Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dr Hatter Medical Mission Team - Part 2

It's bittersweet, but our time in Haiti has come to an end.  We have now seen about 780 patients in five days of clinic, and to sum it up: we're exhausted, amazed, and blessed.  Sunday afternoon we traveled to Gilbert to be ready for clinic Monday morning.  As we neared the church in Gilbert, children came from everywhere and ran after our truck.  They were so excited to see us!  After unloading our supplies and having dinner at the pastor's home, we had an evening church service with the congregation.  The church was packed with standing room only and it was a wonderful time of singing, praying, clapping, drumming, and dancing in the aisles.  Pastor Mark brought the message on true forgiveness.  As the church service went on, people would come in carrying banana mats.  We all wondered if they were bringing them for us or if they were staying the night with us.  After church we learned... the banana mats were for us, but lots of people were sleeping over in order to be first at clinic the next morning.  We all spread out on the floor in the church, our team as well as about thirty Haitians.  The night involved very little sleep... with the sick children coughing, people snoring, shining flashlights, slamming metal doors, children giggling, people having conversation, the wind storm that came, and a very cold night.  Needless to say, we were up early and were able to start clinic at 6:40am! 
The team on the way to Gilbert
All the people that slept over with us
James playing with the children
Tuesday was our free day.  In the morning, Ida Fern and James made us AMAZING homemade donuts.  It was such a treat!  We got to enjoy them as we counted out medicines for our last two clinics.  We counted out over 1000 bags of medicine.  In the afternoon, James took several of us on a hike to a beautiful water fall.  It was so refreshing to be able to swim in the spring!

Our delicious treat!
Wednesday and Thursday we had clinics and Delonye and Tapion.  We had successful days at both clinics.  Tonight we have been packing up medicines for next year and getting our belongings together to head out tomorrow.  Please pray for a safe day of travel for us tomorrow.  We have a long day ahead of us, but are excited to get home to see our families.  Thanks for all your continued love and prayers.  We have had a very productive and positive week.  We all feel so very blessed.
Doc, Jenny, and Elaine seeing a patient