UPDATE from the TEAM:
After a tiring day of travel on Friday the team made it to Haiti safely and with all of our luggage!
Saturday morning we left at 7am to the Missionary Training Center to begin the first day of the eyeglass clinic. The team began cleaning out an area to use for our clinic, shoveling gravel/dirt and setting up chairs and tables. Once set up, people were brought in to the Missionary Training Center in small groups. They first had their prescription read with an eyeglass machine. Then their prescription was given to a group to find glasses that matched, or were close to their prescription. Afterwards someone would sit down with them one-on-one with a translator to fit the glasses and make sure that the they could see clearly. Then once the physical sight was taken care of we would ask them if they had made Jesus the Lord of their life. From there we would share the gospel, and pray for them. Seeing everyone doing their part was truly an image of the church body working together. Many people were given glasses, many people heard the gospel, and a large handful accepted the Lord into their life!
|A Haitian girl tests her glasses!|
|Pamela praying for an Eyeglasses Clinic patient|
|Melanie prays with a woman as she receives her glasses.|
The eyeglass machine began to overheat and it had to be turned off and taken outside to cool off. While waiting for the machine to return, the team was able to talk to those still waiting and love on the kids that came with their parents. Pastor John spoke to the group and presented the gospel message. One woman, Lucienne, gave her life to Christ after hearing Pastor John talk! The eyeglass machine returned and three more people were able to get their eyes read before the machine was completely finished. We gave out some snack crackers and invited those who didn’t get glasses to come back Tuesday, when we will continue the clinic.
Immediately following the clinic we took a short walk to the Orphanage. We spent 2-3 hours playing with the kids, holding them, and just being there to sit with them. Then we returned to Cross to Light to eat, shower, and reflect on the day. Tomorrow we prepare for church and whatever else the Lord would have us to do.
|Barbie at the orphanage|
Please pray for the eye reading machine. It overheated a few times today which slowed down the process. We have a plan to remedy this - pray the Lord keeps the machine operable so we can help more people.
Pray for strength and perseverance for our team, including translators.
Pray for growing boldness of the team to share with people as the Lord brings opportunities.
Thus far we have had very little electricity at the Training Center (our lodging.) Pray for power to return.
The team began their day of ministry early! After breakfast and devos, they headed out to the Tent City for the first Eye Glasses Clinic.
After a little work to get the eye machine working again, a few dozen people now can see clearly! As people waited their turn to be seen at the clinic, members of the team who were not running the machines taught the children worship songs in Creole and loved on the babies. Not only did they feed their souls with music about the Savior, but they also were able to provide them with a simple snack. During this time, at least one woman accepted Christ as her Savior! Praise God! The team will return to the the Tent City for another Eye Glasses Clinic on Tuesday.
|Joel and Logan working at the Eye Glasses Clinic|
|Emily, Barbie, and Rachel teaching those waiting Bible songs in Creole|
|Vinny loving on the children|
|John enjoying this sweet girl's company|