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Donald’s Journey and God’s Provision 

A lot of you probably remember Donald, one of my good friends that I have known for about two years. The past few years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for him. If you know anything about his story, you’ll remember that after an incident during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, Donald was left with a very injured foot that needed to be amputated. The surgeon that performed the operation in December of that year left an open wound that was jagged and full of infection. I remember the first time that I met Donald just days after the surgery. He was in so much pain and desperate for help. I was fairly new at the whole wound care thing, but the Holy Spirit equipped me with what I needed to help. After another surgery, 6 months later, his foot healed and we miraculously found a prosthesis for his foot. Flash-forward to January of this year, and Donald was in a motorcycle accident that reopened his wound, and it wouldn’t heal. After 10 months of bandage changes, we finally decided that there was no saving it. Donald was more than ready to get it amputated just below his knee. After a few failed attempts, we found a team from Canada to do the amputation for free, a miracle in itself! He had the operation last week and is feeling good! After his leg heals, we are planning to get him a prosthetic leg which will hopefully enable him to go back to work, which he hasn’t been able to do in about 2 years. We are praising God for his absolute faithfulness to Donald. It has been a hard road for him, but he has seen God work in ways that others haven’t. Please continue to pray for Donald and his family as he heals and learns how to walk with a prosthetic leg.~ Meredith  

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for provision.
  • Continued wisdom to do life and ministry in a 5th world country.
  • Fluency in the Creole language.
  • Pray that we will bring glory to God in all that we do and say.
  • Pray for a love that surpasses our own understanding for the Haitian people.

Reflection

As I reflect on this past year, I’m thankful for so many things. Have you ever been so focused on a task that you neglect looking up and reflecting on what you have to learn or to be thankful for or changes you might need to make? I’m guilty of that. I’m so thankful for these past three years serving God in Haiti. We’ve grown individually, spiritually and as a family. We’ve seen so many kids beat malnutrition. We’ve witnessed people come to Christ. We’ve watched God provide continually for us and the clinics. God has brought people to Haiti right when we needed them to provide a need or skill that we didn’t have. He’s given us protection in a place that can be very volatile. He has had officials step in to protect children and us from harm. As Meredith and Makayla move back to the states, he provided a free apartment and he gave them a car! Not just any car, but the car they wanted and their favorite color through someone they didn’t even know and someone that I had just met. Isn’t that crazy? God is that good folks! He’s truly good all the time, even when things might not seem to be going our way. He has taught me that He holds all things together. (Col 1:17) It’s not up to me to do it, but that he may use me as a vessel. I know that with me that it’s all impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matt. 19:26) Nothing is too hard for God. (Jer 32:27) God does what He wants. (Ps 135:6) And He works out everything according to His purpose. (Pro 16:4) I’ve learned to trust in these things. I’ve learned to rest in His faithfulness and His goodness. I fail Him everyday! I purpose to serve Him well but sometimes my heart is not in it, or my selfish desires come out. God is still at work in me. Take time to stop and reflect over this holiday season. Stop and be thankful for all that God has done this year. Look up from life and see what you might need to change for the upcoming year. Rejoice in our Savior’s birth and His coming again. ~ Gwyn

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Sonel Ceneus 

Sonel came to the malnutrition clinic when he was only a few weeks old, only weighing 4.6lbs. He was tiny. His aunt and grandmother came with him and they told us that his mom abandoned him right after he was born, little did we know, we would later find out why. Several weeks into the program, I noticed that Sonel had what looked like a fungal rash on his skin. I noted it on his chart and gave his aunt some cream to treat it. It’s not uncommon for the kids to have various fungal rashes. When he came in the next week, he was visibly sick. He had a fever, the rash had gotten worse, his eyes were severely jaundice, and it was obvious that he had something wrong neurogically. We took Sonel to a local hospital. He was there for ten days without too much improvement. When they discharged him, we sent him home with plenty of formula to last until his next appointment. His aunt came back with him and his blood sugar was dangerously low. We knew that Sonel needed more help than we could give him. I called some of our friends that have an outstanding inpatient malnutrition center about an hour away from us. While he was there 4 1/2 weeks, they did several different tests on him. He was checked several times for HIV; some of the results were positive and some were negative. His syphilis exam came back conclusive. This basically means that Sonel’s mom was most likely positive for both HIV and syphilis. Sadly, if she doesn’t get treatment, she will not live much longer. With this new information, our friends treated him for syphilis and his condition improved. We won’t know if he actually has HIV until he’s about six months old. Sonel and his aunt were discharged from inpatient care about a week ago, and they’re doing well so far! Please keep praying for Sonel as he continues his road to recovery at our clinic!  He is now 8.5 lbs at 4 months old! He’s on his way!~Meredith