God is truly blessing both of our clinics. We see Him heal and provide all the time. It might be that a team leaves the medicine we need to treat someone, God provides a caretaker for an abandoned child, or a team brings suitcases of formula for the 11 babies we’re trying to help, God is working and it’s beautiful to watch His provision unfold before our eyes.
In the last few weeks, we’ve had two little ones graduate from the malnutrition clinic. Wilgina is 23 months old. At admission, she weighed 12 lbs. In two short months, Wilgina had a 58.9% weight gain. When she first came in she cried and she didn’t want to eat, typical symptoms of a malnourished child. Wilgina is a happy girl now, and as you can see, she looks so much better. She celebrates her second birthday in October.
Kerley is special. He makes us smile. He has Downs Syndrome. Special needs kids are usually treated very poorly here, mainly because people aren’t educated as to why these kids are the way they are causing them to blame it on a voodoo curse. Kerley is 4 years old. He was admitted just under 17lbs. In eight weeks, he has gained 31.6% of his body weight. Both Wilgina and Kerley have hit their goal weights and have graduated out of the program. We’ll continue to do weight checks on them and their moms will attend a cooking class where we’ll show them how to cook and make better food choices for their families. Please continue to pray for these kids and the malnutrition program. It takes many donations to run this clinic. We know God is at work in it and that He desires to be faithful.
Many folks that we talk to want to hear all the “good stuff” God is doing in Haiti and He is doing some pretty incredible things, but our lives are just like yours, everything isn’t all warm and fuzzy all the time. Everyday life here is difficult, but what has kept us steadfast is obedience to our calling and the faithfulness of God in our everyday life and ministry.
Living in Haiti is hard the majority of the time. Something as simple as getting a glass of water can be a challenge. Going anywhere can be a difficult, finding what you need can be quite taxing, and house cleaning takes on a whole new dimension! No, really ladies, you have no idea. The dust is so horrific from the dirt roads! I’ve cleaned my house and literally 30 minutes later you couldn’t even tell I’d touched anything because the dust had already settled. I’m not exaggerating!
Haiti is hot! When we moved here, I didn’t know a person was capable of sweating so much. There’s no heat rash like a “Haiti heat rash”! At night in the summer time, we call it rotisserie season, you roll over and over and over so that the fan can dry the pool of sweat you’ve made and cool you off. I hope you’re getting a real picture in your head.
The need here is great, and there is no way we can give to or even try to fix each opportunity that comes our way. It’s difficult to say no to the monetary requests for school fees or the help for medical difficulties. There are constant inquires.
Guys, Haiti is not a fun place to live. It’s hard, hot, and emotionally draining. You might even ask us after reading this, “Why are you there?” My answer to you is, “Obedience and because God has been so incredibly good.” Troy, Meredith, Makayla and I know God in a way that I know we wouldn’t have had we not been attentive to His call. We’ve learned so much about His faithfulness and His character. God has provided in ways that we could have never imagined. We came to Haiti only about 45% funded and God has been faithful for almost 2 years. God allows us to be in uncomfortably hard places sometimes to grow us and to bring Himself glory. He has stretched our faith tremendously. He has provided for the clinic with supplies, formula and Medika Mamba. He’s provided for us spiritually and emotionally by putting specific individuals in our lives or speaking to us through His Word. It’s never been one place or one individual that He’s provided through, but by the whole body of Christ coming together. Thank you for answering that call and partnering with us. We could not be here without your help. To God be the glory for all that He’s doing.