Haiti Medical Mission Trip
Exactly one month ago, I was standing in line waiting to be cleared by the customs officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I have been to several countries in Europe, but this was my first trip to a developing country. It was also my first time to be part of a medical mission trip. Needless to say, I had many new experiences and learned more about medicines than I ever expected to know, including the fact that there are often three names for every type of pill, which is extremely confusing for non-medical people like me!
The group from Lake Valley consisted of six people, two of whom were doctors. For four days, we worked with a Haitian doctor, named Frances Carmelle. We assisted her in running a free clinic for the people of her village. Our team also included translators and a dentist from Haiti. Each person played a vital role and God used our individual gifts to effectively share His love, despite the language barriers. We were all very encouraged by how God is raising up like-minded leaders. This was clearly demonstrated through several members of our Haitian team.
While we were treating patients and dispensing medicine, Roger Stanage was leading wisdom training in three different Haitian towns. Reaching almost eighty business leaders on this last trip, this wisdom training is changing not only how men and women run their businesses, but it is giving them Biblically-based life lessons that change how they treat their families and members of their own neighborhoods. It is so exciting to hear reports of how this study is affecting family life and improving communities.
As I left Haiti, my prayer for this country was that more and more people would find their hope and joy in Jesus. It is easy to get caught up in the extreme poverty and to be overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. However, that is not our end goal. Our mission is for each person to know how much they are loved by our Heavenly Father and to have a relationship with Him. It is through this, as we have seen with the wisdom training, that communities and lives can change and are changing. Praise God! – Anna Leston