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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Evenson update

Evenson is the little boy we have been working with at Angel Missions. The mission found care for him at A Children's Hospital and I took him out there a month ago. I posted it on Facebook and a lot of people are asking how he is doing.

He has a Wilm's tumor. It is so large that it can't be surgically removed until it shrunk with Chemo. The plan is for Evenson to have 13 weeks of Chemo and evaluate the tumor again. The great news is it is already shrinking after a few treatments!

He is with a Christian couple who is hosting him in California. They are wonderful with him and taking great care of this medically fragile child.

Please pray for Evenson and his host family and his biological parents who are anxiously awaiting for him to return to Haiti.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nadine's Story Part 2

For those of you who haven't heard...Nadine is coming to America! Well...we are working on getting her medical visa because Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus Ohio accepted her 100% free of charge!

I am so happy for their decision! One one hand I am proud b/c I am a former employee of Nationwide Children's Hospital. I am so excited that my former co-workers are going to be the ones providing care to Nadine! One the other hand I am so so so excited for Nadine, who has been suffering since she was a toddler and teased. I met her 3 years ago and had no idea God would use me as a link to help save her life.

Dana Noffsinger is a Pediatric NP at Children's and was the driving force behind getting Nadine accepted. I facebooked him and asked him to read my blog post about Nadine and see if he could ask around at Children's.

He did and started taking to a radiologist and surgeon and submitted the required paperwork. I can not say how grateful I am for what he has done for Nadine. I sat back and thought about when I met Dana and how we worked together with surgical patients at Chidren's for a few years. But now I see the how the Lord had another plan for us working together even before I ever stepped foot in Haiti. I hope he knows how much we at Angel Missions appreciate all he has done!

So now we are working on the paperwork for Nadine's Embassy appointment for her medical visa. They require a large amount of paperwork and it has to be PERFECT.

It started with getting Nadine and her mother to Port au Prince to get her passport and other paperwork signed. Here are some pictures of Nadine at her house.

Sendhie, The secretary at Angel Missions had a schooling session with her mother before they headed out for paperwork. Nadine's mother never went to school and can't sign her name.  Literally doesn't know her letters. Can't write a single one. So Sendhie was teaching her how to sign her name. It was so sweet...I took a picture of it :)

 We will continue to work on paperwork...almost finished! Keep praying! God is working...we are seeing the proof!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Grenadia (Passionfruit) Juice

There is a fruit here in Haiti called Grenadia in Creole. I googled it and couldn't find Grenadia anywhere. I looked through fruit pictures of the Carribean and found that it is a variety of Passionfruit. There is a purple passionfriut and a yellow passionfruit. These are the yellow variety.  Here is a descriptive link.

Passionfruit juice is my favorite here. Odessa and I made some yesterday. We add a couple fresh squeezed juice from limes to ours too cause we like the extra tartness.

First we wash all the fruit in bleach water. If you saw the open market here in Port au Prince where we buy our fruits and veggies you would definitely know why ;)

Odessa squeezed the limes in to get our sour/tangy taste.

Then we cut open the Passionfruit-smells SOOO good!
Then you scrape the inside part into a strainer and stir it and scape against the sides until the juice starts running down into the pitcher. Adding water helps get the juice off the seeds. 
And you stir and stir and stir...
It is finished when you don't have a lot of orange stuff left. Just basically seeds. Then you go onto the the next piece. Then add water and sugar to taste when you have used all your passionfruits.

Then you enjoy fresh, passionfruit with a kick of lime, juice. I have never had this in the states. I don't know if it is imported in to some grocery stores. If you can't find in your local grocery, come on over, we'll make you a fresh pitcher!