At the beginning of 2020 news of deadly virus began to spread. It sprung up in Wuhan China and thousands of new cases were found each day. There was confusion, shock, fear, a lot of questions, and some indifference, especially from those in the Western world. Many thought the effect would remain in China, much like Ebola in Africa years before. This was not the case. In a matter of weeks, it spread to other Asian and European countries. Then it hit the United States. No longer could we look away from this “Chinese virus.” Hundreds of countries and thousands of lives are affected. World wide panic ensued flooding grocery stores. Hand sanitizer and medical face masks were the first items to go, but more followed.
Thursday, March 12th I got an email. My flight home, scheduled for the end of April was canceled. Not only that, but the flight company also dropped its entire fleet, putting thousands of employees on unpaid leave. I was unsure whether to try and leave early or wait for it to blow over. Things started changing rapidly in the clinic, the priority became getting patients cared for faster with less time sitting in groups. Big gatherings were canceled. We were advised not to go out for unnecessary reasons and stockpile food in case home isolation was enforced.
The same night, after I had spent the day contemplating what to do, not wanting to get trapped in the Philippines and delay my return to Haiti further. President Duterte (of the Philippines) made a statement– many were to go on home isolation, the airports may be shut down for an unforeseeable time, and any short term visitors should get out now. So I messaged home and Haiti for advice prayed for guidance, and within 15 hours I had packed up, said my farewells, and arrived at the airport for one of the last flights out. Domestic flights were suspended as my plane left the ground.
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It has no fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who confides in Him. Like a tree planted by the water, never fearing the heat or worrying in the drought. Always green, always bearing fruit. Sitting in the airport thinking about this pandemic, thinking about my season of training, thinking about my empty bank account, all the uncertainties of the future, thinking about the dangerous state of Haiti right now and the level 4 travel advisory. I have peace as I think about the last four months.
A lot of hard lessons were learned. I learned a lot of skills, drew closer to the Lord, clung to the Anchor of my Soul. I am trusting even when my plans change, knowing that my plans, no matter how well thought out, are often not His and His timing is not mine. With the Lord whatever comes is going to be good. I’m not afraid. I don’t fear what could happen. I know my God and I know for this season where he has called me to. The presence of God is in the places of risk.
I will be home for a short season, working and serving my family. Whenever the time is right and I have the funds (if travel is possible) I will head back to Haiti with excitement for what the Lord has accomplished in my absence, and what new things he is already preparing for me. Join me in prayer for this preparation time and the unstable state of Haiti.
If you would like to help me get back to Haiti and continue the work there, here is a break down of my current financial needs:
Flights and 3-month expenses total $1,600
- $1,000 round trip flight
- $450 housing and food
- $150 local transportation etc.
Medical supplies I wish to bring: $275
- $60 Stethoscope
- $25 Blood pressure cuff
- $15 Good Thermometer
- $20 Fetoscope
- $135 Doppler
- $15 Doppler Jelly
- $5 Floppy Tape Measure
Permis De Sejour
$625 fees for obtaining residency that will allow me to stay unlimited amounts of time in Haiti so I will no longer have to abide by the three-month rule or worry about overstaying my tourist visa in the event of being trapped in the country by protesting or airport lockdown
Thank you for your prayers and all the ways you support me, I couldn’t be doing what I am doing without each of you.