Celebrating 10 years of great nursing education in Haiti

“For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”    Habakkuk 1:5

I have just returned from a wonderful visit to Haiti. In times past I might have been tempted to call that an oxymoron. One of the great blessings of my job is that I get to see God’s hand clearly at work, and there are times that I get to see the scripture come to life.

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

The Lord’s Answer
“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”

Habakkuk 1:2-5

In these verses, the prophet Habakkuk is complaining that God does not seem to hear the cry of His people. Injustice and destruction prevail. (Hmmm, sounds like me at times regarding Haiti.) The Lord’s reply? What I am doing and orchestrating is soooo big you wouldn’t believe it even if I told you.

Ten years ago a group of ordinary believers had a vision and started out in faith. They knew the desperate need and sought a humble solution. They didn’t have much in terms of human resources. But they wouldn’t give in. They wouldn’t lose faith.

Last weekend we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the FSIL nursing school in Léogâne Haiti.

Graduating class - croppedAnd on Saturday I was privileged to attend the graduation of 17 more nursing students from FSIL nursing school in Léogâne. Seventeen very bright, very energetic and well trained young women – some of the very best in the entire country.

Just seeing them, I was immediately impressed. Then I heard the class laureate tell the supporters (in English!) that these graduating nurses promise to prove to us that we have made a great investment. Without question, they are the foundation for a new generation of improved healthcare in Haiti.

On Saturday we also had the privilege to tour the recently completed phase 4 of the campus building program funded by USAID grants to MBF. The new additions include the 250 seat auditorium, computer labs, expanded library, administration block and new guest house. There is no other nursing school like it in Haiti.

Most encouraging of all, Bishop Duracin noted in his remarks during the ceremonies that Presbyterians and Episcopalians had worked together, hand in hand, without regard for denominational differences in accomplishing this wonderful work.

So what happened in 10 years? A state-of-the-art campus, a best in Haiti BSN nursing school, graduating professional nurses working to change the healthcare landscape of Haiti. And, all this in spite of a completely debilitating earthquake thrown in for an extra challenge. Oh, and Christians from different denominations working together for a common cause in the name of Jesus.

You know something, God – you are right. I am astounded and I wouldn’t have believed it!

God’s reply?

Listen, this is only one small part of the plan that we happen to get to see. Much greater things are yet to come.

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