4/14/15 Final Preparations for Haiti Trip


This past Sunday we had our mission team’s last meeting. We skyped with the team from Calvary Church in Los Gatos, CA.  This team consists of 10 members, one who is Dr KIM JEE HEE, an ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic conditions, medical and surgical eye care, including LASIK, Premium multifocal lens Cataract Surgery, and Corneal Surgery. We are so fortunate to have someone with her knowledge on our team. As our team performs the regular eye examinations, she will be able to see the ones that need further or more extensive eye care. No surgeries will be able to be performed on this trip; however she will determine if she could do so in the future. We will have prescription eye drops/ medications available for her to prescribe. We are also taking a wide range of prescription lens and frames. These will be very basic for near – far vision. Our team provides 300-400 glasses. What a blessing to be able to help someone to finally see! 600 adult, 400UV, sunglasses will also be given out.

God blesses our pharmacist by enabling him to access resources to obtain medications that add up to thousands of dollars. The final packing of supplies in extra-large suitcases, one per person, was completed today.

We will be setting up clinics in five mountain villages. Along with the medical supplies we are taking volley- balls , Frisbees, and outdoor items to play with the children. Lord willing, as we show God’s love and share His word, many will come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

It was good to meet several of the team. I feel more now like I have faces to names. I am so excited to work with these precious, God-honoring people. I pray for Satan to be defeated in any of his attempts to attack us as we near our time to leave. I’m thankful that God is allowing me to be a part of what he is doing in Haiti.

Some have said, “Why don’t churches just send the money to them?”  This can be answered by the words of one of the Haitians. “When we see you show up, it shows you care.” They love seeing some of the same faces return again and again. Proverbs 25:25 says, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”

I hope you’ ll be in prayer for us as we leave this Saturday, April 18th. We need prayer for safe travels, both to and from the country and while in the country as well. Pray for all of us to have the wisdom of God and to be able show His love. We want to fulfill His purpose for sending us.

God bless you for following me in this new chapter of my life.  Kathy

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3/22/2015 Haiti Preparation Continues


As the time for the missions trip gets closer, it’s becoming more surreal. In just four weeks I will land at this airport.

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Today our team received more updates telling us how to prepare for our trip and suggestions for items to pack, including insect repellent with a high level of DEET. Chikungunya virus carried by daytime mosquitoes is now prevalent in Haiti. The windows have screens on, but some travelers still take their own netting for night time. As a first- time traveler, and most likely, an extra cautious one at that, I checked on Amazon to purchase my own netting.

My list of essentials to pack becomes more interesting as I add “one roll of toilet paper” and plenty of tissues “for my pocket along with our own Imodium!”

As I prepare to work in the clinic, I am reminded to take a headlamp and extra batteries since we will still be working after dark and will need to have our hands free. The Haitian people are, indeed, very needy, arriving early at the clinic and  coming throughout the day into the late hours.

I am requesting much prayer as our teams prepare. We want to all be in unison one with another and to be witnesses and a blessing to these Haitian people. We are also praying that our coordinator can locate a few of the nurses in the area, who could follow-up with our work after we leave.

Thank you for following me as I prepare to partake in this wonderful blessing.