Monday, July 19, 2010

Rid Me of Myself...

As we were waiting on the compound this morning for Dr Bord to arrive, the SP helicopter landed to drop off people and pick up others going to the other base. As you can see it lands right next to the tents we are sleeping in!
This is looking up the hill where we set up clinic (in the building at the top right of the hill)
Where Dr Bord saw patients.
My amazing interpreter Charles! He grew up in Haiti until he was 7 and then lived in the US for 21 years and then came back to Haiti in 2008.
This was the school where we set up the clinic...we were directly inside through the tin doors.
I feel like there aren't really words for this pic! : ) I am only taking a temperature under her arm!
Our pharmacy area.
Our triage area.
Dr Bord seeing patients.
One of my precious little patients!

This is the off-roading experience we had getting to our first clinic day!

When I awakened this morning, feeling groggy and having a bit of a headache, all I could think of was the phrase from a song that says "rid me of myself". I prayed that over and over again..this is not about me today, not about whether I am so very hot or so very tired...its only about me being the hands and feet of Jesus today and displaying some sort of hope to people that were hurting desperately. During our devo time this morning, one of the staffers shared these verses from Isaiah 61...

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those
who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty,
instead of ashes, the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.

Praise the Lord for His grace in getting us through the first day of clinic! It was rough waking up at 5:30am...we had breakfast at 6:30am, devotional at 7:30am and then we were supposed to leave by 8am. But the dr that we were working with was coming in from 3.5- 4 hrs away and didn't get here until close to 10am.It ended up being a blessing because I got to read through some info on tropical diseases and get prepared! We then headed out to our destination at Papa Tombre up in the mountains...driving through rivers, going up very rocky roads. When we arrived we found out that we could set up in the school instead of outside under a tent. They had actually cancelled school since they knew we were coming!

A lady named Miriam and I ran triage, which was very crowded and hectic. And there was much to know and remember...and I had to know what questions to ask in relation to adults as well, which is a bit out of my comfort zone. We would ask them their chief complaint (through the interpreter of course!) and take their vitals. If it was a child age 1-12yo, we would go ahead and give them a medication, called abendazole, to treat worms. And then they would wait for the dr to call them.

After arriving back at the SP compound we then had to count meds and re-stock those that we used for the day. I am so thankful for the team of people that I am with...they are great workers and servants of the Lord! And I am just so thankful for the ways that SP takes care of their staff and people that volunteer with them...they are just so intentional and pro-active! Its an amazing honor to work alongside them!

Pray as we venture to another village tomorrow!


  1. We'll be praying! Sounds like some busy days but great experiences.

  2. Hey Lisa,

    I've loved reading your updates on God's provision and work through you and your team! Praying for you!