Haiti Medical Team: We have landed and begun God’s work

An orientation into the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Haiti revealed that we are a small part of the work in progress here by Samaritan’s Purse and many other organizations. Our clinic is in an area  known as Cite Solei. Prior to the Quake, the area was known as the poorest and most dangerous area of the Western World. There was then, and there is now little police presence, no sewers, no stores, and little to no electricity. The local prisons were heavily damaged by the Quake and the prisoners were released to return home-mostly to Cite Sole-to resume their prior criminal ways. After the Quake it took 2 weeks for the people of Cite Solei to receive any aid at all!  US troops initally provided this but have since left  Cite Solei. The medical clinic electricity runs by generator, and is the first planned medical care that these people have EVER received. Our team is humbled to be a part of that effort. Samaritan’s Purse plans to man the clinic for 1 year and then turn it over to be manned by the locals.  The one thing here that has impacted our team the most  is the tent cities-rows and rows of blue plastic tents.  Fabricating these temperary shelters is a huge ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.   Many from Cite Solei fled the City to live in the tents for safety and also to flee the stench from the decaying bodies. 

Our clinic on Monday saw 87 people -many had physical injuries from the Quake and more had psychological trauma  related to the Quake. The blank stares are abundant-one patient in particular could not make eye contact-she now has the” need to walk” -she does not know why and “wakes up” and discovers she needs to get back home, her tent. The youth have been hit hard by the Quake, experiencing mortality in a way that our Youth have not had the need to experience. They have all either lost someone or know someone who has lost a loved one. When asked where do people go when they die, they don’t know how to answer.  All of this said,this catastrophic event provides fertile ground for spreading God’s word. Please pray for our team-the spiritual warfare here is unlike any we have experienced-it is very intense.  Voodoo is part of their way of life-they fear the Voodoo god.  Although many claim to be Christian, approximately 50% of the population practice vodoo. 

 We feel your prayers… they are important and have impact- we welcome  and need the support.  We are preparing for the clinic in the AM-hoping and waiting to experience more God moments.

–Theresa Grob

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~ by Celebration Missions on April 12, 2010.

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