This is an excerpt from the letter I sent out to friends and family, letting them know about the trip and asking them to pray.
In case I can’t post much while I’m gone, I wanted to put it up here one more time. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for your prayers. As the time gets closer and closer I am feeling the need for Jesus more and more–as is everyone else on the trip too, no doubt.
*For our Hands: Tthat we will help those we serve, and not hurt them or their well being by anything we do.
*For our Minds: That we will have wisdom. Lots and lots and lots of it! I know my nursing knowledge and skill will be challenged more than it ever has! Please pray for me and the other team members, that we will be given special grace to make good medical decisions, and carry them out without mistakes.
*For our Mouths: That we would be mouthpieces for the hope that can only be found in Christ. Please pray for boldness for us as we are there; and for opportunities to share. Please also pray for good communication between us and our patients–as most of us do not speak Creole!
*For our Bodies: That the Lord would protect us while we are there–there is lots of dengue, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, and many other diseases affecting those that live in Haiti–as well as disease-bearing mosquitos. Also there is very little police/military force in Port Au Prince, and crime is running rampant. Please pray that we would have protection from disease, from animals, and from any who may want to harm us.
*For our Spirits: That we would stay strong, full of hope and joy, while we are there amid such tragedy. Also that we would be protected against any evil spirit-work–many Haitians practice voodoo. And that we would all come away from this experience with our faith strengthened, our spirits lifted, and closer than ever to Christ. Many who go to help with relief on this scale come home with varying degrees of depression, and feelings of sadness. Please pray that the opposite will be true for us–who have the hope of Jesus Christ! Please also pray that we would have good team unity and a spirit of joy and comfort among us–we will need to support each other, not have conflict with one another.
Thank you again for your much-coveted prayers….