Wednesday, 10 February 2010 00:00
It was another full day for our team of 10.
Bill was over at the soccer feild relief camp teaching the administrators at the camp how to operate the water system. We are confident that it is in good hands and will serve many people.
We had great fun setting up the system and made many wonderful friends. The Haitian people love to have fun and their laugh is infectious. I have been dubbed Rambo by them because I am using the holstered knife on my belt a lot. Many jokes have been made at my expense over this. I also managed to get a small cut and the needle-happy nurses insisted I get a tetnus shot because I couldn't remember the exact date of my last one.
The rest of the team held a medical clinic at Pastor John' church. We were able to see and treat over 70 patients today with a range of ailments from things as simple as coughs and rashes to festering wounds and syphilis.
There were many heart wrenching stories of wives loosing husbands, children loosing both parents, and horrific injuries.
By the way, if God has put it on your heart to adopt one of these beautiful children, Pastor John has a reltionship with a government official to fast track some adoptions. We will NOT be bringing any home with us. It is the govornments desire to place many of these children in US homes to give them a chance.
Tonight worship was very emotional as we said good bye to the wonderful people at the church. We heard more remarkable stories of survival and loss coupled with strength and faith that God still held them in His hand. Please be appropriately moved here...it was quite profound when you think of the magnatude of their loss.
Tomorrow we will be traveling to Leo Gane which is very close to the epicenter of the quake and the devistation there is expected to be near total. We will be sleeping in tents and doing our best to hold medical clinics and setting up a water system there over the next few days.
Please pray for our safety as we travel by public bus lines and that Bill and I will be able to connect with the team from Texas who will have the water part that we need for our other system.
Getting to know the team:
Christy met her husband, Kelly while in paramedic training school. They will have been married for 20 years later this year and have 2 children. She credits her grandmother with leading her to Christ and from her faith she has born a ministry of helping at home by being the police and fire chaplain as well as having a dog she takes around to help people as a therapy team. Outside of her home state of Washington, she has helped on hurricaine relief as well as traveling to Nepal and Tibet and several other international trips with SWI. In every case, Christy's heart lies with the understanding that each person in a crisis has the same three questions: Does anybody know I'm there? Does anybody know I'm hurting? Does anybody care?
Another inspirational member of our team.