Tonight I am up later than usual because, simply I can not sleep. We had a medical emergency that has not gone well, in fact that is what is keeping me awake.
I finally decided to get up and write a blog about it. Basically, we, (mostly Denise) have been working with a women in our community for probably six months.
Denise has been transporting her to various hospitals, paying for expenses, etc. It has finally been determined she probably has cancer.
However to be sure we need a biopsy done. Over the last several days Denise has contacted numerous medical professionals to find out where we can have this done.
We finally located an American doctor in Port au Prince who would be willing to see her tomorrow. His only opening. We made arraignments to drive her to Port today, so that she could be there first thing in the morning.
Our big hold up was where could we spend the night. We were in a meeting with our peasant farmers, when we finally got word where we could have lodging we could afford. We left our meeting and came back to our apartment to pack.
We packed and were ready to leave when the lady we have been helping sent word that she did not want to go. After several discussions with her and her family, she agreed, and then, she refused again.
This was after she was told that this was the only option we had left.
After she refused, Denise called all of the involved parties and cancelled.
Later, concerned people in the community came to us, angry with us, because she had changed changed her mind again, and now we could not do anything.
By this time, if we could reconnect all of the arrangements, we would be traveling after dark.
Not only is it extremely dangerous to be traveling in Haiti after dark, we just received reports of violent demonstrations taking place in some areas where guns were being used, with people being killed.
All I could say to the people that were angry and expected more from us, was that we all are given free will. If we reject grace, we have to live with our decisions.
We are all very overcome with sadness. How much more does God grieve when he offers us his grace and we say "NO".
God’s mercy on us all, Bob and of course, Denise (She is the one who worked so hard)