Hello from Haiti! It has been an incredibly busy week, but God has done some amazing things at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and I wanted to share with you about some of what we are involved in this week.
As I shared last week, we have a surgery team in that is doing a ton of surgeries and helping a lot of our Haitian friends. It has been really fun to work alongside this team and to see how God can use the medical world as a tool to share the gospel.
The pastor of our mission church, Pastor St. Verty, has been in the pre-op room all week praying with families and patients. It is such a joy to see Haitians ministering to others Haitians. We love how God uses
this humble man to pour into the lives of those who live in our community.
Zach has had a unique chance this week to help an anesthesiologist. He has helped with getting supplies, monitoring patients, and moving patients in and out of the OR. I asked him how it was and he said, “It’s cool, but I don’t think I would want to do it for a career.”
Alana and Kimberly have focused on working alongside our interns as they serve on campus. They are able to go to each program every morning and share the devotion for the day. They have also spent some time helping one of our full-time staff get settled in after some time in the States.
I have been working closely with the doctors this week. It makes it fun because some of the patients who come in are people I know from the church or the community. My buddy Samy, pictured above, was one of my friends who came in this week. He was smiling ear to ear as he went into surgery and ear to ear when he woke up. He is the coolest little kid I know.
Not all of our surgeries end in big smiles. Just this morning the surgeons began a surgery on a woman and found she was filled with cancer. They removed one ovary, but there was nothing else they could do. I went with one of the doctors as he talked with the family and the patient. As he spoke to them, I noticed his hands literally shaking. It feels so helpless to know there is nothing we can do to help this woman.
This next week is exciting for us as Emily comes in for the next ten days with our church team. We are excited to see her and to get to do ministry with our church family. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to journey through this summer. We are so excited to see all that God has planned.
Hi Friends!! We have been in Haiti for a week and it has already been a great adventure! We wanted to give you an update on all that is happening at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and in the life of the Harvey Family.
The picture is from our flight from Port Au Prince up to the mission. We normally bus up and it takes seven or more hours. This trip we were blessed to be able to fly with Mission Aviation Fellowship. It allowed us to actually make it up to the mission at lunchtime. It is so fun to fly with an organization we have known about for years.
After a day to get settled in, re-connect with the interns and say hello to our Haitian friends, we had groups begin to arrive for their Haitian adventure. We had two church groups arrive to go serve in some of our other communities.
On Sunday, a surgical team arrived to serve for two weeks. It has been a great experience to watch people who have needed surgeries for years be able to receive them. One man had a very painful condition and had needed surgery for years. (Because this is a family post, I will spare you details.) As he entered the OR, he paused and said, “Thank you all so much. I have suffered for years. Now I can go to church, the market and work to support my family.” It made me think of the woman who touched Jesus cloak and was healed of her bleeding.
Our role is facilitating the teams working on our campus. It has been great to work with this medical team. They even let all of the interns go in and observe surgery. Zach and I have watched surgeries, and Alana and Kimberly are working their way up to it!
It has been a great beginning to our summer. We have already seen God move in great ways and we are excited to see all that happens the next few weeks. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. God uses you to bless our lives and allows us to partner with others to bring the hope of Jesus to Haiti. Please feel free to e-mail, message us on FaceBook or send a chat on Voxer; we would love to hear from you!!
Well, it is June 3 and the Harvey family is on the move. We will be leaving our home tonight to begin our travels into Haiti for the next eight weeks. We are so excited about all God has in store for us and we can’t wait to work alongside our staff, interns, and short-term teams.
This has been a crazy busy and fast paced month. Emily finished school in Tennessee and came home for the summer, Zach turned 18 and graduated high school, and Kimberly turned 14 and finished middle school. In the midst of all those events, we hosted NWHCM Summer Intern Training in Florida for four days.
The photo above shows our amazing group of interns. These are college students who have raised money to come and serve the mission and the Haitian people this summer. Alana and I have the privilege of serving as their mentors and helping them adjust to life on the field as well as helping them see how God wants to move and work in their lives at an even deeper level. This is one of the most exciting parts of my job!
Please be praying for our family this summer. It will be a different summer of new challenges, new responsibilities and new opportunities. I am praying God will use this time to shape and refine our hearts to look more like his.
I will be traveling to many different communities this summer to do partnership evaluations and community research. I will also be working closely with our Haitian pastors to help them develop some new systems of operations and to train them in developing the people in their churches to be disciples of Christ.
Thank you so much for your prayers, your support and your encouragement. We love that we can partner with you to reach the “least of these” with the message of Jesus.