I just returned from Haiti after another life-changing trip. I have the joy of partnering with Truth Evangelistic Ministry (truthem.org) and its director, Chuck Martindale to go to the valley of Z'Orange (Z-rhan-jay) Haiti where Bro. Chuck has been ministering for 15 years. I took a team from my church
(pictured above) and had the opportunity to set up 4 different "mobile" medical clinics. 70% of Haiti has no access to healthcare. So it is such a joy to be able to be part of a team that provides much needed medicines, ointments, creams, bandages and so forth.
As always, I'm the one who walked away from that experience with the blessing. Jesus told us that as we do to the "least of these" we do unto Him. When we acknowledge others, we acknowledge Him. When we love others, we love Him. When we ignore others, we ignore Him. When we are willing to be emptied out, to serve, He pours back into us and replenishes us in such an amazing way. To be with my Haitian brothers and sisters, who have so little yet have so much joy, demonstrates that when you have Christ you have what really matters.
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The Mission House and Grounds
(Notice the well in the background. This and three other wells within a mile or so, are the only sources of fresh water for thousands of people.) Therefore it's a gathering place and a great opportunity to get to know the Haitian people.
My family visiting a near-by orphanage. These children are taken very good care of and we've become close with the pastor and his wife that run it.
Medical clinic set up in a local church
Medical clinic set up at another local church. This church is only accessible by foot, so the medications and gear have to be carried by foot. Many of the Haitian children come alongside us and carry our bags and gear for us. We don't have to ask them to, they just willingly do it and with a smile!
After a two hour hike up a mountain that can only be climbed by foot, I stopped and took a picture of the valley of Z'Orange below me. This is always an awesome site for me to see. Haiti is a beautiful land with beautiful people. Despite the incredible poverty, the joy I find there among the people and being with the people is like no other.