|Update from the Wray’s:|
Dear family and friends; Thank you so much for your prayers and emails of concern for us. We are well and are so thankful that hurricane Elsa was down scaled to a tropical storm (70 mph winds) just before she hit Haiti. We ended up staying right here at the Camp throughout the storm which lasted about 10 to 12 hours and we were in the center of the storm. Katie has made up a short youtube video if you would like to watch the storm Elsa. https://youtu.be/qQokkC-rE44
|Our internet has been offline all weekend, but we are thankful it was restored this afternoon. Most of the clean up in the yard has been completed also. The big waves brought a lot of ocean junk / seaweed and trash into the yard, but the neighborhood kids worked hard to get it all cleaned up.|
|Thank you so much again for your prayers and for keeping in touch.|
Bye for now,
Love Rod, Debbie and Katie
May 2021 Trip (19-27)
We were packed and ready to leave by 2 pm on the19th, our required Covid-19 tests completed, only to arrive at the airport and find that our tests were not American Air approved. So off we went to the parking lot testing site for a 2nd test to the tune of $300. The remainder of the trip went great and we arrived at the hospital in Les Cayes by 4 pm on the 20th. Much work was accomplished this trip, including the preparation of the new operating room. Duane built cabinets and Evert began installing air conditioning and wiring. Dr. Jose is excited to begin a new area of testing/surgery that the hospital has not done before. The ladies cleaned, sorted, and prepared lunches for the 10 Haitian workers every work day, along with visits to encourage the local missionaries. Duane led meetings with the doctors and the administrator each day, talking through and dealing with many administrative issues. We are excited and encouraged to see the work continue. Dr. Bill is missed, but the work he began is continuing for God’s glory.
Thank you for all your prayers for Dr. William and his schooling. He is very close to finishing his required thesis, which must be completed before he is officially able to get his surgical license. He is currently working at the hospital.
The two chaplains at the hospital continue to share the only true hope of Jesus Christ to each and every patient. They have a positive attitude and are always eager to pray with each member of the team.
On Sunday our group of 4 spent the day with Rod, Debbie, and Katie Wray at Camp Mahanaim (God’s Camp) and attended the Sunday School and feeding program. It is always a huge blessing to visit this ministry. Every child attending the weekly Sunday School hears the gospel and receives a manna pack.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” – Philippians 2:3
God Bless, Duane and Ruth Verkaik & Evert and Kitty Bek
In other news…
We have completed our work on the design and engineering of the solar system and have given Smucker’s Energy permission to being purchasing the needed components. Our hope is to get all the components there by December for a mid-January installation. This has turned into a huge project; the new roof on the in-patient building, construction of an equipment room, design and engineering, solar components, shipping, and installation bring the cost to $440,000. We need to raise an additional $75,000 to cover this cost. If we aren’t able to raise the total cost, we will install the system with fewer batteries, which can be added at a later date as the money is available. Pease consider donating to this project. We are looking forward to being able to offer excellent 24-hour care to our patients without the obstacles of unreliable electricity and limited generator power, coupled with fuel shortages during times of civil unrest. We are so thankful for those who work to make this mission possible. We would not be able to do what we do without the support of so many. Tabitha Sheen, our recent board member addition, has worked very hard to reconnect with the IDA foundation in the Netherlands, which supplies low cost medical supplies for mission organizations. We have placed an order for supplies and they should be on their way in a couple of weeks. Jim Heist, a retired machinist, has also been hand-making much needed external fixators for our expanding orthopedic department. There are many more who work behind the scenes, using their God-given talents to aid this ministry.
We are sad to have to share that our head of nursing, Miss Corrine, passed into glory at the hospital on June 7 from complications with type 1 diabetes. She was a huge part of our ministry and had served with dedication for many years. She will be greatly missed. Please pray for her family and our staff as they mourn her loss and seek to find someone to fill her role.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” – James 4:14
|Thank you for your partnership in sharing Christ as CSL! Dan|
|Update from the Wray’s:|
Dear family and friends; Just a quick update as Hurricane Elsa approaches. As you can see from the forecast track, Elsa is expected to arrive at Camp Mahanaim at 8:00 pm on Saturday evening. We are directly in the cross hairs of this category 1 hurricane.
|We have boarded up and moved everything up off the ground and made all the preparations we can think of.|
|Thank you so much for emailing and communicating and praying for us. It is a great encouragement.|
Bye for now,
Love Rod, Debbie and Katie
Dear family and friends;
A couple weeks ago was Haitian Mother’s Day in Haiti and we were able to share gifts with many, both locally in the village, as well as through the area of the Renault Sunday school.
Deb preparing gifts to give to the Haitian mothers.
Distributing to the volleyball kids.
The kids were happy and thankful to have a gift to share with their moms.
At Sunday school we did the story of David and Goliath and our friend Duane did a great job of playing the part of Goliath against the little Haitian “David” reciting bible verses. Here is a short video; https://youtu.be/ouFm8hKl7kQ
We continue to host Haitian groups here at the camp and Deb has a good group of kitchen workers.
Years ago we built the track around the soccer field using “limestone” or white sand. Now, we are removing all that white sand and using it to make a type of pavement on the roads inside the camp, while at the same time planting more grass and building a larger soccer field.
In just the past few weeks the covid virus has started to strengthen and spread in Haiti. As of yesterday we have reduced activities at Camp Mahanaim and the Sunday school. We appreciate your prayers for us and Haiti during this time. Here is a link to a youtube video that Katie made of the weddings last month;
Thanks for your support and prayers,
bye for now,
Love Rod, Debbie and Katie
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16
After 3 flight changes by American Airlines, rescheduling our MAF flights, and being tested for COVID, we were in the air. We were blessed with an uneventful trip to the hospital.
It is amazing to see the growth and improvements at the hospital, beginning with the PT department – 400 new patients and 4,500 sessions. Seeing the new orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lamy at work and the organization of the PT clinic and staff is exciting.
The newly organized Haitian leadership board is really taking ownership of their responsibility, moving forward with wise decisions. The flow of patients in the clinic is also encouraging. The clinic is benefiting from the additional room gained after moving USAID.
Duane took a team of 6 young men from Jamestown (the youngest being 68) to work on various projects. They eagerly checked off a list of maintenance jobs. They reorganized the storage facilities and containers – a much needed clean out after two large work teams this past fall and winter. They also assembled 30 benches at the church. These men had cut to size the wood for the benches here in the states; it was a joy for them and for the churches to see the benches in place, ready for worship on Sunday. We want to give a big thank you to Zeeland Lumber for their donation of treated wood used to build the benches and many other projects.
The men had the joy of working alongside the 12 local Haitian men referred to as “the work team”. Two offices were remodeled and are ready for the doctors to move in and begin seeing patients. A few inverter problems were fixed as well as a new stairway built to the inverter room making it easily accessible.
Thank you to these men for their work on the trip and their willingness to gather, weigh, pack, and load the containers sent to the hospital on a yearly basis. We could not do this without many willing hands. Thank you!
In Christ, Dale, Dave, Duane, Jim, Ross, and Sam
We arrived on Saturday afternoon after an uneventful trip from home (far from normal).
This trip brought team members from all over the country – Dr. Luke Channer from Hamilton, MT, Beth Newton from Columbus, OH, Dr. Jo Marturano from Lexington, SC, and myself from Grand Rapids, MI. A huge benefit from these trips is being able to spend time with friends we don’t get a chance to see very often.
When we arrived at the hospital, there was a sense of urgency within the surgical staff concerning a patient who needed emergency surgery. He was a Haitian American who had recently moved back to Haiti to build a home and retire. The extent of the procedure was unknown going into surgery. With Dr. Luke’s help as soon as we arrived, they were able to remove the obstruction in his bowel before serious damage would have resulted. God’s timing is always perfect, as the surgical staff would not have been able to perform that extensive of a surgery without Dr. Luke’s help. The man was recovering nicely when we left early Saturday morning.
We had many good management meetings throughout the week, including a meeting with the leadership of MEBSH (Mission Evangelical Baptist of Southern Haiti), concluding with an agreement for us to operate the hospital for the next 10 years. MEBSH is the organization that owns the hospital and property and who we work under.
Dr. Jo is a psychiatrist, and always has more patients who want to see her than she can possibly see when she visits. She meets with patients and works out their medications and the staff doctors (mostly Dr. Adult) then meet with the patients throughout the year. We greatly appreciate her dedication to the Haitian people.
We were happy to have Beth come for a couple of weeks. She served in Haiti for many years and has taken the last 5 years to spend time with and take care of her parents in Ohio. She has a lot to offer with her knowledge and experience; we hope she will be able to be visit the hospital more often and give us all guidance.
It was really good to see Dr. Luke spend time with the staff of all the departments. I think he learned a lot from them and they realize that he cares for them and that their jobs are important.
I found the below picture in the office last week. I’m reminded not only of how thankful we are for everyone who helps make this ministry possible, but also of Dr. Bill and Tom Failing, who we greatly miss.
In Christ, Dan Boerman