Written from Haiti by Laura Mackie, June 2008 team member:
One year later, my second trip to Haiti. Still no boxes at the airport. Marvelous how 32 boxes can disappear. This exact thing happened to my team last year. But God is still as amazing as ever and our boxes arrived safe and sound to Terre Blanche to an anxiously awaiting team.
The clinic still stands loud and proud in this remote village. Last night on the rooftop we could see nothing but the stars above and the clinic lights reflecting out from under us. This morning, at a three-hour church service, we celebrated the anniversary of the clinic.
Amidst singing, praying and numerous introductions of people, a message was delivered by our very own birthday girl, Ann Petersen. In it she referred to Matthew 5:14 which states, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” With these words she offered encouragement to a village that is flourishing with a church, school and now a clinic that helps to define their community.
I am so excited to be back here, a place that captured my heart one year ago. Tomorrow we start clinic, and I look forward to serving these gracious people that have welcomed us with open arms.