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from Stacy:

This morning has been long and sucky and draining for everyone.  We found out that one of the pregnant mom that came to the clinic on Monday, delivered her baby Tuesday morning at home and then the mom died shortly after.  The dad brought the baby in for formula.  Horrible.  Then a friend of everyone’s in the clinic was diagnosed with HIV.  That was all in the first 20 minutes and there are just so many people to be seen today.  It is very busy.  Luckily none of us are sick, but we are all pretty tired by now and we have one more day.  Yikes.  Lunch was a good recharge and I think everyone is pulling it together to get through the afternoon…

…Thankfully a lot of really sick people have come in to the clinic this week and we are glad we were here because they may not have had the means to treat them if we weren’t.  So that is good!   I am already looking forward to Sunday, but trying to cherish my last 2 days in clinic.  We leave here later Saturday morning, hit the beach, then sleep at a hotel outside of PAP.  I think we are all looking forward to some R&R…even though the last couple of afternoons have been pretty posh


to those that have been praying, thank you guys.  you may never know on this side of glory how much your prayers really mean.  thank you, thank you, thank you…


Stacy monday update

Posted: 2009/03/09 in haiti, missions, stacy, travels

fortunately i have had the privilege to talk to Stacy everyday.  she and the rest of the team are doing really well.  it’s quite hilarious talking to her on the phone because there is about a 3 second delay some of the time i can only hear every other syllable.  frustrating at time but amazing to be able to hear her voice.  it seems they were pretty busy this morning in the clinic but when the afternoon came she said that they had no patients.  this is unheard of.  i think they took some time and hiked the area and got a better feel for Terre Blanche.  about an hour before she went to bed she said that the line outside was already starting to form.  i can’t wait to hear how tomorrow goes.

Stacy Sunday Update

Posted: 2009/03/08 in haiti, missions, stacy, travels

the teams twitter, yesterday, “Greeted in Terre Blanche with songs, prayer, and love. Preparing to serve the sick tomorrow, at both the church (a.m) and clinic (p.m.).”


is it alright with some of my more conservative readers if i shout a big “hell yeah”?  Stacy called last night.  oh my gosh, i can not believe that i got to hear her voice.  she got a chance to talk to all of her babies and sounded really happy.  

HUGE PRAISE:  the whole team made the long trek to Terre Blanche alright.  i asked Stacy about her trip and she said that there was so much to look at on the journey that her motion sickness was not even a factor.  WOW, HUGE!  I asked her if it was all that she imaged it would be and she said that the destruction was a million times worse than she anticipated.  i can’t even fathom what that means, i just know that it’s bad.

the teams twitter said this morning, “Haitian alarm clock: a convention of roosters crowing and donkeys braying, announcing it’s 5:00 a.m. Good morning from Terre Blanche.”  today they were joining the local church for services and after church they were opening the clinic for the first time…a day earlier than they anticipated…but they are all very excited.  in an email that i received this morning Stacy mentioned that she was going to be a “provider” in the clinic which is way outside her comfort zone for today.  i think she feels inadequate and is more comfortable working with the OB doc doing ultrasounds but her attitude is great, she says, “I got over it (not being able to be on ultrasound today) and guess that God has something else in mind for me.”  

i pray that God gives her wisdom in dealing with the patients.  as situations arise that she may not have the answers too i pray that the other doctors and nurses would be available to help.  God, i ask that you give her confidence of You in her.  


till next time….

Haiti team update

Posted: 2009/03/07 in haiti, missions, stacy, travels

i got a comment from Stacy this morning on my “dear mom – night 2” post.  no detail from her but just hearing her voice (via her typing) is a good sign for me…she is ok.  below i am posting some picture from the clinic and the compound where she is staying.  these pictures were from a team last year…not her team.  i hope that these visuals will help you connect with her team a little bit more:

(click on the picture thumbnail below to get the details)

Stacy’s Travel

Posted: 2009/03/06 in family, haiti, missions, stacy, travels

i was thankfully able to talk to Stacy through the night last night as she traveled across country.  she left at 5:30pm (pacific time) from the Portland airport and headed to LAX.  they had a few hours layover there before she jumped on a plane and headed to Miami.  she got in at Miami around 7:00am est.  her flight took off from Miami and headed to Port au Prince, Haiti around 10:ooam est.

we were anticipating her flights being pretty open flights because they were red-eye flights.  everyone else apparently thought the same thing.  every flight was packed.

everyone on the team packed their luggage in carry-on suitcases.  that was amazing in itself…10 days worth of things for  international travels in a carry-on.  if you know about flying you know that each person gets to check two bags under the plane.  this medical team sacrificed luggage space and each person check two boxes full of medical supplies (previously packed by the team).  the one thing the “veterans” told us (who are already on the ground in Haiti), do not let the airlines gate check your bags.  you do not want to loose ALL of your personal items in one fatal swoop.  they told the team to fight for their luggage and make the flight attendants take someone else’s luggage that isn’t flying internationally. 

guess what…flight attendants took three of the teams bags and gate checked them.  CRAP!  i don’t know the details but Stacy sounded nervous.  

in Miami, Stacy sounded extremely tired (as i am sure the whole team is after crazy travel hours).  nervous about her bags and thinking about a story we read about in a blog that we frequent a few days ago, she was getting on the plane.  

at 10am pacific time I got an unexpected text (because I was not expecting her to have any cell service) from Stacy that they had landed safely in Port au Prince, without problems and she had her bags in hand ready to go through customs.  PRAISE JESUS!   

her text read: “I cant believe I have full (cell) service (currently)!  We haven’t made it to customs yet.  Weather is amazing!  I already love it here…well see when I get oustide!

after i asked if she had her luggage she said in all caps, “YES I DID, PRAISE JESUS!”

Dear Mom…night 1

Posted: 2009/03/05 in haiti, missions, stacy, travels, videos