Deliris hugs a new friend
Marisse walking outside with Deliris
As you all may know by now, I was re-assigned to work in Haiti. I will be working there with medical teams who will be coming to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti. As an Occupational Therapist and as a Pastor I will be serving God’s people as well as I can in this new mission he has entrusted to me. In March I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti for the first time since 1995. On my first trip I met the leaders of the Baptist Convention in Haiti, my partners in ministry, and also had the opportunity to witness the devastation caused by the earthquake. During that trip I felt motivated to stay in La Romana, Republica Dominicana, and join a group of volunteers going to serve in Haiti.
I traveled from La Romana with my colleagues, Kristy Engel and Ketly and Vital Pierre. They are wonderful servants of God and I am more than grateful to have them with me in this transitional process. During that trip I had the opportunity to experience what my ministry in Haiti will be like. I was able to observe and work on the logistics needed to manage a medical clinic in very challenging circumstances and was able to visit and work in communities very much affected by the earthquake.
As an Occupational Therapist, during the Clinics I had the opportunity to evaluate and give words of advice to mothers who have children with special needs and who were severely malnourished. I also was able to give treatment to a girl who was injured during the earthquake. Marisse (not her real name) suffered an open femur fracture and it was a week after the earthquake before she received medical help. A group of volunteers from La Romana and the USA came and took her to the Hospital in the Dominican Republic. There she had surgery and remained hospitalized for two months. She came back home in a wheelchair and her mother thought she was never going to walk again.
Knowing that the missionaries from La Romana were in the neighborhood the mother came to express her gratitude. Even though she was grateful she was very sad since her younger daughter had an amputation and Marisse came home in a wheelchair. I evaluated the girl. She had everything she needed to walk, but she was weak and very much afraid of walking. After the surgery her left leg was about one inch shorter than the right leg. This was knocking her off balance. Also, she spent two months in the hospital mostly lying in a bed and not able to put weight on either of her legs, which weakened them. She needed help and thank God she was very cooperative. She cried in the beginning with the stretching, but later on she had fully recovered her ability to walk. I worked with her for about an hour. We worked on stretching, weight shifting and stepping exercises. After working on a lot of exercises and with much encouragement she was willing to walk with me; first with assistance and towards the end of the session she was walking by herself. Marisse said goodbye to the wheelchair and gave us the most beautiful smile I had ever seen during the trip. At least that was true for me.
To God be the Glory and we are joyful in witnessing His mercy and care towards those who are suffering.
Please keep me in your prayers while I am in the process of learning the language and getting to know a totally different culture.
A very important note:
Be aware of God’s calling in your life and be sure that God needs you in Haiti…so come, grow and be transformed by a powerful experience with the Lord here in Haiti.