November 26, 2011 by Aubree Dell, NVM Nurse
I am not quite sure how I feel about change. I suppose it is something I cannot refuse to not like, because it happens so frequently around here. People are constantly coming and going, projects and priorities change daily. A year ago a family moved to Haiti that I have grown to love. Aaron and Shelli Elliot moved their three kids and dog to live in a big, blue and white circus tent. They left their beautiful home, their cars, their steady jobs, their family and friends to join Nehemiah Vision Ministries. I had known Aaron for a while because he led my first trip to Haiti in February 2010. He also helped mentor me and guide me through the process of moving to Haiti.
Shelli and I became instant friends. In fact, it was a few weeks after she moved to Haiti that she told me I could not leave in July and I can move back in November with them. Thinking yea right at the time, (mom you have Shelli to blame for this second year), I felt the Lord tell me I was indeed staying.
Aaron and I have been to the hospital together too many times to count. Most times involved him jetting through traffic with me in the back of the pick-up praying for safety, but I learned I could trust Aaron and count on him no matter the circumstance. Shelli and I have shared many laughs and tears over the past year. The night we held a life-less baby that weighed less than a pound in our arms, made us life-long friends. I do not know what it is like to go to war but at times I felt like we all went to war together fighting against the enemy that is unseen. We struggled together and I think we came out stronger on the other side.
Aaron and Shelli moved back to Indiana last week. Their presence here will not be forgotten. The impact they made on me alone cannot be forgotten. They may not know the impact they had on the people they served while here, but knowing is not what is important to them. Their faith and trust in God is so clearly seen that they know God led them to Haiti and that is enough. They do not need to see the tangible results. I am pretty sure that is the kind of faith that moves mountains.
The “requirement” before leaving Haiti is that you find your replacement before you leave. Brandon and Katie Hutchens came to Haiti last January for the second time, and it was then Shelli told me they are going to take our place. Not really knowing Brandon and Katie, I was like cool, whatever, how can you possibly know that? Well, the Hutchens returned to Haiti, November 3, and have done an extraordinary job filling the big shoes the Elliot’s left behind. It feels like they have always belonged here and they fit into our family perfectly. I am so excited for Brandon and Katie to be here and to see where God will take them while they continue to serve the Lord here.
Another big change that has happened this month is Jay and Amy Shultz returned to campus together. Amy has been back several times, but it was Jay’s first time since his accident. I have never blogged about his accident, because it was too painful at that time. June 15th is a day I will never forget. The Shultz family moved here in January 2011. Jay and Amy also left the comforts of their home, along with their three children and moved to Haiti to help decrease the work load Pastor carries daily. They were also in the process of adopting Fifi, who lived in our children’s home.
Jay was in an accident with the backhoe and gator that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Seeing him wheel through customs brought back such a flood of emotions. It was the first time I had seen him since June and I was so happy and shocked and just emotional. After the accident and Jay and Amy left Haiti we had about 80 new people on campus and life went on. We were forced to move on and continue to lead and guide the new teams that had no clue who Jay Shultz even was. Talk about stuffing in emotions. Anyways…Jay and Amy’s faith in God moves mountains as well. Their devotion and trust that God works all things for his good was amazing to see as they returned to Haiti together.
The clinic has been pretty low key over the past month. Nothing too exciting and out of the ordinary has happened, which I am content with this change. We did have one patient that lacerated his radial artery, but he is now okay! A medical team that was here in the beginning of the month helped us finish up physicals on the school children. We also had an eye doctor here that did eye screenings on the kids. Dr. Rod was able to give glasses to a boy with terrible vision. How cool is that? A boy that no one even knew could not see now has the gift of sight!! The more I live in Haiti, the more I fall in love with life here. I enjoy going to work every day and being a part of NVM that wants to not just offer healthcare, schooling, jobs, but also changes lives and rebuilds the dignity that Haiti and the Haitians deserve.
I do not always ask for prayer request through my blog, but I want to be open and share my heart with you over the past month. The security in Haiti and anywhere in the world can be unsafe. I believe my safety in Indianapolis can be compromised as easily as it could be in Haiti. The Lord has woke me up in the middle of the night several times over the last month and told me to pray for the safety of our campus. So, every other night or every three nights I wake up and pray. I want to invite you as well to pray with me. You do not need to wake up at 3 in the morning, but each day please say a little prayer for Haiti, for the safety of NVM’s campus, and the leaders of Haiti. I am confident that this is where God has called me and that He will protect me, but please continue to pray with me.
Happy Thanksgiving from the NVM Family!!!!