Monthly Archives: September, 2017

  1. Mission Trip Blog : Friday: On the Home Stretch

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    By now we are getting a little tired of being HOT! Our showers are a blessing, but the effect only lasts so long.

    Today we are targeting only 100 medical patients, but Joe has a full set of dental patients, maybe 10-15? He is upstairs and we don’t really see much of him. Even his waiting line is upstairs and out of sight. However, EVERYONE downstairs knew exactly when he got a compressor that worked! After days and days and failed repair attempt after failed repair attempt, on the last day we rented a compressor ($65 for the day) that arrived at about 11 am.

    Joe conveniently had the noisy device positioned outside so the noise was not in his work area. Unfortunately (and unintended he assures the medical guys) the compressor was just outside the open windows of the doctors and sounded like full-fledged construction 3 feet away. Needless to say it is hard to use a stethoscope on a construction site!

    We were fortunate that the morning went more quickly than the past couple of days. In the relative peace, Kay was able to begin the inventory of the treatment room, to speed the final work when we are done. We had done more than 60 by lunch time which was certainly fortuitous because on this our last day, everyone brought in their leftover “fixin’s” for lunches. The pharmacy team made PB&J sandwiches before the prescriptions from the first patients arrived. We got cold drinks for all the team and the translators, and we all took a lunch break on the benches in the sanctuary together. The remaining cookies, nuts, etc. were distributed to the Haitians after we ate, and it was like a miniature “feeding the 5000” only it was only 25 or 26 folks. There was more than enough for all!

  2. Bulletins & Sunday Announcements : October 2017

    October 1, 2017 Bulletin
    October 8, 2017 Bulletin
    October 15, 2017 Bulletin
    October 22, 2017 Bulletin
    October 29, 2017 Bulletin

  3. Mission Trip Blog : Thursday: School Day

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    Time moves faster as each day goes by!

    The routine in the clinic moved things along quickly, even though our medical team had more “serious” patients than any trip before. Unfortunately our poor dentist Joe never got a compressor that worked until noon on Friday. We joked that his having to treat his patients with totally inadequate equipment was almost like pulling teeth (OK, I’m sorry for that!). Nevertheless he did manage to extract more than 100 teeth during the week, as well as train four different people as his assistant. And we never saw Joe without a smile!

  4. Mission Trip Blog : Is It Really Wednesday Already??

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    I can’t believe it is already Wednesday, but it seems like we have been here a month!

    The standard routine begins with breakfast at 6am with fresh fruit, some type of bread, cereal, pancakes, or omelet (most of us have omelets), papaya juice that tastes like tasteless grapefruit juice, and wonderful coffee Adventure begins when the two tap taps roll into the courtyard of the hotel.

    Each day we load each tap tap with 6 or 7 team members, a translator or two, and a row of huge suitcases full of clothes for the kids down the middle between our knees. We are sitting on wooden benches, backs to the steel roof braces, holding on for dear life. We pile our backpacks and water bottles on top of the suitcases and off we go.

    We get to the clinic a little before 8am, after hitting some of the most horrendous potholes and dodging buses, motorcycles, other tap taps, people, pigs, goats, and cattle, If we were a little sleepy when we started out the noise of beeping horns, and rattling vehicles ensures we are wide awake when we arrive.

  5. Sermons : Keeping Count

    Psalm 145:1-8
    Matthew 20:1-16

    He’s relentless, isn’t he? For the third week in a row, Jesus takes us to task. Two weeks ago, we heard him say “If another member of the church sins against you, go point out the fault when the two of you are alone…” and last week through the story of a lord and a servant, Jesus tells of how God will deal with us if we are unmerciful to one another and if we do not forgive our brother or sister from our heart. And now, Jesus takes our privilege and puts it right up as a mirror in this story of the landowner and his laborers, exhausted by keeping count of what they get and what they think they deserve. You are a courageous people, so stick with us for one more sermon on this Matthew pericope…

    A generous landowner pays all the laborers in his vineyard equally, regardless of hours worked. An extravagant landowner functions in Gospel economics, not by the count of the culture that surrounds him. A tired, frustrated set of workers grumble that they deserve more and a grateful, humbled set of workers sit stunned at the heavy weight of the unexpected pay in their hands. An unsettling flipping of the script – “the last will be first and the first will be last.”