Day 2 Itinerary

Today we’ll trek into a tent city and do a variety of ministry – mobile clinic, food distribution, and then simply interacting with the people who are waiting for aide.

I expect that we’ll see things beyond what we’ve seen in the media or even imagined.   Along with being  physically intense, It has the potential to be an emotionally and spiritually challenging day…malnourished children, infected sores, “untreatable” illness…

Welvis, a 10-12 year old Haitian boy, has become an already familiar face around the house.  But you won’t see him playing soccer for hours, like the other boys.  He’ll try… but after only a short time (think 7-10 minutes), he’s exhausted.  Welvis is sick.  A lump, the size of a child’s fist, sits on his jawbone and he’s plagued with fever.  Our clinical nurses and doctors have done a great job taking care of him, but he needs much more.  When they initially met Welvis, they took him to the hospital, but he was turned away, being informed that there was nothing they could do.  That answer was not acceptable, so they kept looking for help.  This week, Welvis had a biopsy on the lump, but the results so far have been inconclusive.  His mother, Iphanette, who once saw a hopeless situation, now sees the possibilities of health…all because GCOM volunteers and staff showed love, offered encouragement, and have not given up on a precious boy.

As we go into the tent city today, please pray!

  • Pray for Welvis and all the other people who have medical need, but can’t find adequate help.
  • Pray for the nurses in our team who have the responsibility of treating the Haitians we encounter today.  We know we can’t treat everyone, so pray for wisdom, guidance, and discernment.
  • Pray for our health…we’ll be doing physically demanding work in the heat and pounding sunlight.  Also, there is no air circulation in the tent cities, which adds to the difficulties.
  • Pray that we’ll heed the Spirit’s guidance.  For boldness to speak, and discernment when we just need to stay quiet and listen.  That we are not passive with fear, but act in the power and confidence that Jesus Christ offers to us…because it’s not really us working, it’s HIM working through us.
  • Above all, that God is glorified today!

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ida
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 12:43:52

    Woke with ya’ll on my mind. Been praying.



  2. Colleen Rodgers
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 13:28:34

    I am Jillian and Kaitrin’s mom and Cara’s aunt. They are so excited to return to Haiti and join your group to help the Haitian people. We’re praying for the entire mission team this week. Thanks for updating the blog so we can follow along!


    • lmparks
      Aug 02, 2010 @ 21:55:45

      We are happy to be serving alongside your girls, too! Thanks for your prayers – it’s what sustains us. I’ll pass along your message 🙂


  3. Faith McDonald
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 14:33:26


    Thanks for posting! We will be following your activities and praying. ~Faith McDonald (Cara’s mom)


  4. Karen Phaneuf
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 20:41:17

    I am praying for all of you! Thanks so much for the updates–it keeps us so much closer to you and to what HIS mission is for you. I pray for your safety and I rejoice that HE will work through all of you to expand HIS healing. Many blessings to all, Karen


  5. Elizabeth Kennickell
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 02:43:36

    Hello Lindsay & Team!

    I want to encourage you and express how much I believe in what you are doing. Ya’ll stay strong in His power. Keep trying. Stay fighting for all that can be good in this world. This week, you all are my heroes.

    Love in Christ,


    • lmparks
      Aug 03, 2010 @ 04:35:17

      Thanks Elizabeth! Oh, and today I learned that one of our translators works with Compassion International here in Haiti…he translates the letters between the children and their sponsors! I didn’t get to talk to him, but I will! What’s the name of your boy? Jaques…?


  6. Elizabeth Kennickell
    Aug 07, 2010 @ 01:07:29

    Hey Lindsey, that is so cool that you are working with a Compassion translator. It’s funny…almost I knew somehow there would be a connection. After all, Haiti is “a small world” to run into fellow humanitarian workers. I wonder if your translator has written one of my letters from my sponsored child, Pierre Fabrice Jacquet. If you can, find out word on how Cite des Jeunes Child Development Center is doing. (Should be located near Port-au-Prince – plains of Delmas.) If your translator knows of United Brethren Methodist Church or the Jacquet family, please ask after their welfare for me. I love my Haitian family! Thanks for being hands and feet on the ground, while I send love from afar.


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