05.01.2019 | by Kristina Bloomdahl, Children’s Ministry Leader
Today was our first full day in Haiti! We left the house at 7:30 a.m. and headed to the Christian Church of Jean Jean, a Global Fingerprints partner site, for our first day of check-ups. The medical team saw almost 60 kids throughout the day!
Getting into the swing of things
Today was the day that our team really gelled. At our debrief this evening, several people commented on the chemistry, team work, and collaboration that was so abundantly evident throughout the day. The medical team pairs are working together famously and we were blessed to have Aleece, a PA who works at a local clinic, join our team today. She was extremely helpful in answering questions and giving our team confidence in their decisions.
It was awesome to see people in their element today as they stepped into their roles. From John examining a kid with an orthopedic issue; to Laura coaxing kids to take their deworming pills, and James organizing our pharmacy and handing out coloring sheets. God has orchestrated this team to be able to serve others and encourage each other in the ways that only brothers and sisters in Christ can.
We also learned or were reminded that there are far more avenues of communication than just talking. God helped break down the language barrier quickly between the kids waiting for their check-ups and those of us hanging out with them. We had an awesome, joy-filled time. The medical teams particularly learned to trust God for the next patient and to just take the day step by step, walking with God as their Sustainer.
Taking it step by step
I think this is a key observation for our team as we look at our tasks and at Haiti as a whole. As Lonie pointed out earlier that day, if we come in expecting to be able to change everything, we are going to be totally overwhelmed. Because unfortunately, that is something we absolutely cannot do. However, we CAN make a difference in these kids’ lives. We just have to take it one at a time, patient by patient, smile by smile. Sweaty round of duck, duck, gray duck after sweaty round, by God’s grace.
Bonus: Today was agriculture and labor day here in Haiti. We drove through several festive groups and stopped to watch part of a parade go by!
Please continue to pray for our team; that we’re open to hearing from God and willing to receive what He has for us. Pray also for our health as the heat, humidity, and malaria pills all take a toll.
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10