N’ap Degaje Nou…

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).

17 Responses to N’ap Degaje Nou…

  1. DAWN says:

    You are doing amazing things. I tell people about your blog every chance that I get. My prayers will continue to be with you as well as my financial support as much as possible. Seeing what you did in person and what you continue to do is incredible. Hope to get to come back for a short time again sometime this year.

    Dawn Scott

  2. Debbie Woodward says:

    Licia and Lori –

    I have had contact from 3 nurses in the Slidell, Louisiana area. They are willing to come and help if you need it. They have been through Hurricane Katrina and have had to make do.

    I know for sure one is willing to bring her own tent, food, etc. and be completely self-sufficient. She is collecting supplies for you in Louisiana.

    Let us know if you want more nursing help. Your family is the most faithful of servants.

    Say hi to Anna. I’m glad Caroline is back. If you have people coming in and need more anethesia/suture kits, Southern Surgical Hospital in Slidell is willing to mail them to people coming in on planes.


  3. lisa says:

    Praying for you and for your family…when i saw you father in the first picture i smiled..even though i only met him that one time in december at the gas station,i knew immediately that he was a great man and i am looking forward to the day to come and help…I am praying for GOD to lead me where I am needed….

  4. Carmen says:

    Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

  5. Kristy Kuenzi says:

    Lifting everything up to Heaven for all of you. Thank you for all you do!! You all are amazing to follow. What an example of Christ you are!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    May God continue to bless and provide in ways only He can! Deeply, deeply admire your faithfulness and know He is well pleased with all of you!

  7. concerned says:

    Why is the woman in her 20s considered terminal? Is the internal bleeding unstoppable or is it because reconstructive surgery isn’t possible there or is it due to lack of diabetic supplies?

  8. jentmarie says:

    I noticed cases of diet coke looked unscathed in one of the early pictures you posted after the quake and I rejoiced knowing it would be a small but valuable victory as you all plunge forward. Thanks for continuing to post updates. Your selflessness, sacrifices, and the strength of your faith bring such glory to our God and such humility to all of us back in the states. Praying now for your continued strength and courage!

  9. dawn says:

    Just humbled. And crying.


  10. Oh, it is a helpless feeling, to be so far away and have so little to offer! Our prayers are with you, and as powerful as our God is, we know He sees and supplies all your needs in His perfect time. Praying for the morphine to arrive. One of our local doctors is heading for Haiti. Can you publish your physical address so I can give it to him with your requests for particular medical supplies? He’ll be working with Doctors Without Borders, I think. I will try to do what I can if you give us a physical address and/or phone number.

  11. E from Illinois says:

    Steadfastly praying here for you all.

  12. […] January 29th our friends at the Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center reported that the US Navy hospital ship was filling up and that critical care patients were being […]

  13. […] first two patients from the Comfort ship were Micheline and John Doe.  You can read their stories here.  John Doe never woke up and died within a few days of arriving here.  Micheline lived for a few […]

  14. Tara says:

    Do you have any photos of your “John Doe” — we put a John Doe on the ship and I know yours came off the ship and I just wonder if it is the same guy. He seemed to be HIV positive and very ill but we could not get him to tell us anything … we called him Jack. He seemed like he wanted to die. Think it is the same guy?

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