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Baby Love in the IC

Tena and I were hanging with the Intensive Care babies this afternoon. SO SWEET!!!!!

Darlen’s is doing really well and has improved sense we’ve been here. He is quite the social butterfly. He talks to,  and rubs on the other babies all the time.

Today he was putting the moves on Gerilina!

Baby kisses!

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news from Cazale

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Please pray for Junes. A precious little boy about 2. He spiked a fever of 107 this afternoon and is still not doing well

news from Cazale

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Community Building

Lori and Licia are sisters and they keep this place running. Not only do they attend to the medical needs of Cazale and the surrounding area, but they are constantly working to educate and help the community.

They started a community work group. They work with this group in planting trees and grasses to control the massive erosion brought about by the deforestation, poor soil quality and just lack of knowledge.

They also have helped them to realize ownership, responsibility and pride in their own community. This is a very foreign concept to most. Even the simple task of picking up the litter was thought to be the government’s job.

They use every opportunity to improve lives and educate every person they encounter, all with the love of Christ.

As Licia said, “They know Jesus is in this place”. That’s love and care not found in the voodoo culture.

realhopeforhaiti.org

Today’s photos:
* grass RHFH cultivates and helps the community to plant

* RHFH clinic

* outdoor portion of the clinic, here patients begin the check in process and wait their turn. They are also given each information and education, along with a small booklet about Christ if they want it.

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news from Cazale

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Intensive Care

When a critically malnourished &/or dehydrated baby comes to the clinic, RHFH asks the parents if they will leave their child with them for a period of time. If the parents agrees, RHFH begins work getting the little ones healthy.

Their intensive care for babies is a tent in the yard. Remember, this isn’t a hospital. They are not set up for overnighters long term. So they do the best with what they have.  Even when the rain is pouring, the tent is there home. Notice the duck tape? Yes, the tent needs replacing. But it is dry and safe.

The tent becomes unbearably hot during the day, so the babies are moved to the coolest place available. On clinic days, that’s in a corner of the pharmacy area (and yes it is a small tight space). On non-clinic days, they spend the day on the porch with their nannies.

Babies’ lives are saved in a tent, in the yard of a clinic, on a porch and in a corner. Showing once again, God is everywhere and great things can be done through Him!

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news from Cazale

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All day yesterday we witnessed the RHFH staff care for a critically ill young mother, Anelie. She just had her baby two weeks ago and had developed postnatal cardio-myopathy. Her body was retaining so much fluid that her lungs and heart were barely functioning.

RHFH folks were loving, attentive, gentle, kind and respectful. Women in most of Haiti are not treated this way, especially when they are poor and sick. Before turning in for the night,  Jess told us that the staff were going to take shifts sitting with Anelie. They didn’t expect her to make it through the night. She was incoherent and in great pain.

This morning we were overjoyed to see her, eyes bright and eating! I really can’t explain or show you how sick she was. But I can say it was only God through RHFH that she is alive.

More to the story: when Anelie’s husband brought her in, he said her baby had died. Unknown to everyone, their baby was already here!

He was afraid his wife would not be taken care of if the staff thought her baby would be coming in as well.  Anelie was afraid that she would be told to take care of her baby and not receive care herself. Those fears couldn’t be further from the truth. God loves and cares for every one of his children. And here, Every One of his children gets that care, mothers, babies, men, women, abandoned children, EVERY ONE.

Its an amazing thing to witness. I’m so honored to be here.

Thank you to everyone that has helped me get here. I Love You all.

Photos:
*unwrapping surgical gloves to be used at the cholera house

*holding Gerlina, 13 months old and weighs 8 lbs.

*Tena with another intensive care baby

* view from the cholera house

* counting, packaging and labeling pills

* a little one brought over from the Rescue Center w/ cholera symptoms

Exciting stuff, right! Feel free to share this blog with friends, Sunday School classes, FB, neighbors, perfect strangers……I think you get the picture. :  )

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news from Cazale

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* roughly 20 baby goats can fit in the luggage rack on top of a large tap-tap (Haitian taxis)

*ALWAYS count your bags twice before leaving the airport

* 6 baby goats plus a rider can be carried on a small donkey

* when bagging powdered bleach, sit up wind if possible

* going for a “walk ” in Cazale really means a three mile hike up and dowm big hills on a rocky dirt rode, while dodging moto’s. (motorcycle taxi’s)

* did I mention ALWAYS count your bags before leaving the airport?

* and finally, you can carry even more baby goats if you hang them upside down along the outside of the tap-tap

Here’s more photos. Tomorrow I’m going to tell you about the amazing work God is doing through these amazing people at Real Hope For Haiti.

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We landed safely in PAP (Port au Prince) on Tuesday and were very happy to finally be here. I mean it only took us 2 1/2 days! But the surprises were not over yet!

We were expecting to be met at the airport by Enoch. He’s Haitian and the husband of Licia (one of the folks that run Real Hope For Haiti). Enoch wasn’t there…….but two American young men were holding a hastily made sign with our names on it.  Who were these guys?

It seems the folks from RHFH couldn’t get to us due to protests in one of the towns they had to drive through to get to PAP. RHFH had called another group they work with sometimes, Heartline ministries, and arranged for them to pick us up.

About an hour later we were picked up by Jess from RHFH.

Photos taken flying in to Haiti and on the ride to Cazale.

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*Made thru security in plenty of time.
*Sister lost her boarding pass
*Just notified our flight is delayed departure, 1 1/2 hrs
*Will miss connecting flight to Haiti
*Spending the night in Miami and leave for Haiti in the morning

So evidently about 26 hrs, at least on this trip! Fun times…

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Ahhhhhh, I’m in one of my ‘happy’ places in time. I am packing for the first of two upcoming mission trips. I’ll be making my third trip to Haiti, Sept. 12-21. My sister, Tena, and I will be working with Real Hope For Haiti. realhopeforhaiti.org. We both found this ministry independantly and fell in love with their mission, servant attitude, heart for the Haitian people, outreach…….yeah basically everything about them, we love!! Please check out there website!
Getting Supplies…….

SCORE!!! Thanks to the proceeds from Covenants first Coffee House event, I was able to get this entire basket of supplies. Real Hope For Haiti helps many, many children. I bought diapers, shoes and baby formula!

Watch for updates from Haiti. Keep in mind, sometimes, most times, things don’t exactly work as planned there!

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