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March/April 2013

March/April 2013

March saw many visitors working to help us at the clinic.  Dr. Gary Childers came to us from Christianville as an internist to see patients for 3 days.  Jim Gunnell was a physician’s assistant who worked here for 4 days.  These guys helped us see the throng of patients in Teresa’s absence so it was a nice help during that week.

Philip Hall an osteopathic student at Kirksville, MO came to help us for 4 days as well as Robert Allman a medical student from Florida who came for a week.

April 1st we got the news that Teresa had experienced a non complicated delivery and their third child, Samuel George, was born.  He weighed in at a whopping 8#6 oz. They hope to return to Haiti April 28 if Samuel’s passport arrives in time.  Congratulations to them on this blessing from God.

April 2nd Sonlight Power arrived to install 12 more solar panels and 8 more batteries to our solar system.  This addition will help us to be less reliant on the generator and diesel fuel.  The week they were here there was a gasoline crisis which only pointed out again why we need solar power.  We had to go on the street and pay $6.26/gallon to run the welder for the trusses.  Thankfully the generator for the compound is diesel fuel.  We never know exactly why the country has run out of fuel but we suspect someone forgot to order it.  With the death of Hugo Chavez (a petroleum benefactor for Haiti) there was much speculation about what our future holds with regard to fossil fuels.  We are thankful ministries like Sonlight Power help us to achieve our goal of reaching the lost for Christ and providing health care for the poor of Haiti.

Joe Crowley our construction manager during this time was busy building a hoist to handle the huge trusses we would soon begin building.  They received the large order of steel, painted it for rustproofing and then also repainted the guesthouse roof steel which was rusty.  Joe designed and built from scratch the hoist from a used truck axle and some of the steel that he had ordered.

Joe finished the hoist the day before Wade Teagarden and David Johanning arrived to weld on the new trusses.  They began the process, perfected the form, welded the first truss, flipped it (with the hoist) and welded the back side.  The cutting of the steel, forming the truss, welding it, repainting the joints is a big effort.  Wade and David were here a week.

Jason Bibb came on their heels to help Joe the next week.  He did the welding that week and by the time he left they had completed 6 trusses.

April 12 Dr. Jim headed to Miami to take his last American Board of Family practice board exam.  He and Sandy enjoyed the weekend in Miami and got some much needed supplies for the clinic and other missionaries.

The next month is full of volunteers helping to weld trusses and to build a missionary house for Jennifer and Jean Philogene.  We are so appreciative of those who come to help us.  The work load is heavy and the many hands that come, and hearts that pray for them help to lift the burden.

The hard work of this construction project has been a work in progress requiring perseverance.  We have enjoyed working with 4 contractors since 2010 to make this all happen.  And the reason we do this is for patients like Stacy Rose and Wilkins Lexinor.   Stacy came to our clinic at 3 years of age with a heart murmur.  She was never diagnosed with which cardiac malformation she had.  Her heart gave out before we could diagnose her and look for ways to get surgery to correct it.  Wilkins has had a bad heart for several years.  He is 25 years old and has 2 bad valves.  He has probably had them since birth.  Because he lives in Haiti getting heart surgery is nearly impossible.  His life has nearly been lost twice in the last few months.  Wilkins prayed to receive Christ as his Lord at our clinic as a result of his illness.  Although his life span will most certainly be shortened by this disease, he will have life eternal because of God’s grace and those helping to keep the HHM clinic running so that we can spread the good news of the Gospel.  This is why we strive to remain faithful to the work in this hot and difficult country.

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And How can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent:  As it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  Romans 10:14-15

Thanks for partnering with us to run the good race for our Lord and Master.