As we enter into the last months of 2016, we reflect upon the events of the year, celebrate the victories and hopefully learn from the losses. We have so many victories to celebrate! The hospital in Saint Ard continues to increase its patient census, as more and more are being helped daily to overcome the grip of disease. The new dental and eye clinic area is over 50% finished, complete with a wonderful ramp to help our mobility-challenged friends access care. Haitian prosthetist, Jean Gerard, has been hired to come to the clinic a few days each month to fabricate prosthetic legs, arms and various types of braces.
The government has granted a full hospital license for a minimum two year period contingent upon the completion of an incinerator (which is currently under construction). We also must remember our difficult times of the last year. We released to heaven our front office coordinator, Charline Joseph, who was tragically killed in a taptap accident in April.Also, each morning before the clinic officially opened, a dear saint from the local church, Frere Eliphete, prayed, sang and ministered to the waiting patients. He went to be with Jesus in October. Jonas Jean, our administrator, was in a bad auto accident in September, which resulted in some significant head trauma. He was eventually taken to the United States for completion of his medical care. These difficult times, as well as the celebrations, keep us looking to God for answers and for answered prayers. We continue to rely upon His understanding.
2017 OUR YEAR OF PRAYER FOCUS
While 2016 had both its victories and challenges, we understand that is the nature of life on this planet. Jesus knows that. We are dedicating this year, 2017, as a year of focused prayer for God’s little hospital in Saint Ard, Haiti. We pray that we are aware of His presence, His guidance and for a touch of His wisdom as we continue to seek Him in all we do and say.