Sunday, December 30, 2007

Photos - Coram Deo Workers

Francois is our gatekeeper from Monday to Friday. He is a kind man who communicates well with the people who come to our gate. He is a strong christian and active in his church.

Yonel is our Sunday morning gatekeeper. His son has a cleft lip/palette and we are looking for medical care for him. Yonel has some eye problems as well that we are helping him with. We want his eyesight to be good so he can spot the thieves trying to enter the yard! He is a kind man as well (except when he is chasing a thief out of the yard with his machete!)

Lukner has helped me right from Coram Deo's beginnings. He enjoys helping people and is a good problem solver when we encounter obstacles in finding medical care for sick kids. He also helps the gatekeeper on Sunday mornings watching over the yard. This photo was taken on one of our visits to Cite Soleil. He has family that live in the Ti-Ayiti area.

Friday, December 28, 2007

haiti update - december 28, 2007

“There will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, “You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” (Deut. 15:11)

The year 2007 has been a year of changes for Haiti and also for Coram Deo. With a functioning government in place Haiti is making steps to move forward. With the assistance of the UN and training of new police officers the security environment is much improved at the end of the year. Pray for continuing improvements for 2008 and that the country can continue to move forward. This year has also been one of changes for everyone here at Coram Deo. We look forward to continue to serve Him in helping the poor of Haiti. We lift out a hand to help those in need. We don’t know what God’s plans are for 2008 but we know for sure that our hand will be open to the people here in Haiti working by His grace and strength.
The Haitian government held several gatherings over Christmas. President Preval hosted a Christmas party for handicapped children. He made a plea to the gangs to stop kidnapping children. While kidnapping rates have gone down compared to last year kidnappers are now primarily targeting children. Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis hosted a Christmas party at the Carrefour sport center for children in the community. He explained to the children what Christmas is and told them that “The bible tells us that Christmas is the time of year to celebrate the birth of Jesus who was sent to save us from our sins”. It is good to hear the leaders of the country openly acknowledge who Jesus is. Pray for those in government as they lead the country forward.
On the street around Coram Deo it was pretty busy around Christmas. With the new depot across the street music was blaring throughout the night and quite a few drunken people were dancing on the street throughout the night and on Christmas day too. We made sure the gate was closed so that none would come stumbling into the yard! Jacob went home to visit with his uncle and family for the first time in 2 years and he was happy to be able to spend some time with them. Benson had a visit from his brother Emmanuel and we are trying to arrange for him to spend some time with his aunt and family as well.
We renewed the insurance on the pickup truck this week and it took 6 hours to do so. It used to be easy and well organized at the government insurance office but now it is chaos. There are a couple of new procedures to follow now before insurance can be renewed. An “expertise” must be done where an inspector checks the serial and motor number of the car. The difficult thing is to find an inspector. They stand out on the street in front of the insurance office. Because this is new everyone has to search for an inspector. I just looked for a vehicle with the front hood up and finally found one willing to check the numbers. It was an hour wait for the office people to check the number he wrote with the number they have on file. After this we had to go to another office called “informatique” where they check to make sure that all the information is recorded on the computer. This process took an hour. At both of these offices when they hand back the papers everyone crowds around the official and he announces the names and passes the papers back through the crowd. After the “informatique” office gives back the paper it is now time to stand in line to pay for insurance. The problem is that racketeers are in cahoots with the security people and keep getting let in to the front of the line. People waiting in line get angry and there is some pushing as people try to hold their place. This took a couple of hours before we finally got to the front of the line. It was a good workout! At least I have insurance for another year on the pickup truck and only have to go through this process once a year!
Loudrije came to the house on Christmas morning with a bad burn on the back of her leg. We have been changing the dressings every day and the burn is starting to heal. Before coming to us she put a “home remedy” on the burn. It was some sort of laundry soap/bleach powder that is supposed to dry up the burn. On the first dressing we had to remove all this blue stuff.
Emmanuella never recovered after surgery to remove her shunt and she died early Sunday morning. The hospital on Airport Rd. doesn’t have a morgue so we brought her to the morgue at the downtown General Hospital. Pray for the Marcellus family during this time of loss.
My nephew John is out of the hospital and doing well after having the shunt tubing revised in his abdomen. Pray that the shunt continues to function well and for no infection.
The month of December has also been a busy time for cocaine shipments into Haiti. The government announced that for the first 15 days of December 4 planeloads of cocaine entered the country using clandestine airstrips. 2 shipments arrived at Madras, 1 at Anse-a-Pitre and 1 at Flamond. They estimate that each shipment carries one tonne of cocaine. The plane is destroyed after unloading. All terrain vehicles are used to transport the cargo and the community around the airstrips refuse to co-operate with authorities. Sometimes shipments are dropped by bales into the sea and picked up by speed boats as well. There is not much the government can do to stop these activities as they lack resources and personnel to do such a task.
A UN task force uncovered a problem of corruption and mismanagement involving millions of dollars in contracts for fuel, food, construction and other materials used by UN peacekeeping operations in Congo and Haiti. 5 UN employees in Haiti were charged with misconduct after the task force established that they had steered a 10 million dollar a year fuel contract to a Haitian company.
That’s all the news for today. Have a blessed New Year!
Karen Bultje

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Photos - John

This is my nephew John. This photo is more than a year ago so he has grown some since this picture. He will be traveling to the Shriners Hospital in Montreal in 2008 to get surgery to straighten his feet. Right now he can't go in his stander because of his feet. Hopefully after this surgery is done he can continue with his therapy and strengthen his legs.

While awaiting surgery on Friday to revise the shunt due to the blockage in the tubing by his abdomen the doctors periodically drained off fluid from the shunt valve. The bulge on the left side of his head is the shunt valve. He always made sure to say thank you when the doctors used a needle. He's a fun kid to be around!

He can manoeuver himself around good and is active. Pray he recovers from his most recent surgery without any ill effects and also for good health as his upcoming orthopedic surgery date approaches.

Haiti Update - December 22, 2007

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:1-6

Christians the world over celebrate Christmas by remembering God’s gift to us of a savior, Jesus Christ. This past week Manu and Jacob and the children of Christian Light School, which is a mission school directed by Sheri put on a Christmas program. Each class sang Christmas songs that they had learned. The kids enjoyed putting on the program and the parents enjoyed watching them. Now there is Christmas break for all the schools until January 7th. I’ll have to think up some things to keep them occupied until then!
I helped another organization get a medical visa this week for Brenda who is a baby with hydrocephalus. She will be leaving for the United States after Christmas.
Emerson Simplice had his cleft lip/reconstructive surgery and is now recuperating at the home of his host family. The surgery took all day and he was only in the hospital for 2 days. We don’t have a photo yet of what his new face looks like but we are eagerly awaiting one. His family is happy that the operation went well.
Junior Pierre’s hands are healing well. Dr. Ed came over this week and removed a damaged fingernail and that morning Junior removed the last large crust connected to his thumb. He now helps around the house by raking the yard early in the morning. He is enjoying being able to use his hands and told me that he wants to be an artist. We give the Lord thanks that now that his hands are healing he will be able to pursue this dream.
We found out this week that another of the hydrocephalus children recently operated on died at home. The child’s name was Betlove Jean Pierre. From what was told to me the suture site from the ventriculoscopy opened up and the CSF fluid from the brain leaked out quickly. The family didn’t know enough to put pressure on the site and he then died from the loss of CSF fluid.
Emmanuella saw the neurosurgeon who was in charge of the post-op process but he told the mother that she needed to see a pediatrician first. She was in bad shape so we went in search of a hospital Like Mary’s search for a place to deliver her child we searched for a hospital. Hydrocephalus is a medical problem that hospitals are not eager to see. Because the surgery was done by the Miami medical team the state hospital downtown won’t accept the case. The state hospital on Delmas 33 where the surgeries were done was not an eager participant in the surgical and post-op process. Doctors, nurses and even the administration did not want anything to do with these kids so we couldn’t go there either. We then went to a children’s mission hospital on Tabarre and this hospital said no as well. Our last option was Bernard Mevs Hospital on Airport Rd. I spoke with the 2 doctors who run the hospital and explained the problems with the post-op process and they had already heard about them. I told them that the people involved with the state hospital didn’t want anything to do with helping these kids and the doctors kindly said that they would give the green light to any hydrocephalus children in need of post-op care. Emmanuella was admitted and the shunt was removed later in the afternoon. Now Emmanuella is receiving antibiotics and can hopefully recover from this ordeal. We give the Lord thanks that there are caring medical people who are willing to help hydrocephalus children.
My sister Tanya just received confirmation that her adopted Haitian son John got his immigration papers issued after waiting 11 years. John went to Canada 11 years ago for surgery to treat his hydrocephalus. His head circumference then was 83 cm. He has had a few surgeries since that time and has grown to be a big boy! Because of the wait to get his first surgery there was some neurological damage and he has some handicaps because of this but he is very vocal and the class clown! Handicapped people face a challenge of immigrating to Canada. They are basically not welcome and their files are flagged with the same code as dangerous criminals and terrorists. It took 11 years of battling government bureaucracy and red tape between Haiti and Canada but John can now officially be a resident of Canada! Because Canada has a public health system all his medical care had to be paid for and we give the Lord thanks for the generous donations over the years for John’s care. He will be able to receive a public health card in 3 months. The problem is that this week he started vomiting and it was determined on Thursday that the shunt was blocked. An emergency surgery was done on Friday afternoon and he is now recovering in the hospital. They measured the pressure in his brain on Thursday and it was in the 30’s level and normal is around 12. This is why he had the vomiting. Periodically during the day on Friday they removed fluid from the shunt valve as his respirations were starting to be affected by the pressure. He is a very cooperative patient. Every time the doctors used a needle he always said “thank-you” when they were done. He is making everyone laugh. He even tells the hospital staff when a word is said that he thinks is bad. They asked him who taught him about the “bad words” and he proudly said “my grandfather!”. Pray that the public health card 3-month waiting period can be waived. Looks like the red tape isn’t finished yet! Pray for healing mercies for John and that he can continue with his spirit of encouragement to all those around him.
The Haitian government has been pushing the problems of handicapped people living in Haiti since President Preval’s speech of May 17, 2007. Dr. Michel Pean, who is Secretary of State for the Integration of Handicapped People is happy that the problems of exclusion that the handicapped are faced with are being considered by the state. On December 14th there was an honor ceremony put on by the Ministry of Education in recognition of the handicapped who successfully passed the state exams at the 6eme AF, 9emeAF, rheto and philo levels. In the newspaper there was a photo on the front page of a girl writing her exam using her foot as she had no arms. Pray for continued government action for the rights of the handicapped. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Beyond Borders) announced on December 17th that they are ending their operations in Cite Soleil at the St. Catherine Hospital because of the improvement in the security. Responsibility for this hospital will be handed back to the Haiti Ministry of Health at the end of the year. During the time that Medecins Sans Frontieres ran the hospital they treated over 100,000 cases and delivered more than 1,500 babies. They will focus on other parts of the city now and are calling on other organizations to step in and continue funding treatment within Cite Soleil. We at Coram Deo would like to thank everyone for their support this year and wish everyone a Blessed Christmas!
Karen Bultje, Coram Deo

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Photos - Hydrocephalus Children

We were at Bernard Mevs Hospital located off of Airport Rd today and saw Stephanie St. Fleur who was operated on a year ago as part of the hydrocephalus program. She was born with spina bifida. It is good to see her healthy and developing well. She has a shunt and because the operation was done while she was a young infant her head size is normal.

We also saw Schnaido Fortune in the hospital there as well. He was hospitalized after having a seizure. He has been in an orphanage near the airport for the last couple of years. He is resting in this photo and was discharged later in the afternoon.

Phoebee Etienne is a child from the most recent hydrocephalus surgeries. She is doing well. We give the Lord thanks for children who get through the post-op process problem free. After the surgeries are over we only usually see the problem cases so it is great when we see healthy and developing children!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Photos - Christmas Play

Today was the christmas program at the school that Manu and Jacob attend. The name of the school is Christian Light School and it is run by Sheri, who is an American missionary. The curriculum is based on the Abeka home schooling program and the children also study creole and french. Manu is in grade 3 this year.

Jacob is in Grade 2 this year. All the classes sang well and they sang songs in creole, french and english.

There was a skit performed of the christmas story. One of the children was the donkey but he got scared in front of all the parents and wouldn't budge!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Photos - Christmas Donation, Emmanuella

We were blessed this week with a donation of Feed My Starving Children food that was distributed by Love a Child. These rice food packets are complete meals that also contain soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and spices. This means we don't have to buy rice and this food is also more nutritious too! This is Fedner unloading the pickup.

As part of the christmas donations were also 6 boxes of McDonalds toys. These are the children living here at Coram Deo (from left to right - Manu, Benson, Jacob, Sammy, Paulna). This large quantity enables us to also help the children of Willy and Joel's schools in Cite Soleil, Pastor Pierre's church and school in the mountains of Kenscoff and even Pastor Octave's school across the street enjoy a christmas gift.

The poor have a struggle to provide for their families. With the regular food donations we are able to continue to share with those in need. The young baby, Emmanuella was recently operated on in the last round of hydrocephalus surgeries. Keep the Marcellus family in prayer and that 2008 will be better for them.

Emmanuella has a post-op problem. It started out as a small pin sized black skin discoloration over the shunt. Now the skin opening has widened to this size and the shunt valve is exposed. Tomorrow she is seeing the haitian neurosurgeon who is handling the post-op care for the hydrocephalus program. Pray that things can be arranged so that he can remove the shunt quickly.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

photos - medical cases

This is a photo of Emerson Simplice living it up in the USA!

Here is a photo of Pharah Simeon and her mother. I tried to get a photo of her holding onto her bottle but she wasn't hungry and not interested to hold onto it.

Here is a photo of Fritzlo. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

This is a photo of Junior Pierre, happy to be off the streets.

Junior has a severe case of Norwegion crusted scabies on his hands. Gradually these crusts will fall off after treatment but he may still have some deformity of a couple of fingers.

haiti update - december 12, 2007

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.” Psalm 33:4,5

Hi! It’s been a busy few weeks. For Christians, Christmas is a time to remember the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but for others it means something else. In Haiti, criminal activity increases as criminals prepare for a festive Christmas and New Years. In order for them to celebrate they need money and resort to stealing to get it. We had our second experience a couple of weeks ago with the “Judas Gang”. While we were at church 3 thieves tried to break into the house again but this time they didn’t succeed. After the first break-in, I asked Lukner if he could be there with the gatekeeper on Sunday mornings so that the gatekeeper wouldn’t be by himself in the yard. I also gave them a couple of machetes to protect themselves with. Around 10:00am the Judas gang entered into the yard by climbing the low wall on the side of our property. The gatekeeper heard a thud when one of them landed and got up to see what the noise was. He asked the thief what he was doing in the yard and the thief reached into his knapsack and pulled out a knife and he then started approaching the gatekeeper. The gatekeeper raised his machete in defense and Lukner came running from the back. When the thief saw this he turned and ran to the back wall and climbed over it. Because there is broken glass along the top of the wall he got injured. 2 of the thieves ran by the Delmas 31 market area. The thief dropped his knapsack there which was later found. Inside it was a hacksaw. Some people did grab them thinking they were thieves but these guys talked their way out of being caught by saying that they were running away from a gambling discussion. The 3rd guy jumped over the barrier at the front of the property and ran down the street. We give the Lord thanks that the workers here at the house didn’t get hurt and that the computer my dad brought with him didn’t get stolen. The 1st and 2nd break-ins are related and we now know all the details of what happened and the identities of those involved. Pray for the police investigation and that I can get my computer back. Pray also for the preparations of a work team that is coming to Haiti to make the wall higher and to make the yard more “thief-proof”. This will most likely be done in February 2008.
Workers from the mayor’s office caused some problems on our street corner too. One morning they came and started smashing the tables of the food vendors on the corner. The people got angry and in return smashed the windshield of the vehicle the mayor’s workers drove. A friend of Lukner’s has a small display stand and he asked if he could keep it in the yard until the problems were over. I charged him rent of a couple of batteries that I needed for the clock. After a while things calmed down and the next day the food vendors were back in place!
On December 13th Emerson Simplice gets his cleft lip/reconstructive surgery. Keep him and the doctors in prayer. It will be great to see his new face!
Pharah Simeon is a hydrocephalus baby that may be getting the opportunity to travel to the United States for brain surgery. Her head circumference is now around 80 cm but she can hold a baby bottle and drink by herself. Pray things can be set up for her.
This past week a couple of babies died. Sammie Bernier, the spina bifida baby operated on from the recent hydrocephalus surgeries died. The shunt failed. A young mother came to our gate a couple of weeks ago with a tiny baby. His name was Fritzlo and he was 2 months old and very skinny. I asked Dorothy if she could look after him. Her ministry is to help babies in need. After medical testing was done it was determined that the baby was in kidney failure. The Lord called him home on Saturday morning.
Junior Pierre, a 14 year old street kid came by our gate a couple of weeks ago. He was at the gate the time I was bringing Manu and Jacob to school and he didn’t say anything. He followed behind us on the walk to school and after we arrived at school I turned and asked him why he was following us. He had his hands tucked inside his pockets. He said that he was sick and then showed me his hands. They were not in good shape. Ed, a missionary doctor came and saw him and he arranged for a dermatologist to see him. It was then that we found out that he had Norwegian crusted scabies. He has had this now for 2 years without medical treatment and it was very advanced. Now he is getting a medicated skin cream on his hands and most of the crusts have fallen off. He now is starting to get use of his fingers again and is thankful for this. He is living with us for the the next while. He is also thankful to be off the streets. His home for the last few years was the street behind the television station on Delmas. After his mother died noone else in his extended family would take him in so he has been left to fend for himself on the streets of Port-au-Prince the last few years. Originally he is from Cap Haitien. He is also illiterate because he has never been to school. Pray for his medical treatment and that a home can be found for him.
The next round of hydrocephalus evaluations will most likely be in January. We already have 9 children registered in these next evaluations. Pray for the preparations being made.
In 2000 a Global Campaign for Education was made by all the countries of the world. The goal is that by the year 2015 every child has access to an education. At this midway point a progress report was made and unfortunately Haiti is in last place out of 178 countries with a score of 2 out of 100. The bottom 5 nations are Haiti, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Micronesia and the Central African Republic. The top 5 developing countries are Mauritius, Latvia, Uruguay, Hungary and Slovakia. Now that the security situation in Haiti is improving maybe better efforts can now be made to develop the education system of the country’s children.
This week a new electoral council has been put into place by the president. An election of 1/3 of the senate seats was supposed to be held in November 2007. Problems with the electoral council caused the temporary postponing of these elections. These problems were because other council members accused the president, secretary and treasurer of the council of embezzling funds and plotting to have a fellow member killed. With the new electoral council in place the senatorial election plans can now proceed.
That’s all the news for today. Have a good day!
Karen Bultje

Monday, November 26, 2007

Photos - Haiti Wildlife

All the hydrocephalus children have now been discharged from the hospital. Now the only kid left in the empty pediatrics room is the one eyed goat.

It has been a busy time lately with visitors and everyone here wanted to make sure that we didn't scare them off. I went hunting with the children around the house and yard and we had a bountiful harvest! Here is Manu holding his pet rat.
We did a lot of mice chasing and here is the fruit of our efforts.
When one of the visitors was here they asked about tarantulas and where they went when it rained. I told them they found somewhere dry to hide. Here is one of them.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Photos - New Hydrocephalus Patients

This baby has something growing out of the back of her head. A cat scan was done and we are waiting for the doctors opinion of what this is.

This hydrocephalus child has never been operated on but has good neurological function. It's amazing to see a case like this.

This baby was not very happy getting her picture taken.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Photos - Dad in Haiti

My father is in Haiti and I am keeping him busy. Sunday afternoon we brought Maudlin Thomas and his mother to their home. Maudlin has recovered from his bout of meningitis. His mother out of thanks gave us this gift of coconuts.

He brought another laptop computer with him to replace the one that was stolen. The computer also comes with a big stick as a security accessory.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Photos - Hydrocephalus Children Still in Hospital

There are still 3 children still in hospital recovering from post-op problems. This is Maudlin Thomas. He had fever and seizures for a week due to meningitis and finally was put on iv antibiotics and he is starting to improve.

This is Jeannot Manasseh and his mother. He was originally discharged but was readmitted with fluid from the brain leaking from the incision site in his head and also with fever and seizures. He is now doing good and the mother is waiting for the doctor to discharge him once again.

This is Sammie Bernier a one month old baby who was operated on for spina bifida and associated hydrocephalus. Both incision sites are infected and she is currently leaking fluid from the incision site in her abdomen. This fluid I think is from the brain. She has a shunt and it looks like she will have to get it removed. She is on iv antibiotics as well. The children are not getting much attention from hospital staff and much prayer is needed for them. Pray for Sammie's mother as she is getting discouraged from the lack of medical attention.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Photos - Cite Soleil - Ti-Ayiti district

Cite Soleil is a large slum of around 300,000 people which starts at Rte. Nationale #1 and stretches out to the sea. It is separated into 34 districts. Ti-Ayiti is one of these districts. One side is bordered by a canal. Water and garbage flow down the streets of Port-au-Prince and end up in canals leading to the sea. It doesn't make for healthy living for the people residing in this area.

The canal is full and covered in garbage. When it rains the canals overflow to where people build their homes. The people in this area are very poor and sewage waste gets dumped into this area as well.

The majority of the houses are tin shacks in poor condition

This is another shot of the canal leading to the sea. In the distance are fisherman who are ready to set out to lay down their crab traps.

Monday, November 12, 2007

photos - Canadian Visitors - November 12, 2007

We made a little excursion to Paulna's village while the visitors were here. Because of all the recent rains the road was one big mud bowl so we parked the pick-up and walked in. Up ahead are the cane fields that we had to detour through to avoid most of the mud. It was a fun walk. The name of the village is Bonnette.

Inside the village were a lot of resting sheep and some healthy looking turkeys. It would have been nice to take one home to eat.

The visitors brought along a big sack of clothing, toys and candy. Right here everything looks quite orderly but it didn't last for long!

That night everyone was treated to smores. When they first arrived Manu had asked Marlene if they were going to have marmalade. She bought some at the store the next day but he was surprised to see it. What he really meant was smores. They got to stuff their faces with smores the last evening. Everyone enjoyed them.

Haiti Update - November 12, 2007

… The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galations 5:6

Hi! It’s been awhile since I was able to write an update. It hasn’t been because things have been busy here but because my laptop computer and cash box with all the money and my identification broke out of my room and fled to parts unknown. This all happened last Sunday morning while everyone was at church. We have a gatekeeper for Sunday and 3 individuals got into the yard with a lie. My sister Tanya stayed home from church because she was feeling sick and I was at the hospital. At 10:00 am there was a knock at the gate and the gatekeeper saw a young person who said that she came to speak with us about papers for a medical visa and that she was waiting for another young man whose name I will change to Judas. He told her he couldn’t open the gate for her but she begged to be let in and said that she would sit and wait for everyone to come back from church. He was just shutting the door when Judas pushed through and shoved past the gatekeeper. They were in the yard awhile and Judas got up to head toward the kitchen door. The gatekeeper told him he couldn’t approach the house and he replied that he was only going to wash his feet. My sister was at the door to the house and saw him and talked with him. The 3 people in the yard were all known at Coram Deo because in the past they all were helped with medical and/or education needs. Tanya asked Judas why he was there at that time (it was the time people in Haiti are in church). He replied he was there to see the visitors. She talked with him a little while and then eventually the 3 young people in the yard left. They never did wait until the visitors came back. I arrived back home at 11:30 from the hospital and saw that the laptop computer was missing. The file cabinet was also smashed open and the cash box was missing. This proves that the persons who committed the crime knew exactly where to find the stuff. I contacted the police and they are now in the process of conducting an investigation. They believe that as many as 5 people were involved in this theft. Tanya was able to identify Judas and when the police questioned him he supplied the names of the other two. It is frustrating when people bite the hand that fed them but God will judge in the end. Pray for Judas and his buddies that they change their hearts and mend their ways and for the police as they conduct their investigation.
One of the things that the thieves didn’t steal was my old Windows 98 computer. It was sitting on top of the kitchen cupboard with a broken power button. The fact that this computer wasn’t taken as well only goes to prove that the thieves knew it wasn’t working and shows that the thieves knew the house. I took it over this week to the computer repair shop and they removed the broken power button. You just have to stick something inside the open space to push the contact area to turn on the computer. I use a Qtip because it is softer than other things that I could use. I figure that I have designed a new model. I call it the Compa-Qtip. After you power up the computer you can use the Qtip to clean out your ears! It’s great to email and surf the web again!
Recently 25 children received operations for their hydrocephalus. Things went well until the medical team left. That afternoon the hospital director said that there was only a 4 day contract signed with the Ministry of Health and there would no longer be nurses assigned to the childrens care. We ended up on Wednesday to hire nurses so that the children would get care. It was also a real blessing the my sister and the rest of the crew were there to help. Without them things would have really fallen apart. The doctors at the hospital refused to look at the children who had post-op problems. The haitian neurosurgeon came in and discharged patients that could go home but he was battling hospital bureaucracy too. He went to the Ministry of Health and the Minister of Health himself came to the hospital last Thursday to order the hospital staff to look after the children. A couple of times the hospital staff shut off the water so that the mothers had no water to bathe themselves or their children. There was one evening when a hospital worker came in and told the mothers to leave the room because they were not allowed to rest on the extra beds in the room. He told them that they had to sleep on the floor. The mothers didn’t listen and I told them if they tried it again to call me on the phone. There was some iv antibiotic medicines left by the team to be used for the post-op treatment of the children. A nurse got them from the storage room and put them on the desk in the room. Within a couple of minutes other nurses came by and stole them all. I went into the other pediatric room and told the nurse there that I knew that nurses came in and took the medicine away for "safekeeping" and asked for a vial. She told me that she would give me one this one time only and pulled one out of the cabinet. On Sunday we needed more so I went back to the room and didn’t ask this time. I just walked up to the medicine cabinet and told the resident doctor that I needed the antibiotic and took it. She looked angry but didn’t stop me. During the surgeries the medical team had problems finding iv poles to hang up the fluids after the children came back to their beds from surgery. The nurse that I talked too said that I would have to talk with administration and ask them. There was nobody in administration so I went on a search to other areas of the hospital and took some from the other rooms. I made sure that it wasn’t already in use though before it was removed. It was great fun sneaking down the hallways with iv poles under my arm. I did this several times and never got caught once! There are 3 children still hospitalized, Maudlin, Manasseh and Sammie. Keep them in prayer and pray for healing mercies as they deal with post-op infections. No matter what the problems that are here in Haiti it is great to help these kids and families with Christian love. Here is a poem that explains what it is and how we should serve God with it. Have a good day!


An ardent spirit dwells with Christian love,
The eagle’s vigour in the pitying dove.
‘Tis not enough that we with sorrow sigh.
That we the wants of pleading man supply,
That we in sympathy with sufferers feel,
Nor hear a grief without a wish to heal;
Not these suffice – to sickness, pain and woe,
The Christian spirit loves with aid to go;
Will not be sought, waits not for want to plead,
But seeks the duty – nay, prevents the need;
Her utmost aid to every ill applies,
And plants relief for coming miseries.

George Crabbe 1754-1832

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Route 9-Cite Soleil - November 1, 2007

Here is a photo with the crew and the Brazilian UN at the Lycee in Cite Soleil. Elizabeth speaks portuguese so she talked with them and the soldiers invited everyone to join them on their patrol. Marlene was the driver and Elizabeth directed the troops.

We went down Route 9 where the flooding was and the banana crops were damaged. Over 1200 people took refuge from the flooding at the state secondary school (Lycee) that we visited. We talked with the people and heard their stories of what they went through. They just want the rains to stop and everything to dry up.

Erosion from the waters ate away at part of this path. Houses were also destroyed.

This family is trying to channel away the water from in front of their home. They had been doing this since dawn working with the hope of redirecting the flow of water away from their home.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Toilet Baby - October 31, 2007

My sister Tanya and the rest of the crew were kept busy today at the hospital. The surprise of the day was when the police and a couple of citizens brought in a newborn infant that had been thrown into an outhouse toilet. A haitian couple had heard sounds of a baby crying coming from the bottom of the toilet. He looked inside and then climbed into it to get the baby out. The baby was cut and banged up from the fall into the toilet and was covered in "poop". Tanya and Marlene bathed the baby and it still stank. It is now in an incubator and receiving iv antibiotics. They gave him the name of "Dieudonne" (Gift of God). Pray for his ongoing medical treatment.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

photos - hydrocephalus surgeries - october 31,2007

This is a photo of Marie at 1 day of age. Her head circumference at birth was 50cm. She started her life with an already developed hydrocephalus. She was born on Saturday morning and the family brought her to Hopital La Paix that afternoon. A cat scan was done on Sunday and surgery was done to put in a shunt on Monday morning. We give the Lord thanks for the timing of her birth and the coincidence of her arrival at the hospital when the visiting surgical team from Miami was there.

This is a photo of Marie after surgery. Her head has sunken in quite a bit and the 4 bone plates in her head are loose. In a couple of weeks they will start to join together. Holding her head is like holding a cracked egg shell.

This is a photo of Wilbenson and his mother. I met them a couple of months ago on a visit to Cite Soleil. He is doing well and happy 1 day after surgery!

This is a photo of Gilna. This family lives in the same village as Paulna and Michelore.