There are two precious women staying at our hospital this week as they are receiving physical therapy to get used to the new legs they received last week. Their names are Rose (51) and Myrline (23), and I love them so dearly even just after a week and a half. They are delightful. Both are earthquake victims. Rose was stuck under her house for three full days before someone rescued her. She told me that her daughter had to beg search parties for three days before they’d go in after her, because they thought for sure she was dead. The second floor crushed the first floor. Myrlene’s story is that she was walking in the street in Port-au-prince when the earth started shaking and a telephone pole fell on her leg. Precious women. Tragic stories. So thankful for their lives.
Last week they commented that they really liked the fabric flower I had in my hair. I asked them if they’d like to make some (I brought this extra fabric to Haiti for the very purpose of doing it with Haitian women; I had just forgot about it!), and they were so excited to! So I brought everything down and some of my friends and I made beautiful things for our hair all afternoon. Rose and Myrline were so good at it and had made so many that I got an idea to sell some of their items to the short term teams that were there at the time. That first night, I got to bring them each $39 from all that they sold. It was so fun to be a part of that! When I handed it to them, they threw their arms up in the air and said “Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!” Then, they asked if they could work the next day too. Since then, they continue to work every day and make a little more cash every day. I am just so overjoyed that God is providing for these women! AND that He is restoring their dignity as they are seeing their own gifts and ability to work and provide for their families. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.. good stuff! God is GOOD! Anyhow, be praying with me for what this could lead to. I would love to one day employ all the female amputees that we’ve worked with. There is a market for it and they are incredible!
Aside from that, I continue to go to a few different tent cities every Monday to pick up amputees that then come and stay with us and get fit for prostheses. I really enjoy that, and now have so many friends in each tent city that I no longer just go to pick up new patients but also to visit with each and every (you can’t miss one or they get jealous! J) patient we’ve ever had. I love seeing them, and I think they feel really special when I come looking for them. I also do follow-up on their legs, and see how they are walking with them. Here’s some pictures of life in the tent cities: