When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. -Galatians 6:10a (NCV)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Children's Church

Yesterday we started Children's Church in Peredo!
92 kids attended!
Christmas story on their level!
Christmas Craft!
Christmas Songs!
Tons of FUN!!!

Thank you for your participation in starting programs like this in Haiti. New programs such as this could not be added without your prayers, emotional and financial support.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

House calls

Cholera has hit the area of Haiti I am working in and boy has it been busy. Since the clinic in Peredo isn't finished-house calls are in order. I don't mind getting out and walking around but it does make it hard to leave one patient at his house with a running IV to go start another IV at another house a 15 minute walk away. I'll never complain about walking too much at the hospital I work in in the states!

Would write more but very busy. Please continue to pray for this outbreak of Cholera to resolve quickly. Sometimes it seems this country can't get a break. But God is STILL in control!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Disclaimer: No one was harmed in this trip to Peredo. I had tried to get to the village for 3 days after the election rioting. The roads were blocked-most commonly with burning tires, huge rocks, trees and my favorite-thousands of pieces of broken bottles. The 2nd day I made it (with a Haitian driver) further than 1st day only to be stopped by men standing on the hillside pushing very large rocks down onto the road. In broad daylight. We passed several different groups of UN soldiers trying to clear the roads-only to see them re-blocked when we were forced to turn around.

I felt more defeated in Haiti than I ever have before.

People in Peredo had been calling my since Wednesday saying that Cholera was there and people were dying. There is no hospital in Peredo and they were begging me to come.

This is what I came to Haiti for. To help the weak, pray with the sick, and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

I had the supplies.

I had a vehicle.

I even had a driver.

But the neighbors of the sick people I was trying to help were stopping me. Why can't these people see what is happening?

Why can't they see the big picture?

Will they ever?

(Sing to the tune of "Over the River and Through the Woods")

Over the road blocks and through the riots

To Peredo we go
The people are mad
Cuz The government is bad
But to work I still must go

Over the tires and glass and rocks
Oh how they've wrecked the roads
People are sick, I can't come quick
As Burning tires fill my nose

Park the truck and Wade through the ocean
We can't walk on the road
They're throwing rocks on passersby
On to Peredo we go

Get on a moto and hang on tight
And say a little prayer
God's seen me through time after time
He's watching me now too
Gotta have a little fun when you're stressed...right? On Friday we (driver and I) made it there.
After leaving the truck
about halfway and walking down into the ocean (no shore there) for about 1/2 mile
to avoid the tumbling rocks. Then back up and walked about another mile with the
medical supplies on our backs to find a motorcycle. Took the moto to the river in
Peredo and then crossed the river on foot and found another moto on the other side.

I can not say I wasn't scared. More like nervous-so I started making up the parody to
"Over the River" in my head then out loud. I figured I couldn't look any crazier than
anyone else.

Please pray for them as medical care is pretty much non-existent and Cholera is
hitting them hard.

Also please join me in praying for clarity and rationality for the Haitian people
during the next round of elections.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NCV) (emphasis mine)

Then if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, if they will pray and seek me and stop their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin,

and I will heal their land.

This blog to be continued...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Movie Outreach Night

It all started a couple of weeks ago when some of the teenagers were talking to me about being bored, having nothing to do in the evenings. Most teens will say that when they really have a million things to entertain them but these teens in the village really don't.

Made me think of my old youth group back home and all the events that were planned for us to do. And that was just church. There were tons of school activities and clubs to be active in.

These teenagers don't have electricity, let alone video games. They don't have sports at school, let alone a whole football league. They don't have a computer, let alone internet access.

So I started looking for a projector to borrow and another mission graciously let us borrow it with a super nice Bose Speaker. (thanks Joy in Hope!)

Then onto getting the generator to work (I had to call my friend Chuck in the states to tell me how to fix it!). But after 2 hours this RN fixed the generator! Can you tell I am proud?

But it was all worth it. They loved "A Walk to Remember", but told me next time not to show such a sad movie. Good thing it was in French or I would have been bawling my eyes out like every other time I have watched it.

View from behind movie screen

Those who didn't get a seat

the most important piece of equipment-the generator!

Popcorn for all the kids made over open fire!