Welcome to the Healing Haiti + Eagle Brook Mission Blog. We invite you to follow mission team members as they experience what God is doing both through them and in them while in the mission field of Haiti.

'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

God's love: Alive and at work

After this morning's ventures to sunrise service and the home for sick and dying children, some of us went back to the courtyard by the home for sick and dying children to await a ride to the free wound/medical clinic that is sponsored by a sisterhood of nuns three times per week in downtown Port-Au-Prince.The downtown area is littered with useless garbage and permeated with aromas of poverty... burning trash, sewage. Traveling though the crowded streets in a beat up van with the nuns and other volunteers was slowly achieved by honking to entice the crowds to part and let us pass. The van ride took this girl, originally from the small agricultural community of Shantytown, WI, way out of any personal comfort zone that had previously existed. As I stared wide-eyed out the open van windows, gazes from the crowd penetrated back at me. Anxiety crept into my chest, worried thoughts invaded my mind... Why are these people staring at us? What do they want? What are they thinking of me? And then, instead of gawking mouth wide open (wide open enough for all the flies of Haiti to swarm in)  at the people we passed, I was prompted to smile. In a universal language God designed for His people to understand, the people smiled and waved back.  How often in life I create my own imaginary barriers that keep me from openly loving others and engaging in the relationships God is calling me to take part in.

When we arrived to the wound clinic site, a small crowd was already waiting for the sisters to arrive. Approximately 40 adults of mixed ages were plagued by the shingles... a condition in the US that often affects our senior or immune system repressed population.There was another group of about 30 adults perched on a ledge waiting for wound care. Feet and entire sides of legs were covered in gaping ulcers that were absent of skin. The individuals waited quietly for their soiled and secretion covered dressings to be changed. The majority of adults helped as we washed and re-dressed their appendages. Leaving with a appreciative "Merci" (thank you), they hobbled back to the streets having just been part of God's love that is at work and alive in Haiti.


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