A visit to the Clinic by Jen Riddle
It was such an honor to be at Haiti’s Children’s Hope for the opening and dedication of the medical clinic on Oct. 27, 2018. The things happening through the ministry of HCH are so incredibly inspiring! Eric and I had the privilege of getting to know the Haitian directors, leadership, teachers and clinic workers and they are people full of Jesus, hope, passion and love for their community.
The clinic is a gorgeous, white building with beautifully tiled floors. It was designed and built by Haitians, for Haitians and will be staffed by Haitians. It sits close to the HCH school and has a beautiful view of the ocean. There are three exam rooms, a lobby, a lab area, a flushable toilet and a pharmacy area.
On the first day of clinic my husband worked alongside the Haitian doctors and heard the needs of the people. They are hard working people with some physical issues due to their labor and diet. Many don’t have much to eat and what they do have access to is often causing issues with hypertension, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and gastritis.
We heard stories from people like that of a man who couldn’t bend his right leg. In the earthquake of 2010 he had a lot of debris fall on him and it injured and possibly broke his leg. He was able to see a doctor at the time, but they only gave him a cream to put on it to help with the pain. Over the years his leg has healed in the wrong position and he’s unable to bend it.
On the second day of clinic we saw a girl from the school who has been having unresponsive episodes for 6 months. Her family has no money for medical care. When someone gave her the money for care, the family turned to voodoo and witch doctors for help. This left them without the money and without answers. It’s common for many to turn to witch doctors because of their traditions, lack of education, and absence of medical services.
On the third day the clinic was open they held a dedication ceremony. The HCH leadership put together a program honoring those who helped make the idea of this clinic a reality. They sang songs, did skits, and celebrated all God has done. They had a ribbon cutting ceremony and then people poured in to see the clinic and enjoy food and drinks. It was a time of hope and great joy!
Over the past year, HCH has lost some very special leaders and friends, due to lack of medical care. It was beautiful to see the clinic dedicated to those people, knowing the future would be different because this community has more access to care.
I have no doubt that the HCH clinic will be a beacon of hope to their community. The leadership has a passion and dedication to meet the physical needs of those around them and, even more importantly to share the hope of knowing Jesus Christ with everyone who comes. The clinic prays with patients and shares the message of the gospel, knowing that God is the healer and He is the source of all hope.
Please join me in praying that God will give strength and resources to all those involved with the clinic and that He will draw people there with hearts open to receive Christ.
...if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
I believe as they serve the people of Haiti their light will rise in the darkness and be as bright as noonday.