Madelene

December 24, 2010

I wanted you to wake up this Christmas day to the blessing I recieved on Christmas eve.  As I walked by Madelene she called out my name.  I went to her and asked what she wanted.  Fried fish she told me.  I said okay but you must sing for me today.  So I went and got the fried fish.  And she sang to us!  Sang her little heart out.

I have truely fallen in love with this little girl.  It is amazing the amount of damage that can be done from neglect and malnutriton.  But….by the grace of God…. and only by His grace……

She is improving.  She is sitting up.  She is taking her medications and eating.  She is beginning to heal.  I cannot think of a better Christmas present for me (and all of you) today.

The smiling face of Madelene.  TO God be all the Glory!

Take just a minute to read these lyrics from Grace by the Martins

I was in prison, locked up in chains sin held me captive
to sorrow and pain, years of frustrations as love passed me by
until the Master heard my hearts cry

For grace marvelous grace, I needed grace to pardon and make
me whole grace marvelous grace flows from above with infinite love
marvelous grace

I was downhearted I was broken inside praying for mercy with
nowhere to hide, there was a solace searching for me grace
everflowing that set my soul free

For grace marvelous grace I needed grace to pardon and make me
whole grace marvelous grace flows from above with infinite love
marvelous grace

I am forgiven
I am redeemed
A brand new creation He saved me and gave me a reason to sing

Grace, Grace God’s Grace grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, Grace God’s Grace grace that is greater than all our sins

For Grace marvelous grace flows from above with infinite love
Marvelous Grace

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The Betor kids wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010

 

headgear brought special from the states from Jess…..thank you for all the joy you bring to us at RHFH!


Merry Christmas

December 24, 2010

Matthew 1:20-23 

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Tomorrow will be Christmas day.  We are looking forward to having a blessed day with family and friends here at RHFH.  We wanted to take this time to thank you.  Your words of encouragement have made a difference to so many here in Haiti, even us, and the RHFH staff.  We often share with them messages, emails and notes that people have sent to us.  We want them to know and feel your love.  It is important to us that they know so many people all over the world care and love them.  We feel your love, they feel your love and it is real.  God uses many people to reach those that are lost.  A simple touch to a sick and dying person can bring peace and healing to their tired bodies.  A hug to a malnourished neglected child can make their whole day change.  A pat on the head can bring  joy to a sad child.  A cup of cool (filtered and treated :)) water makes many feel safe and protected with all the cholera around.  The simple act of loving- -pure Jesus love–changes the hearts and lives of many.  We love each of you in a special way.  Many of you we will never meet here on earth.  Many of you will never get to visit us here in Haiti.  But together we are showing the love of Jesus to many.  And that my friends, it what is all about.  Showing His love through our work to save as many soul as we can.


Another matching fund

December 23, 2010

Someone wrote today and offered a $2500 matching fund for the cholera funds needed here in Cazale.  We know that funds for cholera is not a fun thing to raise/give towards.  But….lives are being saved.  I have seen people carried to the facility on doors of houses.  They do not have stretchers to carry them on so they tie them to the door of their house.  The communities are trying the best they can to help each cholera patient get help as quick as possible.  Just today we have two members of a village about 5 hours away come and ask for supplies to help get those in need to us.  It was encouraging!  God is at work and He is walking along side his children here in Haiti.  Would you consider helping out with this matching fund need?


Are you living it?

December 23, 2010

Isaiah 58:6-11 (NIV)

6Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
      To loose the bonds of wickedness,
      To undo the heavy burdens,
      To let the oppressed go free,
      And that you break every yoke?
       7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
      And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
      When you see the naked, that you cover him,
      And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
       8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
      Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
      And your righteousness shall go before you;
      The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
       9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
      You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

      “ If you take away the yoke from your midst,
      The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
       10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
      And satisfy the afflicted soul,
      Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
      And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
       11 The LORD will guide you continually,
      And satisfy your soul in drought,
      And strengthen your bones;
      You shall be like a watered garden,
      And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.


link

December 22, 2010

Here is a link to an article written about the cholera house at RHFH and some other organizations.  Everywhere you read my name it should say Lori.  They got us mixed up.


Cholera Update Dec 22nd

December 22, 2010

WOW!  This was a lovely picture below!  We are missing these days of empty beds at the cholera house.  The past week has been very busy.  We are again seeing many, many patients with cholera.

The cholera house was donated by a local family here in Cazale.  We are so thankful to them for offering this building to RHFH free of charge to care for those that are ill.

Each patient or visitor that goes in and out of the facility has to be sprayed down with a solution for alcohol.

Each person must wash their hands before entering the house. Then they put on a pair of gloves.

There is a place in the yard for those that are still able to walk but have cholera symptoms.  They sit here and drink ORS for a while as we observe them.  If/when they have vomiting or diar then a nurse checks that out and sees the color and amount to determine if it is indeed cholera like or just normal diar.

If they present with cholera like symptoms then they are moved to the porch and continue to drink and we observe them.  Some are given medications.  Some get better with the ORS and some are admitted into the house and put on IV fluids.

Once admitted into the house they are put on IV fluids and given medications as needed.

Of course you always have those that are very, very ill when they arrive.  They are taken immediately into the house and put on IV fluids right away.

Most people recover quickly and are well within a few days.  What a joy it is to see those that were so ill and near death be able to walk out and return home well.

Because there is no way we could hire staff to care for each individual person, a family member usually stays with them at the house.  They are taught how to watch the IV’s and do some care of their family member. 

When a patient is well enough to return home they are given one on one education about cholera and how to prevent it at their home and community.  They are given ORS solutions, a hygiene kit and a pamphlet on cholera.

RHFH have currently spend close to $18,000 on the cholera outbreak here in our area.  Our biggest costs has been IV fluids, alcohol, payroll and supplies for the house.  We have had many, many donations from these groups or individuals,  CAM (Christian Aid Ministries), Dr. Jen, Agape Flights, Debbie W., Jonthan M.,Mary, Jess, Anna, the Canada gals 🙂 Caroline T, Rhyan B, Port -au-Prince fellowship members, a vet named Paul, an oral surgeon,Nichole, Jess, Paul, ACWAM, Hickory Grove Church, Susan, Heartline and Samaritan’s Purse. (Please forgive me if I forgot someone!) These donations are on top of the $18,000 that has been spent.

We are currently purchasing IV fluids here in Haiti.  We are paying $3.22 per IV bag and are getting this at a reduced price.  A friends of ours has a contact that can get IV fluids in from the DR.  We would be able to purchase these for $1.40 per bag.  We would have to purchase in bulk and buy 1000 cases.  But this would cover customs and it would be delivered to us.  To purchases 1000 cases in Haiti it would cost us $38,640.  To get it from the DR to would cost us $16,800.  We could save $21, 840.  We know that asking for $16,800 is a huge amount.  But maybe someone knows of an organization, foundation or group that could help with this large need.  We want you to spread the news for us.

Lori had a patient this week that expelled 11 liters of fluids in 12 hours.  That is a lot.  They needed lots of fluids through their veins to replace what they had lost.  IV fluids are a must for the cholera patients that we are seeing.  No donation is to small.  We still have many, many needs for the patients-alcohol, clothing, sprayers, soap, paypal, chairs, tape, toilet paper,  paper towels, diapers, bleach, and many other items.

Here is a chart  below of the Cholera activity since Nov 9th-Dec19th.  Currently we have given education about cholera to 41,136 people.  This is extremely important in getting the word out to everyone about what cholera is and precautions to take for it.  RHFH cholera house has had 457 admits since Nov 9th.

 

We are so thankful to each of you that have prayed for us and those that are ill.  We are so thankful to those that have donated their time, resources, and funds for this current pressing need.  We could not do this without you!  RHFH is committed to helping cholera patients for as long as needed in our area.  We fully understand that this is could be a long term project.