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As of last week, the storage depot has doors, which is big because it gives us a secure place for all our construction materials.

The Storage Depot Has Doors!

For the past 2 weeks, we enjoyed having some folks from Oakwood Church in Wales, WI, stay with us in Jeremie. Some stayed for only the 1st week, some stayed for only the 2nd week, and some stayed for both weeks, wreaking havoc on our attempts to get one picture of the whole team. ­čÖé Below is a picture of the 4 who stayed with us for the 2nd week.

Rachel, Aaron, Neal, & John

We thoroughly enjoyed having them with us to work on projects around the house & clinic, and they were a huge encouragement to each of us through their work and through their many conversations with us about ministry here.

Neal & Rachel Putting Varnish on Clinic Chairs

Next up: 2 more teams from Elmbrook Church!

Over the past 4 weeks, we have hosted a number of volunteer groups from our partner churches in the U.S.

The first group was our good friends from the Presbytery of New Brunswick, New Jersey. The  14 of them filled meds, organized patient charts, entered patient information into our new database, installed doors throughout the house, built tables for the clinic, caulked, and painted, among many other tasks.

New Jersey Volunteer Team

The second group came from Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI. The 10 of them stayed for 2 weeks, tackling numerous projects around the house and for the new clinic – installing doors, building shelving units for the closets, building chairs, benches, & supply carts for the new clinic, building a so-called “Haiti Hut” to serve as an extension of the current clinic, fixing generators, and even cleaning windows.

Elmbrook Church Volunteer Team

Bench for Waiting Area of New Clinic

Haiti Hut

A third group from Oakwood Church in Delafield, WI, has been with us for one week and will stay for one more. They have already put some finishing touches on the Haiti Hut, continued the data entry process for the patient database, painted, and built some cabinet doors.

The Oakwood Crew, Building Cabinet Doors

All the groups have been a huge help in completing various projects in Jeremie and in Gatineau, and we have been very encouraged by their presence and their willingness to serve.