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The Multiplying Medicine Miracle

by | May 21, 2014 | Haiti, Mission Trips, World Orphans | 0 comments

Today I was a pharmacist! We had a medical clinic at Pastor Daniel’s church, and it was definitely a new experience for me. I’ve always heard so much about how desperate these families are, knowing that medical care in their country is unaffordable and doctors will not treat patients until they have already been paid. I’ve also heard how crowded and chaotic it can be with so many people vying for a limited amount of medicine. And lastly, I’ve always heard that clinics are over when you run out of medicine and have to tell everyone else who had been waiting all day that they weren’t being seen, and they had to go home. That was the most nerve-wracking expectation…sending people home without medication after waiting in the heat all day. These were the only expectations I’d had for today, so I was wondering how accurate these expectations would be.

First let me explain the layout of the clinic. We were in the concrete church building, and we were split into 4 stations. The first station was registration, manned by 2 team members and our translator, Waldring. People would come in and write their name, age, etc on a card and then our team members would take their temperature and blood pressure and put that info on the card. Then patients would sit on rows of benches waiting for the second station, the doctor. The doctor would do a quick checkup and write prescriptions on their card. Then they would walk to the back of the church where we had set up the pharmacy. Our team leader and I manned the pharmacy, along with our other translator, Johnson. We would find the medicine prescribed and then Johnson would give instructions to the patients (eg, how many times a day to take the pills and what dosage). Then they would go to the last station where 3 team members would pray over them before they left.

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The pharmacy station. I wore my scrub pants so I would look more like the medical professional that I am not. 🙂

 

One expectation that definitely rang true was the sheer volume of people that came to the church. That little concrete church was packed wall to wall to wall to wall. At times it was very loud, and people were not sitting in their assigned areas. The pastor had to occasionally shout instructions to everyone to make things go smoother. Since my station was the pharmacy, I didn’t really see much of the desperation I had expected. By the time they came to me, they had seen the doctor and had a prescription in hand, so they were not too afraid. But the team members who worked the registration desk said many mothers would come, claiming that their baby was very sick and needed to be seen immediately. And many would get angry when they thought someone else was cutting in line or didn’t deserve to be ahead of them. So those things still happened, but I didn’t see it much from my area.

I think the coolest part of the day was seeing God work a mini miracle. For some reason, we didn’t have as much medicine as these clinics typically do. Our team leader (who has done many many clinics) said that the money for medicine just didn’t go as far this time for some reason. And Ron, the Haiti country director, estimated that we would see about 90-100 people with the amount of medicine we bought. The ladies in the prayer station prayed before we started that God would multiply the medicine and we would be able to serve everyone who came. That seemed impractical considering that medical clinics are designed to use up every bit of medicine and then close down, knowing that not everyone would be seen or get medication. But still, they prayed for God to do it. And ya know what? HE DID! The doctor saw every single person that came into that church, and every person walked out with medicine. We served around 170 people! A far cry from the estimated 90. At the end of the day, we even had a little medicine left over which will be used in Thursday’s medical clinic. So God is already providing for that day as well.

It was a blessing to not have to send people away empty handed. I had heard so much about how awful it is, how desperate the people are, and how angry they become, I was not looking forward to it. And then, God spared us from having to do it altogether.

I really enjoyed working at the pharmacy station. It was busy (and hot as always), but it truly felt so useful. I was so thankful to be able to help so many people in such a tangible way. It was definitely a job suited for me and my gifts so I’m glad I got to participate in that particular way.

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These sweet girls that I played with yesterday after VBS came back to see me after our clinic was over. Aren’t they beautiful?

Obviously, your prayers are having a huge impact! It was clear that today was bathed in prayer. Tomorrow we will go to a new church and do VBS activities in the morning and home visits in the afternoon, the same schedule as Monday. Please pray that it goes well tomorrow and that the kids see Jesus in everything we do! Please also pray for one of our translators, Waldring, as he was not feeling well at all today. We rely heavily on him, and we know he feels a deep responsibility to help us and put aside his own needs. So please pray that he is feeling healthy again tomorrow.

Sorry again for no pictures…the internet just can’t handle it…