Don - after Haiti
I first attempted to post this under Don's Perspective on Day 3 of our trip but apparently the Haitian censors were not impressed.
This is Don and this is my first Haiti experience and my first medical team experience. Both have been inspirational. The Haitian interpreters are awesome and truly selfless in their desire to serve God and their people. We could not do what we do without their incredible skills and energy. It is life-giving to hear their stories, their background, and, especially, their hopes for a better future for themselves and their fellow country people. Many of them are fluent in several languages and I think how valued those skills are in every country in the world. Yet they labor in obscurity (except to us) and with little compensation. They know they are doing God's work and that keeps them going. Bondye beni nou!
I am equally impressed with the team of providers who have come together from different places and yet function so beautifully together. Their competence is fueled by their compassion and their collaboration. The Haiti people are being treated by the best! Indeed, I have learned so much from them and I am so grateful for their patience. I don't know how Mayo can survive a week without these professionals!
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