During the week of March 3, 2017, Dr. Sylvia Campbell, Rev. John DeBevoise, and Bill Lewis from PCPC, together with a team of nurses and healthcare workers, traveled to one of the poorest areas in the Western Hemisphere, Mombin Crochu, Haiti, with the mission to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with your soul and with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
During the week, the team performed 31 surgical procedures (including 5 major surgical cases), supplied glasses to over 70 people, treated 255 people at the local hospital for various illnesses, delivered over $1,000 in medicine and vitamins, and traveled to the mountains to treat patients that could not be seen in the hospital.
As part of PCPC’s assistance to the community, the congregation has provided resources to help build 45 clean water cisterns which are delivering safe, clean water to over 7,000 people. Water borne disease in areas where clean water is available has dropped to minimal amounts, including cholera, typhoid, diphtheria, and childhood diarrhea. The team evaluated the water sources and the implementation of the program and determined that the project is delivering results for the community.
The work being done here is changing lives, and the care within the hospital itself is ongoing. The water project has impacted, and will continue to impact, lives for the future, long after we have gone. The commitment of the doctors and administration to help these people was evident, and their compassion for those who are suffering in their community is a testimony of their faith and their strength.
This trip reinforced the belief that God is at work in Mombin Crochu.