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Waiting Five Years for Relief from Pain

Sylnis Idernier became a Christian as a young man, and believes he is now 81 years old (frequently Haitians do not know exactly how old they are). In 2010, Sylnis came to Hospital Lumière in search of surgery to correct a hernia. However, because he did not have the money to pay for the surgery he was not able to receive the care he needed as there was no financial assistance available to help him.

At times, the pain and discomfort of his problem prevented Sylnis from working but he did not give up hope. For 5 years he saved as much money as he could from his work as a gardener in a community near the hospital. Sylnis continued to keep faith, hope and a cheerful attitude, confident that God would provide the help he needed.  

Finally in 2015, Sylnis returned to the hospital. When he arrived, he found he still did not have enough money to pay for his surgery. But God provides for those that love Him. His church congregation and the hospital's Financial Assistance Fund were able to cover the part of the charges that Sylnis could not pay. Sylnis is now recovering from his surgery and hopes to return to his work as a gardener soon. As he was discharged from the hospital he expressed "I am so thankful that God provided a way for me to receive the surgery I needed."      

Not that I speak in respect of want:for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:11-13