Fall Clinic Report
If you are one of our ministry partners, prayer partners or have gifted MOL in one way or another over the years, you deserve to know how certain prayerful goals of our mission have come to fruition over the years, thanks to you and to the Grace of God. In this issue, I’m happy to report on one of our most sought-after of these goals: the education and job-opportunities afforded many of our neighbors in and around Jolivert. One of the earliest obstacles we encountered in developing our hugely successful clinic at Jolivert was the local citizen’s complaints that we were not hiring locals, but were bringing in Haitian professionals from other areas. The problem, of course, was that there simply were no trained medical professionals in the area at that time. We immediately saw the need to make the education and medical training needed to operate such a clinic available to as many of our neighbors as possible, so this became a priority long-range goal for our directors.
I’m most pleased to report that we’ve now put two young men through medical school and several men and women through nursing training. Our first graduate to get his medical degree was Dr. Louissaint Louis-Sez, who has now worked at Jolivert and has himself become one of our directors. He is temporarily in the States working on his licensing and credentialing needs and has devoted himself to being a major player in the operation of our clinic and leadership with MOL for years to come.
Our second graduate is Dr. Daniel Loute, a son of our good friend, Pastor Julian Loute. One of his daughters, Julie has also received her RN degree. Both of these fine young Christian professionals are currently employed at the clinic.
Another neighbor next door to our clinic, Jelines Lazard, is an especially bright young man who has received his RN degree and is now the nurse in charge of our medical outreach in the surrounding mountain communities where MOL serves hundreds who due to age or disability cannot come down to the clinic. He and others from our clinic make regular visits to these remote areas. We have great expectations of Jelines due to his exceptional leadership potential. Another outstanding “local product” is Guerby Odin,a trained and certified lab technologist who also operates our Eye clinic under Dr Asa Talbot’s supervision. He treats hundreds of eye problems each month. All of these young folks will be contributing to the health and welfare of their people for many years to come.
Our latest project is helping Wilguens Belizaire through med school in Port-au-Prince. I should note here that a medical degree can be obtained in Haiti for a tiny fraction of what similar training would cost in the U.S..
His annual tuition, for example, amounts to only about $1500 in U.S. dollars.. Still, this is $1500 we don’t have in our General Fund, and Wilguen’s future in Medicine depends entirely on help from folks like you. If we had a few more partners willing to donate $25 to $50 per month toward that goal, we could draw a huge sigh of relief. But of course, any gift no matter how small, is always hugely appreciated. Thanks, God bless all and have a wonderful coming holiday season!
Dr. Bob and “Miz Betty”