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Friday, November 17, 2017
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Haiti Mission Trip March 2017
 
Carol Haisten went with the North American Haiti Partnership mission team Friday, March 17th.
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 We will head back to Haiti, where we will focus on medical missions, supporting local pastors, and developing relationships with the children of several communities. We ask you to pray about being a part of this potentially life-changing week. According to the World Bank, Haiti is the poorest country in the world, yet it’s only a three-hour flight (yet a world away) from Atlanta. We are not going on a mission trip in efforts to be a hero. It’s not about us – it’s about God, and the folks in Haiti don’t need heroes – they need long-term partners.

Be in prayer about these opportunities to serve God and experience the mighty things He is doing in Haiti.

 
 
HAITI UPDATE: Saturday, March 18th

First of all, please forgive me for not sending out a short update last night, but by the time we got ready to wind down, it was after 11:00, and we were ‘spent’!  After arriving yesterday afternoon, we went to Pastor Baptiste’ house, reviewed the trunks that we needed for clinics, then saw some of Pastor Baptiste’ family and friends in a medical clinic.  After clinic, we made our way to the beautiful Palm Inn, checked in, then spent the next couple of hours sorting and counting medicine into baggies and readying for Saturday’s 2 clinics. Then we all dropped into bed, tired but happy to be here!!!

 

On Saturday, after a slight snafu with our time zone settings on the phones, we made our way to the first clinic location.  We served at Pastor Sorrell’s church for a couple hours, seeing all the beautiful people and taking care of them the best way we can.  Next we ventured off to Pastor Abraham’s church and arrived to hear them having a special church service, and you could really hear the service resounding outside the walls!  We set up a clinic across the road at the school, and prepared to meet today’s clients.  We saw a lot of people in both areas with very high blood pressure and was able to give them some lifesaving medicines, along with praying, visiting and nurturing them.

 

When we finished clinics, we made our way into town and ate at our favorite restaurant, Epidor.  Then a lovely ride up the mountain toward Turgeau where we stopped and shopped the local vendors and picked up some lovely items.  

 

Back at the Palm Inn, we readied our pharmacy trunks for the next day, visited a bit with others, then had a wonderful dinner in the outdoor restaurant.  We were joined by Doc, Deb and Esther who will all go out with us to church service in Onaville with a clinic to follow.

 

After dinner, Carol gave a beautiful devotion entitled: “Believe in yourself” because we are God’s joy, and he believes in you and gave his life for you.  No matter where you are, you should be prepared to show the love of God to those around us. Additionally, she read from the book of Hebrews, and shared a personal story with us. 

 

Time for ‘wind down’, and preparing our hearts, body and mind for tomorrow.  Thanks for all your prayers!

I will try to remember to take a couple pictures for tomorrow night’s update.  J

In His Grace,

Lori Stanley-Chase

 

 

 
HAITI UPDATE: Sunday, March 19th
HAITI UPDATE:  Monday, March 20th

Good evening family and friends!

We simply cannot believe that this trip is already coming to a close!  Only one more short clinic here at the hotel tomorrow morning, a quick lunch, then we will be off to the airport, Atlanta bound!

 

Today was a quick but great day!  Charles started us off this morning with a devotion on friendship with God. Genesis 18:17. He talked about intimacy with God and that God will lovingly produce a sense of restraint if you are going in the wrong direction. God knows before you even pray what you are thinking.

 

We went the short distance to Pastor Dieuseul’s house, and set up our clinic on the rooftop as usual.  With a great breeze, and some shade, it was the perfect place to be while we took care of about 30 of his congregation who were either pregnant, had high blood pressure, or was just very sick.  While we were there, we had a reunion of sorts with a young woman and her beautiful sweet girl who were the first recipients of the Micro Credit program at the church in January 2013, and we see them every 6 months when we return.  The Micro Credit program is where we give a $130 and it is used to help a member of the church to start their small business.  This is usually a business where they sell their wares on the streets near where they live.  The program is carefully monitored, and the recipients are required to attend business classes and other regulations and must pay the money back into the church where it is used to help another person get started in their business. This beautiful little girl was carried in to the church, malnourished, barely moving, and extremely underweight.  Because her mother wanted to go to work, she was assisted in this program by the church and it allowed her to sustain her child and herself, while paying back the loan into the account in only 4.5 months!  We believe in these types of programs, and love to support them with prayer and donations whenever we can. 

 

Next we traveled on to Pastor Clerzius’ church (and future dental office).  Marylene had received donations of a lot of dental equipment, we added some antibiotics to this, and “Dr. Clerzius” was SO very happy!!!!  He said he had been praying for some help with his clinic and he didn’t know how to thank us.  We told him to thank God who provided!

We saw more blood pressure patients here, and a lot more pregnant ladies than yesterday, and did all we could for them to help their babies be born strong and healthy. 

 

We went downtown again today for lunch at Epidor.  A very large café with a hot food area, plus deli and bakery items.  Back at the Palm, some got a much needed rest before dinner.  After a yummy dinner, Bruce led us in a sweet prayer to open us our devotional time, and Esther blessed us with a devotion from 1 John 4:7-21 about loving one another.  She spoke of the difference in love and infatuation and that real love is suffering, transforming, and sufficient; and that she had experienced all these things this week during this trip.  She has certainly been a welcome addition to the team! 
  
 
 
HAITI UPDATE: Tuesday, March 21st
Carol Haisten, on behalf of the Haiti Mission team, thanks you for all the prayers during our time in Haiti.  Your prayers sustain and support us as we work with and among these beautiful people. We arrived home safely only to find similar conditions experienced in Haiti...power outages. Thank you so much for your continued support of our efforts in Haiti. We have many stories to tell. Just ask!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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