Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Tale Of Two Countries

Shortly after entering Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, you are greeted by views like the photo to the left. Nearby is a new Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. Higher end stores than even those seen in Atlanta can be found in malls throughout the city. This bustling cosmopolitan city is really amazing. My stay there was only enhanced by my hosts, the Garcia family.

Upon crossing the border into Haiti, you are immediately greeted by the scene in the photo to the right. People bathing and doing their laundry in the river. This scene is repeated with each river you cross throughout the country.  Everywhere you look in Haiti, you are reminded of the soul grinding poverty.

It is really unexplainable how two countries so close and similar can be so totally opposite. The only conclusion I can draw is in how their separate governments have chosen to govern their countries over the decades. The bottom line is that Haiti, like many impoverished third world countries, desperately needs your prayers.

It is very good to be back and see my Haitian friends. For those who don't know, I live with a Haitian priest here in Cap Haitien, Haiti when I am here working. A true cultural immersion experience. I thought it was hot in Atlanta, but nothing could have prepared me for Haiti in August. Stifling, oppressive, breath taking heat. Hopefully rain will come soon and cool things off.

In spite of minor annoyances, I feel so blessed to be able to be here to assist with health care. We are making fantastic progress with the hemophilia program, looking forward to good clinic work this week, followed by the return of Dr.Visani who will perform urological surgeries here for the remainder of September.

Peace and grace,

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