In January 2019, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will sponsor its 9th mission trip to Fort Liberté, Haiti. Beginning with a relationship between the Friends of Fort Liberté and Dr. David Markham, annually, FPC sends a group of 28 people to Fort Liberté to staff a medical clinic and work in the local community. Typically, our group consists of 6 doctors, 2 - 3 nurses, 2 - 3 pharmacists, and 16 - 18 lay people.
Most mornings, by the time we arrive, prospective patients have already surrounded the clinic. With the help of Haitian translators, each patient is checked in and then seen by one of the doctors. As needed, we administer and analyze lab tests, dispense prescriptions, provide scabies baths behind the clinic building, perform procedures, and counsel the patients, all in a clinic with a generator for electricity and no running water. We typically see close to 1,000 patients during our week in Haiti.
For the first time in January 2019, we will work with Solar Under the Sun, a new ministry of the Synod of the Sun of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Four trained lay people on the trip will install solar energy systems to provide power for water purification systems and other critical needs.
Trip members will be asked to contribute $1,200 each, which pays for a member’s travel expenses. The church underwrites the cost of the prescription drugs and the other supplies that we bring with us.
We will leave Dallas on Monday, January 7 and return on Sunday, January 13. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, July 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Koinonia Room. Please join us to ask any questions you might have and hear more about the plans for the 2019 trip. Trip organizers including Laura Barnes, Jeffrey Zsohar, John Thompson, Matt Soucek, Catherine Bywaters, Marty Coleman, and Jim Welch have already begun planning the January 2019 trip. If you would like to add your name to the list of possible 2019 trip members, please contact Jim Welch (214-505-9414).
Due to the accommodations available in Fort Liberté, please note that the trip is limited to 28 people.