23. May 2011 05:05
This week was a bit of a roller coaster. We have much to be thankful for:
On Monday, Fedlaine and I had an adventure. We were dropped off in a
nearby city to do all of Fedlaine's needed medical tests for the
adoption paperwork, along with one of Pierre's community laison...
Jestin is the unofficial mayor of Chambrun. We went to three different
places to do her bloodwork, a TB skin test, and a chest x-ray for TB.
Let's just say that although I feel somewhat guilty, I was glad that
Jestin knew everyone and was able to get us in to each place so fast.
There were at least 65 people in the waiting room at the TB clinic -
many of them coughing. We pretty much walked right in.
Also on Monday, our dear friend and nurse here at NVM, Aubree, was
sent back to the States for some medical tests. She has been having
trouble with her stomach for some time. Please pray for her quick
On Tuesday, Jay and Anna arrived safely back in Haiti....much to
Fedlaine's and my delight!
On Wednesday, Jay fell off of the hospital roof and hurt his fingers.
They are still somewhat swollen and stiff, but we are so thankful that
it wasn't worse. On the positive side, I got to spend Wed. afternoon
waiting on him and got to spend some time with him! Ha!
Also, on Wednesday, I wrapped up my first bead making training clinic.
I've spent the weekend sorting through the necklaces, trying to decide
which ones to buy. I also made notes on how the women did, so after we
run more clinics, we can decide which women to invite to "work" at NVM
on a regular basis, making jewelry. Please pray for this to be a
positive experience even for those women who do not currently have the
skills to make jewelry. Pray for the next 3 clinics we will hold and
that the devotions we do will touch their hearts.
On Thursday, we were thankful to discover that all of Fedlaine's tests
were normal. No TB, HIV, etc. She does have chest infection, but is
now on antibiotics.
We still have two items complete for her paper-work. First, we have to
figure out what vaccines she needs and get those started, or figure
out if there is some sort of waiver. Second, we are finding out that
they want original birth certificates for Fedlaine, her bio. mom and
her bio. dad. So, it sounds like we'll have to go downtown and get a
certified copy - which I'm hearing may take quite some time to
accomplish. I must admit to being pretty discouraged...please pray
that we can keep our eyes on the Lord and trust His plan. At the same
time, we covet your prayers for this adoption to proceed quickly -
we'd love to be able to bring her home in October, but we have our
doubts. Now, we are just hoping for Christmas.
On Saturday, Pierre and the Haitian staff, along with our intern
Chris, did a food distribution in Croix de Bouquet. The crowd was
getting somewhat rowdy and people were pushing their hands up to the
truck. Apparently a 10 year old boy was reaching into the truck, when
lift-gate on the truck came down abruptly and cut off one of his
fingers. It was a very sad end to the day.
Today, after worship, we did another food distribution here on campus.
It went much more smoothly. Boxes of fortified rice and baby food were
handed out to everyone.
Tomorrow, Jay will be putting more trusses up on the hospital and will
be unloading a container that is supposed to come in tomorrow.
On Wednesday, I will be flying to the states for a week long visit -
can't wait to see my boys and family and friends and to get a dose of
Indiana. Thankful for the opportunity!
On Friday, we have a team of 27 Campus Crusade college students coming
for 5 weeks. Please pray for them and for us as we learn more about
serving the Lord together.
And again, we covet your prayers for a hedge of protection around our
family and that we will stay close to the Lord...that the kids would
have their hearts captivated by Him.