I am so thankful for each of the amazing ladies God put on our medical team last week! It was a tough, stressful, emotional week but God's presence was evident as true relationships were formed, positive attitudes filled the team, and medical care was provided to over 1,500 patients!
The team divided their time between our clinic in Les Bours and the tent city of Jeremie. They were shocked at the amount of terrible, oozing, bleeding ear infections on young children. They have been sleeping in the wet mud for far too long. Gail had one little baby brought to her with a hat wrapped tightly around his head. When she removed the hat the baby's hair was growing with mold. After living in such wet and damp conditions the baby's head was literally covered in mold. Gail washed her hands all day and could still smell the stench of this poor baby's head on her fingers. A lot of antibiotics were passed out for all kinds of infections. We went through suitcase after suitcase of medicines and have very little left in our storage.
Words cannot express how thankful the Haitian people are for these clinics. Some of our patients walked for hours to see our team. Others lived in the countryside and took an all day bus ride into the city. As word of mouth spread we had hundreds of patients lined up outside the tent door. On Wednesday alone the team saw over 530 patients! Our next medical week will be the second week of July. Thank you Gail and team for an amazing week! I was so thankful for all of your help after the flood! You guys rock!
Since the team left, Morgan and I have been catching up on things back here at HOPE House. She is here for 3 more weeks and I have been so thankful to have her help! Yesterday we took a day of rest and played with the kids in a blow up swimming pool. It was quite an exciting event for all! Naika and Sophonie turned into little fishes splashing and rolling around in the water. Pierreline and Caleb kept pouring bowls of water over their heads pretending to take a bath. (This went on for about 3 1/2 hours.) Kimberlie even had her own little baby pool to splash around in. It was a great way to spend a hot afternoon in Haiti!
We are getting ready for our next team to come in tomorrow! A group of women from Kentwood Community Church is joining us for a week of Vacation Bible School in the tent city, pampering our staff and Gift of Hope ladies, and getting down and dirty with construction projects around the property. Should be a great week! I will keep you posted as the internet allows!