Team members to do vision screenings in Haiti
Eleven days and counting! We hope you'll pray for our travels--we leave Lawrence at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28; the first leg of our flight will be Kansas City to Miami, and then it's Miami to Cap Haïtien! Please pray for smooth and safe travels, on-time flights, and smooth passage through customs in Haiti.
This year, several members of our team have been trained in how to do simple vision screenings. Dr. Paul Brinckman, a local optometrist with missions trip experience in both Haiti and Honduras, spent several hours with us over two weekends, teaching us how to do basic eyesight checks on children and adults, and how to detect certain kids of vision problems. It is our hope that we will be able to screen as many people as possible, and also teach some of the Haitians at the Kids Alive compound how to do those screenings themselves. The data we collect will be brought back to Dr. Brinckman, who will analyze it and make recommendations for ongoing care.
In addition to the time he spent teaching us how to do the screenings, Dr. Brinckman has also supplied us with eye test charts of various types, patient record forms, and will be sending several pieces of equipment with us to help us in performing the screenings. (Thanks, Dr. Brinckman!)
If all goes according to schedule, we will arrive in Cap Haïtien at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 28th. Our return trip is scheduled to put us back in Kansas City shortly after midnight on Saturday, February 4 (actually early morning on Sunday, February 5). We will do our very best to update this blog daily, so we hope you'll check back here often.
If you can help by donating any of the items mentioned in our previous blog post, please bring them to the church by January 23, as the team will be packing donation suitcases that week.
Thanks for praying and for caring about Haiti!
Blessings, Doug Heacock (on behalf of the 2017 team)