Last Monday, Mom got an urgent call for help treating the flood of cholera patients overwhelming a small clinic in the northern town of Limbe.

The cholera epidemic caught us by surprise–this kind of work was not in our plans! But when people are dying, decisions are a little more obvious. So Tuesday morning we were on a plane to Cap Haitian, where we received a few hours of “training” at a big cholera treatment center before we continued on to Limbe.

I am not a nurse and have never been around sick and dying people, even in an American medical facility. So you can imagine that the experience of working in a cholera treatment unit in Haiti has been overwhelming to say the least!

During the first few days, I tried not to think, let alone write. So before I tell you about my last week, I will show you what it’s been like…

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Next Steps
    • Pray for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Pray especially that clean water can somehow be brought to the North to help slow cholera’s spread in this area.
    • Reflect on Matthew 10:41-42 “...And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” The staff at Ebenezer clinic are offering many cups of water and IV bags to suffering people. But they need your help to keep doing it!
    • Donate to help Ebenezer Clinic respond to the cholera crisis. You can do this via American Baptist International Ministries. Send a check to the following address, attention to Eunice Thetgyi. On the memo line, please write “Cholera Treatment--Steve and Nancy James.”

      Missions Vocation Assistant, Volunteers in Global Mission
      International Ministries
      PO Box 851
      Valley Forge, PA 19482
    • If you are medically trained, consider a short trip to Limbe to help treat cholera patients during this crisis.
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About the Author: Calah Schlabach is a freelance journalist with World Next Door. She graduated from Calvin College in 2009 with a degree in English and a concentration in long-distance running, then spent a year volunteering in Hanoi, Vietnam. She doesn't know what the next turn her life will be, but is planning to make sure it includes sampling plenty of strange/delicious food!

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  1. Bill Shewan said... 

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    December 6th, 2010 at 4:43 pm  

    Calah,

    Thank you for this “in”-sight into the epidemic in Haiti. Pictures are worth so many words. I understand much better now having read and “seen” your entry here. You and your mom are in our prayers. May you experience strength and comfort from the Lord.

    Blessings,

    Bill

  2. Julie Thompson said... 

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    December 6th, 2010 at 7:29 pm  

    I graduated from highschool with your Dad and have been following your journey on Facebook. I went on a mission trip 2 years ago to the DR, very near the Haitain border so the work that you are doing is very near and dear to my heart. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. God bless both you and your Mom.
    Julie Thompson

  3. Jim.M said... 

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    December 7th, 2010 at 1:20 am  

    Calah,

    Great photo gallery. This outbreak will be around for quite awhile. We should all pray for those affected, and those standing toe to toe with a very unpleasant illness. Dr. Brinverts smile in photo #22 and #23 tells us much about him. May God bless him and the others as they tend to the sick.

    Thanks.

  4. Linda Kauffman said... 

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    December 7th, 2010 at 1:36 am  

    Calah,

    Great photo’s. Mom and I are praying or are in our thoughts for you and your mom everyday. Stay strong and this is a good opportunity to help your mom and keep her strong. You are doing a good thing.

    God Bless the both of you.

    Linda Kauffman

  5. Dave Rod said... 

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    December 7th, 2010 at 3:05 pm  

    Calah, thank you for not allowing us to forget the continual unfolding tragedy of Haiti.

    And thanks for living brave and not safe!

  6. Tamara Martin said... 

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    December 8th, 2010 at 1:13 am  

    Calah and Julie…..we have been so impressed with your courage and compassion. Thank you for being there for these poor people.

  7. David Testerman said... 

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    February 5th, 2011 at 8:54 am  

    Calah,
    Thank you for sharing the story. The sad truth is that cholera is easily preventable by providing safe drinking water. Our ministry Fountains of Hope International partners with churches and ministries to provide water treatment systems and hygiene education around the world. For less that $1 per person, a system can be installed to provide safe water for over 5,000 people. We are concentrating much of our efforts in Haiti this year. We are sending a team next friday to install 5 systems in northern Haiti near Cap Haitian. If you would like to learn more or would like to inquire about installing a system to support the cholera clinic, contact us through our website: http://www.fountainsofhope.org .

    Blessings,

    David Testerman

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