Their Ministry Focus
Mark consults with the medical staff and helps direct the Church of God hospital in St. Ard, Arcahaie, Haiti. 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 toward 24/7 service 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 and two grandchildren. In 2014, Mark and Kathy left their U.S. careers and family to assist with the hospital which they began with their Haitian colleagues in 2005.
The Hopital L’eglise de Dieu Reformee (Hospital of the Church of God) has a staff of 40 Haitians. The mission of the facility is to join in a healthcare alliance with the people of Haiti to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Indigenous professionals have a difficult time finding paying positions in Haiti due to a poor economy, so the hospital is providing 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 avaialable 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 leads the waiting patients in a devotion, songs, and prayer.
The hospital has been providing care five days per week during daytime hours, with the goal of becoming a 24/7 local hospital. 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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