Usually, I try to be upbeat about what is going on in the Haitian Donkey’s life, whether his personal health or that of the hospital in his homeland. I must admit that it has been a bit more difficult on both fronts. There is not a lot of news about Haiti on the usual news outlets, probably because it is a small country and has struggled with disasters for years. Plus, the information is a bit biased from the editor’s viewpoint, often proposing simple, though fairly unrealistic, conclusions, at least from the somewhat biased Haitian Donkey’s viewpoint. I get fairly unbiased reports from my 3 contacts on the ground there, Drs. Moise and William and the administrator, Welser Romulus. However, it looks rather bleak from what I am hearing, as there seems to be no end in sight to the destruction and violence. We have been able to secure some fuel for the hospital and have been able to continue to offer services (except surgery since my last trip, in September) and this has been especially important as even the government hospital in Cayes has closed, last I knew, due to violence. This puts added strain on our people, who mostly walk to work, as the motorcycle taxis they used to take are few and far between and very expensive, as the fuel is expensive and hard to get. Thus, Dan, Duane and I have made plans to fly in to Port on December 7th and our gracious friend since he flew me in after the earthquake, Ken De Young, has volunteered to take us to and from the hospital. That is a special blessing as he is a great and smooth pilot and I have not gotton airsick with him, thanks to his extra care. Since we don’t know what the future holds, as Delta has cancelled all flights to Haiti starting the first of January and in country flights are difficult at best, we will try to do as much as we can to work on preparing for the future until we can come back, Lord willing. Please pray for encouragement, safety and for God to intervene in their futures in Haiti, as man’s attempts are only going from bad to worse.
Concerning the Donkey’s health, I have started eating a little each day, partially as I am on my 7th week of treatment for the yeast/fungus in my bloodstream, a difficult diagnosis to come up with and even more difficult to treat. I am midway through a month of an oral treatment that is not so kind to my intestinal system. I have gained a little weight by eating, but the price has been vastly increased output from the 2 holes in the front of my belly and the skin is painful, red and raw from the intestinal juices chewing on them. So, as soon as I get done with the antifungal treatment, I hope to stop eating for a bit and let my abdominal skin heal up, hopefully. At present, I don’t dare as my stomach, such as it is, needs something to buffer the meds I have to take orally. I try to gently wash the skin as often as I can, changing the dressings frequently as they soak (and smell) in an hour or so, to limit the exposure of the chemicals to my wimpy skin. I must admit that it can be a bit wearing at times and my energy level isn’t what I want it to be. I have been able to continue to keep up with my work schedule but not much more yet due to the reduced zip in the Donkey’s step. .
James, Jenn and I will fly to Arkansas early on Thanksgiving Day to spend the time with Rachel. Thanksgiving has always been our family’s favorite holiday, as it is dedicated to nothing other than thanking God for His gracious provision in our lives (very little commercialism, etc). The last year has been quite difficult for us, but, when I think of what the Pilgrims went through the last year before they celebrated the first Thanksgiving, I realize that I am blessed indeed. So many of them died of diseases we easily get over today, they lacked food most of the time, while we have the opposite problem and thus we will be extra thankful to Him for His watchcare over us again. The next Saturday we will go to Haiti again and then will consider what, if any reasonable, options exist for the Haitian Donkey.
Thanks so much again for your willingness to donate to the “Rice and Goats” fund, though we may have to substitute yams and corn grown locally in the Cayes area for the rice, as there has not been any for many months now, as it is a rare vehicle that dares to brave the gangs and rioters to bring needed supplies out to our area. Several special friends (who have all been to Haiti several times) asked if they could contribute to the fund but also give something extra a bit earlier to relieve the suffering, which I did, and the administrator, Welser, said this was a special encouragement to the employees, as everything is scarce and expensive. We appreciate the prayers, encouragement and support you all give us as we strive to serve Him at Centre de Sante Lumiere in Cayes, Haiti.
In His Service, Bill for us all