Editor’s note: A team of volunteers from Mtn. View and surrounding communities has traveled for several years to provide medical services to impoverished communities in Haiti. Periodically, volunteer Manda Stout shares written reports and accounts of their travels and missionary work accomplished. The spring 2019 team is made up of 18 volunteers including six doctors and other medical professionals.
Unfamiliar ground on foreign soil for Missouri medical mission teams.
“We have been so very blessed by your continued support with our communities impact on the country of Haiti, we wanted to give you a status update on the current conditions and our adjustments to the relief efforts,” writes Stout. “We have asked our host family, the Wrays, along with Doctor Bill Tenhaff to give us a report of current days in Haiti along with the effects of our team’s absence in the medical aid you so critically help us provide.”
“We have now served and lived in Haiti as missionaries for 16 years. During this period we have been evacuated during a political revolution in 2004, survived a major earthquake 2009 and endured a category 4 hurricane in 2016. These catastrophic events always affect the poorest people of Haiti directly and increase their daily suffering,” they report.
“This year, however, in our opinion has been worse for the poor people of Haiti then any of these three prior events. The riots and insecurity throughout Haiti have directly affected the number of visitors who come on a yearly basis to help the poorest of poor. For Haiti, these visitors were one of the only ways for help to bypass the government and governing authorities and reach directly out to the areas where the people themselves could benefit,” they continue.
“Personally as missionaries who host teams, with the help of teams, we have helped hundreds of couples get married, thousands of poor Haitians receive medical care and thousands of Haitian young people attend camps. This year, all of these benefits have stopped. For the first time in 12 years, we have not taken a medical team to the two slum areas of Les, Cayes,” they concluded. “Normally the Missouri medical team spends two days in Renult and one or two days in LaSavanne and in both cases, the yearly visit from the medical Missouri team is the ONE chance a year that these people have the opportunity to see a doctor and receive medical care,”
As it sounds the conditions in Haiti have worsened and so our resolve must continue to be strong. We plan a trip again in November. God willing with your help we can bring the much-needed help to these people in an often forgotten place. The political unrest and difficulties brought upon them are not asked for or warranted so where we can help, we must.
Dr. Bill Tenhaff also reported to us that even the large Government Hospital in Port au Prince has been shut down and people are unable to receive medical attention. He was unable to make the trip he has made monthly for the last 20 years to treat so many without any hope.
The case is dim and the obstacles are mountains, however our team is so vital and your help is simply our how. This is a people who we could have just as easily been born to be.
We would hope and pray that others would see this need and help where they can. We are that help, and we are so proud to come from an amazing giving community. Thank you and as always we will keep you posted as the medical team we are only as good as our givers, and together our impact can be great! We take your donations directly to the Haitian people.
The Wrays are ever grateful for your prayers and all your help, the Ozarks have made such a difference in their cause they feel this now more than ever.
The picture I wanted to share with you this time is some Haitians collecting water. This is a basic need that we take for such granted. Their lives are changed when some of their medical needs can be addressed, we can meet this need, let us continue not to forget they are there suffering and we can bring hope. Thank you, from Manda Stout, Jon Roberts and the rest of the Missouri medical team.
Donations can be made to: First Baptist Church Haiti Surgery Fund PO BOX 1330, Mtn. View, MO 65548.