Mersea arrived at Port Mercy in Lake Charles on Saturday
June 17th after a wonderful mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
They traveled 1509 miles.
MEDICAL MISSION 2006 ACHIEVEMENTS -
examined, treated and given medicine.
2,122 patients seen
for reading glasses.
222 patients seen by
the masseuse and/or chiropractor.
66 dental patients
treated, most having 2 teeth pulled.
4,269 people fed.
Hundreds and hundreds
The Lord's perfect
timing of release for our supplies started Tuesday evening when two
Haitian trucks filled to the brim with rice, beans, fire fighting
equipment, food, toys, clothing, vitamins and medicine delivered their
wares to the Smile of a Child site and to the Episcopal Church of
Handicapped School. Our first trip included a convoy of two trucks
loaded with food and teddy bears for SOAC and St. Vincent's and the
roll back truck carrying a well drilling rig. Two more subsequent
convoys were made delivering a huge generator, two 5000 gallon water
tanks and many other wonderful items. On the return trips, we brought
the medical and site containers back to the ship to be reloaded and
The ships set sail
early Thursday afternoon. The first few days were spent in
side-to-side rolls with a following sea.
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Haiti Mission Summary of the
week of medical mission:
It's been a great week in Haiti. A total of 1626 medical
patients were seen. Conditions ranged from terminally ill
patients, severely burned patients, pneumonia, abscesses,
typhoid, dehydration, malnutrition and much more. On top of
that, almost 1400 people were seen by the reading glass
personnel. Many UN Sri Lankan soldiers also received eye
glasses. The Food Ministry team fed an average of 425 people
a day with a grand total for the week of 2126. The
chiropractor and masseuse saw about 35 patients each day.
One day a 40 year old stroke
patient walked in needing assistance. She was prayed with for total
healing and the patient was able to walk out, albeit slowly, holding
her son's hand without receiving physical treatment. To God be the
glory!! At least 125 people accepted Christ during the week. Both Jan
Crouch and Fred Boettcher presented Bibles to the Firemen and Team
Elite men. Jan also toured the medical containers and talked with the
doctors. The Haitian Team Elite and Firemen volunteers did a
wonderful job controlling the crowds and moving the people. Throughout
the week during Children's Ministry kept the children busy while
learning many godly principles. The Tent Ministry included singing,
preaching, God's Story and praying.
A closing ceremony to thank all the
Haitian volunteers was held. Then some of the volunteers expressed
how deeply grateful they were to Friend Ships for helping their
country and how being around the Friend Ships crew impacted them
greatly. The Haitian volunteers sang songs of praise to the Lord and a
UN Sri Lankan soldier sang a song in his own language of Sinhalese.
The site has now been pulled down and loading of equipment has
started. Work continues at the ships with guard duty, domestics, and
meals being prepared. We have such a wonderful team and an AWESOME
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Report: We have completed
the final day of the outreach! We saw 300 or more patients and
fed about 100 workers and crew plus all the patients.
This was our final day of medical outreach and at the close of
the day we started to pack up the site. We will transport our
equipment back to the ship, complete distribution of the supplies
and head home early next week!
been a great mission and we thank you all so much for your love,
prayers and support.
Please continue to check back here for the final updates and daily
reports as the ships sail home.
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June 1st Report:
day at the outreach site! 366 patients were seen. A terminally
ill woman accepted Christ. Several sick babies were given IV
fluids and responded well. Our eye department saw 300 patients.
We also had the privilege of issuing eye glasses to many of our
construction crew have a practice of singing Gospel songs before
they eat lunch. Today we invited them to sing in the big tent
for all the patients. Then Pastor Wilson distributed Bibles and
was overwhelmed by the amount of people who came to receive
them. Children's ministry included sack races and some of the
children's favorite games.
We received great news that we have the final permission to
unload all the supplies on the ships. Smile of A Child has
decided to share many items with a wonderful ministry that
helps handicapped children.
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oday 330 medical patients were seen. It was a really good
day with a good atmosphere. The chiropractor and masseuse have
been seeing about 35 patients each day. Today a 40 year old
patient, who has had 2 strokes in the last 6 years and also
recently lost a child, needed help to walk in for a chiropractic
treatment. She was prayed for, for total healing and then she
was able to walk out, albeit slowly, holding her son's hand
without physical treatment from the chiropractor! To God be the
glory!! A little baby that was seen Monday for pneumonia and
given prayer and medicine, returned today and is doing much
better. Also the little burned girl seen earlier is much
improved due to prayer and medications. The eye dispensers also
saw about 250 people.
In the Tent Ministry, the girls colored while their parents
watched God's Story. Even the firemen were sitting down and
coloring next to the children. They also had an 'unusual' sack
race. The leaders had the girls form 5 lines for sack races.
They formed such nice lines! However, when those racing with
sacks on took off, the entire mob behind them chased after them
instead of waiting for the sack to return!
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An even busier day on
the site today! 340 medical patients were seen. Again, many people
were ministered to spiritually and hundreds of Bibles were
distributed. The team had one severely burned patient who is being
treated and a child with typhoid.
The Haitian Fire Dept. was involved with the Boys' Children's
Ministry. He marched them up and down, which they thought was pretty
cool. The firemen did a demonstration with their fire trucks and the
boys came running over to see.
We have medical doctors, chiropractic treatments, and eye glass
services. Prayer teams pray with patients before and after
receiving treatments. While people wait, they are able to watch movies
such as Godís
Story, which is the story of the Bible from Genesis to
Revelation. They receive a meal and various basic health
training classes that are relevant to their situation and there is
also childrenís ministry.
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onday was the first day of the second week of medical outreach
and we had the largest crowd so far. The forty Haitian Firemen
and Alert volunteers did a wonderful job controlling the crowds
and moving people to the proper places. 240 medical patients
were seen. Many people made a decision to follow Christ after
hearing a Gospel message.
One patient who visited our
clinic needs a heart operation. This, of course, is beyond our
ability to perform at the mobile clinic. The medical team prayed that
the Lord would make a way for him and one of our guest medical
providers is going to research possibilities for his treatment in
Miami, Florida. In addition to general medical care, this week we are
offering chiropractic services and massage treatments. The eye glass
dispensers provided glasses for at least 200 patients throughout the
Bibles were given out. Lunch was fed to the workers, patients, and
crew. Children's ministry was conducted. The Haitian and US Alert
teams practiced drills together with Joel Soape, who was one of the
men who originally trained the Haitian Alert team last year during the
Friend Ships medical clinic.
We are happy to report that our four guest doctors love the new
medical clinics built inside twenty foot shipping containers. These
were completed by our staff just before this mission. The doctors said
they are well stocked with items in the right spot, exactly where they
need them. One doctor said that they were better than the hospital
she works in!!! At the end of the day the medical staff was blessed
when Jan Crouch took them out to dinner.
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medical patients and eyeglass patients were seen. The painting
and clean up was completed at the Guest House.
The Children's Ministry had about 100 children present. After
the program was completed, ALL the children lined up in an
orderly fashion for a meal of red beans, rice and corn on the
cob. During the ministry programs, the teachers have been
instructing the children to form lines, to stay in line and how
to be ladies and gentlemen. Our teachers were very excited to
see the fruits of their labor. If we would have tried to feed
all the children earlier in the week, it would have been chaos.
The smallest children were at the front of the line because they
appeared to have the greatest need, and we were afraid we would
run out of food. But just like Jesus feeding the 5000, Jesus
multiplied the food and 300 ate.
fed the 100 children who participated in the children's
ministry, 100 crew and
workers, and 100
children from neighboring areas came when they saw the food come
out!! Around 3:00 p.m., after everyone was fed, the kids and
adults played some one-on-one games like hand slapping, spinning
around and around, jump rope and more. A fun time was had by
There was also a lot of
work to prepare for the last medical outreaches that begin on Monday
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wenty-five to thirty medical and eyeglass patients were seen.
Seventy-five eyeglass patients seen last week returned today for their
glasses. They each came with a hand written note of the prescription
needed. Last week when these people were examined, the glasses were
The children gathered for the Children's Ministry which continued on
with the same program: a bible story, separating the boys and girls
and then doing that particular gender game, etc. Teddy bears were
also given out to the boys and girls.
Hot lunch foods were able to be given to the orphanage at the
compound. One of our guest crew members was asked to be the
International Director of Simon's Clinic/Outreach which takes in
homeless children, teaches them about Jesus, takes them to church,
gives them an education, and feeds and houses them.
The crew who remain working on the ships are doing great work cleaning
very thoroughly! One crewmember said, "I've washed every step on the
ship. That's a good feeling!" As usual our wonderful cooks continue
to produce yummy meals. The Haitian crew continues to paint the
underside of the helicopter deck. All in all, another wonderful day.
HAITI 2006 MISSION -
past mission reports
As the "non-medical" week continues, we report that on Wednesday, 35
patients were seen for eye glasses. The medical staff saw 28
people, many of which were the construction workers and their
families. These workers are helping build the Smile of a Child
hospital. The main ailments the staff sees are malnutrition,
diarrhea, worms, scabies and all the common tropical diseases.
Treating malaria, typhoid and hepatitis are also often done.
One boy has asthma and hasn't had any medicine for a year. He
received some today!
The children's programs continue. And is increasing in size! After
a Bible story, the girls and boys were again split up. The girls went
to ballet class with their teachers Mademoiselle Danette and Sarah.
All the girls love and greatly appreciate the lessons. Earlier this
week the expected 10 girls turned into 45! Then 65! They all received
teddy bears. Then on Wednesday about 100 came! The boys have been
focusing on order, discipline and following rules. The boys also
played soccer, plus the Alert teams taught them skills such as
marching, staying in ranks and saluting.
More progress has taken place in the guest house and now the top floor
is ready for painting. Each day the Food Service has fed about 80
people hot meals for lunch.
We praise God that so much is being accomplished, for His Glory.
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, May 23rd: Even
though this is not a "medical service week", Dr. Maria and some of the
nurses saw about 15 construction worker patie
nts and some others.
About 100 people were fed lunch, including our crew, and construction
workers. We have a team busy working at the construction site at the
hospital. The Kid's Ministry had about 50 kids. They played games,
listened to a Bible story, the boys played soccer, and the girls had
ballet classes. It was a fun time.
About 35-40 people were seen by DJ for glasses. If there were no
reading glasses available, they received sunglasses. An interpreter
sat down in DJ's chair and said, "Do me!" She replied with, "What do
you want me to do?" He said, "Pray for me." So DJ asked, "What do
you want Jesus to do for you today?" He said, "I want Jesus in my
heart." She led him in the sinner's prayer and he prayed in Creole.
There is working going on at the guest house with a lot of painting
and cleaning. Work progresses on both ships with lots of scraping and
painting projects while at dock.
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Monday, May 22nd: We've completed the first week of medical outreach and were
blessed to be able to treat and minister to almost 1000 patients,
providing their needed medicine, lunch, spiritual food and love! We
had medical doctors, dentists, a masseuse, and personnel to check vision and distribute reading
glasses. While waiting for treatment, patients watched the powerful movie God's Story, saw puppet shows, mime presentations, sang songs, heard Gospel messages and received much prayer. This week our team is preparing for another session of medical
outreaches beginning on May 29th with a trip to a remote
village this coming Sunday to assist UN doctors. We are also helping
with construction of the Smile of a Child hospital and
Our first team of medical providers flew home on Saturday. They were
such a blessing! Saturday we will welcome another team to join those
who are with us for the entire three weeks. Thank you, friends, for
supporting this effort. Many people are being ministered to
physically and spiritually. God is being glorified.
May 19th was Flag Day in
Haiti. A new
President elected in Haiti on this new day bringing new beginnings.
The clinics continue to go well. For those who were unable to see a
doctor, we distributed multi-vitamins, iron pills and a worming
medication, all of which are very important needs in Haiti. Fifty
children attended the first official "Kid's Only" ministry. This
included a puppet show, games, songs and a Bible story. The God's
Story video has been shown to the patients waiting for consultation.
The big (92' x 48') tent was put up with help from the
Carrefour fire department. We were blessed by a United Nations Sri
Lankan doctor and his nurses who donated their time and also the use
of an ambulance to provide transportation for two patients to the
hospital. We are also blessed to have the UN troops providing security
escorts for our trucks and personnel as we travel the chaotic and
uneasy streets of Port-au-Prince.
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Monday, May 15th was our first official day of seeing
patients at the medical clinics. It was a great day. We have medical
providers from Australia, Haiti
and the U.S. Each patient received tender loving care, was prayed for
and offered lunch. Jan Crouch, President of Smile of a Child and
co-founder of TBN Christian television network was here today visiting
the ships and touring the SOAC compound in Carrefour where we are
holding the medical campaign. Jan was an encouragement to all and her
team filmed the operation so look for a SOAC special on TBN
highlighting the work here and the progress on the fine hospital Jan's
organization is building.
On Wednesday, May 10th the ships arrived safely in
Haiti. The weather was good
for the voyage and the seas calm. Our crew is doing great and excited
to begin pouring out God's love on the people of Haiti. It is a
complex time in Haiti as an interim government leaves office. The new
cabinet was sworn in on the 9th and the new executive branch of the
government was inaugurated on Sunday the 14th. This change caused some
unforeseen delays for us but, as always, the Lord made a way. Last
minute paperwork and permissions have been proceeding. Although we
have so far been unable to unload all our equipment for the mission,
we do have all four medical containers on site.
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On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Lord sent His ships Hope and
Mersea to sea, bound for
Haiti. The ships carry
four mobile medical units and a complete set-up to host hundreds of
people each day for eleven days of medical services. We have medicine
to treat 5000 people, medical and dental equipment, a 100 KW
generator, tents, a mobile kitchen, three trucks, a children's puppet
theatre, high quality audio visual equipment to present God's Story
and other Christian films to patients as they wait for care. We have
chairs, tables, pumps, porta potties, hand wash stations, mobile water
tanks and a water purification unit. We even have a helicopter to help
with transportation of personnel and supplies. In addition to the
outreach equipment and supplies, the ships will deliver rice and beans
for 100,000 meals, clothing, thousands of pairs of eye glasses, fire
fighting gear, toys, ten dialysis machines, and almost one million
fish oil and vitamin E capsules! We have giant water tanks, fuel
tanks and a huge generator to power the hospital. We even have a
beautiful drilling rig to make wells at the Smile of a Child Hospital.
medical clinics for upcoming mission to Haiti...
inside stainless steel walls...
Friends, it was incredible as we prepared for this mission, how things
seem so impossible. Where will the people to help us come from? How
can we obtain all the goods we need? How can we afford to purchase
fuel at such a high price? But as we forge ahead with prayer, each
need fell into place! It is so exciting to experience the hand of
God at work. All we have to do is be willing and have faith in
Jesus. Find out how you
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Past Haiti Mission - 2005
Construction Project In Haiti:
Ships is currently screening applicants for
Smile of a Child
in order to have helpers work on the construction of the
hospital. Please note that successful applicants that go
to Haiti for this project will be working for an
independent contractor volunteering his services for Smile
of A Child. They will not be volunteering directly for
Currently needed are Construction workers, plumbers, and
If you would like to volunteer,
to down load your construction worker application, attach
a resume with your skills and experience and be sure to
let us know when you would like to volunteer, for how long
you can volunteer and if you are able to provide your own
air fare to and from Haiti.
are selected to work in Haiti on any other part of the
mission, or sail with us on a vessel, you will be
volunteering for Friend Ships at those times.
You Can Help
If you are interested in
participating in this mission and are in the field of:
here to fill out a guest worker application with the same information as
mission is currently in progress so we are not taking actual crew
for this mission but you can still help in these ways:
Prayer for this
mission to Haiti.
towards this mission to Haiti,
Attn: (Haiti Mission)
1019 North First Avenue
Lake Charles, LA 70601
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