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.
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.
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).