Regrettably, we were unable, for the first time in 15 years, to make our regular trip to Haiti and Jolivert this past fall. It is with great pride that we cite the dedication and effort put forth by our sterling staff in keeping the clinic not only going but teeming with people needing medical help.
Guerby and Jerome Louth have filed a report for 2013 which can only be described as astonishing. Keep in mind, this is only two men.
2023 patients seen; 243 cataracts identified; 839 cases of glaucoma found and treated; 513 cases of conjunctivitis found and treated.
1023 instances of minor irritations dealt with; 81 farsighted and 168 nearsighted (mostly aging) people given needed glasses.
Currently MOL is adding a necessary building to the campus. It will house a modern pharmacy, dental clinic and office space as required by the the Haitian government and the needs of the community. Vital repairs are also being made to the existing structures. Our buildings and senior staff are getting older and will need replacing soon. There is a need for more, younger workers to come on board. On the trestleboard are plans for a surgical pavilion and its supporting utility building. The above mentioned 243 new cataracts diagnosed loudly proclaimed the need for a quality facility in which to do specialized surgery. At this time no other mission in the Northwest is able to do this.
On a less somber note, we are so happy to welcome Guerby’s new baby boy, Asaph, into our mission family. He is about 3 months old. Here is a picture of the whole family. (Mamma Geurda, “Prince” Asaph and big brother Nehemie–two years old and hard to keep still). Nehemie (Nehemiah) is having problems with his vesico-cutaneous fistula (leaking urine from his belly). He gets infected and may have to go back to PAP for more definitive care. We are still waiting for important letters of agreement from the hospital in the U.S. which has agreed to treat him for free. These are necessary to get him a medical visa. Please pray for this wonderful child of God. It can only be God’s love and the prayers of many that has brought him this far.
At this time we are working on getting things ready to ship into Haiti. Shipping is always a chance event but we work for a great God. We plan to go into Haiti on or about March 14 and stay until about April 4. So many things are happening and we are getting slower in our response time. We hope to give you more information on shipping and plans in the next web site note. Also, more about Jerome’s activities, school and church work. We continue to praise God for all the progress we have seen at the mission and in Haiti over the past 15 years.
In His Love and Grace,
Asa and Jean