rubble today and was brought to the UN compound tent hospital where I
worked yesterday. My job there yesterday was to bring a little order
to the care of about 12 injured Haitians and assure they got their
therapy and wound care and medications. Today, we set up clinic in a
medical clinic next to an orphanage in Carrefour, just west of Port au
Prince. The people were afraid to enter the building so we had clinic
among the trees. All of what I saw were minor illnesses, the kinds
that need only Tylenol, vitamins, a smile, a touch, or a prayer -
nothing spectacular like taking care of the two people with tetanus in
the tent hospital (yes, tetanus, that's why we doctors recommend that
people take their shots!). Anyway, off my soapbox for now. I take
comfort in knowing that God has us here for a purpose. We don't fully
know his plan, but we are open to his will and we expect he will use
us according to his plan in whatever way he deems fit.
The orphanage... They actually were not out of food but were running
low because they had shared with the community. Today they received
125 pounds of rice, a case of beans, and some cookies. They also
received several suitcases of clothes. Thank you to the Tulsa team for
actually taking the food there to the orphanage. I was told tonight by
a contact that they need mosquito nets also. I have no idea how to get
them mosquito nets. Even if we ordered them, they couldn't be reliably
shipped to them. Would you pray about that?
Downtown Port au Prince - squalor, sewage, trash, rubble, stench, tent
cities, people everywhere, tents even set up on the 8 foot wide median
on a busy dirty automobile-smoke-filled thoroughfare. Who could live
that way? It's overwhelming.
Thank you so much for your prayers, especially for those written on
the blog. They have been tremendously encouraging.
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