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Haiti in October

I am heading down to the health department today to get a few immunizations in preparation for our trip to Haiti in October. Lisa and I (along with Gail, an RN friend) are going to be part of a medical mission team sponsored by LCMS World Relief and Human Care. We’ll be in Poto, a rural community much affected by the earthquake and storms, but far away from where most relief efforts have taken place so far. I get to be a chaplain for the team, as well as providing care and counsel for some of the patients. I am looking forward to seeing firsthand some of the affected people and places I’ve only seen and heard about in the news.

Other than smallpox, polio, and tetanus, I haven’t had many immunizations. I’m old enough to be of the generation that actually had all the diseases we now immunize against. I had measles, chickenpox, rubella, and mumps. I think I had most of them in the first grade. I also broke my ankle that year. It was a rough year, but I survived.

My international travel experience includes three days in Freeport in the Bahamas and one night in Vancouver, British Columbia. Time to expand my horizons a little. While we’re there we hope to see some of the people Lisa met last March when she accompanied a team to Port-au-Prince. Our connections to them via Facebook and email makes the world seem very, very small.


  1. Pastor, I’m from an LCMS congregation in Tulsa, OK. I’d like to subscribe to your blog, but I don’t see a way to do that other than through feeds and I tend to forget about feeds to be honest. Do you mind if I post a link to this on my blog roll? I like your posts and I’d like to hear more about your trip to Haiti. Thanks.

    • Thanks for reading, Deana. Of course you can put it in your blog roll. I think in the toolbar, you can also subscribe so that it comes to your email. too.

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