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  • Hospital Roof Replacement

    14-31 January 2012

    There is a thin line between fretting and purposeful planning. Steve had been planning the replacement of our hospital's roof for well over a year.

    The roof is 43 feet wide and 110 feet long. Many of the wooden rafters were rotted allowing the roof to be weakened and sag. Much of the decking and nailers were unable to hold a nail and thus keep the roofing secure. Much of the galvanized roofing itself was rusted badly. Much of the roof leaked. We have had to patch the roofing to try to keep out rain and put tires and concrete blocks on it to keep it in place during high winds. You get the picture, it was a mess. The replacement was overdue. It also was a pretty imposing project to take on. Lots of reasons to plan carefully and repeatedly, and maybe fret a little.

    We live in Bombardopolis, Haiti, which is several hours from anywhere that you can get materials related to a project of this sort. We calculated and ordered insulation, screws and related items, and had them shipped from the US last year (they were actually shipped in latter 2011 and received in February 2012). We got the steel and paint for making the trusses and purloins in Port au Prince and made them here on site in October of 2012. Painted steel roofing was purchased in Port. As with all materials of any bulk, the roofing and steel had to be trucked out by a third party adding another layer of potential complication. Unfortunately the brand new roofing we paid for was badly damaged when received from the supplier. We had to remove areas of corrosion and repaint areas on most of the sheets. Just part of doing business here, no money back guarantee, little if any thought for customer satisfaction.

    We needed folks to come alongside us to help with the project, folks with knowledge of construction. We made the need known and the Lord supplied the best of His folks. He sent two teams that could not have been better suited for what needed to be done here.

    The first team included two folks from Virginia, Billy Orme, who is from Dan & Sharon's home church, Bethlehem Baptist and JJ Bates, Dan & Sharon's son-in-law. Alan Rennells came from Michigan and brought his daughter Betsy, who is now here full time. Four folks from Missouri, Clayton Huff, Tim Ruck Ed Ashley, and Jerusha Hardin—Clayton and Jerusha stayed for the whole project.

    The second team included IMF president Ed Stanley, Lisa & Maggie Huff (Clayton's wife & daughter), and David and Jeremiah Peters, Jake Betts, and Josh Pretzer from Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

    Much of the electrical wiring was outdated and attached to the old roof so it got removed along with everything else. David Hardin (Jerusha's Dad) and Joshua Burks came to rewire the whole hospital.

    It was a great experience. We are glad it is finished. We got to make a lot of new friends and see God's hand in the work.
    - Dan

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  • Zanesville Medical Mission

    9-16 January 2012

    Zanesville Medical Mission (ZMM) is a talented group of folks who give of their time to provide surgical services to folks who would otherwise likely go without. Their trip to Hopital Evangelique de Bombardopolis (HEB) in January 2012 marked the team's 7th trip to Haiti and 3rd to HEB. Their coming to HEB is especially beneficial as the folks here would have been hard-pressed to receive the surgery they needed without ZMM's donation of talent and time.

    ZMM consists of Dr. Tom Diehl, MD surgeon, Sherry Diehl, who made sure that all the equipment was sterilized, among other things, Thom Saarie, CRNA, who provided the anesthesia, Ruth Bugglin, RN and Patty Frame, RN, both operating room nurses with lots of experience, Lisa Dodson, RN, also an OR nurse who did all the preparation of the patients and who also works tirelessly in the months before such a trip to procure all the necessary equipment, Jeff Dodson, who helped wherever needed, and John Benson, a long time friend and board member who came to help with logistics and hung doors for the hospital addition and built cabinets for it while he was here.

    Some of the surgeries they performed this time were life changing: large lipomas that both look bad and can inhibit movement, abdominal hernias that curtail day to day activity. At least one was life saving as it involved a hernia that had begun to strangulate the bowel. Either way the outcome was an enhanced quality of life and a tangible demonstration of God's love and care.

    It was just so refreshing to spend time with a group of folks who came to serve and were so totally dedicated to the Lord and flexible in their plans. We shared all of our meals together. They gladly pitched in wherever they could help, I have to say it was the first time I ever saw a surgeon do dishes.

    Please pray for the folks of ZMM, we hope that they will be able to return soon. We and the people we serve are so fortunate to have them involved.
    - Dan

    Read team reports from Dr. Tom Deihl, Sherry Diehl, John Benson, Thom Saarie and Bugglin below the photo gallery.

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    Team Reports

    My thought are so many, its hard to say them all. I will tell you I was struck by the beauty that surrounds you in Bombard. The people, the sky at night. To see how God continues to bless us in the midst of poverty. The early morning wake up, that sounded so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. The choir singing at 4 in the morning. Recognizing the melody of some of the songs, gave me hope for the people of Haiti. Thank you for your desire to serve God in Haiti.
    Blessings to you,
    Ruth Bugglin

    Reflections On January 2012 Zanesville Medical Mission to IMF Hospital Bombardoplois Haiti
    Mark 12:29-31 ---The Lord our God is one Lord and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this,"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." "There is no other commandment greater than these."
    People ask me "Why do you go to Haiti? Why don't you volunteer your services at home?" So many ways to respond to that. Bottom line—I feel honored to be a part of a medical team providing the only surgical services available to people who make some of the American poor look like kings. In America, there is always access to health care if you need it. In Bombardopolis, IMF Hospital Evangelique is the sole source available.
    Throughout my career as a nurse anesthetist I have felt called to give back to my neighbors who are less fortunate than myself. 3 years ago I was given the perfect opportunity when Mike Hoffer recruited me to join the Zanesville Medical Mission team on their trip to Bombardopolis. This year I was fortunate to be able to return again. While none of the surgeries were quite as dramatic as our c-section 3 years ago, we operated on nearly 30 people and made a difference in their quality of life.
    To love our neighbor as ourself, we can give of our time, talent, or treasure. I feel by coming with the Zanesville Medical Mission I can give a little bit of each. On each trip I make, I receive so much more than I give. I am awakened to all the things we take for granted in the US; freely running water on demand being on the top of the list. I am touched by the gratitude of all the people we operate on during our short stay. I get to make new friendships with the the Beardsleys, renew old friendships with the Leaches and all the ZMM members, and marvel at the beauty of the night time skies untouched by light pollution. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to come to IMF Hospital Evangelique and I thank you for allowing me to follow our Lords greatest commandments.
    Yours in Christ,
    Thom Saarie, CRNA

    It had been several years since I had been to Bombard. Having sent several containers with stuff needed it was great to see the fence and how it has made a difference in the compound. When I come down to work, it is usually a project that Mr. Steve needs help with but what he doesn't realize is that it is a time for me to give back to God. I see where I have come from and by God's grace I have been given a second chance to further His Kingdom by coming along side of great people who serve a Great God. I am always amazed at what has been done and what is projected to happen there in that little town, all because of God and His servants Steve and Faith and now along with Dan and Sharon. This trip was all about surgeries and medical stuff. I did some minor carpentry and cabinetry but for the most part, I played. The two little girls (sisters) on the campus made my day every morning by coming to the house and saying "Mesa Mi" which, every time I heard it, tickled me so much. The chance to sit and hug and kiss those little girls who only wanted attention and love with an occasional couple of bananas made it all worth while. My eyes water as I type this, as Faith told me their prognosis and what their future holds. I wish I could do more, I wish I could go more, I wish I could change those little girls outlook, but I can't. God knows and He is able to make sure those girls are taken care of, through Mr Steve and Faith and Dan and Sharon. I appreciate our missionaries and their hospitality and graciousness for letting me be a part of their ministry serving God in Bombardopolis. Not a day goes by that my mind doesn't wander off to Bombard and God's work there. That ten mile ride to Mole to catch the airplane on the four wheeler was a great way to end my trip.
    Thanks for all you do.
    Pray everyday for our missionaries.
    Big Kahuna (John Benson)

    Once again our surgical team experienced great blessings in Haiti. Our trips down and back to the states went smoothly and the surgeries went well and, as far as I know the patients are all doing well. We did three minor procedures and 27 surgeries during the 5 days we spent operating. We enjoyed seeing Steve and Faith again and meeting and fellowshipping with Dan and Sharon Beardsley for the first time in person. As in all our previous trips the blessings I received and the growth in faith I experienced far exceeded anything I may have expected ( or even wanted as you will read). We arrived in Bombard late Monday and started doing surgery on Tuesday. My wife, Sherry, was part of the team working doing instrument sterilization. On Thursday she began to experience symptoms of conjunctivitis in her right eye and started some antibiotic drops but by Friday she had had a severe decrease in her vision in that eye and could only see light, dark and some shadows. This obviously caused some concern but we stayed until Monday as planned and put it in God's hands (with some trepidation). She is doing well now and her sight is slowly returning. The blessing is twofold. One- I learned a little bit more about trusting God in all circumstances. Secondly- Sherry's ophthalmologist at home says she is going to approach several companies that make antibiotics about sending samples to Haiti. God is at work even and perhaps especially in our trials.
    In Christ,
    Tom Diehl

    It was a blessing to be a part of the medical team. By cleaning and sterilizing the surgical instruments, it freed up a nurse to help in surgery and helped things to moved more efficiently. I was glad to have a way to serve in this way. The time I spent with the Haitian patients, the children and with Steve, Faith, Dan and Sharon will be memories that I treasure until I am able to make a return trip.
    Sherry Diehl

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