Saturday, February 27, 2010

Abby Ruth is 10 months old!

Abigail is 10 months old now!! My, how fast the time has flown by! Do not let the picture above fool, she is not crawling. She has no desire to. She scoots and maneuvers her body pretty much all over the room but she does not crawl! She is just now getting her 4 teeth in at once! Fantastic fun around here with a pleasantly teething baby! :) She is officially not eating any baby food....she wants what we are having and has done so well eating now and gaining weight! Praise the Lord! She is a little dramatic and so very funny. We think she is going to be an entertainer like Andrew, she loves to make us laugh! Her favorite game right now is peek-a-boo, which of course her brothers love too because they finally get to put things on top of her head!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Medical Mission Trip: Haiti

Dearest friends and family-
As most of you know, I recently returned from a disaster medicine trip to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude quake ravaged the capital city, and entire country, on January 12, 2010. I was fortunate enough to be on the 4th team from my residency program, In His Image, to make the trip to Haiti to serve the Lord and the people of this devastated country. I joined four other family medicine doctors, two surgeons, two nurses and two other support staff on this mission to Haiti.
The Lord clearly called me to this trip, and paved the way for our travel into and out of the country. It was such an awesome treat to literally be a part, and see God’s hand at work all along the way! From the beginning our trip was not easy, as the adversary tried to stop our efforts, but our amazing trek to Ft. Pierce, Florida in order to make it to our chartered flight to Haiti in time, included me (not a night person at all!) driving all night from Atlanta to Ft. Pierce! Upon arriving in Port-Au-Prince, the evidence of destruction was everywhere. Rubble seemed to be present every which way you looked and people filled the streets, many waiting for food distribution, and others with simply no place to go. Tents and make-shift housing filled every open space possible, as even the structures left standing where either too unstable to enter, or the people were too scared to live in their previous homes. We quickly learned that new Haitian justice was quick and decisive as we passed a recently deceased body in the street, with multiple gun-shot wounds. I suddenly felt quite vulnerable and out of place as locals stared at us as we slowly drove to the Salvation Army compound that would be our home and clinic for the next week. Upon arrival, a normally cool customer, I felt immensely overwhelmed by the gravity of the destruction. My feelings weren’t helped by the news that our temporary home had no electricity, no running water, toilets that didn’t work, and you had to spray yourself with deet in order to keep the mosquitoes at bay while you slept; if you could even sleep! I laid in bed the first night, wondering what I’d gotten myself into, before praying. The Lord quickly reminded me why he’d called me to go on this trip, and I read a passage from the book of Luke that I had prayed for the previous teams.
“And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing,” Luke 9:1-2.
My God and King was calling me to be His hands and His feet to these people; people He created just like me; people He loves, and yearns for.
My experience in Haiti was very diverse, and eye opening. The back wall of our sleeping room was about 20 yards from 15-20,000 Haitians living in a tent city that had arose after the quake. Without the aid of ear plugs, I never would have been able to sleep over the noise of music, commotion, laughter and occasional blood curling screams that filled the night air up to 2 am some nights. Yet mornings on the Salvation Army grounds would start early, as the local Christians would awake with the roster calls, and would shortly be singing praise songs in Creole! In many ways, it was like going to sleep with the devil and awakening with the King. Many members of our team had such difficulty with sleep, without even mentioning the hot humid weather each night!
Clinics were held on the first floor of the former school building on the Salvation Army compound. Our first day of clinic was filled with energy as a man who had been trapped in the rubble of a market place, was pulled out alive and brought to our clinic! He was terribly emaciated, but alert. We attempted to place an IV, but his fragile vein ruptured and we quickly transferred him to the University of Miami Hospital that was set up in tents on the airport grounds. Miraculously, he was in quite good condition given his circumstances! No renal failure, no serious infections or fractures! The patient soon became the lead story on CNN and locally, our team and residency program were thrust into the news. Interestingly, the patient told a story of a man in white bringing him water while he was trapped, which could be the only explanation to his survival, but who was this man in white? None of his friends or family knew of his survival, and no one else claimed to be his water helper. I choose to believe an angel helped Mr. Muncie survive. I personally transported a 4-mo old infant, whose mother had been feeding her nothing but water, as the child had been suffering from diarrhea for a week, and mom was not breastfeeding and had no formula or milk to give the baby. The baby was brought to me by a distraught nurse, yelling, “Seizing baby!” Sure enough, the little girl was in the throngs of a clonic seizure; most likely as a result of low sodium from being fed nothing but water for a week. The mother held her infant as we grabbed the ambu bag, for which we only had an adult mask, and no means to intubate an infant; we laid hands on this precious creation and prayed for God’s protection on this child. By the time we made it to the hospital, the seizure had stopped, and the child was becoming more alert. In all we transferred 5 patients to the hospital that first day, and we saw around 300 patients.
Throughout the week, we treated more acute/chronic illness than acute trauma as in previous weeks; but we still had our share of laceration repairs from debris, fights, and stabbings. We also delivered one baby the morning of departure and had one mother bring her baby in to the clinic at 2 AM after delivering in her tent! I helped tie off the cord with suture as the placenta was still intact; we inspected the baby and mom, who were both fine, and sent them back into the night! More proof that women can deliver babies without us doctors getting in the way!
Clinic was my favorite part of each day, as I sat with a patient to one side, and my new friend, Romain (my translator) on the other side. We quickly formed a friendship and good working partnership. He taught me some Creole; how to say “Do you know Jesus?” and “God Bless you,” were my favorite phrases. I learned of Romain’s plans and dreams in life, which were so similar to many young people in the U.S., but his path was instantaneously more difficult post Janurary 12, 2010. Romain loves basketball, and Dewayne Wade, but is hopefully a new OKC Thunder fan after I left him with a Thunder T-shirt as a “thank you.”
The most difficult part of clinic was seeing the children. Parents wanting so much to keep their precious little ones healthy and give them a future, it was almost hollow to tell a mother that her child had a virus and would get better on their own, knowing that many of these children may die in the next year from infections, dehydration, or starvation. Most had no resources to feed their families and depended on the distribution of food from relief organizations to survive.
But the Lord was definitely at work! Haiti is a nation that has a history steeped in voodoo, and black magic; Catholicism is also prevalent, but true, personal relationships with Christ seem few. I found the scripture in Luke 10:2 to be so true, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Many of our patients came from the Salvation Army Church and compound and claimed to be Christian already, so we prayed for all patients and encouraged them in Christ. We had about 7 patients pray to receive Christ during our week and planted hundreds of seeds among the approximate 1200 patients we saw in 4 days of clinic. Samuel, a man who survived the quake by jumping from a 2 –story building, prayed to receive Christ after my simple question, “Do you know Jesus,” as he answered “no, but I want to!”
Our trip was cut short by a day, as the Haitian government called for a national weekend of remembrance starting the Friday of our trip, as it was the 1 month anniversary of the quake. By another work of the Lord, we were able to get a flight a day earlier than planned since our last day of clinic was cancelled, which was good, as some of our team was beginning to come down with a bit of GI illness. We made it home in time for Valentine’s Day! I must admit, I did feel guilty as we left. Guilty that I could just pick up and leave and go back to such a blessed country, family and home; that these people, no different than myself, were left to fend for themselves amongst the rubble and destruction. I pray for the dreams and plans of the young translators, who all wanted to come to the US, and one who had aspirations of medical school.
A report last week stated that the Haitian president had openly proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ, and had stated that the country must turn to Jesus in order rebuild and overcome this massive setback and destruction. Of course one would never hear of such a report in our national media, so verification is only from fellow believers still on the ground in Haiti, which we pray is true! Please continue in my prayers for the people of Haiti; my new friends and their hopes and dreams, the babies in need of food and clothing, young people in search for love and hope, the elderly looking for a better nation. Pray for the rebuilding of Haiti, the rebuilding on a foundation that cannot be shaken. Pray for an awakening in Haiti; an awakening to the love of Christ and the hope of salvation.
Thank you all for supporting this trip. For you were all a part in thought and prayer! God Bless!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Abigail Ruth is 9 Months Old!

Oh how we thank the Lord for sweet precious Abby Ruth!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Dearest friends & family,
It has been asked for the safety of the team not to post updates at this time. Please continue to pray for the team as they serve in Haiti. We will post a full report when they are home safely. The team is scheduled to come home on Sunday, Feb 14th. Thank you!! God Bless You!!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Departure Day: Day 1

The adventure has begun! Here are the kidos and Daddy right before we loaded up to take him to the airport. We took Dustin to the airport at 3:45 today and found out that a huge storm was approaching Atlanta and thus thier flight was delayed and they were usure if they would be able to make thier connection to Ft. Lauderdale to meet the chartered plane that was scheduled to fly to Port au Prince on Saturday morning at 8:30am. They at first contemplated renting vehicles and driving straight to Ft. Lauderdale but soon realized that the 22 hour drive would not get them there in time. After praying, the team decided to try to get to Atlanta in hopes that they could catch the last flight out to Ft. Lauderdale. Finally, they boarded the plane in OKC and made their way to Atlanta! In Atlanta the last flight to Ft. Lauderdale was booked and thus they were put on standby and did not make the flight. 11:30pm in Atlanta. They decided to rent cars and try to drive to make the charter flight. They were able to push back the flight one hour to leave at 9:30am. The drive was 8.5 hours!! They would be driving all night in hopes to get to the airport just in time. 12:30 pm in Atlanta...they were on the road!!! They drove all night.....praise the Lord that they arrived safely and in time to meet the charter!!!!! On their way now to Port au Prince....Dustin said that he was really tired because he drove most of the way! What an adventure and it is only day ONE!!!! Thank you Lord for your protection over the team as they travel to serve those in Haiti!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Prayer Request

Hello Friends!!
We wanted to share with you some exciting news and ask for your prayers in the coming week. Dustin has been asked to join team of doctors and nurses with In His Image to go and serve the people of Haiti in this time of need. The team will be leaving tomorrow evening and will be there ministering to the people physically and spiritually for a week. We are so excited to see what God has in store and ask that you would pray for the team's safety, discernment in diagnosing and helping patients, and that the Holy Spirit would lead them and guide them in sharing the hope of Christ with the people of Haiti during this difficult time. Thank you so much for being such a blessing to our family and joining with us in praying for this team as they seek to be the hands and feet of Christ and serve those that are in need most right now. Bless you!! I can hardly wait to hear how God is going to move and work in the many lives and hearts that will be touched with the love of Christ this coming week!!
Praising Him!!
The Cupp Crew

Monday, February 1, 2010


So, Carson came down with a nasty cold last weekend and after much separation and isolation and tying to keep the toys all sanitized....all three monkeys got this nasty cold! I was just thanking the Lord the week before about how wonderful the winter months had been because our children have been well all winter....and then they got the cold. Eight days later Abigail Ruth, the last one to get it, had a great day. Of course, they still have the yucky cough and snotty noses but they are Well!!...Praise the Lord!! Andrew and I took Abigail to the doctor today for her 9 month check up and she is a whooping 17.6 pounds....she gained 2 ounces in 3 months!! She does not like baby food. Occasionally we can get her to eat 3-4 spoons of it but then she refuses...I have never seen a baby use the clamped down jaw and hit away a spoon with yummy baby food on it.....silly girl! She is so little. Not crawling yet, she does lunge a little to get toys that are out of reach but she really doesn't have the whole crawling thing down yet at all....which Mommy thinks is really okay. I love the extra time of her sitting and playing...and staying in one place! :) She is a jabber-jaws....she loves to "talk". Her favorite words right now are Dada and Mama. I am just itching to get her 9 month pictures done so they may be coming soon! 35 Days till Honduras!! We are thrilled and so excited to go and serve alongside our friends, The Tumlisons. As we get closer and closer the boys are starting to ask all kinds of questions like "Where will we sleep?" "What do they have to eat there?" "Will we understand them?" (Carson is really worried that he doesn't know enough spanish... :) ) We learned that the little community that our friends live in have dug a huge hole and nailed a tarp down so the children can jump on the "trampoline"....the boys are super excited about this! Should be interesting! I wonder what the Lord has in store......praying that we continue to stay Well until then!!