Thursday … Another God-Ordained Day

The clinic saw 250 sweet Haitian souls and we gave 130 pairs of glasses today IMG_0009. Several were from the voodoo temple. They came to us and allowed a salvation bracelet to be placed on their arm (to enter the clinic). They also were touched in the name of Jesus. Several allowed prayers in the name of Jesus. Seeds were planted. Needs were met.

IMG_0019Monday morning began with one of the dental team nauseated and sick. Prayers and meds were given, and an hour later she was up and working the clinic. On Thursday, another on the dental team was sick. Again with prayer and meds, she was up and serving in an hour. During the day, a third on the dental team went down sickIMG_0028_2. After some rest, hydration, prayers and meds, he was up working during the afternoon. God prevailed! We experienced hardships, but GOD was victorious!!

IMG_0005We saw senior adults who were blind and being led by family members, who made the effort to come because they had heard that an eye doctor with glasses would be at the church!! The youngest child was 5 years old. She had significantly nearsighted eyes. Praise God! We had glasses to fit her!

After a LONG day of serving, we came “home” to home-grown carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and goat. It was delicious!

Later, we gathered in the church to meet Rosner. Several years earlier, Rosner had come to the first medical clinic. She presented with a gangrene leg as the result of a tree branch falling on her. When our doctor looked at her leg, he said there was nothing heIMG_0083 could do and she would die unless the leg was amputated. The team and our church paid to get her to a doctor, her leg was amputated, and she recovered. When the Gardendale teams visit, Rosner often visits. Tonight she visited, and the team presented her with a sewing machine! The sewing machine will provide a source of income for her.

After the sewing machine was presented, the farmers came to meet with the team and thank them for the tools, seeds, and fertilizer given lIMG_6554_2ast year.It was exciting to see the men and women, and know thIMG_0006at the LORD our Provider is caring for them. For the first time in the history of the school, Pastor Elise has enough food to feed the children for the next year.

We see the bean plants that have been harvested and sun-dried. Women work throughout the day to sift the beans from the stalks anIMG_0001d pods. We ask of they are being paid to do this. Pastor Elise shares that the women work the beans for free because the church is feeding their children. The women are honored to help sift the beans to prepare them to feed the school children. They are thankful to have their children fed.

IMG_6707One more day and then we begin our trek toward home! What an amazing time of drawing near to God, meeting other believers, worshipping in another language, and serving “the least of these!”

Thank YOU, Father. I love YOU! I desire to serve YOU all the days of my life! Amen!

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Haiti Day Three

Several families brought their blind relatives. One “tap-tap” driverIMG_6474_2 brought a senior adult to receive medical help and to have her vision checked. Most of these people walked long distances in the extreme heat to receive the care we offered.

IMG_0010Moms brought newborn babies…several suffering from dehydration which is a common killer of young children. People who had suffered for days/months/years with a tooth infection waited for hours in the hot sun to receive dental care. Instantaneous pain relief occurred when the tooth was pulled. Antibiotic was given to kill the infection. Victory!!

IMG_0007It’s so sad when we cannot help the people! Heartbreakingly sad. One young man had a motorcycle accident and has neurological vision lost. There was nothing we could do for him. Others lost vision in their eye when ash blew into their eye as a child. Another was hit and cut in a fight with a glass bottle. Many had cataracts with no hope for surgery.

IMG_0023 We fitted glasses on a 97-year-old woman; her grin was instantaneous when we put the glasses on her head. Another 102-yeIMG_0015ar-old came for glasses. A five-year-old was fitted. All expressed joy as well as thanks as the glasses were given.

“And when He (JESUS) comes, He will open the eyes of the blind…” Isaiah 35:5 NLT

“The blind see… The Good News is being preached to the poor.” Matthew 11:5 NLT

“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 19:14 NLT)

Haiti Medical Missions Day Two

One hundred ninety-seven sweet souls
Baby with way-too-high fever
Senior with extreme blood pressureIMG_6462_2
Tooth extractions…eye exams… Medications prescribed!

Smiles and Bon jour
Seniors with cataracts
We diagnose. We pray. We send them on their way.
Blessed, Lord. I am blessed to be in this place!

Thank YouIMG_6537_2 Father for this team. Thank You for using us to bring healing to Your people. 😄💖

Father, we ask you to provide for the medical needs of the people who arrive this week. Provide medications. Provide eyeglasses. Your will be done.IMG_6694

IMG_6688IMG_6681On Monday, the Haiti team saw 197 sweet Haitians and gave out 95 pairs of glasses! On Tuesday we saw 287 people and gave away 120 pairs. On Wednesday we traveled to Souvenance and had to pass the voodoo temple on our way to the church. We saw 139, men, women, and children. We shared 74 pairs of glasses. The people were hungry for medical care.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

Haiti Day One (February 2015)

Three a.m. alarm …
At four a.m. we leave the church to drive to the airport.IMG_6416_2
Finally at 10:30 p.m. we have arrived and we turn lights out …
What a day!!

I see faces today that are beautifully tanned;
Little ones walking down busy streets alone,
Many carrying water jugs,
Gathering impure water for their families!

We’ve been told over and over
How the world needs clean water.
I’ve seen the pictures
But today I see them…Really see them!

Why, Lord? My family has never gone without clean water.IMG_6424_2
I am blessed to live in a country with sanitation and infrastructure.
I am blessed to be a blessing.
How Lord? How do I do it? How do I become that Blessing?

Lord Jesus, tomorrow we will lovingly share your Gospel.
Please Bless Your Word and activate Your Spirit
To transfer lives from death into life, and to
Allow the people to be reborn into Your eternal kingdom.

Lord Jesus, will you allow the people to NOT just receive medical care; but
Allow these people to be introduced to YOU!
Don’t let the people see a temporary fix for their pain;
Instead, allow the people to receive an ETERNAL destination.

Thank You, Jesus, for the opportunity. Use us. Use me. Unify us in Your Spirit. Amen!

 

 

God is TRUSTWORTHY; His plan is GOOD

My mom became a widow when I was seven. She never remarried, and was totally devoted to her three children. SmadewithOverhe taught us right from wrong using tough love. She was my best friend!

My sweet mother got cancer when I was sixteen. God faithfully strengthened her throughout chemo and radiation. Her testimony was one of total dependence on God, perseverance, and determination. She never complained; rather she pointed us to a loving, trustworthy God!

Do not conform To the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what god’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2

She was able to attended my wedding, but never met my children. I remembered her faith when our special needs child was born. “Depend on God, Persevere, Be Determined” … Her words encouraged me as I struggled to parent!

During those difficult years, anger and doubt consumed me! But, my mom’s words continued to resonate in my mind. Thankfully, my beautiful daughter lived thirteen years when doctors predicted only a year of life. She expressed unconditional love every day of her life without saying a word!

My God was faithful! I depended on Him each second of every day!

For the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Our lives are in His hands. He desires for us to be dependent on Him and to trust Him. I know now that He is trustworthy. He is in control of life and His plan is good!

You will keep the peace, a perfect peace, for all who trust in You, for those who dedicate their hearts and minds to You. ~ Isaiah 26:3

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