May Trip and Other News

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

Haiti Update – January 2021

Friends of CSL,

As a board of CSL we are deeply saddened with Dr. Bill’s passing. However, he had a very difficult few months leading up to his home going and we are happy his suffering is over.
Dr. Bill has given us a very good foundation to work from and we hope and pray that we, with God’s help, can continue the work that was begun in Haiti.

Over the past few years we have been blessed to have Welser Romelus as administrator and Dr. Moise and Dr. William as doctors. They have proven to be very capable of serving the patients and the people at the hospital. The day to day operations at the hospital are in very capable hands, each one trusting Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The past few months have been both a challenge and a blessing and we are very excited to see God working through the projects that have been tackled. We are amazed that even with all the issues we have faced this year we have been able to get several teams safely to and from Haiti. We have been blessed with a very large number of people who have supported this work in so many ways. This couldn’t happen without your support and we are so grateful. These projects and improvements will allow the staff at CSL to expand and improve the service to the Haitian people. Our goal is that everyone who visits CSL will see and hear about the Love of Christ. The Chaplains reported that there were 82 salvations in December and 122 in January. Praise the Lord. This is why we do what we do.

There has been growth and additions in several departments at the hospital – physical therapy, a physical therapist, an orthopedic doctor, and the return of Dr. William – bringing the need for additional exam rooms. This has made the hospital very busy and in need of reorganizing and adding space to operate.

The first step in November was to move the Dental Clinic into a new space that was created for them. We converted a storage space by adding plumbing, electrical, and tile, making a small but effective place for them to operate.

Then in December, their old building was completely transformed; the inside was completely stripped and 9 office spaces were built. When the walls were up, doors installed, electric in, and plumbing and painting completed, we moved the USAID program into the newly remodeled building. This freed up badly needed space in the clinic. We also had a team come to start preparing the electric system of the whole facility for a solar system installation.

January 2021 was extremely busy. A team arrived to install new steel doors throughout the whole facility, 85 of them. Seems like we are constantly spraying for termites. However, almost every door had been damaged by them. These new steel doors are beautiful and will never be affected by termites. We also had two teams come to replace the roof over the in-patient area. This roof needed to be redone to be able to have solar panels mounted to it. An unbelievable amount of work has been done. It completely changed the look, and it looks great. The out-patient clinic and pharmacy have been remodeled with moved walls, new doors, and electric.

We have completed the prep work for a Solar system. We will now be getting final quotes on a system. A system is expensive, but with the uncertainty of electricity from the government, it is sometimes difficult getting diesel, and the cost of replacing and maintaining generators gives us good reasons to install a solar system. We also desire to increase the level of service we provide; using generators and inverters we can only provide very limited electricity during the night. Our emergency room continues to get busier and busier as the community realizes we provide good service. Having a good system will allow us to have 24 hr. good electric service.

This process started in September. We again can’t begin to thank all those involved in helping. We can’t help but think about 1 Peter 4: 10-11: “Each should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” Thanks for giving your talents and gifts.

I have attached a picture of the hospital and a picture of Welser Romelus the Administrator.

Welser has worked for CSL since 1993. He and his wife Bertilde have two children – a boy and a girl. He is a life-long resident of the area. He has a very difficult job, but he has a big heart to serve the Haitian people; we look forward to working with our brother for a long time.

Duane, Dan and a whole team of people