Thursday, April 3rd we were surprised to receive friendly messages from each member of the Clinci Team! We had anticipated that communication from the team might be limited, but we have been thoroughly blessed by their opportunity, diligence and desire to keep us informed.
The messages are brief, and we didn’t want to exclude anything, so no editing has been done. Enjoy the words of those serving in Haiti right now.
“Hi, it's Steph! I spent the day holding babies, getting peed on, completing inventory of a back storage room, and helping Marilyn M with paper work. I also spent a little bit of time in the pharmacy helping Cindy while Christine was having lunch!”
“Carol - I spent the day organizing and completing paper work for Marilyn M, tracking prenatal visits, births and post natal visits from June to present! I also held multiple babies, trying to get them to smile!”
“Hi! This is Cindy! I spent the day in the pharmacy filling prescriptions with Christine, Carol, and Steph! We filled prescriptions for 51 people with multiple medications on each. Willy translated as we explained to the people how to take them! We are now all sitting outside watching the kids play soccer in the cool breeze. We can see the clouds coming over the mountains in the distance! We think we are having chicken for supper as we saw the ladies bring them from market earlier and start to remove feathers!”
“Hi it's Christine! Spent most of the day in the pharmacy today but took a bit of a break to sit with some kids and painted the girls nails, and made ‘frisbees’ with the boys. Another great day!”
“Bonjou, mwen rele Lindsey, I am so blessed to be here in such a beautiful country with an awesome team and work alongside such wonderful people. Today we continued to care for the young lady who is healing well from the nasty abscess, what a joy to see her smile! We did some follow up appointments and dressing changes as well as some paperwork compiling stats for the pre and post natal program. Carol and I had fun trying to pronounce all the lovely Haitian names. Thank you all for all your prayers! Having a great adventure!”
“Hi all from Marilyn and Kelsey. Marilyn: I went early to the clinic this morning to change the dressing of our tooth abscess lady. So wonderful to see her continue to improve. I did a few other dressing changes and gave some medication. The Haitians are so grateful for all we do. So wonderful to serve them and God. Kelsey: I was feeling under the weather today, so it was a bit of a slower day. I played with the kids and made some arts and crafts with the kids and some of the other ladies. They love it!! Really enjoying my time here!”
“Dr. Stephen: Hi there. Each day in the clinic has a different flavour but a common theme is the effect that poverty has on everything I am seeing. There are the kids with belly pain without an obvious diagnosis except that they're small for their age and not getting enough to eat. There are malnourished adults and farmers with bodies worn down from years of hard work. Even simple problems like a piece of dirt in the eye can quickly result in corneal scarring and vision loss here. Hypertension is challenging to treat when the medications are variably available or affordable. I have yet to see obesity here though. Not enough to eat and a physical lifestyle will do that to you. And I'm not seeing despair or unhappiness on the scale that we Canadians might expect given the Haitians' lack of "Stuff". Yes, their life is physically harder but they are rich in other ways. How much stuff do I really need? Less than I have now. God really is sufficient. A lot of what I see as far as poverty and health effects is very similar to what we see in our own Inner City population and the challenges are recognizable. Although we rescued an alcoholic with hypoglycaemia from certain death today, his primary problem is that he is not a believer in Jesus. God gave him a second chance through our presence to turn to Him for forgiveness and mercy and to find everlasting life now and forever. And we told him so. A situation no different than at Lighthouse Mission, UGM, Charis Centre and other ministries. There is much to reflect on but I'm loving working here and seeing what God is doing through our team. Thank you so much for your prayers and don't let up just because things are going well. I don't expect Satan to take all of this lying down. But our God is stronger! Shalom,Stephen”
“Marilyn M (EMCC Ontario): Hi (Pastor) Alan, (Pastor) Sam, Stephen (Moore) and congregation! Thank you so very much for sending such a fantastic medical team! It has been a joy to get to know everyone. We have seen God at work, especially in the clinic. Thanks for your willingness to partner with the AEM and EMCC in the community of Gens de Nantes. Pastor Alan, Pastor Andre really appreciated the letter of encouragement that you sent. Please pray for Pastor Andre and Maryella (Madam Andre) as they provide home care for her mom who is dying. Her father has Alzheimer's which is also a challenge. Thank you Albright family, you are a blessing to me! Marilyn M”
“Kathy Tjart (Kitchener,Ontario) To the Albright Church family, I am extremely happy to be working with the team from your church. It's only been a week and I feel like I've made lifelong friends. I feel we have gelled as a team and are working well together. We laugh and talk like old friends and I treasure our time together. We all have the Haitian’s best interests at heart and we pray they see Jesus in us. Thanks for the amazing support.”
“Shannon: Hi Everyone. Thank you for sending me to Haiti on behalf of Albright Church. What a joy to serve God in this place. This morning everything was fresh from the pouring rain last night. The world was so wet that a little tarantula took shelter in the outhouse. Most of my day was spent doing crafts, the yarn wrapping was a huge hit and I am now a pro. The pipe cleaner and bead bracelets were a hit and, as always, the girls love having their fingernails painted. Near the end of the day when I was crafted out, I offered to cuddle a baby - sweet reward at the end of the day. Dinner was so tasty and we were all very hungry. We are now visiting by the warm glow of candlelight. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. There is much need to be strong in The Lord as we can only serve in the power of His might. Please continue to pray for us. We love you all!!”