Haiti Update - March 2016
by Vernon Giesbrecht
Sowing Seeds of Life
“Sowing Seeds of Life” has been our tag line for many years. This brief phrase expresses the mission of Double Harvest on multiple levels, even as our name does. We are committed to both a physical and spiritual harvest – a “double harvest”, particularly in poor, developing countries. In Haiti, Seeds of Life are sown in our agricultural and related projects reaping major grains, quality vegetables, and nutritious fish and chicken meat along with Grade A eggs. Tree seedlings are grown to supply reforestation projects attempting to reverse an environmental disaster. These commercial enterprises provide employment and a product source for local vendors, thus influencing the surrounding economy. Ongoing financial contributions are needed to continue the development of these projects. Seeds of Spiritual Life are sown each work day morning with a devotional time to begin the day. Singing, a Bible lesson, and prayer are offered for strength for the day, for an embracing of hope, and for life transformation through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Seeds of Life are sown in our Christian school in Haiti; note the February, 2016 Update. Coming from area villages, 500 students (Preschool – Grade 13) are challenged daily by the Haitian faculty in their academic, social and spiritual lives. They also receive a nutritious noon meal and medical care at our Clinic when necessary. Sponsored at $45 per month by generous donors, we believe the care, education, and training of children and youth is one of the most effective ways to address poverty. Thank you, sponsors!! Seeds of Spiritual Life are also sown with our support of local churches as they impact their community with the message of the Bible.
Double Harvest has offered medical services to local villages and area since 1987. Haiti ranks close to the bottom of the World Health Organization’s scale on health care. Sowing Seeds of Life occurs daily with over 100 patients receiving care from our Haitian medical staff. Some walk or travel hours to be seen. An array of tropical illnesses and diseases are treated. A partnering organization sponsors an Eye Care Center in our Clinic, using current instruments to diagnose for glasses, medications, or surgery. Hundreds of patients are receiving new vision! Did you say “surgery”?! Augmenting the daily care, visiting medical and surgical teams from the U.S. perform up to 80 varying procedures during a week in our two operating rooms. Physical lives are transformed as sometimes life-changing surgeries are performed! This medical care is offered at a fraction of the cost of hospitals in the nearby capital, Port-au-Prince. While patients wait, Seeds of Life are being sown – videos and DVDs are playing passing on health, hygiene and spiritual instruction. This is the love of Christ in action! Thank you to those whose faithful partnership make all this possible!