We are a third way through December already and still have a bit to go on this year’s projects. It doesn’t help that we got a late start with covid-19 restrictions, no one seems to know what actually is the rule in Haiti at present. However, we have had 2 teams come in and go without difficulties since September and have a large number in there at present. I think most, if not all, are coming home this weekend and a large team will go out in early January who will raise and reinforce the roof to be able to bear the weight of the solar panels, etc. This one has been there for 15 years and has done well, we once had 4 panels come loose with Hurricane Matthew but repairable. This will be a large project, but when finished, we will be able to assess what we need to do to complete the jobs before us, purchase batteries and solar panels as we are able to raise the additional funds, etc, We can start using the system in its limited capacity in the meantime and save the ever questionable fuel supply. I just confirmed with Tom Failing that everyone came home safely, thank the Lord. They have finished the USAID building and have moved them into the new quarters, which will free up some rooms in the clinic for Drs. Lamy (orthopedics) and William (General Surgery). Physical Therapy continues to function superbly, many thanks to Mme. Schaller, who returned from 3 months furlough in Germany, as did Johannes and Luise.
From a health standpoint, the Haitian Donkey continues to struggle. At present he has 4 tubes sticking out of his body, a foley catheter, which likely will stay in my body the rest of my life as there seems to be a lot of residual tumor in my pelvis and removing the foley will just lead to bladder infections. The one draining the leak in my left lower quadrant is slowing down but will stay til it comes out of it’s own or the output goes to zero (not likely). The jejunostomy tube is lifelong, of course, as I have no connection to the outside and I have a wound vac now snuggled next to the ostomy, difficult to not have the two get in each other’s way. Margie is superb at replacing it, she will teach Rachel and Jenn as I plan to spend a couple weeks with James and Jenn for Christmas so can see the little one without too much contamination risk for him. The parents are super careful with germ exposure as he is only 2 months old yet so far.
Thank you for the nice Christmas cards. I hope to make some with my family when we get together at Christmas and send them out after the holidays, so the Donkey apologizes in advance. We are waiting another week to see what we get in the Rice and Goats fund and then will distribute the funds and critters accordingly, so also thankful in advance for that encouragement. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year. As always, thank you so much for your continual support financially, prayerfully and in so many other ways for our efforts at Centre de Sante Lumiere in Les Cayes for God’s Glory!
In His Service,
Bill and the team