For me, as I’m sure with many others, glimpses of spring at the end of February/early part of March, stir within me a sense of renewal.  It was about a year ago that I applied for this position as Medical Coordinator for Mission Possible.  I remember feeling at that time a longing to be a bigger part of the Mission, as it had been so long since we’d been able to take a team over.  I was so looking forward to leading my first medical team and seeing my Haitian brothers and sisters again!  Here we are one year later… and still no travel.  But just like those warmer days sprinkled into this time of year, when the sun shines a bit brighter, the birds chirp a bit louder and visions of spring bring breaths of fresh air, I feel the same sense of renewal when I witness some of the things going on in Haiti despite their day- to -day turmoil:

 *16 people showed up for our virtual blood pressure clinic over these last couple weeks.

 *Our new Community Agents are getting comfortable in their new positions and we continue to try and provide training virtually

* and Miss Anite continues to lead our medical ministry in a country where somedays simply getting to our Mission Center in Lanzac is like a game of Russian roulette.

 These happenings remind me of the promise from our Father that He is with us… He wants the best for us… He plans for us to succeed and not fail.  Some days I leave our Mission Possible office, and my head is spinning with what life must be like for our Haiti families… wondering where the next gang is going to plant themselves… Will there be gunfire tomorrow?  Will there be food?  Will they choose to send their kids to school in the morning or will it not be safe enough?  Yet they persevere.  They wake up and give thanks and praise for another day.  They put their faith in the Lord and carry on as best they can.  During this Lenten season, I want to try and wake up each morning with that same gratitude.  I want to remember what an honor it is to serve my Lord and Savior and to serve the country of Haiti.  I want to count my blessings that I get to be part of this team, where God shows me the beauty of medical ministry –albeit virtually. 

Someday soon, the breeze will be warm… the flowers will bloom… the grass will be green, and the days will be longer and sunnier.  AND someday soon we will travel again to see our Haitian brothers and sisters and what a sweet reunion that will be!

Belinda Ernst, Medical Coordinator 

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