Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father Son and Holy ghost!!!!!
My heart and head was full of this song and praises for our Lord this morning. I've been back at Pierre Payen Hospital since Sunday. The state of the "cholera ward"was still in bad shape and I'm seeing why God has me in Haiti.......and also why I've had the experiences already that I've had. My working time in the cholera ward in St Marc Hospital a few weeks ago was training ground for me so that I could see and know what needed to be done.
Contact was made yesterday with the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group in St Marc and this morning they arrived with a crew to take over the ward. PRAISE GOD!!! The American team had come here to do surgery but that was not in God's plan. They've done 4 cases......amazing ones that I'll tell you about......but most of the time they've been working in the cholera ward....cleaning up, making "Oral Rehydration Solution", starting IVS on collapsed patients, maintaining IVs, picking up garbage, whatever was needed!!!! The Haitian nurses are worn out.....5 of them have been working daily on rotating shifts since the outbreak started....about 4 weeks ago.
It's now noon and the MSF team has been here since 9am. We had a meeting with the hospital Director and then the assessment and organization was fine tuned!!! MSF has been doing this kind of thing for years and I'm so very thankful to God for sending them here. The 3 sickest patients are being sent to St Marc and criteria will be in place so that this will only become a center for mild to moderate cases. They just don't have the facility or the capability to maintain a cholera center.
I had to leave for a break as I was in tears as I finally made it into a second ward and saw a little 8 year old girl sitting up drinking the ORS. She was very sick yesterday and I had feared that she might die overnight. I had spent the morning in another room with 3 others that are also very sick but will be going to St. Marc. I was so overwhelmed with thankfulness to see her so much better. Her mama and I hugged each other and shouted "Alleluyah"........and the whole room echoed our praise!!!! What a joyful moment!!
I can't help but say to anyone reading this that this is not by chance, all this is not a coincidence, all this is not luck.........this is the hand of God using those of us who believe in Him and listen and obey His commands. God nudges us all to love Him, believe in Him, to live as one like Jesus who was our greatest teacher. When we are filled with the love of God and faith, we will want to do his bidding. It doesn't mean that everyone needs to travel the world.....or even go downtown to the homeless.....but it does mean we are called to know God and learn about Him and believe that He wants to be in each of our lives......He wants to love us and have us love Him......and then everyone's hearts will be filled with a passion to do His will. And what a joy that is to experience!!!! We're all given gifts.......and so I encourage you all to discover what your gifts and passions are........and go for it!!!!!!
Two days ago a very pregnant lady walked into the clinic, we got her up on the examining table, Dr. Joe had a "look".....saw a foot and within a very short time, she had a caesarian section and had a beautiful baby girl. All are well and went home yesterday afternoon!!! It was a second child for the mom and she was quite happy going home!!!! Dad was absolutely bouncing with joy!!!! That babe would have surely died ....and maybe the mom..... if this team hadn't been here!!! Thank you God for sending them here at this time!
Annie is back in Haiti....I'll see her tonight....and will be going to stay with her after the team leaves on Sat. She tells me that she's got us another job........this time with "pay"....working at a cholera center somewhere out in the boonies!!! I have no idea where....but I'll soon find out. She and I worked together at St Marc's Hospital. She's having her huge American Thanksgiving feast on Sat........and I'm so looking forward to cranberry sauce!!!
Before I know it, Dec 10 will be here and I'll be flying home. I don't know what that's going to feel like. I expect I'll be coming back here soon! Time and God will tell.
I love you all........I'm thankful for everyone of you in my life! Joel and Sean and Emily....you are my force d'accompli!! I love you like life itself and I hope one day to share all this with you. Mom, I am so thankful that you are praying for me each day. I love you and miss you and look forward to seeing you soon. Pat....I pray for you and love you for being my sister. Doug...we have to rediscover each other again. I feel like we have time to make up. Hope Bonaire is treating you well!!! : )
Just got called to another meeting........but one of these days we'll be off for a bit of R&R at the resort!!! I love that too.