Hands for Healing Medical Clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti opened its doors to the public for the first time on Monday. UPCI Missionaries Ron and Terry Brian are excited to celebrate this milestone achievement. Although Ron has organized mobile medical clinics for many years, this is the first brick-and-mortar clinic for the UPC of Haiti.
Ron explains his passion for ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians. “Medical care is such a significant need in Haiti. We believe anytime you show the love and compassion of Christianity to the people you are reaching, you strengthen the church overall. It is our desire to use the medical clinic to not only minister to the physical needs of the people, but also to take every opportunity to share the gospel.”
The vision for this medical Clinic was born several years ago in the heart of Pastor Mark Barrick of Cypress Grove Fellowship (CGF) in Orlando, Florida. After CGF sponsored a mobile clinic, Mark saw the need for a stationary clinic that could provide follow-up care. Since that time, CGF has been the primary sponsor of this project.
Recently, Pastor David Myers, President of Hands for Healing International, and Dr. Camra Faulkner of Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana, have added their resources and expertise to the effort. Moving forward, Missionary Ron Brian envisions medical mission teams providing full clinics for one week each month. During these intense weeks, more than 150 patients will be treated daily. In the other weeks, Dr. Faulkner and local nursing staff will provide care during regular office hours.
Ron is quick to point out that the completion of this medical building is just “phase one of a larger vision for this complex.” A memorial account has been set up through Global Missions for the purchase of property and construction of additional buildings. UPC of Haiti is also partnering with Hands for Healing, a nonprofit organization established by Toby Brazzel of Alexandria, Louisiana and David Myers of Palm Bay, Florida. The clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Faulkner, plans to raise a budget through Associates in Missions (AIM).
As with any new ministry, Hands for Healing Medical Clinic needs continuing financial, volunteer, and prayer support. There are many ways churches and individuals can get involved in this vital ministry. Medical professionals and others who wish to help out can contact Haiti Field Superintendent Ron Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.