2016 Year In Review – Thank You for Your Support

MEDICAL CLINIC This year, Clinic Jolivert continued its role as a major health center directed by a Haitian physician and fully-staffed with Haitian health personnel.  The Clinic was able to provide quality healthcare and education, government-provided immunizations for children, free chloroquine and mosquito nets (provided by MALARIA FINI) to all malaria sufferers, as well as provide HIV testing, education and consultation. Because of our in-house lab, we were able to provide pregnancy tests, complete blood counts, blood sugars and urinalysis. Likewise, Clinic Jolivert was able to dispense prescriptions from our government-approved pharmacy.

GO PROGRAM This year the GO program, an orphanage alternative ministry, supported eight grandmothers who are raising and caring for their orphaned grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other youth in their family, as well as one pastor in the program who cares for orphans in his home, and one family with toddler triplets as well as three other children.

SAFE WATER for FAMILIES Gadyen Dlo, our Safe Water for Families program, is installed in over 25,000 homes in our immediate area and now in countless thousands of homes throughout Haiti since the Haitian Ministry of Health has adopted our methods and are encouraging them throughout the country and thus contributing to healthier lifestyles.

ADULT LITERACY 258 Creole Bible were awarded to students who completed the Adult Literacy Course 2015-2016 under the direction of Jackson in the Jolivert area. On Sept. 29, 2016, Jackson trained 12 new teachers for the 2016-2017 session. In Gonaives there are currently 17 Adult Literacy Classes, varying in size from 4 -12 students, under the supervision of Pastor Juanito Genada. 110 Creole Bibles have been awarded to graduates of the Adult Literacy Course in this area for 2015·2016.

This year, Nancy Bukovnik, founder of the MOL Adult Literacy Program was privileged to present a Creole Bible to an 85-year-old graduating student in Gonaives!

EYE and EAR CLINIC ln 2016 the Eye Clinic saw 2,345 patients of whom 356 were found to have cataracts, 1,098 glaucoma, 1,748 had either infection or allergy/irritation/dryness and 127 were referred for more definitive care. In October alone, thanks to Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch, 994 patients were seen and seven received cataract surgery at MOL and one had a pterygium removed from her eye.

MANBA for MALNUTRITION The Manba program is a six to eight-week nutritional program dedicated to children one to five-years old who suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. Nutritional education, medical care plus a Gayden Dlo bucket and clean water education are included. This ministry employs one worker and purchases peanuts from local farmers to produce a fortified peanut butter paste. This year 14 children graduated the program and 10 more are currently enrolled. The estimated cost to treat a child for malnutrition is approximately $99.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES for CHRIST In 2016, through the wonderful partnerships of TECH, Midmark Corp., Supplies Over Seas (S.O.S.) and individuals like Dr. Mary Gebhardt, Dr. Ann Ayre, Dr. Joe Geico and Kentucky Mountain Mission, costly and crucially needed laboratory, medical and dental equipment and supplies have been provided.
DENTAL CLINIC “The new kid on the block” in Jolivert is growing strong! With the blessed partnership of respected Haitian MSPP Dentist, Dr. Scott Rousseau, who worked alongside our American Dentist Dr. Mary Gebhardt and the rest or the dental team this Spring and headed up our very first all-Haitian dental team this Fall, we were able to provide dental care to 302 patients! Will you please help us pray that 2017 will open the door to full-time dental care at our clinic?

EMERGENCY/DISASTER RELIEF In October, $5,000 came from the U.S. to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew. This benevolence provided: $3,000 for 7,680 families to receive Gadyen Dlo safe water treatment: S 1,500 for 276 patients to receive medical care at the Jolivert Clinic, including consultations, lab tests and medicines: $500 for Bush Clinics where 560 patients were given medical attention in various affected villages.

PLANTING NEW CHURCHES Beyond practicing faith within the confines or the practical, medical. and humanitarian efforts, initiating Pastors’ and Women’s Conferences, MOL walked alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters this year via support of local church programs and the evangelical group Solidat who has helped to lead many to Christ Jesus as well as recently opened a church and a school in Belair and a church in Drijon.

OUTREACH CLINICS MOL outreach teams visited remote rural villages continuing education of community health care workers, diagnosing and treating common life-threatening illnesses (i.e. dehydration, malnutrition, malaria and parasites) as well as provided safe water for families – touching the lives of hundreds this year.

Hurricane Matthew Relief Update

beans-rice-corn-and-oilAlong with the ravishes of Hurricane Matthew came the torrential rains, flash floods and mudslides of the “Rainy Season,” and all too quickly the spread of malaria and cholera in Haiti. However, MOL being a constant feet-on-the-ground mission, did what it does on a daily basis and quickly put Hurricane Relief Funds to work providing quality healthcare, safe water and food to those in need. As a result, dozens of mountain people have been coming to the Jolivert Clinic daily to receive free medical care, Gayden D’lo (safe water treatment) and a portion of beans, rice, corn and oil.

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The results have been families regaining strength, stability, and a healthy restart. Here’s how your dollars have been used…

Jolivert Medical Clinic Healthcare Treatment (consultation, lab tests, and needed meds) Average Cost: $7 per patient

Food Portion (beans, rice, corn, and oil) $5 per family

Gadyen Dlo (safe water treatment) Cost: 35 cents per family

A little about our Safe Water Program.  Although cholera, a water-borne illness, has been spreading throughout Haiti in record-breaking numbers following Hurricane Matthew, the nucleus of Jolivert and other areas serviced by the Gadyen Dlo project (an in-house project of MOL Jolivert) have had NO cases of cholera to report! Here’s a little more to smile about…One bottle of Gadyen Dlo will purify 185 gallons of water. One bottle of Gadyan Dlo cost only 35 cents (U.S.) Therefore, $1,000 can supply safe water for 2,857 families.

From the Desk of Dr. Bob ~ Christophe’s Role at MOL

Dr. Bob’s note on Christophe’s role in our medical program.

Christophe

One of the most significant and personally satisfying results of our long years of serving in medical missions to Haiti has been the happy and gratifying witnessing of several young people who have crawled out of the poverty and ignorance surrounding them to make something of themselves.  With a little help from Betty and I, along with several others who have lent financial support to such youngsters through their association with MOL, we’ve been blessed to have watched as many of these kids grew into mature adults to become medical technologists, nurses, and even doctors.  More importantly, they’ve become leaders in a new and modern Haitian culture where voodoo and black magic have been replaced by the saving grace of Jesus Christ and a Christian ethic which is gradually changing the face, the future, the very destiny of Haiti.  by young leaders such as these.  Christoph Velcine is a perfect example.

We first met Christophe at his mom’s small and very modest home in the sleepy little village of Dufaille, high in the mountains above Port-au-Prince.  He was, as I recall, a shy and modest, gangly— even downright skinny— young teenager. He, his mom and his twelve-year-old sister, Yvrose, invited us to sit down to dinner with them when we’d dropped by for a visit at Yvrose’s request.  It consisted of a single bowl of a gruel made from boiled “piti-mi”—a local grain similar to milo, the grain we use to feed our livestock.  His mom, with pained expression, apologized for that being all she had to offer.

Long story short: we eventually sent Yvrose off to nursing school which she graduated from near the top of her class, and ultimately came to work for us at Clinique Jolivert.  She proved to be an exceptionally well-trained R.N., highly skilled in all aspects of medical care including the suturing of wounds and the delivering of babies.  While serving as our nursing director under Betty’s supervision, she met an American missionary, Kendall Johnson, also serving at Jolivert at the time; fell in love with him, married him, and returned with him to his home in Winchester, Kentucky where he died prematurely of liver disease, and where she then resided as an American citizen.  But the intense needs of her people led her to return to Haiti where she now runs a small medical clinic and a Christian church school of her own, with help from one of the Christian churches in the Lexington area.

Christophe himself won the heart of one of our lady missionaries from the Pleasant Ridge area who committed to putting him through lab school.  Soon thereafter, he became an employee of our mission clinic at Jolivert, and the rest, of course, is history.  A man for all seasons, Christophe juggles about as many programs and projects as any health professional I have ever met.  Apart from his many duties as clinic director, he has headed up our outreach program for sick children in the remote mountainous areas surrounding Jolivert, and is also the director of our highly successful safe water program, now being touted by WHO and other leading relief organizations as being one of the most cost-efficient, yet simplistic water purification programs to be found anywhere in the Third World.  It now brings clean and potable water to tens of thousands of homes all over Haiti. He is a devoted Christian family man with a lovely wife—who is also a medical technologist and MOL employee– and three delightful children.  We simply could not possibly be any prouder of him.

~ Dr. Bob Johnson

Ministry Spotlight – Medical Clinic

Nearly 25 years ago, Dr. Robert Johnson and his wife/nurse, Betty, of Hartford, KY, purposed it in their hearts that they would serve The Lord through their gifts, talents and careers in the rural Artibonites of Haiti along the Les Trois Rivieres. Although they began their humble mission providing medical care and sleeping outdoors while on brief mission trips, within a few years, along with the support and generosity of others, they had acquired land and built a metal building to house Jolivert’s own Missions Of Love Medical Clinic.

Christophe training a lab tech in 2003

Christophe training a lab tech in 2003

In 1992, a young man named Christophe Velcine had been touched by the love, dedication, and hard work of The Johnson’s and became a member of Missions Of Love staff. “Dr. Bob and Miss Betty inspired me to become a missionary,” said Christophe Velcine as to why he began working at the then-newly developing Christian medical mission. By 2000, Christophe had completed his studies and began working full-time at the MOL Medical Clinic as a Medical Lab Technician.

As more American medical teams continued to visit the MOL campus bringing with them advanced medical education, technology and supplies, and sharing the love of Jesus, the Haitian community began to trust and respect Dr. Bob and Miz Betty, the visiting missionaries, and Missions Of Love.

The Mission continued to grow…

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As did Christophe’s responsibilities. In addition to being a Lab Tech, Christophe also began helping MOL Director, Blaud Mondesir, earning the title of Assistant Director. When the Mission grew to include many more programs, ministries and mission teams, Dr. Bob offered the position of MOL Clinic Director to a now-experienced Christophe. “I was so pleased to receive it!” Christophe recalled, “I had been well-training and had been helping Blaud for a long time, so I was ready.”

“My role changed,” explained Christophe. “When I was a working as a Lab Tech, I just focused on lab works. But, now as Administrator of the Medical Clinic I supervise all the sections, Consultation, Lab, Pharmacy, oversee equipment, perform weekly inventories, control the Clinic finances, conduct staff meetings, maintain constant relationship with community leaders, the MSPP (government health minister) and others who intend to work with MOL. Now, I must be open to in order to make it all work effective.”

Five reasons Christophe loves his job…

“The Medical Clinic has made a huge difference in Jolivert, because of these reasons,” said Christophe.

1.) Physical: Now, the community is healthier. No children die at age three or before because of lack of medical care or no education on preventable diseases.

2.) Education: More children go to school and university. That helps them to be independent and to help themselves and their families.

3.) Socially: Because of the years of working with the government, Jolivert is well known by the government and the International Community, which it was not before. (It is good to work with the government in Haiti.)

4.) Spiritually: Because of the gospel (brought through Missions Of Love and its missionaries), more people get out of the darkness (of Voodoo) and superstition and now have freedom to experience the life and hope that Jesus give.

5.) But, for me, I work for Missions Of Love because as the primary mission of MOL is to serve and show the love of Jesus Christ, so MOL gives me the opportunity to serve and show the love of Jesus Christ.

24 Years of Positive Change

“When we first started working full-time at the Jolivert Clinic in 2000, we saw an average of 70 – 80 patients a day,” recalled Christophe. “The studies showed that most of the patients had preventable diseases, so we began to start prevention programs like Safe Water, daily health education, and home visits for follow up care. That reduced completely the number of our patients. Today, we average about 20 patients a day, treating common things like thyphoid, malaria, parasites, high blood pressure, blood sugar, anemia, UTI, STD’s, HIV testing, counseling and care. And, we only charge a small fee for those who can pay, to help us to maintain the clinic and keep it sustainable.”

Looking Ahead

MOL Jolivert Medical Clinic

MOL Jolivert Medical Clinic

“I hope in the future to be able to give better care to community,” said Christophe as he shared his wish list. “We hope to one day have X-ray available, be able to perform all lab tests, have a full-time dentist, equipment to keep the yard clean and safe, an incinerator to properly dispose of medical waste, an ambulance for emergencies, and to have medical and dental teams come in frequently to continue to share their knowledge, love and wisdom. And, I know that with God all this is possible.”

Angel Training – Vitamin Angels that is!

Missions of Love tries to engage our employees in training whenever possible.  This is a group that attended the Vitamin Angels Haiti Field Partner Networking Summit in Port au Prince.  Our Nurse Jeliness was able to attend the Summit and gain vital information and training.  You will find Jeliness in the third row up from the bottom on the very far right hand side.  He’s the one in the white plaid shirt.

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Exciting New Partnership – Vitamin Angels

Missions of Love is excited to announce we are partnering with Vitamin Angels!  This program is a blessing to our Outreach Clinics and our bush clinics where we are able to reach those who would otherwise not have any healthcare services.

angelFrom the Vitamin Angels website:

.For over 20 years, Vitamin Angels has been helping at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals

Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to undernutrition. We are changing that.

We target at-risk populations without regular access to facility-based health services through a network of international and local NGOs—our field partners—who have a local presence and intimate understanding of the community being served. In doing so, every project is tailored to the individual needs of the population being served while using proven interventions delivered consistent with accepted best practices.

Thank You Vitamin Angels!!