The newly constructed medical clinic in Terre Blanche, Haiti was dedicated Feb. 25. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of people including Free Methodist pastors from around the country, Haiti Foundation of Hope board members, a visiting medical team from the United States, construction workers and community members. Many people spoke during the dedication. Some talked about how the community of Terre Blanche has been transformed. In a village where there was once nothing, there is now a growing church, a community well, a school with more than 500 students, and now the medical clinic. The clinic, with a second-floor dormitory, will provide a space for visiting medical teams to work and live and a place for Haitian medical personnel to work year-round.
The 16-member medical team, which returned home safely March 4, was the first to use the new clinic. After the dedication and a celebration meal, team members went to work at unpacking supplies and setting up the clinic. During the following four days, the team treated about 850 patients. A second medical team is working in Terre Blanche this month.