Dr Bill is in Haiti this week with a team of 9 other dentists, students and support personnel. Please make a note to pray for them this week as they serve to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of La Gonave Island in Haiti. See the update from Dr Bill below:
We arrived safely with our usual Haitian greetings at both airports 🙂 We all enjoyed our flight over to LaGonave and actually had a race between the two planes. Our pilots were really cool. Once arriving safely we all were greeted by the children on the runway. Rod and Michelle picked us up in trucks and brought us to the WISH compound. We were immediately briefed on some rules at WISH and then had an awesome Haitian feast with boiled chicken, rice and beans, fried plantains and fresh island juices. Some of us took some power naps that evening.
Sunday AM we all went to Haitian service in a church down on the ‘saline’. Even though we couldn’t speak the language, we knew the lord was present from all the singing, dancing and enthusiasm. We then returned home and attended a missionary service next door at the Weslyan compound in English 🙂 We all met some great people, and most of them were heading home today but got a lot accomplished at the new hospital. Rod took most of us on a tour of the hospital and other WISH projects like the library. There are a lot of exciting things going on because of Rod’s efforts. After lunch we all made it back down to the saline for a dip in the ocean. About half of us went for a swim with masks and snorkels. The water was warm, and it was a good time. After dinner, we had a small devotional and fellowship; monday is our first day of clinics.
Today we were primed, rested and ready for our first day of clinics. In the past it is usually a slow first day until the word gets out. Today was a very busy day. The students performed great. We had 89 extraction patients treated. Maybe another 40 were seen for cleanings and restorative. Everything went smooth. Some of the units were repaired mid day, but it didn’t slow us down much. We are about to eat dinner and do another devotional before getting rested for another full day of service to the area.
Dr. BIll and team.