whether it is rounding up lost bags at the airport or maneuvering traffic in Port-au-Prince, is amazing to us all. Today's patients...

Oct 06, 2014

Two plus hours of preaching and singing in Creole at the church in Cite Soleil. It is amazing how attentive the Haitian people are, even at 7:30 a.m. on hard wooden benches. Of course it could have something to do with the "church police" who walk up and down the aisles keeping both adults and children in line! We felt so welcomed and the pastor actually spoke a greeting and thank you to us in English. After the service ended as we stood around, the children came up to talk to us and they...

Oct 06, 2014

Eleven of us flew from Greensboro at 5 a.m. this morning. Eleven people and 11 large duffel bags filled with medical supplies (seven of which have not arrive yet) for the Blanchard Clinic where we will be conducting the clinic. There are two newbies and the rest of the team has been to Haiti before. There is such an array of experience ... not everyone has a medical background but everyone has a heart for service.

This is an amazing group of volunteers. Everyone is so thankful for the...