Haiti Update - February 2015
by Vernon Giesbrecht
In the countries that we serve, Double Harvest seeks to ensure that out of its core mission of developing commercial agricultural projects, compassion and spiritual ministries are also established and supported. Just as our goal is to resource and implement best practices in order to increase food production where poverty is deep-rooted, we also desire to see that educational, medical, personal and spiritual needs are addressed with the same standards. Our objective is to meet people’s physical and spiritual needs in desperate and struggling countries of the world.
In January, our Clinic in Haiti hosted two repeat medical teams. The Tri-State Surgery Team, based out of WV, came alongside our Haitian staff to perform multiple surgeries and minor procedures. Our doctors prepare lists of patients whose medical needs match the specialties on each surgery team. What we regard as routine procedures here are often life-changing in Haiti where medical care is often simply not available. Later in the month, the Springfield Baptist Medical Team from TN conducted rural medical clinics in the surrounding villages. Lesser (a relative term) illnesses were treated on-site, while more extreme cases were either referred to our Clinic or placed on the list for the next surgery team. We express our gratitude to these gifted professionals for their compassionate care.
At the beginning of January, Double Harvest also hosts an annual Pastors Conference in cooperation with the church that meets on our School grounds. Again, around 150 pastors and church leaders, along with their families this year, spent five days of teaching, fellowship and refreshment. A team of pastors and wives from TN led the conference, focusing on how to study the Bible, how to preach and teach the Bible, and put the lessons into practice with a study of the New Testament book of Ephesians. One pastor expressed his thanks: “I knew how to read my Bible; thank you for teaching me how to study my Bible. That makes the whole difference for me!” The wives and children also enjoyed special sessions addressing their unique needs. Many of these spiritual leaders serve in sometimes difficult and isolated situations, attempting to bring the light and freedom of the gospel to a dark and superstitious community. The conference provides for them a wonderful time of both learning and encouragement.
We thank our faithful supporters for coming along side of us in “Sowing Seeds of Life”, both physical and spiritual!