Dr. Asa 2017 Fall Team Report

” For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

If I have learned nothing else after over twenty years of working in Haiti I believe that whatever project you went to do will not happen, at least not as you had planned. I also have learned that “I” can’t but “He” can. “Do not be afraid or discouraged …… For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chron. 20:15

Our group started out with great plans and aspirations. Our friends from Tacoma who had built the incinerator shed two years ago were moved by the spirit to purchase the incinerator and come to Haiti to install it. Seven people formed a team and came to do that. Our arrival date was to be October 10.

The Evil One hates to see good people work for the Master and he goes right to work to try to thwart the plans we have for accomplishing God’s Will. The incinerator was scheduled to be on the dock in Port-au-Prince by October 2. Due to the hurricanes, the ship was rerouted and the date of arrival was postponed until October 18 – two days before we were to leave Haiti for home. Much prayer was raised and the ship came in from England on October 11. Still, there was the matter of customs charges, the bureaucracy of getting the item off the dock, the transportation of same to Jolivert, the inconvenience of a Haitian Holiday and intervening weekend preventing any action and our truck driver being too late to get on the dock one day. All of this required Blaud, our Haitian Executive Director, to remain in PAP for eight days with all the inherent unplanned costs.

While we worried and fidgeted in Jolivert the west coast team went right to work, helping Ralph Porter build shelves and cabinets for the dental clinic, assisting in the sorting and storage of materials that had been shipped in, helping out in the clinics, and doing anything that was needed to be done. One of the best children’s programs ever was put on, our evangelist preached in Sunday services and appeared on the church’s radio station several times, an outreach clinic was held for the first time as a medical/dental operation with 105 patients seen by our team doctors and nurses and 23 dental patients treated.

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Additionally, Jonah, a thirteen-year-old boy who was there with his parents spontaneously crossed the language barrier and had the little children clapping, marching, running and learning “Duck, Duck, Goose”. This was a real ministry. Our Ophthalmology surgeon, in the meantime, screened patients and did 33 surgeries (22 cataract removals, seven removals of overgrown tissue and removal of a corneal foreign body that had been neglected for months). A number of other patients were cared for in the clinics by our visiting doctors and our visiting Haitian dentists.

Our Ophthalmology surgeon, in the meantime, screened patients and did 33 surgeries (22 cataract removals, seven removals of overgrown tissue and removal of a corneal foreign body that had been neglected for months). A number of other patients were cared for in the clinics by our visiting doctors and our visiting Haitian dentists.

We also began a renovation of the hill road and re-ditching for erosion prevention that was desperately needed. It was a large group – about 25 people at meals and our Haitian staff handled food, laundry, and transportation very well.

The Haitian government charged us the unconscionable amount of one-third the cost of the incinerator to get it off the dock but God enabled us to gather the funds and on the last day of work before departure the instrument arrived – as the shades of night were falling. Now that gripping question – how do we get 1200 pounds of machine off the truck and into the incinerator building without a forklift or crane? This is Haiti and God’s project! Boss Wilson, our longtime builder, mobilized his workers as has been done so often before. With the guidance of our team members, the brute strength of the Haitians inventive engineering and the Grace of God, it was moved off the truck, into the housing and now awaits another team trip to finish the task. In spite of the setback of completion, when you look at the overall trip, Satan lost and God won (AGAIN).

 

More than Expected

By Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch

Last year I went to Jolivert, Haiti for the first time.

I thought I was simply “scoping out the Eye Clinic” to see if we could do surgery. I ended up doing seven cataract surgeries, even though we had no Operating Room (OR) and limited equipment.

This year I hoped to perform 20 cataract surgeries or so. We brought everything we needed, but as I have found out many times before, on mission trips, not everything goes as planned. Not all of our equipment worked, so we improvised.

Although we still had no OR, we were able to set up a more sterile operating space.  I had a wonderful nurse, Jean Horner, an OB Nurse from Washington, who was also on our Mission team.  She committed to helping with the surgeries – pre-op set-up, circulating during surgery, and post-op clean up.

Cataracts in America are usually operated on when the vision drops three lines from 20/20 to 20/40, and it is difficult for the patient to maintain a driver’s license.  But, in Haiti, due to limited access to health care (and in younger persons probably a nutritional component that makes cataracts mature more quickly), the vision is much worse and the surgery has to be done in a way that is much more difficult.  The vision pre-op for our Haitian patients was at best 20/400 (the big “E” at the top of the chart). Most of our patients were unable to count fingers in front of their faces with a full one-half of the patients only able to see a light going on and off – not even able to detect motion. During our nine days of Eye Clinic service on this Fall trip, we were able to perform 22 cataract surgeries and 11 other various procedures for a total of 33 eye surgeries.

At the post-op visit the next day, although the communication barrier often made it difficult to ascertain just how well they were seeing, most of the patients were very grateful and praising God!

We saw at least six children on this visit that we could have helped surgically, but we didn’t have general anesthesia – Something to pray about and work towards.

Mick Vanden Bosch, MD specializes in Opthalmology and resides in South Dakota. For more information about Dr. Mick visit
http://www.sanfordhealth.org/find-a-doctor/mick-vanden-bosch

“I was blind but now I see” ~ Dreams Realized in Jolivert

 

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The skillful hands of Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch while performing the first-ever  eye surgery (cataract removal) at the MOL Eye Clinic in Jolivert, Haiti on Oct. 15, 2016.

 

Making History …  “I was blind but now I see!”  ~  John 9:25

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In the midst of the tragedy and loss of Hurricane Matthew, Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch made possible the accomplishment of a long-dreamed of goal of the eye ministry by bringing the blessing of sight to seven Haitians and the possibility of continued sight to another.  Despite the withdrawal of our sole American dentist and the absence of modern conveniences, God provided extraordinary Haitian dentists, and Dr. Mick worked like a skilled missionary surgeon in very basic conditions. Working for a Jewish carpenter named Jesus is true job security.                                            ~ Dr. Asa Talbot

Dr. Asa and Dr. Mick

Dr. Asa and Dr. Mick

October Team Follow Up

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While in Haiti this past week, Barbie, Ralph, Asa, Nancy, Blaud and Christophe has an impromptu Directors meeting to discuss the needs in the community and hurricane relief.  This is a brief note from their meeting.  Barbie has also been posting pictures and notes on Facebook about her trip.  Check them out here!  We will also be posting a more in-depth report from the team in the coming days.

“Hurricane Matthew Relief

The “Rainy Season” continues to follow Hurricane Matthew contributing to flash floods and the spreading of Cholera throughout Haiti. However, MOL is doing what this Mission does best… Being the feet on the ground mission providing quality healthcare, safe water and food to the poor and needy of Haiti.

In an effort to be good stewards of Hurricane Matthew Relief Donations and to ensure that the Mission is taking care of REAL needs, Christophe has asked that the Hurricane/flood victims of the mountainous areas surrounding Jolivert be brought to the MOL Clinic to conduct needs assessments then dispense with the heart of caring through Christ Jesus.

As a result, dozens of people from the mountain communities have been coming to Clinique Jolivert daily to receive free medical care, Gayden D’lo (Safe Water Treatment), and a portion of beans, rice and oil.

Cost Breakdown:

Medical Consultation and Care: Approximately $7 (U.S.) per person
One bottle of Gadyen D’lo costs 35 cents (U.S) will purify 185 gallons
Beans, Rice and Oil: Approximately $5 (U.S.) per family

Hugs and Blessings,
Barbie Porter

Clinic Seeing More Patients Since Hurricane

Blaud Mondesir, our Haitian Mission Director, is reporting that numbers are increasing every day at the clinic due to the effects of hurricane Matthew.  Travel is difficult in remote villages that surround our community.  Many of the people can’t afford public transportation to get to the clinic and end up walking very long distances to reach help.

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Our Haitian Staff is there to serve those in need and assist however they can.  Clean water and food needs are assessed and aid is provided as made possible.

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Once Barbie, Ralph and Asa return from their trip and get settled back in, we will have a more complete report to share with everyone about the exact needs and what we can do to help our friends in the communities we serve.  Keep the prayers coming!

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The Gate at the Compound with a fresh coat of paint and the new logo!

 

April Ministry Spotlight – Eye and Ear Clinic

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In the year 2000 MOL was blessed to have Dr Asa Talbot (Lieut.Colonel, US Army Medical Corps, retired) and his lovely wife, Jean, an RN, to join us. They offered to build and staff a much-needed  eye clinic in a joint partnership.  We would supply the grounds and infrastructure and they would develop, staff, and fund the eye clinic.

At the present, some 16 years later, I’m happy to report that these two highly-committed servants of our Lord have served thousands of Haitians with a multitude of eye problems and impaired vision.  They have supplied them with medication and eye drops for problems such as eye infections and glaucoma, and have fitted hundreds with glasses.  Thanks to this devoted couple of medical professionals many people of all ages have had their vision restored; many of whom are able to read the bibles we’ve given them for the first time ever.

May God richly bless Asa and Jean for their years of hard work and sacrifice on behalf of the poor, the halt, the lame and the blind of Haiti. 

Dr Bob and Betty, Palm Bay, FL.

Interview with Asa & Jean Talbot

What brought about the Eye & Ear Clinic?

Jean and I have been with MOL since 2000 and originally worked in the general medical field with Dr, Bob and Miss Betty.  Shortly after that we noticed the critical shortage of affordable eye care. Although my training is primarily in the field of ear, nose and throat, God apparently had a different plan for our work. Years before, during my Army service, I was trained as a Naval Flight Surgeon. Since these doctors serve for months at sea on carriers they are taught to treat and refract eyes as well as give other care to the aviators. An ophthalmologist friend came into possession of the office equipment of a deceased optometrist and needed to move it on. When asked if I could use it, I immediately saw how it could become a vital ministry in a land with great needs and people with few resources. We shipped it in and set up clinic in the Steel Building (where we also slept and was the only building on the compound then). Within two years we needed dedicated space and built and equipped the current Eye/Ear Clinic.

What about the Ear part of the equation?

There has never been as great a need for ear care as opposed to eye. We are equipped to do basic office ENT and see an occasional ENT patient but we have never had the operating room or staff to do ENT surgery. For the first few years we had an audiologist with us who tested hearing and supplied hearing aids and training for the hearing impaired .but her priorities changed. We still have that capability if the Lord moves someone to pick up the thread.

MOL Eye ClinicObviously God’s hand is on this work but how are you able to continue it?

We have received donations of used equipment and have generous pharmaceutical companies who see the needs of the Third World as a humanitarian  issue and provide medications. By the Grace of God, Jean and I have been able to receive generous support from several churches and close friends, and we have been blessed to have some of our own funds provided that this work could be continued without taxing the already burdened medical clinic and mission. At the same time generous printing ministries have supplied literature which allows us to have an evangelical aspect by passing out pamphlets, witnessing to patients, supporting the adult literacy program through free exams and supplying Bibles and literature to area churches. Of course, this ministry has always been involved in the general activity of MOL in spite of being a unique medical specialty.

What do you offer the Haitian people that makes your ministry relevant?  

It is a terrible thing to not be able to see well enough to sew, read your Bible or see the blackboard in school. We offer testing of vision (as well as minor office level eye care), test and treat for glaucoma, provide glasses for those who need them (again often donated by the Lions) and arrange for complex lenses for those who need them. While there are doctors and facilities in Haiti that offer these services,  the cost for the poor is prohibitive and they do not get what they need. We also detect cataracts and other blinding problems and are hoping to one day be able to interest ophthalmologists who would be able to offer surgical solutions.

What has been the impact of your ministry?

Because we show the love of Christ to people who would otherwise not have usable sight people come from all over Haiti and the surrounding islands to be seen and told that God loves them (Jesu remen ou). We are seeing over 1200 people a year, giving glasses to some 500 and holding back the progress of glaucoma in about 350 souls. We also served the general medical needs after the earthquake and through the cholera epidemic a year later. Dr. Asa preaches every Sunday the weather allows.

Guerby examinesAs you are approaching retirement from active mission work what does the future hold?

We are trying to attract younger people in all aspects of the mission work and this one belongs to God. Jehovah Jireh  (The God Who Provides) will supply our needs. We would go on as long as we can but, although the work has not been a physical burden, the travel to and from is taxing and we cannot do what we did when we were younger. It has been our mission goal from the beginning to equip the Haitian people to succeed on their own. In keeping with this we have trained Haitians as technicians to do the basic work and are in negotiations with a young Haitian ophthalmologist about part time participation. Our Haitian staff does a wonderful job and has learned well.

If He saw the need in the beginning, He will carry the good work to completion.

 

Appreciation Dinner in Jolivert

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Merci,”or “thank you,” were the spoken words of the heart at the Missions Of Love Jolivert, Haiti Conference Center on February 19, 2016 as several Haitian staff members, pastors and friends of the Mission gathered to express gratitude to Dr. Asa and Jean Talbot, Founders of the MOL Eye & Ear Clinic and Nancy Bukovnik, Founder of the MOL Adult Literacy Program for the difference they and these programs have made in their lives over the last few years.

“It was my conception to do that for them in 2016 for the impact their work do for us here in Jolivert and in Haiti specially,” wrote Blaud Mondesir, Haiti MOL Director

“We all feel that Dr. Asa, Jean and Ms. Nancy have made a difference in our lives, so we want to say ‘thank you’ and let them know we love them.”

Music was provided by Solid, “Soldiers of Christ”

Message of Honor was given by Pastor John Robert

Highlights 2015 Spring Haiti Trip

Well, we are back again with more details about our wonderful trip to Haiti in March of 2015. It is all praises for all God did.

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1. Enthusiastic teams:
We had four from Rainier View Christian Church in Washington state who led our Haitian builders in erecting the incinerator shed, and Donah and Roberta who did a little of everything (teaching Women’s Bi-ble study, painting, working with Jean and the children’s party and whatever was needed). Asa and Jean and Nick Cleaver, a professional painter, from Valley Church of Christ in Virginia completed the group. Asa and Jean concentrated mostly on the Eye Clinic and left all of the above to do their chosen tasks.

2. About 200 children attended a party which included singing, Bible stories, health teach-ing , refreshments and small gifts. Everyone had a joyous time.
Nick is a a superb painter, and he roared through the clinics and Manba House, teaching all who would listen how to paint. Even our translators pitched in, and after he left, Horace completed many of the remaining buildings.

3. Twenty people participated in Bible studies and received Bibles at the conclusion.
Morning devotions with the group.

4. The incinerator is well thought out and constructed (see earlier note from us for picture). It will house almost any type of medi-cal incinerator, which is so needed to keep unauthorized people from having access to dangerous trash. We are now raising money to buy one which will cost between $10,000 and $20,000 for an adequate one. We have about $5,000 at present.

5. The compound gleams with white painted buildings. Nick is a a superb painter, and he roared through the clinics and Manba House, teaching all who would listen how to paint. Even our translators pitched in, and after he left, Horace, one of our Haitian staff, completed many of the remaining buildings. and all are white and clean looking again.

6. We are so grateful for our excellent and dedi-cated Haitian staff who keep the clinics and programs running all year round, and are always friendly and help-ful. They are touching lives and making a difference. The Eye Clinic alone cared for approximately 2000 people in 2014. Our hope has always been for the Haitians to run the mission and we to be a resource for advice, support and planning. It is coming to fruition.

7. Two of the local churches with whom the mission is connected, have been sending teams into the mountains with God’s Word and planting church-es. Some of the areas are steeped in Voodoo worship, but people are turning to the Lord and leaving their traditional pagan practices. It is almost like watching the 1st Century revival, and God is glorified.

From Asa and Jean Talbot

 

Asa & Jean’s Spring Report

Wishing you all a blessed celebration of our Lord’s great gift to us with his death and resurrection.  We have just arrived back from Haiti, so we will just send greetings to all and thanks to God for His grace and protection.  There is much to report but we will do that a bit later.

For now, this is the group that accompanied us and a picture of the completed incinerator shed which was one of the projects that was built by them.

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Now we need a medical incinerator capable of consuming metal, glass and wet waste with minimal toxic emissions. We would appreciate input from anyone who has knowledge or experience with that sort of thing. We need one that is up to current standards and priced at an amount within reach. We want to be careful with the monies God has entrusted to us and need to know the pros and cons of various products available, as we have little or no experience in such matters. There have been some suggestions from within the mission but are still searching for the optimal solution.

God be with you and we will be back at a later date.
Asa and Jean

20 Things To Be Grateful For……

A Report from Jean and Asa Talbot’s Trip March 14-April 3, 2014

(Not all inclusive nor in order of importance)

1. Safe and uneventful travel (in spite of the roads).

2. Vanessa (Angel Missions) housed us in PAP until we could get the bus to Jolivert. She was just back from Jolivert herself and rented the van to MOL and is working on getting Nehemie’s visa. A tireless lady!

3. Blaud, Christophe & the staff—kept things going smoothly, were always patient and cheerful and wear more hats than Bartholomew Cubbins. They drove us about, ensured meals, supplies and helped Kim Caron gather material for her Doctoral dissertation.

4. Nurse Kim who pitched in to help wherever needed—both in clinics and with children. Unfortunately, she could only stay for a week.

5. Guerby and Jerome working tirelessly and lovingly seeing patients and caring for Nehemie’s needs.

6. Translator Jean Dort meeting us at the bus station in PAP and helping us get to Jolivert and working for a week, along with our indispensable George Reynaud, who was with us for the whole time.

7. Joe Greene, Dale Breedlove, Ralph Porter and Austin Pierceson did Herculean work to get the Dental Clinic ready for patients (plumbing, wiring, windows, security bars, doors, etc). They resolved plumbing is-sues in the residence and raised the supply tank six feet to improve the water pressure.asareport1

 

8. Our dentist, Dr. Mary Gebhardt, husband Bob and Barbie Porter set up the dental clinic and treated 28 patients to cleanings and fillings on the last two days.asareport2

9. The men brought and installed the new generator. PTL for power to do God’s work.

10. Some life-giving rain which came to nourish the parched gardens.

11. The revival at Aquil where 10 young people gave their lives to Christ.

12. The work of Widson and Soldat de Christ preaching in the mountains and villages.

13. The local pastors and the Haitian people planting new churches and dispelling the darkness.

14. Our barrels arrived! Talitha Pierceson and Janna Andrews helped to unpack them, helped everywhere they were needed and held two days of VBS with 83 children each day. They ministered cheerfully and enthusiastically. It is such a joy to have young people who can keep up with the children.JannaAndrews

15. The hardworking cooks, cleaning and laundry people.

16. Holdine for agreeing to give English lessons to Jerome and Guerby.

17. The love that everyone showed to one another in the face of heat, sickness and fatigue.

18. The generous gifts of the people in the U.S. that made it all possible.

19. The example of the Haitian people, working hard and smiling in the face of adversity and poverty.

20 The grace of God Whose Hand was evident over all. As some of us age a little, He strengthens us to get done what lies before us. The wonder of Christian service is that God honors and supplies us with His strength in our weakness. Shalom