Serving in His Name

Nurses greet every patient as they pass through the gate each morning

Nurses greet every patient as they pass through the gate each morning

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”  Heb 13:2

It is not unusual for the people outside the gate of the Jesus Healing Center to be greeted each morning with a smile, a “Good Morning”, and a “God Bless you”.  The staff at the clinic knows fully well the many different scenarios of the people who line up outside our gate very early each morning.  We have had children and adults near death, and woman delivering babies at the gate.  There is a 24/7 hospital just about 1 mile away, but the people come here instead.  It is the love and care received at the Jesus Healing Center they want.  The staff follows the commands of Jesus, “To love one another”.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

What is our benefit to the lost of this world if we just treat them like the world treats them?  We must do more than the world for we are the hands and feet of Jesus.

This little one was using so much energy to breathe

 This little one was using so much energy to breathe he hardly moved as we tried several times to start an IV on his tiny dehydrated body.  We were able to stabilize him before taking him to Port Au Prince to the Children’s Hospital
As we start each day with worship.  We pray the people who needed our services were able to get to the clinic.  We pray we will have the wisdom to know what they need when the medical services are so basic.  We pray for the staff and patients as we are reminded by Scripture what our priorities are; first, to love, and then to use our talents and gifts the LORD has given us to help relieve what suffering we are able. We thank all of you who pray for the people of the world who live in some of the most deplorable situations.
We thank you for the prayers you give us for strength as we navigate through a harsh and sometimes unforgiving environment.  We thank you for allowing us this great opportunity to work together in the name of Jesus to help the poor and those who suffer.  We know we could not be as effective without your financial and spiritual support.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”   Isa 52:7

 

March 2017 Breaks Record

Following a great year in 2016, and a renewed spirit after the Christmas holiday, the staff of the Jesus Healing Center returned to rededicate themselves to great service to the people of the surrounding towns and mountain villages in 2017.   The staff takes great joy in being part of an organization like Love A Child because we honor their passion for Jesus.   The administration of Jesus Healing Center  celebrate with the staff each day their love for the LORD, and we encourage one another not to give up hope, not to grow weary of doing good among the poor and suffering.

Young boy being seen for an infestation of insect larvae in an open head wound.

Young boy being seen for an infestation of insect larvae in an open head wound.
The ending month of the first quarter of 2017 found us with a record breaking 3360 for the month.   There were a total of 11,606 passing through our doors seeking medical help, health education, and resources for higher levels of care so far in 2017.

 

SERVING TOGETHER TO RELEIVE SUFFERING

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom 8:27-28

Having Jesus Healing Center partner with some of the surrounding health organization has enabled us to find help for those who have lost limb walk again, those who were blind see again, those who had no hope find help within our walls.  One of my greatest joys is working together with other people from around the United States, and around the world, together to try and do what we can to relieve the suffering here in Haiti.
Here are just a few of the resources we have found to partner with, and give a continuation of specialized care.  These organizations neither give nor receive money from us, they are just part of the brotherhood of Jesus, working together to help as many people as possible using their gifts and talents. This is Drew, he is a prosthetic technician who is starting his own business in the US, but in his free time will volunteer at a local mission – Mission of Hope in Titiayean.   They help the thousands of people who lost their limbs in the earthquake of 2011.  Drew also has a prosthetic leg, but that does not stop him from helping those like himself who now most learn to navigate life with a disability.

Mission of Hope in Titiayean     Mission of Hope in Titiayean

Mission of Hope in Titiayean

Mission of Hope sends a mobile unit to “Miracle Village” when they heard of how many handicapped people we provide housing for, and care for each month at the Jesus Healing Center. Miracle Village was built for the people who were displaced after the earthquake of 2011.
In early January Randolph World Ministries came to LAC to assist with the re-structuring of the lab at the Jesus Healing Center.  He donated new equipment, and spent a week training the staff in the lab on how to use the equipment, and a retraining in Sickle Cell Testing.  Providing free Sickle Cell testing enables Dr. Tim Randolph to continue his research on Sickle Cell at the University where he teaches.  He brought an optician to check eyes, and give out readers to adults.  He has given us double and triple blessings.

Lab staff training with Dr. Tim Randolph and his assistant

Lab staff training with Dr. Tim Randolph and his assistant

Medical Missions such as Randolph World Ministries

Medical Missions such as Randolph World Ministries, as well as other local ministry provide a resource for those who suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, Pterygiums, as well as other eye maladies.  These organizations travel to the Jesus Healing Center to be help the thousands which pass through our doors each year.

Joyce Meyers’ mobile medical clinic - hundreds wait outside as hundreds are seen inside

Joyce Meyers’ mobile medical clinic - hundreds wait outside as hundreds are seen inside
In the month of March we also were able to work alongside a medical team from Joyce Meyers’ Hand of Hope Ministries which visited one of the villages in the outskirts of our target area.  Their enthusiasm for the people and the LORD was uplifting.  They were able to see 100’s of people each day, and referred some to the Jesus Healing Center for further evaluation, and possible transport to the hospitals in Port Au Prince.

 

Jesus Healing Center Welcomes Two New Residence

This spring we welcomed two new Residents as they graduate from medical school and prepare to do their one year of free care for their fellow Haitians.  The winter of 2016 found the country struggling with health care because of the strike by the government hospitals.  The strike also affected the Residents who were trying to finish their schooling, and be on time to graduate.  We waited an extra two long months for the residents to finish, but it was worth the wait as we were happy to welcome Drs. Barthelemy and Leneus to the Jesus Healing Center.  Having these two very bright young doctors will enable us to see 50 – 60 more patients a day.

Dr. Barthelemy seeing a little girl in the emergency room for an infection in her foot which has progressed to a septic condition.

Dr. Barthelemy seeing a little girl in the emergency room for an infection in her foot which has progressed to a septic condition.

Dr. Leneus checking in a pregnant woman with a heart condition.

Dr. Leneus checking in a pregnant woman with a heart condition.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love”. 1 Cor. 13: 13

The Jesus Healing Center is so thankful for the continued support of individuals, like yourselves, and the partnering with other organizations.  It is through your prayers and financial support we are able to do the things we do for the poorest of the poor, to not only sustain, but continues to find new and better ways to serve the community in which we live in a loving way.  The Jesus Healing Center brings hope to the sick, and otherwise marginalized peoples of this struggling country.  Your graciousness allow us to continue as a competent, and effective form of health care for people who would otherwise have to travel many hours for the medical care they need.

 

Good News at the Cardiac Clinic

I could not do this blog without pictures of some of my first little charges as a nurse  in Haiti.  I know some of you remember the little girl with the cardiac condition I met on my month long trip to Haiti.  This was before Ken and I became full time missionaries here.  After hearing the initial story of little Lydania in 2013 the Rotary Club of Kentucky gave me a grant to travel to Haiti again, and find diagnostic help for her.
Eventully I was paired up with a wonderful organization - Haiti Cardiac Allience.This organization not only diagnoses, and  helps the family get passports, but provides transportation to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, houses, and perform the surgeries all for FREE!  Allowing the mother to accompany their child for this procedure is unheard of in the medical missions field, but it is also extremely important to the recovery time for the child.  It is traumatic enough to go through open heart surgery, but trying to deal with abandoment issues when the child is taken from their mother for 4-6 weeks can cause healing problems.  Thanks to the wonderful organization of Haiti Cardiac Allience we are able to save the lives of so many children in the developing nations.
When I first met Lydania she was barely 2  years old and the size of a 9 month old.  Every year we bring her on a six hour journey from Ranquitte to Port Au Prince where she spends the night, and then waits the entire day for tests to determine if her heart condition is worsening, or stable.  Even though she has such a loud murmur you don’t even need a stethoscope to hear it, she has an amazing little flap of cardiac tissue which falls over the hole in her heart as it pumps, and keeps the blood from rushing backwards in the heart.  This has helped Lydania stay out of the surgery suite, but also makes her life a little more tentative as far as illnesses, and exercise.  We pray she will be able to maintain for awhile as she lives in a mud hut, and I fear a surgical wound  as a young child might be a dangerous thing for her to have in her enviroment.
A big thank you to Stuart Congregational Church who has helped us help Lydania through your donations to our ministry here in Haiti.  We have also supported her in two years of private Christian pre kindergarten.  Next year she will attend the new free government school in the village.

Lidania waits for her turn to have an echocardiogram

Lidania waits for her turn to have an echocardiogram

 

Helping With Your Help

We have come to know the children in the orphanage, especially those with medical needs.  One of those children was a young adult named Richard.  Richard has a walking disability, and struggles to manuver over the rugged terrain of Haiti.  We watch him muscle his way down the road to get to his destination.  We decided we wanted to try and help Richard  while we were here in Haiti.

Meet Richard, a sweet young man who was diagnosed with a crippling disease

Meet Richard, a sweet young man who was diagnosed with a crippling disease at the age of 6 or 7 years of age.  Shortly after that time his parent surrendred him to the Love A Child Orphanage because they knew they would not be able to afford his care.  For many years Richards true diagnosis was unknown, and our heart when out to him as we see him struggle to walk the quarter mile to school and church.  We decided we needed to find out his story, and help him as much as we could to improve his quality of life.

First on the agenda was to help him strengthen his legs

First on the agenda was to help him strengthen his legs.  It was suggested we get him an adult tricycle to assist with his independence, and to use for strength training.  Next we needed to get a full work up and history.  This meant a day spent at the mission hospital in Port Au Prince for x-rays and appointment with the Canadaian Orthopedic Team.  It was interesting to find out from the doctors Richard most likely contracted polio, was treated early on  at a hospital, but not early enough to keep him from losing a lot of muscle in his lower legs.
The fact Richard pulls his entire body around on two weakened lower legs is phenominal in this rocky terrain.  In the past three years I have given him 3 walkers from our donation depot.  All these walkers are meant for either the elderly walking on smooth surfaces, or people with temporary ambulation problems.  It was evident to us Richard was going to need a heavy duty, all terrain walker.  There are none in Haiti, so we went on line and found a company in California which imports from Belgim, the exact walker Richard needed. We decided to purchase it for him as a donation from our ministry here in Haiti.  This will give Richard hope for more independence in his future.
The orthopedic doctors suggested Richard be fitted for braces because his weak ankles were starting to turn under with the wieght of his upper body.  Last month Richard was fitted for braces, and is walking much better now, protecting the bone structure he has, and giving him a brighter outlook for complete independence.

Richard getting fitted for his braces

Richard getting fitted for his braces

Richard was so fortunate to have been given over to the Love A Child Orphanage     Richard was so fortunate to have been given over to the Love A Child Orphanage

Forget rights and assistance for the handicapped in Haiti.  You either make it or you don’t.  There is no one giving special assistance, and the disabled must find their own way like everyone else or just resort to begging in the streets.  Richard was so fortunate to have been given over to the Love A Child Orphanage where he found care and the comfort of a welcoming family.
Richard is a self taught keyboard player, and also plays the drums.  He is very smart in school and has a wonderful sense of humor.  Always with a smile on his face in the face of adversity.  We told me he believes the LORD will help him walk again, and I believe him!

 

We Can Make a Difference

We Can Make a Difference

Do any of you remember this little guy on Facebook two years ago?  I had posted his picture as we waited for transportation to Port Au Prince.  There was nothing we could do for him.  He needed cardiac meds and surgery.  When he got to the hospital he stayed for 2 months.  He was eventually weaned off of oxygen, and essentially sent home to die.  But the mom stayed in close contact with Haiti Cardiac Allience, and within 2 weeks was on his way to the DR for surgery.
This is how we found him the at the cardiac clinic at the beginning of April 2017.  The clinic nurse was right when she said, “The LORD is not done with him yet!”

Look at the size of those feet!  He is going to be a big man!

Look at the size of those feet!  He is going to be a big man!

 

A Busy Day in the Life of Ken

From construction foremen, to solar panel maintenance, Ken is on the move throughout the campus, the marketplace, and Miracle Village (the village sponsored by Love A Child after the earthquake).  One gets tired of hearing his name being called on the two way radio all day long.  We thank you for your prayers of strength which seems to be able to keep him in 3 places at once!
When someone needs something done they call Ken who has taken to carrying around a clipboard to keep everything he needs to do right in front of him.

One of Ken’s most recent projects has been to get and keep the solar lights working on the campus.

One of Ken’s most recent projects has been to get and keep the solar lights working on the campus.  This is easier said than done as he replaces panels, controllers, and wiring constantly.  Our dog, Missy loves to ride with Ken at night in the truck to check the campus for working (and non-working) lights.
As Americans we take advantage of the fact we have electricity 24/7, but in many developing countries electricity is a luxury.  Love A Child is a busy organization which works many long hours a day, so electricity is a must to get all the things done each day, and prepare for what is coming early in the morning.

Ken’s day starts at 5am when he is out the door to turn on the pump to fill our 300 gal water tower.

Ken’s day starts at 5am when he is out the door to turn on the pump to fill our 2,000 gal water tower.  This provides water via gravity pressure to the missionary homes, clinic, schools, and large kitchen which feeds the 150 employees at LAC.
From there he meets with the directors and other missionaries to plan the day.  Ken is in constant communication with someone as he mans a two-way radio, and a cell phone to keep the many people he works with coordinated for new construction and repairs. 

he meets with the directors and other missionaries to plan the day.

6:30 morning organizational meeting

Ken must oversee the use of the fuel to keep inventoried and rationed

Ken is in constant communication with someone as he mans a two-way radio, and a cell phone

Ken must oversee the use of the fuel to keep inventoried and rationed

Ken assisting the electrician with some re-wiring at the clinic generator

With the many vehicles we have at LAC for transportation and heavy equipment we have our own fuel depot.  Gas prices are as high as $10 a gallon so Ken must oversee the use of the fuel to keep inventoried and rationed.  This helps us purchase monthly instead of daily. 

With the many vehicles we have at LAC for transportation and heavy equipment we have our own fuel depot.  Gas prices are as high as $10 a gallon so Ken must oversee the use of the fuel to keep inventoried and rationed.  This helps us purchase monthly instead of daily.
We are coming to the end of this chapter in our faith walk.  We have no doubt the LORD has been with us every step of the way.  We have weathered dangerous political atmosphere, hurricanes, illness, injury, the deaths of our mothers, and the isolation you feel when you are far away from your homeland with little understanding of language and culture.  We want to thank all of you who supported us financially and with prayer.  We would not have been able to do any of this without you, and we truly mean it.  The LORD sent the people who would be needed by our ministry to keep us strengthened.
Through it all we have been encouraged by our church family.  You all greeted us so warmly on each of our visits and were so interested in what we were accomplishing through the LORD in Haiti.  I sat on the Outreach Board for many years, so it was very overwhelming to be on the receiving side of the board, and experience the generosity of our church.
We especially feel indebted to our close friends and church family members, Marilyn and Paul Piatti.   They have been our advocates on the Stuart Congregational Outreach Board, kept us pumped up with news from church, emailed us regularly, and even looked in on our home to make, or coordinate minor and major repairs we have needed through the years.  For us, they have been the hands and feet of Jesus, (or as Scott Mandl called it, “Being servants to the servants”) and we will never forget their enduring friendship while we were here.
We also would like to thank our good friend and my sister in Christ, Jessica Oliver, who was in charge of the care for my mother until my mothers’ death in 2016.  I took great comfort in knowing Jessica was at my mothers’ side, caring for her, advocating for her in the nursing home, and loving her like a daughter.   Jessica kept me informed of every detail sending pictures and inviting our children to birthday parties, and involving them in her life even though she did not recognize any of us, we were still part of her end of life process.
Our children have sacrificed the most as they walked through many situations where it would have been great to have the supportive voice of a parent, but they were held back by poor or no internet.  There is nothing like having your parent when you are emotionally fatigued.  Both Ken and I are coming to realize the heartache of having lost our parents now, so we know their pain of our absence in their lives.
We thank our LORD and our God for His faithfulness.  Never have we experienced His presence in our lives more than our time in Haiti.  Amidst the work, the strife, the doubts, He raises up like a song of joy in our hearts.  His comfort and assurances through His Holy Word gave us what we needed each and every day and sometimes each and every minute of the day.  We were, and will always be – blessed.
Barbara and Ken MacMannis
Ken and Barbara MacMannis, signing off from Haiti!