Haiti Update - November 2018
by Vernon Giesbrecht
CHANGES AT DOUBLE HARVEST – Someone has said that the only constant in this world is change. Nothing stays the same. Change is central to the transitions in life. Biblical characters experienced somewhat dramatic change in their lives – Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Ruth, and the Apostle Paul come to mind. While not necessarily dramatic, my wife and I will be experiencing change in our lives. We will be retiring at the end of this year and stepping down from our responsibilities at Double Harvest. We realize many have travelled this road before, but for us it is with mixed feelings because of the relationships we have established with supporters like you and with the people at Double Harvest in Haiti. In the near future, you will be receiving a communication from the Double Harvest Board of Directors announcing this change, and introducing the couple who will be assuming the responsibilities of the U.S. office in the New Year. Rev. Chris and Carol Hinckley live in NE Ohio and come with excellent qualifications and a heart for the ministry of Double Harvest. Soon you will be seeing their names associated with the organization. For now, however, we wanted you to be informed of this upcoming change. Your prayers are welcomed as we embark on this transition. Now on to some recent newsfrom Haiti.
Medical Mission Team - Rebooked Visit– In July, the planned visit of the Bridge of Life’s Mobile Medical Team was interrupted by dangerous demonstrations protesting the government’s increase in gas prices (See the July-August Update). They rebooked and returned in October. Working with Community Health Workers trained on previous missions, and with Double Harvest translators and medical personnel, they conducted community health clinics in a number of surrounding villages. Over the course of five days they screened 1878 people, referring many to our Medical Clinic for further care!! These mobile clinics are such a blessing to the people of Haiti as quality medical care is in such short supply in the country. To get a sense of their mission and experience, watch the video at the bottom of this report.
School’s Computer Lab – Also in October, my wife and I had the opportunity to facilitate a small team to do some needed repairs and updates on the Computer Lab since its installation in 2013. One of the exciting things that occurred during our short trip were Skype sessions between classes at the Double Harvest School and classes in NE Ohio, Connecticut, and with a teacher in Pakistan (9 hour time difference). It was heart-warming to see the respect and curiosity of the students despite language barriers as they played some simple games together and inquired of each other’s lives. We thank volunteer teachers here in NE Ohio for overseeing this internet based Collaborative Project and moving it forward. Financial support of the Lab falls outside of the Sponsorship donations, so your help with this important educational tool is welcomed. Just include “Computer Lab” on a separate note with your contribution.