Recent Stories

  • Nursing Students Thank Faith

    23 October 2013

    First photo: Some representatives from the nursing class that have been getting hands-on experience at the hospital (what we call "practical" in the States and what we call a "staj" here) came to thank Faith for letting them have the opportunity. Who knows, perhaps we will see some of the same faces among our staff one day.

    Second photo: Not long after, the second half of the nursing class came to thank Faith for the opportunity.

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  • Ambulance Run to the Coast

    5 October 2013

    Dan had another ambulance run to the coast, to a town named An sa Chat. They often go months without having to make this challenging trip but have made it 3 times in the last month, so he decided to take a couple of pictures while the patient was getting loaded up.

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  • Baby Delivery

    4 October 2013

    I took a healthy newborn home to Krev. There is nothing unusual about that, I just wanted to show some pictures of it.
    - Dan

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  • God's Hand

    30 September 2013

    Dan had an ambulance run over some pretty rough roads, descending to the coast and saw some pretty amazing workings of God's hand.

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  • Nursing Students

    22 August 2013

    These students represent the first nursing class coming from the Professional school of Bombarde. The school began in 2012. Upon successful completion of their course the ladies will have the equivalent of an LPN degree.

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  • Update from Betsy

    18 April 2013

    In the April newsletter I wrote about a little girl that had been severely burned. She was at the hospital for about a month. During that month I would visit her either while she was waiting for wound care or in the pediatric room. One day I saw her sitting outside waiting for her wound care, I went over to see how she was doing and she grabbed my hand immediately and wouldn't let go! I tried to walk away a few times but she wouldn't have it, she started to cry each time and asked me to stay. I stayed by her side until Doctor Leandre and one of the nurses started her wound care. Another day I visited her in the pediatric room and stood by her bed. I told her I was going to leave soon and she asked me to lay down with her, she said this while she and her mom were already laying in the bed. I told her I would sit next to her for a while longer. Each time that I went down to visit her I would pray that God would give me strength because this little girl had so much pain and it was hard to see her pain and not get emotional about it. That sweet little girl is no longer suffering. Friday morning she died. I am relieved for her sake to not have any more pain or wound care. Even though it was hard at times, I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with that little girl.

    Here is a direct link to the April 2013 newsletter. (It will open in a new window.)

  • Healthy Twins

    3 April 2013

    Twins were born at the hospital last night April 2. Having sonography allows us to detect multiple births ahead of time and advise the expectant momma to come to the hospital in case of complications. There were no complications with this birth and we took mom, dad, and sisters home on April 3.

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  • Betsy Rennells

    16 October 2012

    We have some great news. Betsy Rennells, who has spent a lot of time here over the last couple of years, is moving here full time beginning in January!!!

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  • Hospital Roof Preparations

    1 October 2012

    With Fall here, a lot of our focus is toward the hospital roof replacement, which is quickly approaching. We are making a lot of progress.

    Here's a cool story about how God looks after us. There is a lot of electrical wiring in the hospital that is attached to or running through the existing roof which needs to be moved before the roof can be removed. Our hope to get this done ahead of time hinged on us having an electrician come to do the substantial amount of work. Well, God impressed it upon not one but three electricians to come in September. Bo Allen and Robbie Ragland, from Dan & Sharon's home church, came at the beginning of the month. David, Teresa, and Joanna Hardin, long-time friends of Steve & Faith, came after that. All the wiring is done!

    All the trusses and purloins for the roof are made and most are painted (we ran out of paint) - great thing to have behind us. Making them, instead of buying them, saved us a lot of money, and we were able to give a couple of local men work and good experience for a couple of weeks. The timing was perfect as David, Teresa and Joanna pitched in to help with the painting. We also found out that we got a grant to cover 25% of the cost. Including that grant, we have had $11,000 donated toward a cost of $20,000.

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  • Testing for Early Detection

    13 March 2012

    We have recently started collecting specimens to send to Port au Prince to do PCR testing for early detection of babies with HIV virus. Early detection allows early treatment and better prognosis for these innocent little ones. We had 3 seminars to train the staff, 35 people in all, to collect this information and specimens.

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  • Big Bird

    29 February 2012

    So, before moving to Haiti this year I had been working as a nurse at Martha Jefferson Hospital (MJH) in Charlottesville, VA. Last year MJH moved into a new facility. There was a considerable amount of equipment that just didn't make the cut for the new hospital.

    Among the 'discards' was a 1984 Siemens portable X-ray machine, affectionately named Big Bird by the radiology staff at MJH because of his color and tall, skinny physique. Well, there was a big Ebay-style auction and we were able to get Big Bird for what we felt was a really good price.

    So Big Bird's journey began when my granddaughter, Charlotte, & I picked him up in my old Nissan Frontier pickup and took him to our house where we crated him up in a heavy duty crate. We also filled all the empty spaces in the crate with our stuff since we were planning the move to the same place that Big Bird was going.

    After that I borrowed my son-in law, Mark Davis', pickup truck and took Big Bird to Ephrata, PA, to The Good Samaritan (TGS), which is affiliated with Christian Aid Mission. Then from the TGS facility, Big Bird was loaded into a container and trucked to Baltimore, MD, where he was loaded on a ship bound for Port au Prince, Haiti. After passing through customs and being reloaded on a truck, along with other items in the shipment, Big Bird made the grueling trip from Port au Prince to Bombardopolis.

    We unloaded him, unpacked him, plugged him in and he started taking great X-rays for us right off the bat. I was the first test case. We have taken several since, all great quality. This was especially timely as the rebuilt machine we bought a couple of years ago has been failing.

    As you can imagine, an X-ray machine can be a costly piece of equipment. We thank God that we were able to get one at the bargain price of $1000 (the rebuilt one cost 12X that and has had issues from the time we took it out of the box).

    Time will tell how much service we will get from Big Bird. Steve commented that it would be just like our Father to choose the smaller, less attractive, less costly machine to give us years and years of service. As when selecting David as a replacement for Saul the Lord told Samuel, "The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but God looks at the heart." (I Samuel 16:7b)

    So yea, I get it -- we are talking about an old X-ray machine and not the king of Israel, and Big Bird probably doesn't have a heart, but God does stuff here at Hopital Evangelique all the time that only He can do. While we work pretty hard to do what we feel He wants us to do, sometimes we have to just marvel at the way He brings stuff together, and we remain humbled to be part of it.

    For as long as it functions, this machine will provide a huge service to the population we serve, and we do thank God that Big Bird made it here through all the stages of the journey.

    As always, our thanks to you, our faithful friends in prayer and support.
    - Dan

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  • Mobile Health Clinic to Baie-De-Henne

    19 February 2012

    Saturday, February 18, 2012, I was able to be present for one of the periodic outreaches to the surrounding community that is done by the staff of Hopital Evangelique de Bombardopolis (HEB). These clinics are sometimes broad in scope, diagnosing, treating and referring to the hospital all manner of ailments. These are usually in very remote areas, where people have a particularly difficult time getting to HEB. Sometimes they are strictly for counseling, testing, and, if applicable, treating sexually transmitted diseases. This was the format for the clinic on February 18.

    This can be heartbreaking in that some of the patients seen are very young and some very old. Keep in mind that folks can be the victim of a disease passed on to them and remain unaware as it ravages their body. Regardless of age it is always hard to realize that folks are living a lifestyle that is destructive to them, to others and not in line with the way our Father wants to live. Obviously in Haiti, as in the US and everywhere, it is unrealistic to expect that non-believers would feel compelled to live a lifestyle that is given us in Scripture. It is not for us to judge, regardless of the innocence or guilt of the patient. It is for us to show them the love and way of Christ.

    In making these clinics available, we are given the opportunity to counsel the patients before and after testing. It gives us the opportunity to show them God's love in a tangible way and allows a uniquely teachable moment in which to tell them that in God's creation there are two ways to be sure that one will never contract or pass on a potentially deadly disease: abstinence & fidelity (monogamy).

    For this clinic, we drove over 1½ hours each way. The team worked hard, very hard, and many lives were touched.
    - Dan

    The Team from HEB (First photo)
    Back Row (L-R): Vanise (Nurse), Kerda (Nurse), Lusanie (Health Agent), Unise (Lab), Kuchnie (Lab), Italien (Social worker), Jeanide (Lab)
    Front Row (L-R): Dr. Leandre, Linda (Lab), Hergranide (Health agent)

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  • Busted Leg

    14 February 2012

    Saturday, we used the ambulance to respond to a call for help at the scene of a motorcycle accident. Among other bruises and abrasions the young man suffered a broken leg. We were able to confirm by x-ray that it was not a simple break and that the bones were not lined up, making casting impossible.

    In the States the case would surely have been given as a consult to an orthopedic surgeon. Since we don't have that luxury without transporting the patient 8 hours away to Port au Prince, where the service may or may not be available, Dr. Leandre made the decision to put the fellow in traction to draw the bones back into alignment so that the leg can be casted.

    This is just one example of Doc's commitment to give the best care he can to his community. He has spent countless hours treating burn victims, treating diabetic related wounds, repairing tendon and ligament damage related to major cuts. Doc does more than a lot of folks would attempt and he does it with a lot less. We are blessed to have had him here at Hopital Evangelique for 17 years and sure hope that he is around for 17 more.

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  • Goin' Home With Fresh Chicken

    7 February 2012

    As we make the transition from the American norm to the Haitian norm, things happen which, to my American sensibilities, I find entertaining. The other day we got ready to transport a post op patient and her family home in the ambulance. In jumps this young boy holding a chicken. I'm sure there's some type of law in the U.S. prohibiting live poultry in an ambulance!
    - Dan

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  • Hospital Building Addition

    6 December 2011

    Here are more photos of the progress being made, including builiding an interior wall, installing door frames and smooth plastering the inside.

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  • Hospital Building Addition

    3 November 2011

    The work on the addition is going along well. They put the block border around the edge of the roof the other day. This will send the rain water to the cistern instead of letting it run onto the ground.

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  • Hospital Building Addition

    20 September 2011

    St Jean was at the hospital while his mom was hospitalized. He hung around everyday pitching in where he could with the construction work. Steve told him each day that he didn't need any other workers. Each day he came and worked anyway. Steve decided to feed him to pay for his work. So when it came to the days that he did need an extra set of hands St Jean was there and had shown his willingness to work. By his persistence and hard work he was able to make enough money to pay for school for the next year for himself. This picture shows him breaking gravel with a hammer. This needed to be a certain size to go in the columns for the front porch of the hospital addition.

    we're also putting in a fence around the hospital yard using chain link fencing, local rock and cement . This extends along the driveway down to the gate.

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  • Hospital Building Addition

    3 September 2011

    The building addition to the hospital is progressing well. In the first photo you can see the rebar in place at the top of the block. This will be formed and poured with concrete creating a bond beam, so named because it ties everything together and gives added structural integrity to the building. The next step will be to form and pour the roof.

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  • Hospital Building Addition

    August 2011

    The building project for Hopital Evangelique de Bombardopolis started in July 2011. We are building three rooms. They are similar in size to the rooms of the office / x-ray / surgery / storage rooms we previously built at the hospital. One room will be for delivering babies and will accommodate 2 beds and supply cabinets. Another room will be for wound care and sterilization. The third room will be a meeting and break room, and have a restroom, as well. We will then renovate the hospital areas currently used for these services, allowing us to enlarge our lab and have more rooms for counseling and to better help the people.

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  • Isabelle and Julien

    July 2011

    Our long time friend Isabelle Monroy was in Haiti for a visit with us and was able to drive our newly acquired amubulance up to Bombarde for us. Thank you, Isabelle.

    Isabelle, a native of France, has served the people of Haiti for many years. Four years ago she adopted Julien who had delayed development issues due to muscle deficiencies and severe malnutrition problems. After staying in Haiti for a time Isabelle made the difficult decision to return to France so that Julien could get the more intensive attention that his condition required. It is heartening to see his progress and to see the Gospel lived out in the sacrificial love shown to him by his mother.

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  • The wait is over!

    July 2011

    The new ambulance is in Bombarde and in use! As you can see, this is not what comes to mind when we think of an ambulance in America. No lights or siren or EMS, it is used to transport sick folks to the hospital. Without fail they are accompanied by family members, who attend to them on the ride in and during their stay, if they get admitted. The previous vehicle was the same make and model (Toyota Landcruiser made for developing countries) and served for over 12 years. We intend to do some renovation on it and keep it in service as a back up. We thank God for this vehicle and thank all of you who He used to help us get it. May the folks of Bombarde see the love of Jesus for them as we use this tool to meet them where they most need to be met.

    And yes, we do have plans to fix this part of the hospital roof :)

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  • Steve puts his skills to a different use :)

    June 2011

    We always talk about Steve being the maintenance man and this brings to mind him working with tools.

    When this girl's mom brought her to have her cast cut off, she was terrified until he explained that no, he wasn't going to cut off her arm, just the plaster, and he demonstrated that it wouldn't hurt. He then promised her a treat if she held still for him. By the time he gave her a chocolate she was asking her mom if she would get to come back again. Yes, she liked Mr. Steve and his chocolate.
    - Faith

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