Snip, snip, snip!

Nurse Jacqueline and Dr. Phenn prepare for the clinic.

Nurse Jacqueline and Dr. Phenn prepare for the clinic.

Snip, snip, snip. I was sitting there in the village of Phaeton, Haiti one afternoon in December watching Nurse Jacqueline cut sheets of paper into quarters. I knew what each piece of paper represented. Each one would become a prescription form given to a patient after seeing a doctor. We were in the process of converting a school building into a temporary mobile clinic, and we would be treating patients the next day. As Nurse Jacqueline was snipping away, I was seeing a problem develop, or so I thought. She was cutting a lot of paper.

Earlier in the day, we were at our clinic facility in Cap-Haitien preparing for the trip to the village. I saw the supply of medicine Nurse Jacqueline had prepared to take. I took Pastor Oris, our mission founder and clinic director aside for a conversation. Having done this many times before, I could see that there was not enough medicine. There would be hundreds of people waiting for us, but we had a very meager looking supply. If it had been up to me, I would have emptied out our entire pharmacy inventory and taken it with us to Phaeton. It’s not our job to fly in from the United States and tell our clinic staff what to do, though. We’re there to be supportive, and it’s their job to operate the clinic. I told Pastor Oris that we would have to rethink the clinic in Phaeton if that was all the medicine we would be taking. We should plan to do a limited scale clinic, and walk out into the village to find the sickest people and hope to be able to treat them. At most, we should plan to treat 50 patients. Pastor Oris agreed that we should not interfere with the staff, and do the best we could.

Snip, snip, snip. Nurse Jacqueline continued to cut paper. I spoke up, and told her she may as well stop cutting, because we already had too much paper. There was no way we could see that many patients. Nurse Jacqueline smiled at me pleasantly, and continued to snip paper. I tried again, but soon realized I just needed to stop worrying about it.

The next morning, I was sitting with Pastor Karry who is in charge of the local church and school. I told him about the short supply of medicine, and that we had a change of plan. There was no way to see hundreds of people the way we usually do. We would need to go out into the village to find the sickest ones, and plan to treat no more than 50. “Hmmmm…. But, we have all of these people…” he said, his quiet voice trailing off.

Out we went into the village looking for sick people. Our visiting team from the United States walked with our local staff and church volunteers. God did not disappoint. We were led to many who needed physical and spiritual healing. Some could walk to the clinic, and we brought the doctors to those who could not. We filled prescriptions, and a couple of people accepted Christ as Savior. That’s why we went to Haiti, to seek and save those who were lost. All in all, it was a great day. I still wasn’t sure what to do about the next day, though, as we had to be running out of medicine. We already treated at least 50 people.

Early the next morning as it was getting light, I was sitting on a bench outside at the school. I could hear that a crowd had formed at the church, and I knew from experience what was happening. Pastor Karry was handing out clinic tickets to sick people, and there would be a lot of them. Soon he came along and sat next to me. “Pastor Karry” I said, “we just don’t have enough medicine to treat all of those people!” “Hmmmm…” he said with a thoughtful look on his face.

At breakfast I was talking with our team, and a thought came to mind. I remembered the story of Elisha and the widow from II Kings. This was a case where the poor widow was left with a debt, and her two sons were about to be sold into slavery to pay the debt. All she had of any value was a single bottle of oil, but it was not nearly enough. Elisha told the widow to go out into the neighborhood and borrow empty containers. He told her to get as many as she could find. When she had all of the containers, she went into a room, closed the door, and started to pour oil from her single container into all of the ones she borrowed. When she ran out of containers, the oil stopped pouring. She sold the oil and saved her sons.

Snip, snip, snip. Those pieces of paper were like the containers of oil. As we were having breakfast, I explained the situation with the medicine and asked our team to pray with me about the people waiting in the church next door. We prayed that God would multiply the medicine for them just like He multiplied the oil for the widow. There was no way we could meet the need with what we saw in front of us. If those people were to be served, God would have to do something.

The people came to see the doctors and nurses. We operated our makeshift pharmacy and kept filling prescriptions. Next door to the pharmacy we had a prayer room. We were working at a frenzied pace. When we filled a prescription, the patient would go next door for prayer. Team member Vincent was working with some of the church youth in the prayer room. Vincent speaks French, as do some of the church volunteers. There was no English to be heard in the room. It was all French and Creole. God was at work. People kept coming in waves, all day long. Prescriptions were filled, and people were getting saved in the prayer room. As the day went on, it was clear something special was happening. The people kept coming with their little pieces of paper, but somehow, the medicine was not running out. Snip, snip, snip.

When all was said and done, we had seen 220 people at the mobile clinic. More than 10 people put their faith in Christ as Savior. The people of Haiti have much to teach us. Nurse Jacqueline and Pastor Karry had far more faith than I did. They looked at the need and believed God, rather than looking at the resources in hand and limiting God. Later, I was able to tell Nurse Jacqueline about the widow’s oil and our prayer. I thanked her for not letting me limit her faith and preventing God from doing what He loves to do. Snip, snip, snip.

Written by: Dan Merrefield

Our Clinic Goes Out to Meet Patients

Our staff organizes the first mobile clinic. One of the reasons the need for medical care is so pressing in Haiti is because millions of people do not have a means of transportation. One of our primary goals is to offer basic care at low cost or no cost to people wherever they are. The staff proves today they want to increase access to health care to everyone by following in Jesus' footsteps. They left the clinic and went to meet with patients. 

The doctors, nurses and staff did not wait for patients to come to them today. They went out to meet their needs and offered them services. They went out to one of Redford Baptist Church's satellite locations were Pastor Marcelin is currently serving. They saw 41 patients and shared the gospel with all of them. They were also there to help them with earlier illness prevention, diagnosis, and care. Please pray for the staff as they continue serving Haiti.  

Please learn about Gethro Clebert and Martine Bellamour. They are the mobile clinic organizers.

Gethro is currently the clinic manager and supervises the staff, while Martine is the clinic coordinator. She is overseeing the medicine and administration of the building. We are so grateful to work with them. "I hope that by going out today, people living few miles away have seen the care that is available for them at the clinic and they will be encouraged to visit the clinics for their health problems," said Martine Bellamour, Coordinator.

We would like to close this note with JeanBa Celon comments to the staff out of his grateful heart: "Thank you for bringing this service free to us. I have been sick for 6 months, but I did not have money to visit a doctor. But you helped save my life." Missionaries have been asking this question before when we have previously had mobile clinics: "How do you ensure follow up?" Because of your support we have the answer now. Patients can go to our facility for follow up now.

Our clinic touches very real physical needs for families and children each week, but more importantly, our goal is to save lives by presenting Christ Jesus to them. Remember $5 can pay for doctor's visit, medicine and run basic tests for a patient.

We recently received some very valuable medical equipment and supplies that will make our clinic even better. We have started a fundraiser on Crowdrise to get this life saving bounty to Haiti. Would you like to help us? Please click

https://www.crowdrise.com/medicalsuppliestohaiti/fundraiser/haiticherinews to give, and please share it with your friends!

The Siloé Health Clinic Team 

Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Dassley Goes to the Clinic

When kids' parents go to our clinic, they know they will receive basic care at low cost or no cost. Clinique Santé de Siloé (CSS) is the one and only place where they can count on finding free medical care. The earthquake and aftershocks ruined many clinics and hospitals, so the need to find a basic place for care is vital.

Gethro, the manager of our clinic, reports this week that no matter how small we are as a clinic, we are making great impact. Dassley, who's 2 1/2 years old, came to the clinic with a lot of pain. Dr. Cyriaque discovered quickly that he has a rare intestinal syndrome due to parasites. Children get sick regularly because they pick up common intestinal parasites from unclean water. CSS stands to help children fight back with worm medication and medical care as needed.

A big thank you goes to all of you for supporting the clinic. When you donate to Haiti Cheri we can provide care for kids like Dassley. Your gifts go where kids need help the most to eradicate worms, exterminate malaria, provide laboratory testing for parents in need at no cost, and to provide surgery at Justinien Hospital for children and families in need.

Now, kids like Dassley can dream about a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their families. Your donation can help end the cycle of poverty in Haiti and save lives. "Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?" - James 2:5 [NIV]   Currently, we are seeking new funding  to help cure hundreds of kids like Dassley. If you prefer to give online, please click the following link: http://www.haiticheri.org/donate. You can also mail your gift to:

Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries
P.O. Box 1221
Holly Springs, GA 30142

 

The Siloé Health Clinic Team 

Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Petit Frere at the Hospital

Last week we had a mission team from the U.S. visiting our ministry in Haiti. As we often do, we visited the hospital in Cap-Haitien. For people coming from developed countries, sometimes the visit can be quite shocking. This visit was no exception.

Conditions in the hospital are quite different from what visitors expect. The hospital provides a place where patients can find care if they have the money. Other things, such as food and bedding, must also be provided by the patient's family. These services are not available from the hospital. A patient can be admitted to the hospital for just a few dollars, but then additional care, such as surgery, lab testing, and medicines are strictly on a cash basis. No services will be provided without payment.

Such was the case with little Petit Frere when the visiting team walked into the hospital. Due to a birth defect, one of his bones was growing inward into his internal organs, and he was in critical need of abdominal surgery. His parents were destitute and had no way to pay the fees for the surgery. Our team asked what the cost would be, and learned that it would be $74.00. Yes, that is seventy-four dollars for major abdominal surgery! Even this amount of money was out of reach for the family. As you might imagine, our team members could not pull the money out fast enough. Within five minutes, Petit Frere was on his way to surgery. It was a success, and Petit Frere is expected to make a full recovery. His parents were profoundly grateful, as they were praying that God would make a way for them. This visiting team came just in time in answer to that prayer.

Our clinic in Cap-Haitien is up and running, with the mission to save lives. Sometimes that mission expands outward to the hospital to find lives to save there, as it did last week. God sent this mission team to save Petit Frere's life. You don't have to go all the way to Haiti to save a life there. Perhaps the Lord will lead you to help Haiti Cheri save a life through your financial contributions. As you can see, a small amount can make a big difference in Haiti!

The Siloé Health Clinic Team 

Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Julia Goes to the Clinic

Haiti Cheri's long-term response in Haiti has been working to establish the country's first free, comprehensive or a low cost clinic known as "Sove  Lavi," in Creole, which means "Saving  Lives" in English. We have done countless mobile clinics in the past where we have offered free healthcare and medicine to the villages of Dolval, Paheton, and Acul Samdi. Now we are additionally working in the Charrier community located in Cap-Haitien to save one life at a time and to relieve suffering lives who desperately need help.

Our story this week is about Julia, a 9 year old girl who came to visit the clinic with her mother Julienne desperately needing care. Upon her arrival Dr. Cyriaque evaluated Julia and found  that she had respiratory issues due to asthma. The doctor asked her mother,"How long she has been in this condition?" Her mother said she has been ill  since she was born. Her mother who's not working and has no means to pay for medical expenses always keeps the herbal remedies coconut oil and avocado in her to help her, but in vain. According to her mother, she heard from her church there is a clinic in her area that is commissioned to change the life of the community. After the diagnosis, one of the nurses checked in the pharmacy and was unable find a nebulizer meds to remedy her asthmatic condition. 

Gethro Clebert, our clinic manager, also suffered from asthma when he was a child. He sent an email to the clinic Director, Pastor Oris, and asked him to either bring or send him some inhalers which are hard to find in Haiti. He continued to say,"When I think about how difficult and stressful the first half of my life was, I can't imagine how difficult and hard it is for this poor child to deal with asthma. Even worse, asthma problems in Haiti deepen with all the dust in the air. It is difficult to fully comprehend the dynamics of health in Haiti if you have never experienced asthma even in a country like the United States of America."

Now, we have discovered that the clinic needs some proper medication and equipment to help the people who are  suffering from the worst cases of asthma. Both asthma medications and antibiotics are at the top the list of needed medications. Will you join us in this fight?

Proverbs 3:27-28  Never walk away from someone who deserves help;  your hand is God's hand for that person. Don't tell your neighbor "Maybe some other time"  or "Try me tomorrow"  when the money's right there in your pocket. [MSG]

The Siloé Health Clinic Team 

Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Karlene Goes to the Clinic

Six year old Karlene was not feeling well. She had a pain in her abdomen. Her mother knew she needed medical attention, but she's single and does not have any means to pay for diagnosis and treatment. At most clinics and hospitals in Cap-Haitien, you do not receive treatment unless you have the cash.

Fortunately, Karlene's mom lives near our clinic and heard that we might be able to help. We charge a nominal fee, amounting to about $3 US, but we have a policy that we will never turn anyone away for financial reasons. Karlene was able to receive the treatment she needed at no cost to her. As you can imagine, Mom was thrilled!

Unemployment runs at about 85% in Haiti. People do whatever they can to scratch a living out of the ground, and they get by. For many, even the fee of $3 is too much. Siloé Health Clinic is here to help. We are dedicated to impacting our local community, and to save lives.

Gethro Clebert, the manager of the clinic, explains that for the patient our main goal is to provide primary care and preventive health services to the community of Charier where we are located. Furthermore, the clinic will help us reach the most vulnerable patients with earlier prevention, diagnosis, and care. Lastly, we extend beyond our immediate area through our mobile medical clinic outreach to rural, underserved communities. 

Karlene is an example how we are providing care to all so that we can save one life at a time.

The Siloé Health Clinic Team 

Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Jeanlius Goes to the Clinic

In Haiti, we see many ailments that are no longer common in the United States. One of those cases walked through the door on March the 5th. Eighty-two year old Jeanlius was complaining of a cough, fever, and pain in his upper back. Because of the pain, cough, and fever, he was having difficulty breathing.

Dr. Jerry determined that Jeanlius was showing signs of pneumonia, malnutrition, and tuberculosis (TB). TB is a very persistent bacterial infection that is difficult to treat. It takes several months of aggressive antibiotic therapy to bring the disease into submission. The Haitian government has a program to eradicate TB and will provide the medication, but it requires an accurate diagnosis.

Unfortunately, as much as we desire to help, sometimes we are unable to do so. Such was the case with Jeanlius. The definitive diagnosis for TB requires a chest x-ray. Our clinic does not yet have an x-ray machine, and this was one of those heartbreaking days when we could not meet our patient's needs. One of our major goals for 2015 is to acquire an x-ray machine, either through donation or a fundraising drive. The city of Cap-Haitien has very limited access to x-ray capability, and when the service can be found, it is most often financially out of reach for the patient. We trust God to resolve this problem. We know He will provide, because He says in Philippians 4:13 "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus" [NIV]

We are grateful for your prayers as we seek to expand our capabilities to provide the best possible service for our patients.

The Siloé Health Clinic Team 

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries

Jerome’s Story – A Call to Action!

The former U.S. President Jimmy Carter once said, we believe good health is a basic human right, especially among poor people afflicted with disease who are isolated, forgotten, ignored, and often without hope. The former president is right; and I believe Haiti fits that category perfectly. The Haitian people have been crippled by countless diseases for years. Will they ever have that basic human right need for good health care met? It is surprising that some came and saw the conditions of the Haitian people and did not take much action to help ameliorate their conditions... We are beyond grateful for those of you who took action in the past and continue to help the cause. We need your help more than ever before! We need those of you with Good Samaritan hearts to take action!

Jerome is a 7 year old miracle who came to clinic Siloé and received great medical treatment from our staff. The clinic is a source of hope for Haiti; Jerome was in excruciating abdominal pain for three days when his father brought him in. After seeing Dr. Cyriaque and being given some medication, the boy was doing so well in just a few minutes that he immediately asked for food. Gethro quickly went to pick up bread and cookies for the boy. This is one of the stories of survival that has inspired Siloé Clinic response and recovery work to help heal the people in the community.
 
Did you know before the clinic opened, residents of Cap-Haitian had very limited access to primary care services such as x-ray, regular doctor's visits, and access to an average testing lab? Haiti Cheri staff and Siloé Health Clinic are very excited about this new chapter in Haiti Cheri's vision. With God's help and your prayers we are committed to changing that this year, not next year... Now is the time...
 
Friends, we need your prayers and your support... The success of our vision depends on the commitment and dedications of our Haitian staff as well as you're your support. The clinic will not survive without your support and partnership with Haiti Cheri. By support we mean both your prayers and financial support. Have you ever been in Haiti on a mission trip to see your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ lay on their back at the Justinian Hospital with no medical attention? We at Haiti Cheri take the lead with your prayers and your partnership to change this situation. Are you looking to make a lasting impact just as our Siloé staff is doing in Haiti right now?  

Come join us on a weekend trip clinic trip to Haiti. We are looking for nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers who are willing to spend a weekend to serve in Haiti. We are planning a mission trip every other month with Pastor Oris. It will be a short trip to serve inside the clinic from Friday to Wednesday. We also have an upcoming trip scheduled from March 28th through April 4th. Please sign-up before it's too late. We will also coordinate lodging, meals and provide flight details. Volunteers please remember to plan on covering the cost of your airline tickets and submit a minimum donation to cover in-county expenses when in Haiti. Please sign up as quickly as possible as our space is very limited.