Jim Cwengros – Medical – Well, we had our last day of clinic in Seguin today. I’ve been on a number of trips to Haiti now – and I never cease to be amazed at how a group of “strangers” can come together to serve others. The team came together this week to share their talents and to serve in any way that was needed – a great team. I also never cease to be amazed at the beautiful people of Haiti that welcome us each year. These people have so little material possessions – but they are rich beyond our understanding. I encourage others to serve – it’s an amazing experience. Thanks to all at Holy Spirit for helping to support our Brothers and Sisters.
Andrea Beukema – Dental – Today was both a sad and happy day. We closed both clinics. It was sad to say good-bye to the locals who helped us each and every day in the clinic. It was sad to say good-bye to the patients we interacted with and thanked us for the work we did. Yet, even as we locked the doors to the dental clinic, I was extremely thankful that while our time here was short, we were able to serve hundreds of patients. We relieved people’s pain and improved their quality of life. This has been my second trip to Seguin. Both trips have left me completely humbled and thankful. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters abroad. I know that you don’t have to cross country borders to do God’s work, but my experiences in Haiti have been enriching and fulfilling. They renewed my passion to enter the field of dentistry, and I’m so very thankful for the support, prayers, encouragement from those at home. Thank you.
Lori DeBruyne – Triage – Today was our last day in clinic and it was a long day too. We were going to stop at 2:30, but there were way too many patients to do that. Father Fayant fed us really well tonight and we had a huge buffet! I miss my family!! We are heading down the mountain tomorrow morning and going to go to Mother Teresa’s orphanage and do some sightseeing as well. It has been great weather this trip, just beautiful! We got up at 5:50 a.m. to climb the ladder to the roof and see the sunrise.- it was beautiful!!! I took some great photos! The people were so appreciative, I love the fact that something so simple can be so humbling and beautiful.
Betty Krauss-Haiti Mission Trip
Hello to all my family and friends and cohorts. We had our last clinic day today and really saw again lots of our special friends from Seguin and surrounding areas. Today the people were the poorest I have ever seen. They had many medical needs which we took care of with dignity. Cleaning up is a huge process, as we have really no place to throw trash, we had a huge fire and the kids wanted to get stuff out of the fire. We had a beautiful dinner and the Haitians and Father were so appreciative of what we do and what all of you do from Holy Spirit. PS I do miss my family but know with the Spirit they are in good hands. Sorry for all of your snow. I love all of you.
Joe Stapf , Haiti Medical Mission, January 18, 2012
This is my first medical mission and first trip to Haiti. When I get home, it will be hard to explain the trip to people that have never experienced the trip. I am not sure they will really understand. What I can say is that my home life seems very unimportant when you see the daily existence of the residents of Seguin. Families living without basic electricity, heating or plumbing in a 10’ by 10’ foot home. I think we were able make a difference and help people. Oddly, I think the trip benefited me more than the residents of Seguin. Helping the people here fills a hole in my heart that I didn’t know existed. Looking forward to a hot shower! Had a great time, but ready to be home.