Sorry about the lack of photos in yesterday’s report. We don’t have internet service in Z’Orange. I have to drive 45 minutes down the mountain to send the photos and update.
Some of the photos are from Friday when we just went hut to hut inviting people to today’s medical clinic. The medical team saw and treated over 200 people before lunch today, then went back to see how many more would show up. Everyone is doing well. They are having a wonderful time and doing a great job for the Lord.
Report by Mark, Darby, & Mallory
This morning after breakfast our team set up for a medical clinic at the church across the way from the mission house. It was encouraging to see people lined up around the clinic area even before all the team members had awakened, prayed, and eaten. For the clinic the team was split into two groups. The team members working with the medical clinic helped assess and treat patients with medicine from the pharmacy team. Over 200 Haitians were treated just this morning, including two ex-voodoo priests who are now followers of the “true God.” The other group was for hygiene. The hygiene station consisted of handing out toiletries, smiles, and women’s hygiene products. Jola and Jan, two women from the team, are very passionate about women’s hygiene and hope to start their own ministry specifically for women. Kids that passed through the hygiene station with their siblings or caretaker(s) received handmade dresses, dolls, and butterfly toys until they were all gone.
One of our translators, Tony, along with several members of the team, went out later to entertain and interact with the kids. A parachute game ensued, as well as coloring and silly Creole-to-English conversations. Seeing the excitement and joy on the faces of the young girls and boys was a further humbling experience. When you would forget that you weren’t in the States, you’d see a goat on a string, a cactus plant, or the mountain view and remember: Yes, we are in Haiti. The children actually want to know your name and most of them know a little bit of English, which just makes you want to learn Creole more. One question the team as a whole has down is “koman ou rele?” which means “what is your name?” Even if our team members never return or see these people or this beautiful place again, it is important for the natives to know that they are valued as a person. Their names matter–it’s just really cool they care about ours, too. We are already learning so much from them. One phrase that most of the team has been working on today is “Bondye beni ou,” which translates to “God bless you.” It is crazy how blessed we are…
God is working; keep up the prayers!