The day once again began early for a few of the team members, waking at 4:45 am to the sound of rooster and the smell of fresh coffee. The morning was spent unloading the 30+ bag full of meds and organizing them for the trip to an IDP camp that day. During the early morning task, the team experienced the first of many inside jokes. As team member, Matt Thompson, recounted: “That morning we were greeted with one of our team’s favorites moments, which we have dubbed the Lunesta fog. I will not name names, but our leader was asked, and I quote ‘Gary what are you thinking your thoughts are on…’ Needless to say we all slept well the night before but it took awhile for some to fully wake up in the morning!”
After organizing, then re-organizing, then organizing again, the team was ready to begin the journey to the mobile clinic…almost. As the team began to load up the campus’ bus, they had to first fight off a swarm of Haitian wasp in the bus. Once wasp-free and safe, the team completed the packing and began the journey to the small town called Toukiema.
After arriving at the town, the team set up the clinic, which consists of nothing more than a “circus” tent in the middle of a dirt field, but was more than capable of treating those in need. There were a few memorable patients, but the most heart breaking moments were with two small children.
One children brought one of the doctors to tears. His mother said he was two, but he was the size of a 10-month-old. It was heartbreaking to see this beautiful child of God, so small and innocent, but suffering from simply nothing more than a lack of nutrition. Another child was young girl, around two or three years old. She was so sick that she had not been drinking or eating for a few days, and was very lethargic. She would not drink any fluids, so they had to start an IV. It took multiple attempts and a lot of screaming and but they were finally able to start the IV and get her the fluids she needed. By the end of the time at the clinic, the little girl was more responsive and was clearly doing much better thanks to the incredible doctors and nurses and the grace of God.
More than just medicine, the team members brought the people of Toukiema love and smiles. Many of team members got the opportunity to spend the time with the children of the town. They played with crafts, soccer, and anything just to show the villages God’s love.
Another crazy moment occurred with the children. Trying to escape the heat of the sun, the village children decided playing under the bus would be fun. Suddenly there was a loud bang and the sound of pressurized air releasing fast. Somehow, a child had found super human strength to pull the air brake line out from it’s housing. Brian and the Haitian men from camp spent close to three hours attempting to fix the brake line. After some ingenuity and “McGyvering” they were able to fix the line and the team was able to drive home safely, albeit with the driver taking it VERY slowly!
The team plans on returning to the same village Saturday, for a few followups and to see a few more of those in need. Some of the other team members will remain on campus and spend the day organizing the warehouse.
Fixing the bus
God is working here, and we ask that you continue to pray, as we make ourselves into the hands of God.