7:10 Foundation recently hosted a team from Minnesota on a short term missions trip to Haiti. This was a first for us, and also a first for most of the team. We had been preparing for this trip for months, speaking from personal experience and also going through a study titled “Helping Without Hurting”. This study helped us all prepare to support lasting change in ourselves and to the materially poor in Haiti. The concepts were new to most, but from the beginning we wanted the team to focus on relationship building, and not physical building (ie. churches, homes, schools)
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Team Sonrise took this trip on faith. Faith in the Lord that He would provide. We really had no idea what to expect upon arrival. One of the prominent men in the village prepared his home for our team to stay in. I had seen the home once, I had no photos, and the team had no idea where we would be staying. We were so blessed to arrive at our new “home” for the week. Beds, fans, running water, and a generator. The hospitality was wonderful, we were treated like family. I have asked the team to each write a guest blog, and I can not wait to read, and for you to read about their experiences.
Each trip for me comes with joy, love, and also hurt and disappointment. Our primary focus on this trip was to introduce the team, teach and show them about the country, and help them to build relationships in the village. Secondary was trying to help the people we love and support, our leaders in Haiti.
Our loved groundskeeper Tallway is expecting another child. It has been a very trying time for them and some tough decisions about this pregnancy have had to be made. The Lord has provided us with a sponsor to help her with her prenatal care. Providing healthy food and vitamins, and occasional clinic visits. Unfortunatley, Madam Tallway has been having some complications. It is so hard for me to grasp and understand the level of medical care available in Haiti. When we arrived we were told that she had been having stomach “cramping” for over a week, and in general just did not feel well. We arranged for her to visit a doctor to try and establish what was going on. Her intake included her basics; full name, age, number of children. No weight was taken, no blood pressure was taken, no temperature was taken. Madam layed on the bed and the doctor looked at baby on an ultrasound. Then we were done. The doctor “suspected” a urinary tract or bladder infection. He wrote orders for her to get a urine test done at a lab. The clinic does not have a lab so you have to drive somewhere else to a lab. The test was done the next day but the results were not given until the following day. Then Madam has to drive the results back to the doctor to read them and write a script if needed. Finally, four days later, a UTI was confirmed. She was prescribed antibiotics and also given another lab order to test for H pylori. I have not heard if that test has been done, or resulted yet.
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
Later in the week we were introduced to 12 year old Renand. He has something wrong with his eye. It is swollen shut, weeping fluid, and very painful…. causing him headaches. This is affecting his ability to go to school and learn. Due to faithful supporters that provide for clinic visits to people in need we were able to send Renand to an eye doctor. The prognosis was not good. Something called Thè. I have not been able to translate this to know what it is in english, but it is something “covering” his eye. It did not look like a cataract to me, but I do not know. The eye doctor says that it is irreversible and there is no hope for him to see out of this eye again? We are praying that this child can be seen by an american specialist to give us a different prognosis. Please keep Renand in your prayers.
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,
Something else that I see frequently is children with spots on their head. We have learned that this is a fungal infection, treated with anti fungal medicine, shampoo, and cream. I was privelaged to visit the doctor with our good friend Doni to treat his fungal infection. The doctor was very clear that this is a very contagious infection and Doni was to stay out of school until it was cleared up. She also said that all his bedding should be washed daily until it cleared up. This is so common that many kids still attend school, because they can not afford to treat it. Doni was also given some flack because he was not in school. Learning curve. I keep telling myself that it is a learning curve. My practices are different than Haiti practices and I can not impose mine into theirs.
Please keep all of these people in your prayers. They are all dear to us and we pray God’s healing hand on every individual.
The most exciting part of the trip for us was being able to show others the progress on the widowage. We are so incredibly blessed by our little garden of eden, and for our first widow to be living on the property. We affectionately call her Eve. Her name is Madam Elissianne, and her grandson Chawensky lives with her. She is an amazing woman of God and will be a good steward of all things 7:10. We are still raising money for the next home to be built, and our ultimate goal is 10 houses, a depot, and a community kitchen. The Latrines/showers are built and useable but we still need about 500$ to finish the latrine.
When I met with our Director and Assistant Director at the beginning of the year, and asked them what their vision for 2017 was, their answers were the same. First thing they are praying for is a guest house. A place where we can host teams and for us to stay when we are in Haiti. An office space for Rodnald would also be in this guest house. We had already been gifted the property for this house to be built, and the plans had been drawn up. It will have 8 bedrooms and a bathroom to each room (each room can have 2 sets of bunk beds, sleeping 4 to a room), a full kitchen, 2 living rooms, and a dining room. It is around 7000 square feet. Completed this house will cost us $125,000.00. We are praying for this, for grant writers and funding to come through so that this can be started. The property is beautiful, and the balcony off the 4 back rooms will have a spectacular view of the mountains. This was something that was far from our plans, but every single Haitian friend is hoping for this for 7:10 Foundation…. Please pray for wisdom and finances if it is God’s will to have this guest house.
Lastly…. something fun. When in Haiti, one must be Haitian. All we needed to complete this would be 2 goats and a baby…..
Would you be interested in leading a team to Haiti through 7:10 Foundation? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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