The last two days of the Blom Memorial team’s time in Haiti, brought adventures, bumpy roads, and blessings.
We provided six PET carts! We rode in two trucks for an hour and a half to get to the town where these handicapped people live. It was a pretty bumpy, but scenic and fun. Once we got there, there were a few of the people we were giving PETs to. I had to fill out the paper work for each person. It was amazing to hear about their story of how they became disabled. I heard about their families and where they lived.
We started with an eighteen-year-old young man. Two years ago his home caught on fire. Both of his legs were badly burned. A doctor had to amputate his left foot. To be honest, when I first saw him I did not think anything was wrong. But then he took off his shoe and all that was there was his ankle. It broke my heart to see that he had to walk every day to school or church with nothing to help him. A few other men got their carts. Their big smiles showed how much they loved to be able to go places faster than walking.
One woman tried the PET but could not grasp the concept of how to use the brake. It was very disappointing for everyone to see her get off the cart. We just do not want her to hurt herself by going down a hill too fast. We handed out six of the carts, took pictures of the recipients, and then back on the road to the Many Hands for Haiti campus.
A highlight of my day was watching the men and women receive the PET carts. My uncle Bill was paralyzed waist down for many years after a four-wheel accident. Bill was always thinking of others. One of his last wishes before he passed away in 2014 was for my family to go to Haiti. A few days before he died we were alone at the Comfort house, and he told me he wanted me to go and help others. He was always caring for others. I am so blessed to be able to be here helping people in need. I know that Bill is looking down on us right now and smiling.
This week has impacted everyone on this trip. I think we all have been tested and put out of our comfort zones, but through all the little bumps in the road (literally … bumps in the road), God has been with us every step of the way.
“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them-they are counted among the blessed in the land – he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.” Psalm 41:1-2