Hello! So I'm heading to Cap Hatien, Haiti in January with a team to medically serve in an orphanage and in the surrounding communities!
So, I was listening to these people at my church talk about this orphanage being built in Haiti. They said the orphanage they visited was turning away 80 children a month, so they've decided to build a new one. I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to start medical clinics there at that new orphanage? As a nurse, I know tons of people at the hospital that would go...or could be coerced into going to Haiti on a medical missions trip."
I spoke with one of the guys after they talked, and I prayed that God would bring everything to me if He wanted me to get involved. I thought, "I can't do this if I'm chasing things around. I'm already chasing 2 kids around like crazy!"
A few days later my neighbor came knocking on my door. She said that they lead the organization "Love Has Come" - the non-profit that's building the orphanage in Haiti. I laughed to myself and said, "Could you come in and talk with me about this a little bit?"
Long story short, she hooked me up with a group who's been doing medical clinics at an orphanage in Haiti for 10 years. She said they might be able to help guide my clinic idea. When I called the pastor (Mich) leading these groups, within a few minutes he asked me, "Do you want to go to Haiti on a medical missions trip with us for 10 days in January?" I said, "Yes!" Then I thought about my kids and husband and said, "I'll have to discuss this with Johan."
I got off the phone and Johan said yes. I e-mailed my mother-in-law to see if she could come help with the kids at that time and she said yes (she's coming from Sweden mind you).
My dream is that through this trip I can serve the Haitians and learn as much as possible about developing medical clinics in Haiti. Then, the long-term goal is to see medical teams traveling to the "new" (being built) orphanage in Haiti on a regular basis to help these orphans and train their caregivers.
I was also afforded the honor of meeting, Pierre Alexis - the Haitian pastor at the orphanage where they are currently turning away 80 children a month. By his vision and guidance our church has decided to purchase land and start building the new orphanage.