Saturday, July 31, 2010
We also saw various vegetables and spices like corn, carrots, eggplants, plantains, garlic, and ginger roots. These items were sold regardless of their quality. These foods posed a potential health problem to the buyers related to the unsanitary conditions. Overall, the market was a wonderful window allowing us to view the Haitian way of life. Next we visited the Bercy Orphanage which housed fifty-one children; in each room resides six to eight occupants. We gave the kids gifts and played with them.
Lifeline feeds these children and helps with clothing them. They attend school and their ages range from two months to twenty-one. Generally the children were healthy and happy. This particular orphanage would be considered one of the better Haitian orphanages; however, in the United States it might be categorized as unacceptable, or substandard.
Friday, July 30, 2010
The pediatric patients we have encountered in Haiti have been extremely respectful and very
thankful for every service we provided, regardless how small. The children were very excited and rejoiced in songs and chants when we approached the school. The school even paid us for our services in food, which is a huge payment for their condition. The food consisted of an egg
sandwich with lettuce and ketchup with a spicy kick. Some common problems we encountered
were fungal infections, scabies, hypertension, and small wounds related to falls. The services
we provided included blood pressure screenings, pulse rates, respiratory assessment, and a
brief head-to-toe assessment. Each child and teacher received multivitamins and antiparasitics.
The experience was overwhelming but yet one of the most rewarding experiences that we may
ever have. While we were there we saw so much grief that some of the team members chose a
child to sponsor. For example, two different children, brothers, were chosen to be sponsored.
The brothers had lost both parents in the earthquake and have been living with the school
Created by: Hannah Adkins, Steven Cornett, and Evan Bennett.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
the USA. We soon found that communication was going to be one struggle we would have
to face. At home, we are used to picking up a land line or cell phone anytime we need to
talk to someone. Even when we are bored at home we can pick up our laptop and go to a
social networking site to chat without ever getting off the couch. That is definitely not the case
here in Haiti. First thing this morning there were Haitians on the porch of the mission house
seeking medical treatment. They had no way of getting in touch with anyone other than to
just come to us and ask for help the best they knew how. Of course the language barrier was
automatically an issue, but thanks to an interpreter we were able to efficiently deliver care.
Tabbetha Loan, Keshia Rowe, Jessica Drake
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Coming to Haiti on a short term mission trip is a great way to be a part of something life-changing! Here at Lifeline you will be given the opportunity to see first hand the work that God is doing among the Haitian people. We'd love for you to join us for a week. While you're here you'll be able to touch the lives of so many of these hurting children. For more information on how you can come and be a part of a mission trip, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, God had a little more in store for us. As we walked through Barbancourt we began hearing music in the distance which turned out to be a worship service. None of us expected this surprised gathering but when we encountered it, we knew that it was something extraordinary. Everyone, Haitian and American joined together to sing and pray to our Lord Jesus Christ. This moment was such a blessing that only God knew was going to happen.
The original plan was to visit Barbancourt on Monday, but right before leaving Donald made the decision to do it before heading to the beach. I truly believe God meant for us to make this trip today because he knew what was going to happen today. We were so blessed to witness a Haitian revival where many were led to Christ, and where many prayers were lifted up in faith that God will provide for his people.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Motorcycles are one of the main forms of transportation but are also one of the most dangerous. The roads here in our village aren’t smooth paved roads like they are in the States; they’re rocky, rough, and full of danger. We see many motorcycle accidents here at Lifeline. Praise the Lord these men were safe!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Being baptized in
Going from such uplifting moments to depressing sights, our crew went on a ride through
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Today I got to see the wonderful hands of the nurses that came with our group stitch up a small boy's head. He had fallen off a donkey and gashed his head to the skull. It is so awesome that these village people have quality medical facilities to go to.
God has truly blessed this mission and the people who are involved, everyone is ready to lend a hand and always wears a smile that reflects God's light in them. It is a place I find hard to leave behind. Before I left on my trip for this week I had many people ask why I would even want to go return to Haiti, that there was nothing there, especially after the earthquake. It's simple really, Haiti is with out a doubt a cursed land with hardly anything to offer someone like me but I don't return because I fell in love with the land, I return because I fell in love with the people. They are a people with extremely large hearts and are my family in Christ.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Nono had been working outside with his machete when he tripped on something and fell. As he fell he sliced his thumb. We rushed him to one hospital where we were told they couldn’t do stitches. So then we had to go to another hospital.
Monday, July 19, 2010
At some places the water moves very quickly and can be very dangerous. After it rains the water rushes even more strongly.
On Sunday a woman shared about her baby. She told us that she had gone to
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
For only $20 a month you can sponsor a child and provide them with an education, food and help with medical care. Most of us spend more then that a month on Starbucks drinks! A few days ago Sue Miller was able to see the children she sponsors and bless them with a few gifts in person.
She was excited to see her girls and see where her money has been going. The girls were equally excited to meet the woman who makes it possible for them to receive their education!
What a great way to spend our money on something that has lasting effects. For more information on how you can make a difference in a child’s life, email email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
She came to us for help and now Lifeline is partnering with her to help her save her life! Everyday she now comes to us for care and treatment. She's been like this for a really long time, but we're believing for her healing. We'll have continual updates on her condition. Please pray with us!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
“I have gained so much from this experience with the fellow teachers of
Patricia Curtis, also a retired teacher, says, “Education is the most powerful tool that will help
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
During the earthquake her house collapsed killing her husband and two of her children. She is now widowed with five other children she’s trying to feed. She is so depressed and is grieving because she can’t take care of her children any longer and can no longer provide food for them on her own. She lives with her sister. She was in such a state of despair that she even mentioned giving her children away for them to receive better care. Lifeline was able to send her back with a sack of food and a love bundle. Pastor Ronni was able to spend some time praying with her as well before she had to make her long trek back up the mountain. This is woman is just one story out of many. Her situation seems hopeless. Think about it…here in Haiti there are no food stamps, no welfare, no social security, no anything. When we say people have nothing here that really means nothing. And yet, by most accounts, the local villagers are a proud and happy people! What a testimony to the grace of God! Please keep her and all the others affected by the catastrophic quake in your prayers.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It’s like Christmas. It’s the gift of the year to them. Pray that God continues to give us things like these love bundles to bless these ever deserving children!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
What a miraculous gift that was. Rice and beans are two of our main food sources that we utilize to feed 3,500 children every day.
We are so thankful for the precious donor who sent the food. We praise God for their goodness and giving heart to help feed some of the very hungriest children in