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Haitian graveyard

I was so pleased with the hospital budget planning, and outcome.  A sudden patient death was a shock. Cause of death – our budget?

This more complicated than you might think. The patient had all their care to date at Hospital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti (HCBH) in Cap-Haïtien in north Haiti. That day the patient suddenly arrived with a haemorrhage.  The doctor prepared for surgery.  Unfortunately when they were to announce start, there was an emergency elsewhere. Another patient was now in surgery and was being anesthetized.  The hospital had one anaesthetist.  So it called upon a sessional anaesthetist as backup.  But they were not available.  HCBH called the government hospital in town, but they could not help.  Then called the Roman Catholic hospital that was not too distant.  They could help.  The patient was rushed off in the ambulance, but it was too late.  They died.

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Irma hisses, then travels on its way

Posted: 10 September 2017 in Haiti
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Haitians move boat to safety

“How’s Haiti, after Hurricane Irma?” I’m being asked.  The hurricane moved a bit north of Haiti and so missed the really bad stuff.  Lots of wind and rain, but I have heard of no deaths, and no destruction in the Hospital area.    However, there has been severe flooding and loss of crops.  With all this, there is the serious risk of another cholera outbreak.  See ITV early evening News Sunday 10th.  Nevertheless, all this could have been far far worse – we are truly thankful to God.

Answer to prayer?  I think not.  If the hurricane is not going to hammer Haiti, it will blast somewhere else in its travels.  It is a fallen and incomplete world, and while there is mainly order, chaotic events like hurricanes happen.  Our standing before God and prayer is what counts.

So what use are our prayers?

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Pencil.jpgAn ordinary pencil, at my feet.  Newish and lonely.  Not what I expected to see as I walked to the vehicle parked in the Haitian Hospital grounds.  Picked it up.  Had a decent pencil already in my laptop back.  So I casually offered it to a Haitian colleague walking with me.

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Running for a life – end

Posted: 9 July 2017 in Poverty, South Sudan
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We’re underway

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Cheers Dave, joining the run to help out HHA

Virgin London 10k run. Done for Hope Health Action. Real sweat and exhaustion, so Suzette can enjoy less seat and exhaustion. Thanks to all donors. Your money is getting spent well.
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Running for a Life 5

Posted: 4 July 2017 in Poverty, South Sudan
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Suzette proudly shows HHA her new crop

Tell Suzette.  Tell Suzette she is not forgotten, nor her friends. Nor her displaced and homeless people.  Tell Suzette that though people she knows of have been cruel and utterly wicked, there are those she will never see, mean her good.  Tell Suzette that she is the poster girl for the displaced of South Sudan, in this instance.  Tell Suzette that her face will be carried in front of thousands in London this Sunday.

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Running for a Life 4

Posted: 18 June 2017 in South Sudan
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Grain is arriving

After much work and prayer, we finally got permission to start the work in the refugee camps on the Ugandan side of the frontier.  The Baptist Convention of South Sudan also have permission to host our team in the camps, so they were allowed to go to a refugee church on Sunday as guests, rather than in a work capacity. They arrived to a make shift building with tarpaulin and bamboo sticks. We entered the building and were overcome by what we saw – beautiful people singing and praising. Most wearing a mismatch of clothes and shoes, all desperately poor. All were refugees forced to flee their home towns because of the fighting in recent months.

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Assimilate?

Posted: 15 June 2017 in Cultural
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Not assimilated?

One political party leader gone.  Another soon to go.  Tim Farron said “The consequences of the focus on my faith is that I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader. To be a leader, particularly of a progressive liberal party in 2017 and to live as a committed Christian and to hold faithful to the Bible’s teaching has felt impossible for me.”  This is very sad indeed.  Conservative MP Steve Crabb, and a Christian, got similar heat (though other things derailed his leadership challenge).  And the Vicar’s daughter has received endless snipes about being … a Vicar’s daughter.

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