Saturday, January 14, 2017

Orevwa for now, Haiti

We wrapped up our trip with some extra rest in our trusty cots for several team members, some delightful down time at the beach, and an outdoor concert featuring several Haitian Gospel artists and Kirk Franklin (he was also on our flight out of Haiti - Jordan got a selfie with him).

After a short run illness for some team members, we are all on the mend. Most of us flew out of the fabulous tropical weather today back to the deep freeze in the US, with the last two departing tomorrow. 

We will be processing and reflecting on this trip for awhile. To summarize briefly at this point- God definitely showed us that He is active and working in Carrefour. Big and small prayers were answered. Some relationships were ignited, some strengthened, and some mended. We caught a glimpse of the next chapter in sustainability of our work. His Spirit was very real and present in that place. And we wait anxiously for God's direction for us to get to join Him in what He is about to do next. It's gonna be big!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Last Day of Clinic

Today was our last day of clinic for the trip. The day started with putting 2 of our faithful servants back in bed and 7 of us heading to the clinic. Our morning consisted of a steady flow of patients, but luckily it wasn't overwhelming considering we only had 3 therapists. Kayla kept busy seeing all the kiddos while Naomi & Jordan worked through the adults. The most important part of the day was one of our patients accepted Christ. Naomi was able to walk through salvation with her & get her connected to the church. As a team we have always made it the goal to share the gospel. If only one person comes to Christ through our work in Haiti, then it's all worth it. 

In the afternoon 2 people went to do a home visit while the rest of the team hung out at the house & looked through souvenirs. One more person was added to the sick group, which took us down to 6 healthy team members. Our evening has been uneventful but has included lots of rest for those who are sick. A few of us decided to go up to the roof to enjoy the beautiful weather before we head back to much colder temperatures on Friday. 

Please pray for our team members that are sick & that no one else gets sick. Pray that the community here continues to battle the darkness. Pray that hearts are continually stirred towards the gospel & the freedom that comes from having a relationship with Jesus. Thank you for supporting us through prayer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Clinic Day 2 of Week 2

Philippians 4:6-7

 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Today we continued clinic at Pastor Pierre's church with follow ups from the 2016 and previous trips as well as continuations for stroke and pediatric patients. We were able reconnect with happy familiar faces, have deep spiritual conversations with our trusty sidekicks (our Haitian brothers who translate for us), and progress pt care. Each team member made an impact on the community today- from making others laugh, sitting and conversing as friends, accepting hugs and kisses, making a child smile, or fixing household appliances-all being used for God's glory. 

A high point in the fun of our afternoon was bonding time with sweet friend and driver, Papa. Papa helped us to get sugar cane and learn the Proper and safe way to eat and enjoy the sugar cane. We love our time with Papa and will be very sad to leave Papa here and not taking him back home with us. 

Today also included a Home visit for part of our team with giving home care, connecting with the community yet again in another personal aspect. We love getting to connect and show God's love in the home setting. 

Another part of our group had the opportunity to visit and tour the Adventist hospital where we have had the opportunity to refer pt over the past couple years when they are not appropriate for therapy but needed a medical doctors care. On the way to the hospital Bev had the wonderful opportunity for her first Moto ride. DJ was able to make new missionary friends that will give them all an opportunity connect and recharge together. The group had the opportunity to connect with the on site rehab team as well as tour the Operating Room. 

We had a wonderful visit with our friend Sabrina. Sabrina and her husband, Jude, are missionaries in another part of Haiti who we have had the opportunity to get to know over the past several trips. Sabrina was able to give us the wise words of, "you have to wake up each day, no matter where you are, with fresh eyes expecting God to move." These words were so good for our hearts. 

Today was a good day full of helping others, healing relationships within our community and trusting God for our guidance and peace. God has shown us over and over today and through this trip that He has total control. Over and over this trip God is reminding us to "not be anxious in anything...but in all things present your request to God." God has Huge plans for this community and country and we have the wonderful opportunity to be a part of His glorious and divine plans!