by E'Tienne York, NVM Nurse
Gods timing is always perfect. I have always been told there is no place like home and the next thing better than that is receiving a piece of home when you’re away. On February 21st I was blessed in welcoming my friends and family (Tim & Cindy Peterson, Becky Osborne, Carlton Osborne, Dan & Barb Woolton, Dena Jewel, Cassedy Meade, and Phil Wirsing) from back home to our NVM home. This medical group was coming down to serve for a week here in Haiti; all but 2 of them have been here before and the Peterson’s were present on my first journey here. It was so wonderful to see their faces as they exited the airport, lots of hugs and smiles were given! I loved seeing the excitement on their faces.
Tim triaging with Cassedy in Onaville
A busy week it was and F.A.T. (flexible, adaptable, and teachable) they were. From day one things were a little out of sorts and pockets a little lighter : ) Day 2 wasn’t much better! To make a long story short we had lost one our Haitian staff members/a friend from a seizure disorder that he had suffered from for a long time. Without question they jumped in and did whatever needed to be done. For me just their presence alone was touching during this time.
My greatest enjoyment was going out to the IDP camps and working along their side. Watching them love, touch and serve the same people I love here in Haiti. They came together as a team and worked so well with one another. You could see the medical and cultural challenges they faced, ones that are difficult to understand, ones that we nurses here come across on a regular basis. Instead of feeling defeated they persevered through these challenges in knowing that the rest was completely in Gods hands. It was rare to not find them filled with joy in what they were doing. They always looked forward not only toward caring for the Haitian patients each day but also in spending time in getting to know their translators and listening to their stories. Anyone who has been apart of our Medical Mobil Clinics, know how important our translators are. They play a huge role in what we do in Haiti.
Phil an Amazing Man of God
Becky,Cassedy, and Carlton walking to the lake
Becky pouring out some love !!!(sry unable to turn photo needed to show)
Some of our NVM translators
Dan and I February of 2011
*Haitian Proverb…. The pencil of God has no eraser!!!
Below are faces of just a few lives that were touched during their time.