Saturday March 23, 2013
The Clinic team arrived home safely on Sunday March 10. Their flight landed a few minutes early, and they came down the escalator at the airport to see and hear about 20 friends and family cheering and welcoming them back. All 8 team members were visibly exhausted and glad to be home.
Clinic Team in Dominican before leaving for Gens de Nantes
The team had a great time while in Gens de Nantes. They helped to process about 180 patients in the clinic over a three day span. They were able to have fun times with children from the community both during the Sunday service, and throughout the week at the clinic and guesthouse. They had many opportunities to interact and build relationships with the Haitian workers in the clinic and with other members of the church and community. More than half of the team got sick at some point while they were in Gens de Nantes or on the way home. But in those times, the team and people from the community rallied together to support them.
They also experienced powerful God moments. Within minutes of arriving at the guesthouse of Gens de Nantes, some of the medically trained team members were summoned to the clinic to help with a delivery that had turned bad. A specific anti-anxiety prescription medication was required for the patient. Miraculously, one of the Clinic team members had brought some along to use on the flights, but had not required them on the trip to Gens de Nantes. So they had enough to donate to the clinic. Without the medication, the new mother would have not been able to be transported to a hospital that could appropriately care for her needs.
One morning, the team was able to meet with the recipient of one of the homes that the Homes team will be putting a roof on. This elderly grandmother was given a dream the night before the team impulsively visited her, that some people would visit her to pray for her.
Marilyn with grandmother receiving one of the homes.
One of the lessons from their trip that most members remember the most vividly is their thankfulness for having been able to spend just shy of a week with such "giants". Not giants in a physical sense (actually the adults are quite short), but in a spiritual and psychological sense. They have so little, and yet are so generous and those from the church hold such a strong and implicit faith and trust in God.
A few of the Clinic team members had the opportunity to meet with the Homes team as they were finalizing their preparations for their departure. They were able to impart valuable first-hand knowledge before the Homes team departed Thursday March 21 in the evening.
Homes Team send off at Winnipeg Airport
The Homes team flight from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay took off about 45 minutes late, which shortened the layover period in Thunder Bay.
Waiting in Thunder Bay for flight to Toronto
The team arrived in Toronto very tired. Lou Geense met up with them there, and all 9 team members (Aubrey, Charles, Chris, Ferdy, Lorraine, Levi, Lukas, Brian and Lou) are now in Puerto Plata, preparing to arrive in Gens de Nantes later Saturday afternoon.
Aubrey, Lorraine, Chris, Ferdy, Charles, Levi, Brian, Lukas
Keep them in your prayers. Also pray for rain in Gens de Nantes. They have not had any further rain since the Sunday and Monday when the clinic team were there. Most of their crops are not yet planted, and they need these crops to feed themselves as well as sell.
Follow the team's progress on Twitter @AlbrightChurch (use #AlbHomes), or here on the blog.