Dr. Bob’s Fall Report

Fall Clinic Report
Gentlefolk:
If you are one of our ministry partners, prayer partners or have gifted MOL in one way or another over the years, you deserve to know how certain prayerful goals of our mission have come to fruition over the years, thanks to you and to the Grace of God. In this issue, I’m happy to report on one of our most sought-after of these goals: the education and job-opportunities afforded many of our neighbors in and around Jolivert. One of the earliest obstacles we encountered in developing our hugely successful clinic at Jolivert was the local citizen’s complaints that we were not hiring locals, but were bringing in Haitian professionals from other areas. The problem, of course, was that there simply were no trained medical professionals in the area at that time. We immediately saw the need to make the education and medical training needed to operate such a clinic available to as many of our neighbors as possible, so this became a priority long-range goal for our directors.

I’m most pleased to report that we’ve now put two young men through medical school and several men and women through nursing training. Our first graduate to get his medical degree was Dr. Louissaint Louis-Sez, who has now worked at Jolivert and has himself become one of our directors. He is temporarily in the States working on his licensing and credentialing needs and has devoted himself to being a major player in the operation of our clinic and leadership with MOL for years to come.

Dr. Louissaint Louis-Sez working at Clinic Jolivert

Dr. Louissaint Louis-Sez working at Clinic Jolivert

Our second graduate is Dr. Daniel Loute, a son of our good friend, Pastor Julian Loute. One of his daughters, Julie has also received her RN degree. Both of these fine young Christian professionals are currently employed at the clinic.

Julie loute working at clinic Jolivert

Julie loute working at clinic Jolivert

Dr.Daniel Loute working at clinic Jolivert[4]

Dr.Daniel Loute working at clinic Jolivert


Another neighbor next door to our clinic, Jelines Lazard, is an especially bright young man who has received his RN degree and is now the nurse in charge of our medical outreach in the surrounding mountain communities where MOL serves hundreds who due to age or disability cannot come down to the clinic. He and others from our clinic make regular visits to these remote areas. We have great expectations of Jelines due to his exceptional leadership potential.

Jelines working at clinic Jolivert[2]

Jelines working at clinic Jolivert

Another outstanding “local product” is Guerby Odin,a trained and certified lab technologist who also operates our Eye clinic under Dr Asa Talbot’s supervision. He treats hundreds of eye problems each month. All of these young folks will be contributing to the health and welfare of their people for many years to come.

Gurby Odin Lab Tech and eye clinic

Gurby Odin Lab Tech at eye clinic

Our latest project is helping Wilguens Belizaire through med school in Port-au-Prince. I should note here that a medical degree can be obtained in Haiti for a tiny fraction of what similar training would cost in the U.S..

His annual tuition, for example, amounts to only about $1500 in U.S. dollars.. Still, this is $1500 we don’t have in our General Fund, and Wilguen’s future in Medicine depends entirely on help from folks like you. If we had a few more partners willing to donate $25 to $50 per month toward that goal, we could draw a huge sigh of relief. But of course, any gift no matter how small, is always hugely appreciated. Thanks, God bless all and have a wonderful coming holiday season!
Dr. Bob and “Miz Betty”

Triplets are 13 months old!

One of the first things that I, with Christophe, Dr. Louissaint and Dr. Joe did on our recent trip to Haiti was to visit this family that MOL has been supporting. This family was brought to our attention by our Outreach Clinic workers.

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 Living in a very poor, rural area of Beard, this family had 10 children and then the mother gave birth to triplets! The father was injured and could not work and could not feed his family. The children were not in good health. Medical treatment was immediately given and is ongoing.

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Thanks to Reflection of Christ (ROC) life group, we have been able to commit to 2 years of support for the triplets. In these pictures the triplets are 13 months old. We have fed them, gave medical care and now on this day we were able to introduce them to a Living God, the one who made it possible for their children to have food.

The father told us of the god he served and all the sacrifices (food, chickens, goats or anything that will bring in money) that he had to give that god. In return this god might give him a number to play the lottery. The four of us began to witness to him and his family about Jesus Christ and how he was the sacrifice for all man kind.

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We prayed with all the family including the grandparents and uncles. Around 20 people live in 2 small mud huts. The babies are covered in mud and the other children do not have clothes. As we were leaving the man said to us that he wanted to learn more about our God, and would like to go to church on Sunday. Christophe contacted a pastor in the area and I talked to Soldat (Disciples of Christ) who will visit them and find some clothes and shoes for them.

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Much is still needed for this family. MOL can help by sending Haitian workers, but without the help of our supporters we cannot. Donations are needed for Evangelism. We have Haitian teams that are able to get into the mountains in places where Americans cannot go. They will spread the gospel, give Bibles, health care, clothing, and build churches. All this takes money to send these evangelist and pastors out to tell the good news. If you would like to help with our Evangelism Program, please contact me or send a donation to:

Missions of Love
P.O. Box 292
Hartford, KY 42347
270 779-4033

Pat Duarte

 

Betty’s Summer Update

Dear friends, prayer partners and ministry partners,

Much has happened at Jolivert since last I reported to you.  MOL has been very busy with construction of our new dental clinic, installation of our new diesel generator, and upgrading and enlarging our solar grid in an effort to sharply reduce our monthly expenses on diesel fuel.  All of these projects, of course, were only made possible through your generous support and gifting.   While construction and other costs continue to escalate each year in Haiti we always strive to get the best bang for the buck for those precious gifts that you continue to give so sacrificially. God bless you all for hanging in there with us!

Our new clinic building was designed to house far more than just a dental clinic. It will include a new pharmacy, an office for patient registration and medical records. They have already moved into the new office.

Ralph and Barbie Porter brought in our very first dental team in April of this year. Their dentist and assistants cleaned and filled many teeth and there were some extractions as well.  It is our plan to have the dental clinic completely finished by October of this year, and we have other dentists who have expressed an interest to come down to see patients.  The Haitian Ministry of health is also now searching for a dentist among their ranks to work out of our clinic on a regular basis.  Always looking ahead, we are now striving to identify students from the Jolivert area to place in dental school and to train as dental hygienists as well.

Our own clinic chaplain, pastor Jean-Robert Louis Sez, has formed yet another new congregation at Biara, a heavily populated area high in the mountains.  The people are very poor and badly enslaved to voodoo practices. In addition, MOL has begun a new medical outreach clinic there and will send a nurse and possibly a doctor there each month.  We’ve already added two new outreach clinics making a total of eight adult clinics and seven for pediatrics. Our latest new pediatric clinic is in the mountains above Chantsolm, a town about 10 miles north of Jolivert.  The adult clinics are designed primarily for the elderly that cannot travel by foot or donkey to our main clinic.  Many of these patients are on daily medications for hypertension, arthritis and the like and need regular monthly follow-up.

The membership in our churches are growing steadily and new congregations are being started each year, thanks to the evangelical fervor of pastor Jean-Robert, Pastor Julian Louth, and the evangelical team of young men we’re supporting known as the “Soldat Valiante” (valiant soldiers for Christ).  We have relieved Jean-Robert of his administrative duties in the clinic so he can devote full time efforts to evangelism, at which he is doing a great job.  Child First Ministries of Franklin, Texas continue to furnish our pediatric medications for the mountain clinics, although this has been sporadic due to enormous shipping problems in getting them from the Netherlands to Haiti.

The two physicians we have helped to train over the years are Drs. Louissaint Louis Sez and Daniel Louth (a son of Pastor Julian).  Louissaint will be working at Jolivert this summer and Daniel will work at Jolivert after completing his internship on December 1st.  Our deepest thanks to all who have contributed to the costly education of these fine Christian men.  We’re now seeking supporters for a third medical student, Wilgan Belizaire (whom many of you know).

On my last trip to Haiti in March of this year, Bill Gallo and I attended a celebration in honor of Madame Evelyn, a key employee of our safe water program called Guardian Dlo (water guardian).  She has worked diligently for this program over the years and is responsible for much of its huge success all over Haiti. The celebrations at both Jolivert and  Port-au-Prince was sponsored by Emory University who honored and awarded her as the first Haitian ever to receive such an honor.

Please know that all our programs at Jolivert continue to minister to  hundreds of people daily throughout the region.   Clinic Jolivert has indeed become a major health center in the northwest of Haiti.  Our partnership with the Ministry of Health(MSPP) has added an HIV clinic to our compound employing a full-time social worker who counsels families with HIV and teaches its prevention.  There will be two additional employees added next year and their salaries will be paid by the MSPP with funds made available through such organizations as WHO, UNICEF and donations from many other countries.

Our most critical needs for the present are additional funds to finish applying stucco to our new clinic building (about $2800 US), and either building or shipping in a special incinerator to deal with the constant stream of refuse at our busy compound.  We’re also soliciting funds for bibles, medicine and a shelter for our new congregation at Biaria.  It is our prayer that you will continue to partner with us as we continue reaching out with the love of Jesus Christ and the sharing of his gospel to the sick, lost, and dying which still numbers in the tens of thousands in our region.  Our work is never done.

One final note:  our Haitian director, Blaud Mondesir,  is taking to wife a lovely nursing student from the Okap area this summer.  Please join us in wishing him God’s richest blessings on his coming marriage.  Dr. Bob and I send our warmest wishes to you all.  While we’re not getting any younger we’re still holding on…. Thanks to the Grace of God.

Betty Johnson, RN, president MOL.  15 July, 2014

 

EMERGENCY APPEAL BY DR. BOB AND BETTY

* UPDATE*  As of March 5th – we have reached our financial goal and are in the process of purchasing the generator.  A work team is scheduled to go to Haiti midMarch and oversee the installation of the new generator.  Thank you to all our loyal supporters to responding so quickly to our appeal.

 

In a report I shared with you nearly two years ago I had appealed to you for help in purchasing a new generator, as our old one had already performed far beyond its usual life expectancy. Well…. Because of more pressing needs at the time, that need was kicked down the road, as we are so often forced to do. The result is: we are now faced with a true emergency: the old one has finally given up the ghost. It threw a rod through the motor block and is now beyond repair, and we are faced with an emergency need of around $10,000 to replace it. Meanwhile, the clinic and all our other operations on the compound at Jolivert are essentially shut down. It is therefore imperative that we approach all our supporters immediately in hopes of scraping up that $10,000 in a few days. To avoid the shipping costs and great delays involved in shipping one down from Miami, We are searching diligently to find one in- country and we can send our truck to pick up, or have it shipped up by bus. There are several companies in the Port-au-Prince area that sell diesel generators in the kilowatt range that we require and Blaud is down there currently seeking prices as I write these words.
I cannot too fervently express the deep gratitude that I and all the other directors at MOL feel toward all of you, both churches and individuals, for your gifting in our cause over the past 30 years. And yet it is with a deep sense of urgency that I now ask you to open your hearts and wallets or purse strings to help us once more through this crisis situation. While we do have a dedicated solar system in our lab to operate the chemistry machine, microscopes and like, we have been delayed in installing an adequate solar grid for the remainder of the compound by shipping and customs boondoggles over which we have no control. This means our fans, computers, electric lights, water pumps, and optical equipment in the eye clinic will remain shut down until a new generator is installed. Thus without electrical power, most of our operations at Jolivert are kaput for now, affecting the lives of hundreds of persons until we’re up and running again.
So we’re asking you to search your hearts, dig deeply, and mail us your gift to the address below immediately or as soon as you possibly can. Thanks and God bless!
Dr. Bob and Betty
15 February, 2014

Asa & Jean 2014 Report

Regrettably, we were unable, for the first time in 15 years, to make our regular trip to Haiti and Jolivert this past fall. It is with great pride that we cite the dedication and effort put forth by our sterling staff in keeping the clinic not only going but teeming with people needing medical help.
Guerby and Jerome Louth have filed a report for 2013 which can only be described as astonishing. Keep in mind, this is only two men.

2023 patients seen; 243 cataracts identified; 839 cases of glaucoma found and treated; 513 cases of conjunctivitis found and treated.

1023 instances of minor irritations dealt with; 81 farsighted and 168 nearsighted (mostly aging) people given needed glasses.

Currently MOL is adding a necessary building to the campus. It will house a modern pharmacy, dental clinic and office space as required by the the Haitian government and the needs of the community. Vital repairs are also being made to the existing structures. Our buildings and senior staff are getting older and will need replacing soon. There is a need for more, younger workers to come on board. On the trestleboard are plans for a surgical pavilion and its supporting utility building. The above mentioned 243 new cataracts diagnosed loudly proclaimed the need for a quality facility in which to do specialized surgery. At this time no other mission in the Northwest is able to do this.

On a less somber note, we are so happy to welcome Guerby’s new baby boy, Asaph, into our mission family. He is about 3 months old. Here is a picture of the whole family. (Mamma Geurda, “Prince” Asaph and big brother Nehemie–two years old and hard to keep still). Nehemie (Nehemiah) is having problems with his vesico-cutaneous fistula (leaking urine from his belly). He gets infected and may have to go back to PAP for more definitive care. We are still waiting for important letters of agreement from the hospital in the U.S. which has agreed to treat him for free. These are necessary to get him a medical visa. Please pray for this wonderful child of God. It can only be God’s love and the prayers of many that has brought him this far.

At this time we are working on getting things ready to ship into Haiti. Shipping is always a chance event but we work for a great God. We plan to go into Haiti on or about March 14 and stay until about April 4. So many things are happening and we are getting slower in our response time. We hope to give you more information on shipping and plans in the next web site note. Also, more about Jerome’s activities, school and church work. We continue to praise God for all the progress we have seen at the mission and in Haiti over the past 15 years.

In His Love and Grace,

Asa and Jean

Walking – by the Grace of God

Does this lady in the above video look familiar? She was in our November Newsletter, shown sitting in a wheelchair.

Jimmy Carter, the physical therapist, had worked with Mdm. Gessner after she had suffered a stroke. Jimmy’s wife was able to give Mdm. Gessner injections in her knees.  They fitted her with a walker before they left last July.  She was up using her walker and now…..just watch the video if you haven’t already!

When you support Missions of Love and mission trips such as Jimmy and his wife, you are the hands and feet of Jesus!!!

Read the July article here.

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Pledge Drive for General Fund

When you support Missions of Love you are sewing a seed that continues to multiply. We are starting a pledge drive for our General Fund at Missions of Love!!  We’re good at raising money for special projects, but without the General Fund, we cannot pay our Haitian employees, tuition for students as well as licensees and fees to be a registered NGO in Haiti.

Our current goal is to have 100 people commit to a $25.00 a month pledge for 12 months! That’s only $6.25 a week – .83 cents a day!!!  We can do this!

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Triplets! Needing Support to Thrive

During the monthly MOL Medical Outreach Program in Bernard, this family was discovered to be in dire need.  This family of 13 is under-nourished and they are not using safe drinking water.

The triplets are surviving but they’re not thriving.  MOL will be ensuring that the family is enrolled in our our Safe Water Program and that the mother is put on the Manba Program.  By providing the Manba (fortified peanut butter) to the mother, she can continue to nurse the babies and they will be able to grow and thrive.

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Jean and Asa’s Report April 2013

What a busy, lively time we had on this trip! We are thankful for all the dedicated and talented people who were there with us, both staff and short-term missionaries. They certainly had an impact for good on the mission and surrounding area.

The first week, a 16-year-old and her father, whom we have known for years, were with us. Besides helping Charlotte, Keith also made repairs around the compound, something that is always needed, and assisted Asa in doing measurements for the projected surgical building and the surrounding grounds.

Charlotte teaching crafts at the pre-school.

Charlotte teaching crafts at the pre-school.

Charlotte’s purpose was children’s ministry, and she spent most of the daylight hours with the area children, showing God’s love in all she did. She visited Vanessa’s pre-school, and helped them make plastic net and yarn crosses. Continue reading