As the cholera epidemic continues on and the death tolls now are over three hundred, the people who live on our road can rest a little easier thanks to Samaritan’s Purse. They came in and installed a water purification system. It takes the water straight from the canal, purifies it and makes it safe to drink. What a blessing it is to drive past and see people filling up their water jugs knowing that they are drinking safe water!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Only God knows what these little boys have experienced throughout their young lives. Praise God that He gives us eyes to see and a heart to listen to that still small voice when He speaks to us, because although I helped them, it was such a blessing to me to see the difference a few minutes can make for a little child. Thank You Lord!!!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
came to Lifeline this morning looking as proud as they could be for their first day of school. They will both be in the third grade, something hard to imagine in the United States. We know they're grateful for a new chance at education and they're going to make the best of it. We're so blessed with a great school and wonderful staff to help educate Haiti's children and adults alike.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
The outbreak has gotten closer to our village. In Barbancourt, the next village over, at least four people have died and many are sick. Today tons of people came to Lifeline to get water from our well, knowing they should no longer drink water out of the canals that run through the village. A big truck load full of buckets even came to dristribute clean water to the community.
Tomorrow we're going to have an informative meeting for those in our area to teach them precautionary measures to take to avoid the spread of the disease. Please pray for the people of Haiti, that this epidemic ends and no more people die.
Photo of Hospital courtesy of Getty Images
Thursday, October 21, 2010
*Photo from Associated Press
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The kids at our feeding centers always enjoy eating the food and they either clean their plates or take home to share with their families.
It's fun to watch the physical change that happens in the children as they go through our feeding program. Without the donors supplying this critical food we wouldn't be able to help these children. Thank you to all who help make a difference in their lives!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
GOD IS SO GOOD!!!! When you think He has done it all, something else happens. Most people would get very upset if you were awaken on Sunday morning with the rattling of the gate at 4:00 a.m. but today it was a blessing! Before we even could open our eyes a big truck came in the gate loaded with a green kawasaki mule!!! Now for some of you would say well that's not so much but here at Lifeline it is AWESOMELY BIG!!!!! Since the earthquake we have had a red mule in which we have hauled sand, rock, and cement to build houses and food to people in the most remote areas which we would have never been able to have helped because of this special donated machine. We go and transport crippled people to church, and pick up people that are so sick that they can't walk and transport them to the clinic here at Lifeline. Without this mule we would have many times been helpless. The rough terrain many times is unpassable here with a regular vehicle. The Lord must have knew how vital it has been and now we have a second one. There is not words to say how very grateful we are to the special person that donated these vehicles for Lifelines use to help the people here in Haiti. May God's blessings be upon on you!!!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
On the way back we stopped at another orphanage to hand out clothes and vitamins for the children. Today the day started off with a 4:30am hike up the mountain to Petit Bwa for some of the team to see one of the schools we feed.
After that things were well under way for another clinic here in La Digue. There were very many people who showed up including two orphanages.
It’s been a great week with an awesome team and we’re so appreciative for all their help! Praise God for willing hearts to come and serve in Haiti. If you’re interested in coming to Haiti on a short-term-mission trip, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The other day we were introduced to a precious child from a nearby orphanage. Never in our lives have we seen such a profound sadness on a child’s face. Who knows what this four year old child has seen in her life.
Her parents weren’t able to care for her and her sister and dropped them off at this orphanage about six months ago. She spent the day with us today to receive medical help and love. After a day of lots of love and attention and the ability to eat when she wanted to eat really changed what we saw in her. She went from not talking, not smiling, and the saddest eyes to laughing, playing, interacting, and doing all the things you would expect a four year old to do. At the end of the day the only that reminded us of what her experience had been was her small size. It was so great to see what the power of love can do. It was a reminder to us all to always love and never give up hope. There is a smile that can be on that face again! Just as a day of love changed her sadness into joy, God’s love when lavished upon us has powerful effects. May we all rest in His love.
Monday, October 4, 2010
A total of 343 patients were seen and given medicine for their ailments. Many of the children were without parents due to the earthquake. The bigger children brought the smaller children into the tent to be seen.
Many of the women were pregnant which is a sign of growth in the tent village. Most of the men in the village have no job, no way to provide for their families. On the upside, some of the team of doctors and nurses had been to this village in April of this year and were happy to see improvements in the conditions of the village and in the conditions of the people. When we toured the village after the clinic we saw that some people are still living in hovels but others have built porches on their tents and planted gardens to provide food for their families.
Despite their rough circumstances, the faces of the children were filled with joy.
Games of soccer broke out. We saw how they used discarded materials to make basic toys such as a pinwheel made from a water jug, a kite made from a plastic bag and sticks, and a truck made from a plastic motor oil bottle with lids for wheels.
All in all the day felt as if we had gained more then we had given. These people have so little and are doing well. We have so much and ask for more. Each of us came away with a better insight of the blessings God provides.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Then this afternoon was really stressful. We went to an orphanage in one of the tent cities. There were 155 children and 30 adults waiting to be seen.
One of the doctors saw a boy who was eight years old but was the size of a 4 year old. The worse part was that he looked like he was very sad. After his shirt was off it was clear that he was starving. He was given some cheese and he ravished it! The director of the orphanage is a pastor whose church, in Port au Prince, was destroyed in the earthquake. They had moved the church and the children to this new location in which 22 children and 6 adults were living in two rooms. They eat one meal a day and appear to be doing the best that they can but the children here seemed extremely hungry. The Director of Lifeline promised to help them with some food.
It is always a humbling experience when you come to realize that in this profession, at this place and at this moment you are really saving lives and helping God's children. What a wonderful opportunity to allow your light to shine! What a beautiful way to show God’s work and allow HIM to use you to do good work on this planet. My grandmother often told me that when you look into the eyes of children you are looking into the eyes of God. Today, at this clinic and the orphanage we visited, it was more then overwhelming. To see starving children in 2010 made me feel embarrassed. How could this happen and the world just look away? Well today, I felt that with all my medical training and life experience, I was changing lives; not a million, not a thousand, just one child at a time.
I am hopeful, today, that one child today will survive, because I changed his or her destiny. I am prayerful, today, that I stopped the devil from doing his job, and raping this country of God’s blessings. I am powerful, today, because I allowed God to use me to do good work on his planet. I am thankful, today, that I opened my life to this experience and to the people at this mission. I am blessed, today, because I allowed my life to be a blessing.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Time for clinics! Today a team of doctors and nurses came ready to get to work! They will be doing clinics and helping provide medical attention for the people here. We are so happy to have them here. They came loaded down with all kinds of donations. What a blessing it is to see so many items such as shoes, clothes, medicine, baby formula and toys, knowing it's all going to go to children who so greatly deserve it. We're looking forward to helping many people this next week!