Hati trip report 2012
Willing Hearts Helping Hands Haiti Medical Team Trip
August 4-11, 2012
The vision for Willing Hearts Helping Hands trip to Haiti was hatched in the back seat of Granny Bin’s car back in January 2012. God brought a team of 8 people together from Eastern Connecticut and the Savannah, Georgia area together to provide back to school physicals and show God’s love to 278 children and teens in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The coolest part about this team is that we traveled down with only had one nurse. We were joined by a Haitian Doctor, who did a fantastic job spending time with each person. The team just had willing hearts to do ministry in this area of the world that has endured much throughout its history
We set up the following stations at l’Elise Tabernacle de Jesus Christ Ebenezer church on each of the four days that we held the clinic:
2.Hand Washing and Hygiene ( Henry the Hand puppet)
3.Singing of Worship Songs in Kreyol
4.Dental Examination and Teaching
5.Recording of Height, Weight, Blood Pressure and Pulse
We were assisted by four Haitian translators that did an amazing job in ensuring that we could communicate with the kids and truly became a part of our team, along with a number of helpers from the church. We developed some great relationships with all of the helpers and they were truly a blessing.
On the Sunday after our arrival, we attended Calvary Chapel Port-au-Prince for worship and felt very at home with Pastor Seige Poteau and the fellowship there. We spent Sunday evening putting together over 300 gift bags which each had a: tooth brush, toothpaste, soap, wash cloth and comb for each of the children to be seen.
The clinics were held from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. We were able to minister to 278 children and teens during these four days, with 106 being seen on the first day! All of the logistics including transportation, meals and registration worked out very well under the supervision of Maggie Baro and Jean Dimanche, and a great planning effort by Grannie Bin!
We took Thursday off during the week to head up to the Baptist Mission in Fermanthe to tour the mission grounds, do some shopping and view Port-au-Prince from a great overlook in the mountains. It was a much needed day of rest, but we were back at in again on Friday.
As we wrapped things up on Friday, we also distributed a number of donated stuffed animals and gave some much needed school supplies and left over gift bags to the church and to a local orphanage.
God did an amazing work on our trip. We were able to get some baseline medical information on all of these children and teens. We also shared the Gospel with each of them and presented them with a colorful bracelet with symbols representing the elements of the Gospel: He Came, He Died, He Arose, He Ascended and He’s Coming Back (kingswitness.com) and a small card with bible verses for each of the symbols.
God touched the hearts of all of the team members and it truly was a privilege to be a part of what He is doing in Haiti. We will continue to pray for all of those that God brought together during this amazing week and for the work that He will be doing going forward.
Pastor, Calvary Chapel Savannah----see pictures below!!
Click Here To View Pictures - set up in Uncasville, departure, arrival and seeing other teams (this one from Norwich, CT!), our first glimpse of PAP, the trip to Granny Bin’s compound, set up for the first day on the ground and our first meal with the larger team.
Click Here To View Pictures - seeing Porte au Prince and going to the PAP Calvary Chapel, lunch at a local hamburger place, food shopping, back to the compound and setting up the bags of useful items for the kids.
Click Here To View Pictures - set up and first day on the job – the shakedown cruise. More shots of PAP on the way back home. Not Darfur, but not CT.
Click Here To View Pictures - second day of work, now in a groove.
Click Here To View Pictures - third day – some time to look around the area of the church. In the evening a pickup futbol game just outside the compound.
Click Here To View Pictures - R&R, visit to the Baptist Mission and Museum. At the Mission, we met a Calvary Chapel group from Santa Barbara, CA. Small world. In the evening, a much more serious futbol game. Looked like real neighborhood teams. We ventured out and hung out on the pitch. How bold.
Click Here To View Pictures – last day on the job, group pictures and heading back to Granny Bin’s