A Call to Action
I was in Haiti immediately after the earthquake that destroyed the capital and killed tens of thousands of Haitians. I was there as a physician to help the survivors. I could not help but notice the recovery efforts as people searched for their family members while hundreds of bodies were pulled from the wrecked buildings every hour. I could not help noticing the mass burial sites with as many as ten thousand bodies being placed in each bulldozed trench on the hill behind our compound. There was no missing the sight and smell of death and catastrophic loss. I had to see these things because I was there and my eyes were open. Now I see them with my eyes open or closed.
This was the most difficult trip that I have made anywhere in the world. And I can’t wait to go back. Haiti is in great need of sustainable Christian-based medical care. As we meet the needs in eye (and other medical) care through the Humbly I Serve vision project, HIS Vision, we gain the opportunity to share our Lord and Savior Jesus in this land that has been dominated by voodoo and other dark “religions” for many generations. It will be a very difficult ministry. It is not for the timid or weak. But, it will be worthwhile if we can reach just one lost soul with the great news of Jesus.
I have become very particular about where and how I spend my time and resources with medical missions. I do not want to be a part of a “flash” ministry (there one moment, gone the next) or a “hit-and-run” ministry team. I want to support a sustainable ministry that does their homework, sets out with a plan, and carries it through. That is why I choose to team up with HIS Ministries on their Haiti project. That is why my wife and I drove for two days to pick up equipment and deliver it to Lynchburg. And that is why I am looking forward to a difficult trip to Haiti in January with HIS Vision.
Our current need is to get the container of equipment to Haiti. We are blessed people in a blessed nation. Won’t you please share your abundant resources and help with this project? No, I’m not subtle (or politically correct). There is a need. It is now. You are the answer. Please help.
Jeff Sutton, O.D.
Family Eye Care Center