Guest Post by Frances Wright
This was my second medical mission trip with BEM. Our 2019 trip was changed from Haiti to the Dominican Republic due to safety concerns because of the political unrest in Haiti at the time. I was nervous but relieved that Pastor Lubin was able to pull together a mission trip to a whole other country in under 24 hours. After spending a week with him and the team in the DR, I had no question that I could trust PL with my life. This year Haiti was safe for travel and again, I felt completely safe with this team.
Our 2020 mission trip to Haiti exceeded my expectations. I felt safe and 100% taken care of. PL has a way of grouping an incredible team together, so much so that one of the things I miss most when coming home is working with our team every day. We become a family and I am forever grateful for the bonds I’ve made on these trips.
Haiti is a truly beautiful country. I will never forget the way the sun rays beamed through the clouds as we stood as a team atop a nearby hillside after our last day of clinic. The children of Codéré were so excited to hold our hands and walk alongside us. While the poor living conditions and trash in the streets was hard to miss as we journeyed by bus 5 hours outside of the capital to the mission house, there was a simplicity of life and an incredible resilience in the Haitian people, which was truly inspiring.
In our clinics, we gave meds and personal care products to 550 people in 4 days. I had the honor of personally caring for a 100 year old man who looked like he was in his 70s and I also saw a young girl with a 103.8F temp who needed to go straight to the hospital to be worked up for typhoid.
This work has opened my eyes and it has changed me. I’m so proud of the work we did and the love we brought to all the people we came in contact with in Haiti. I’m already looking forward to how I can continue the efforts to serve and I’m hopeful I’ll have another chance to serve in Haiti in the future!
RN, End-of-Life Doula, Mentor
Creator of Elevate My Joy, LLC