Nancy & Steve James

Location: Haiti                                            James

Commissioned: 2005

In Haiti, skilled medical professionals are often overworked and poorly paid, and hospitals lack the proper infrastructure. Partnering with the Haitian Baptist Convention, the Jameses travel regularly to small church-related medical clinics. They provide medical training and encouragement to the staff, help find medicines and supplies, and consult with patients. The poor roads in Haiti make it difficult to make the trips each week. So they often travel every other week to the outlying clinics bringing supplies each time we come.

The needs at the clinics are many – financial resources to keep the clinics open, small generators to provide electricity, running water, medical supplies, and staff training. They often find themselves helping the staff to think of new models to resolve their problems through teamwork and to develop their listening skills. Rather than "top-down" leadership used by so many organizations.

The Jameses encourage Fellowship Baptists to pray for and participate in the ministry.

"Pray for us and the staff of these clinics, that we would have God’s vision for health care in these villages," they said. "For those who feel led to come to Haiti, we welcome you to serve along side our partners here. Both medical and non-medical skills can often be put to good use. But the main thing is to accompany our brothers and sisters in Christ in our discipleship journeys."

Related stories:
• 2010 Summer fellowship!: Stories of survival
• 2010 Spring fellowship!: Responding to the Haiti earthquake

Related media:
• Photos: Jameses serve through medical ministry in Haiti
• Video: Prayers for the World - Steve James/Haiti

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