When I opened my door last Sunday morning to let Oliver out this is what God greeted me with. You can’t tell from the picture but the sun really hadn’t totally risen yet, it was just dawning and it was beautiful to see this almost double rainbow.
Instead of this rainbow being after the rain as with Noah, this was one was at the beginning of a very, very wet week! This is a blessing because the rain is needed, however it does come with some problems – because of run off, germs are spread. We have had two families down the road from us that have had Cholera. There was one death, possibly two. On Friday Charly drove an elderly women that was unconscious to the hospital, at this point we do not know how she is. We have been handing out bucket filtration systems to make sure people are drinking safe water. After some investigation we think the source of the problem is probably unsafe cleaning habits within the homes. If it was the water we believe there would be many more cases (and there still may be). But both families with the infection had elderly people in them and live close to the creek. It is really hard to keep sanitation in the forefront of people. When it rains water runs down hill and mixes with lots of stuff, fruit and veggies touch the ground, are picked up and eaten, many times without washing in safe water. Some things get washed in safe water and then sat down on a table or other area that has not been sanitized and you have new contamination. Things we know but have to be in forefront of your mind all the time.
Please pray for our community and that these are just isolated cases and not a bigger problem. We are taking back a bunch more bucket filtration systems to hand out.
A couple other prayer requests 1) baby Jonathan, you will remember his mom passed away and he is in care in PAP. He has been ill and in the hospital with some breathing and eating problems, so please keep him and the caregivers in your prayers as well. 2) Dave, a fifteen year old boy out on the mountain has an abscessed tooth, we will be sending him to a dentist on Monday probably to have the tooth pulled. Pray for the pain he has been in and for dentist pulling the tooth. If there are any dentist reading my blog, there is great need for dental care here.
Despite the rain, we had a seminar at the house on Monday and Tuesday called CHE Community Health Evangelism. It is Haitian led to teach and train Haitians to teach each other in the areas of physical health, spiritual health, and economic health thru community development. Very excited to have good turn out, praying for a good discipleship among neighbors. Over 50 showed up, our porch was overflowing before it ended.
There has been a whole lot of sanding and painting going on Wednesday thru Friday this week, and we should finish up painting the middle of this coming week, praise the Lord!!
Here are a few pictures:
Now we have to finish up trim work, shelving, cabinet doors and drawers, and more bunk beds.
Our next team comes the first week in December, this year has flown by!
Not being able to understand much of the sermons here makes bible reading all the more precious. From my reading this morning:
2 Timothy 3:15-17
“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”