Our medical ministry is one more area where God has worked miracles. This ministry has grown and benefited thousands of Haitians because of the dedication and generosity of so many individuals in the medical field. God has given us doctors, dentists, eye doctors, RN’s, and support personnel. They have all given of their time and God-given talents. Our medical ministry is led by Dr. Walt Combs (Temecula, Ca) and Glenn Bither (Alta Loma, California.)
Each year HEF provides multiple medical mission trips to our clinic in Hinche and surrounding villages. Our new medical clinic was completed in 2007. It consists of six exam rooms, a patient waiting area, medical supply room and an office. Haiti Endowment’s clinic facility and equipment has enabled our doctors to treat many common conditions found in a third-world country and perform minor procedures. The staff will treat thousands of patients during a 7-day medical trip.
It is a humbling experience to drive up to a remote village and see hundreds of sick and hurting people, young and old, many of them whole families, waiting to receive medical care. Most of them have never seen a doctor before. Only 1 in every 10,000 Haitians has access to a physician. Life expectancy is short and infant mortality is high. About 12% of children die before their first birthday, and one-third of all children die before their 5th birthday. These medical mission trips have changed the lives and eased the suffering of thousands and thousands of Haitians.
We have witnessed how God has used this ministry to soften hearts, break down prejudice and open the way to preach the Gospel. Many have accepted Christ and are now serving Him as their Lord and Savior. We have also seen significant improvement in the overall health of the people in the villages where we have our mobile clinics. Many of our village pastors have told us that they are seeing fewer deaths as a direct result of receiving regular medical intervention through our mobile clinics.
God has made all this possible and has profoundly influenced the hearts of many professional people who have freely labored so tirelessly in Christ’s love. Nevertheless, the cost of providing the necessary supplies and medicines is a constant challenge. Medical supplies are expensive and there is no insurance company to bill for medical services. We need your help to care for the thousands of patients who are seeking medical attention during our medical mission trips.