This is my first trip to Haiti, but having been in other medical missions I came with an open mind and somewhat prepared for what I was about to encounter. However, I discovered it was so much more than I had imagined. I was impressed by several things that I will not be able to share at this time but the following ones would describe some of it:
First, the dedication of the Morqettes to King Hospital and Orphanage is a testament to their faith, vision and commitment to help the most needy and vulnerable population against tremendous odds. It is an overwhelming burden. All of this wrapped up with a tremendous dose of generosity and graciousness towards us as well as anyone around them. It was impressive always with a smile and totally calm.
Second, the tremendous need both at the hospital and the orphanage. All those things we take for granted back home; water, maintenance, meds, supplies and a long list of etc….. made me feel impotent at times. I thought I was not doing much and wanted to do more. I even contemplated the idea of extending the trip for a few more days, just so that I could help the Pharmacist and Dr. Morquette get the Pharmacy organized. I knew I couldn’t do that but I felt it anyways. There is so much to do and I want to do more. I do realize it will take a long time to make progress and that is frustrating. I have to be patient and trust in our Lord Who brought me here that I can be his instrument even in a small measure.
Third, the positive atmosphere all around us at both places despite what I would consider dire situation. The staff had a smile as they went about doing their work despite the obstacles. There was a sense of camaraderie. The children were just precious. Words cannot describe how my heart sunk when I looked at them and wanted to adopt them all to take them away from their desperate conditions. Yet they also had a smile. The team gave them love and attention and they soaked all of it like a thirsty child. They played, had joy and even tried to include me in their circle (hugging me, introducing themselves), although I did not spend time with them. THEY WERE generous, gracious and loving towards me in the midst of their difficulties. They took love and gave love. What a lesson!!