Questions about adoption

January 31, 2010

You can click here to see the blog from the Christian Alliance For Orphans.  They have a good post here about adoption in Haiti.

Another new child admitted..

January 30, 2010

This is Rose Guerline.  She is 6 years old and weighed 33 pounds on Thrusday when she was admitted.  She has lost about 3 pounds of “water weight” since then.  She is eating a little bit of food and drinking some.  Please pray for her and her recovery.

Her feet are so swollen with fluids they are splitting open.

Never a dull Moment…

January 29, 2010

Things were slowing down tonight when we got a call…

yeah, thats right. Just when you think its all come at you, your youngest son tests positive for malaria.  And he’s really far away.  Luckily, he’s with Uncle Casey who walked into a clinic with the child straight from Haiti with no medical insurance- calm cool and collected- and got him tested.  Luckily again, Casey’s wife Briana,  just happens to be a doctor and Trey could not be in better hands right now.  There are varying degrees of Malaria (1-4) and he is a 1.  Briana, who is due to deliver via sea-section on Tuesday will be caring for Trey and they are starting him on medication tonight… THANKS BRIANA AND CASEY! YOU GUYS ROCK!  Please pray for Trey, Briana and Casey…

Oh, and all the nurses flipped out and made everyone wear masks when they came in thinking he might have malaria (no offense but come on!?)

N’ap Degaje Nou…

January 29, 2010

This roughly translates to, “We are making due with what we have.”

God, in His Sovereignty, is piecing things together in such a way that we cannot help but worship Him. Despite the difficulty and despair, we are confident that His promises and His purposes will prevail in the hearts and lives of the Haitian people and ours as well.

As I wrote earlier this week, Lori was able to work on the US Navy ship Comfort as an advisor and coordinator, finding places to send people after they had received treatment/ surgeries on the ship. The media reports are true that the ship is filling up fast. If there are no available beds, then no more critical patients can be seen. This is an urgent need, and my dad’s philosophy has always been, “where you see a need, fill it.” So that is what we are in the process of doing. The theme verse for RHFH has always been Isaiah 58:7, “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wander shelter, when you see the naked to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” God has always given us opportunities to live out this verse in our lives since coming to Haiti in 1994, and now He is providing another means by which we can demonstrate His mercy, compassion, and love.

We are now receiving patients from the US Navy Ship Comfort. My dad felt a strong impression from the Lord a few days ago to offer the newly acquired land (a little over 30 acres) to be used to serve quake victims. Yesterday, the first two patients were sent to us. If you remember from my brother’s post, our facilities are down to 1 building that is about 2000 square feet. We are still providing all services we did prior to the quake, so we do not have ample room for these patients. My sister Lori, and her husband Charles, lost their home 1.5 years ago in a flashflood from a hurricane. Their house was not quite done, but livable, and after the quake rendered my dad’s house (where they stayed) unlivable, they moved into their new home. As the patients began to come in yesterday, because of space issues, they made the decision to offer their new home up to house these patients. Also, the community has offered use of the national school in the village, which was not severely damaged by the quake. Like I said, n’ap degaje nou.

First patient from US Navy Comfort ship arrives at clinic

RHFH Staff praying for the patients

Two patients set up in Charles and Lori's home

There will be two types of patients we will receive. First, we will be treating those who need follow up care such as dressing changes and wound care. Second, we will be providing hospice/ comfort care for many who simply will not survive their injuries.

One patient  is a young girl in her 20’s with a open book fractured pelvis,  dislocated ankle, and is a Type 1 diabetic. Any movement is excrutiatingly painful and she already has a bad decubitus ulcer from laying in the bed. She is on a morphine drip and will not survive. Her mother and a couple other family members are here keeping vigil, holding fast to their bibles and praying for God’s mercy. We only have 30 mg of morphine left so you can pray about that.

The other patient was an elderly man who was found wandering around town and severely dehydrated. Nothing else is known about him. He went into acture renal failure and also tested positive for TB. He came here in a coma and died last night around 6 pm. Franc built a coffin for him this morning.

Today, RHFH will receive two more patients from the Comfort ship, a 3 year old burn victim as well as a 41 yr old woman with terminal ovarian cancer. And more patients as God wills.

We are grateful for the willingness of two incredible young ladies to serve along side us here in Haiti. Anna Kagstrom (also check out this site her friends put together for her.) has been the boy’s homeschool teacher this year, and although she took the boys back to the States to meet Casey, she fought to find a flight back into Haiti and managed to bring 8 trunks of supplies for RHFH with her.

Along with Anna, Caroline Tigner, (or on twitter) a nurse and precious friend to RHFH over the years managed to make it to Cazale last night.

Because of these two ladies, as well as the extremely devoted staff of Haitians RHFH has, today, Lori is able to travel into PAP and will be working at the Heartline Clinic for the weekend with our dear friends, the Livesays. If you don’t follow Troy on twitter, you should. This clinic in PAP has been a triage clinic since the quake. They had medical professionals from the US that were not able to arrive. The Livesays have been there for us countless times, and so Lori is heading in to PAP to be there for them during this difficult time. My dad was able to bring smiles to everyone at Heartline’s Clinic yesterday by finding diet coke and ice and bringing a cooler of cold drinks to them, which in Haiti post quake, is quite the accomplishment.

P’ap jamn sispann priye—Don’t ever stop praying.

I will leave you with another Haitian Hymn. This is #114 in Chants D’esperance.

Cher Senge, kinbin min-m, ede moiun rete fem
mouin bouke, fatige,telman
nan loraj, nan fe noua, klere rout la devan
Kinbin min-m, che senge, fe-m rive

Dear Lord, hold my hand. Help me to stay strong.
I’m tired and fatigued so much.
In the storm, in the dark, clear the road before me Lord.
Hold my hand, oh dear Lord, make me get there (to the end).

More about the boys trip to the USA

January 28, 2010

Anna posted about the boys trip to the USA.  You can check it out here

New kids admitted into the RC…

January 28, 2010

This is Raymond.  He is 12 months and weighs 15 pounds. He has a bad case of diar and vomiting.  He does not want to eat or drink.

This is Gedeon.  He is 2.5 years old and weighs 23 pounds. He is suffering from kwashiorkor.  He has been sick for about 2 weeks.

This is Darlens.  His age in unknown.  His weighs 11 pounds.  His mother was going into Port-au-Prince, the day of the earthquake,  to give blood for a family member that was having surgery.  She never returned.  They never found her.  The father was killed when a house fell on him.  An aunt brought him to the clinic to see if we could take him.  He is severely malnourished.

Psalm 4:7-8 (NIV)


 7 You have filled my heart with greater joy
       than when their grain and new wine abound.

 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,
       for you alone, O LORD,
       make me dwell in safety.

After 15 days…

January 27, 2010

RESCUERS have dragged a Haitian girl alive from the rubble 15 days after a devastating quake, in a rare moment of joy for a country where victims still face a desperate shortage of aid.

A French search team saved the 16-year-old today after neighbours heard a voice in the debris of a house in Port-au-Prince, ending what appeared to be the longest ordeal of any survivor so far following the January 12 disaster.

“She just said ‘thank you,’ she’s very weak, which suggests that she’s been there for 15 days,” Commander Samuel Bernes of the rescue team said.

“She was in a pocket surrounded by concrete. She was treated on the spot, she wasn’t able to get out alone.”

International rescue teams have saved around 135 people who were buried alive when the 7.0-magnitude quake laid waste to the capital and several other towns in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The last was a 31-year-old man rescued by a US team on Tuesday, although he was thought to have been entombed by a powerful aftershock around two days after the initial tremor struck.

Haiti’s President Rene Preval said “nearly 170,000” bodies had now been counted since the quake, significantly higher than previous estimates of 150,000.

“In 15 days many efforts have been made. The National Equipment Company (NEC) has made great efforts in removing nearly 170,000 dead from the streets and clearing the roadways to facilitate traffic,” Preval told a press conference

Aaron Hale

January 27, 2010

Last week I received an email from a man named Aaron Hale.  He is an artist/worship leader.  He is getting ready to release a single and wanted to use it to help out Haiti and Real Hope For Haiti.  I came in the office this morning and Lori, rambo nurse Lori, was crying listening to the song.  It is a great song.  If you have a minute go listen to it here and download this song.  It is name your price for the download.  All proceeds go to RHFH.  Every little bit helps.  Thanks be to God for all He has done!


January 27, 2010

It has been made know to us that several places like Home Depot, and other department stores have free shipping or free shipping is you order to over a certain amount.  Just wanted to put that out there for those sending items to MN.  This might be a good way to buy supplies and get it to the warehouse for free.  You guys check it out and let others know in the comment section.  Thanks to everyone for all your help!

The boys on the plane

January 26, 2010

If you want to see a short video of the cutest boys in the world on there way to the USA click here