Their Ministry Focus
Mark and Kathy work alongside the local staff at the Church of God hospital in Saintard, Haiti, providing healthcare to the population and using that as an opportunity to spread the gospel of Christ. Mark consults with the medical staff and helps direct the operations at the hospital; Kathy provides accounting and business assistance for the hospital, as well as consulting for speech therapy services. Together, they continue to oversee the expansion of the hospital services while continuing to invest in the professional Haitian staff.
The Fultons have been actively involved in Haiti since their first mission trip in 1993. As the trips to Haiti increased over the next twenty years, they knew that someday God would call them to minister full time in Haiti. Mark completed his undergraduate degree in biology from Indiana University and a doctorate in dental surgery at IU School of Dentistry, became licensed as an emergency medical technician, and received licensing for IV sedation while in Indiana. Kathy received her undergraduate degree in quantitative business analysis from IU and a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Ball State University. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. In 2014, Mark and Kathy left their U.S. careers and family to assist with the Church of God hospital which opened in 2005.
The Hôpital L’Eglise de Dieu Réformée (Hospital of the Church of God) has a staff of approximately 70 Haitians. The hospital’s function is to join in a healthcare alliance with the people of Haiti to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Haitian professionals have a difficult time finding paying positions in Haiti due to the country’s depressed economy, so the hospital provides employment for physicians, dentists, nurses, technicians, and many others, while also allowing Haitians to help Haitians in a healthcare setting. Services continue to be added and revamped, but among those currently available are general medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, laboratory testing, radiology, gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, prosthetics, optometry, and limited surgical procedures. Each morning, an elder from the local Church of God congregation or a member of the hospital staff leads the waiting patients in a devotion, songs, and prayer.
The hospital has been providing care five days per week during daytime hours since its opening in July 2005. In January 2018, the facility began providing 24/7 access to basic care. The local population would have little access to any services without the presence of affordable healthcare through this hospital. Mark and Kathy hope to make it a beacon of hope for Haitians to help Haitians in a healthcare setting with Christ as the focus, providing hope for eternity.
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