Remembering Former Director/Board Member
by Vernon Giesbrecht
Remembering a Former Director & Board Member – On Friday, April 21, Dave Marshall went to be with the Lord. He was approaching 90 years of age. Together with his wife and family, they ministered as missionaries in Mali, West Africa for many years, then as director of the mission they served. Upon his “first retirement”, they were asked to assume the position of Director of the Double Harvest mission in Haiti, and later to move to Florida to oversee the North American office. Among other significant contributions, under his leadership the School in Haiti began in 1996 with two classes of 30 students, each supported by Sponsors in the U. S. With a class added each year, enrollment now hovers around 500 (Pre-School – Grade 13), and the School has a reputation of some of the highest passing percentages in key grades in Haiti!! Dave Marshall has left a faithful legacy of service for the Lord and to impoverished people of this world. His experience and wisdom will be missed! Your prayers for his wife, Elaine, and their extended family will be appreciated. (Note: Diane Cable, our Volunteer Medical-Surgical Coordinator, is their daughter.)
Medical Care & Surgery – These past few months saw a Rural Mobile Medical Team and three Surgery Teams serve the local Haitian population through our Medical-Surgical Clinic. Over 1000 people were attended to in underserved villages, and 80-100 surgical procedures were conducted each week by the surgery teams. These compassionate and skilled professionals augment the daily care of our Haitian medical staff. Typical tropical diseases and ailments are treated for 60-80patients each day. A partnering Eye Care organization performs refraction assessments for corrective lens prescriptions (no used glasses), and testing for potential cataract surgeries by a visiting team. These mercy ministries reflect our commitment to share the love and compassion of Christ.
Mission Team Experience – My wife and I were again privileged to organize a team from our church to Double Harvest-Haiti the first week of April. The focus of the mission was three-fold: Ladies Church Leaders Seminars; completing construction of a village church’s Sunday School building; and upgrades to our school’s Computer Lab. The ladies seminars drew 12 women from each of 3 local churches on 3 separate days and included singing, encouragement from the Bible and life experiences, a hygiene presentation, and sending them home with food, a hygiene packet, and gifts. We were told the flat of 30 eggs each lady received would feed 19 people for a week! Meanwhile, our men installed doors, a drop ceiling, and shelves in the S.S. building, completely painted it inside and out (ladies helped too!), and constructed a roof on a new small office building. The S. S. building doubles as a beginner’s school during the week with two graduates of our school as teachers. The Computer Lab continues to provide students with needed skills and also collaborative sessions via the internet with schools in NE Ohio. The gratitude was palpable; team members’ lives were forever changed!