Ray spent the first two days going out on the streets of Haiti with a visiting medical team from Turning Point Church of Forth Worth, TX. Part of the group went to a local hospital to perform surgeries, and the other part of the group, whom Ray joined, went to a tent city to set up a medical clinic.
Ray and the team worked for two days in the clinic, seeing approximately 50 to 70 people a day, treating various ailments such as respiratory illnesses, bowel diseases, urinary tract infections, anxiety, etc.
A large shipment of medicines and medical supplies recently were sent to FOM Ministries, and Ray spent the rest of the week getting the medical clinic operational, organizing the medicines and medical supplies on shelves in the pharmacy.
The medical clinic was started by Ray after the earthquake on January 12 this year, in one of the Christian school classrooms. During the month he was there after the tragic earthquake – which killed an estimated 230,000 and left approximately 1,000,000 homeless – Ray and medical teams at pastor Jay’s ministry treated approximately 200 to 300 patients a day.
The clinic was temporarily shut down in July 2010 to focus time and energy on building the new clinic. The clinic will be a permanent facility at FOM Ministries, and is now located on what was formerly a soccer field at the ministry compound.
The clinic has four rooms with two bathrooms and showers: a pharmacy, a storeroom, a reception area, and a large patient treatment area. Its floors are all tile, and it is air-conditoned (when Haiti electricity is actually running at times during the day!). Since Ray had to come home to get back to work (and to his family 😀 ), the clinic is going to be locked until someone or medical teams can be in charge of it. As always, pastor Jay is full of faith in God and looking ahead, not behind.
Please pray for God’s wisdom for pastor Jay, and for God’s continued blessings, provision, and protection upon him, his family, and his ministry in Port-Au-Prince.
From pastor Jay’s newsletter this week, here is an excerpt, asking for those who feel led to join him to help at the clinic and/or with donations (the man with the duffle bag in this paragraph is Ray):
“What started out of necessity due to the catastrophe of the January 12th earthquake, with one man and a duffle bag full of medicines, has now reached the completion of the first stage of the FOMM Medical Clinic here in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Building construction is now finished and we have begun the process of moving our medical supplies into our new clinic.
We still have many needed items and equipment to furnish our clinic, but we are now ready to open the doors and serve the people of the city with a free medical clinic. We are looking for medical teams who are willing to come and serve the Haitian people. We look forward to partnering with doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical personnel.
Do you know people in the medical supply business? Do you know pharmaceutical reps? Do you know doctors and other medical personnel that would be willing to partner with us in serving the sick in Haiti? Let us know! We have a list of needed supplies, equipment and medicines needed to keep this clinic open and effective! This is just Phase 1 of our plan…in 2011 we hope to build a second building that will house a small outpatient surgery center. We will keep you posted on how you can partner with us when we are ready to break ground.”
All donations to pastor Jay’s ministry are tax-deductible. To donate, click here. You also can send donations by mail to Fishers Of Men Ministries International, P. O. Box 410953, Melbourne, FL, 32941.