We are safely at the hospital, have had some meetings and about to start seeing patients in the clinic. As the violence has continued, the fear factor remains high among the people, as well as discouragement, as many wonder what the future holds for Haiti. The elements calling for the resignation of the president are quite vocal, but will the instability only increase if he does depart? The runaway inflation continues, due to the violence, the stores are empty as no one wants to order a container of supplies as they have no assurance that they will be able to get the goods from Port to the store. No one dares leave their house for the most part in Port au Prince, from what I hear, so the whole country is at a standstill except for the troubling rioters, who seem to move about unhindered.
The meetings yesterday went quite well, follow up on decisions made is always a struggle here. Some of it is my fault, as surgery keeps me tied up the majority of my time here, now, I am more feeble than before, so prioritizing what I need to address is always a bit up in the proverbial clouds. Dr. William will be with us for a couple days to help in the OR and then will go back to his residency. He kindly has volunteered to take our luggage back to Port for us in his car, as the four of us (without any baggage) weigh pretty close to the maximum weight that the plane can take. I figure that, in addition to my 175 # with my clothes, including my heated coat with batteries, etc, I have about 80 pounds of TPN with ice packs, etc in the 2 carryons plus two suitcases with my IVs that weigh close to 50# each, a real struggle for me in my travels. So, that will be a real blessing for us and pray that he will have a safe and uneventful trip back to Port on Tuesday night with the extra stuff, etc.
So, we are looking forward to a productive week of work for our Saviour in this land of great medical, physical and spiritual need. Pray for wisdom, safety and His direction in all that we do, that we may do it to His honor and glory.
In His Service, Dan, Duane, Mark and the (Feeble) Haitian Donkey