JIMANI, Dominican Republic (BP)--Delores York sits in the hallway of Good Samaritan Clinic just east of the Haiti border in the Dominican Republic. Her feet hurt. She's exhausted. It's been a long day for her and other clinic volunteers as earthquake victims fill every room, waiting for treatment.
Suddenly York, an International Mission Board missionary from Abilene, Texas, who has ministered among Haitians for the past 12 years, is back on her feet. She's in the lobby holding hands with Claire, a woman about to go into surgery to repair her broken hip. Claire lost her home, looters stole everything she had and she -- like so many others -- lost loved ones in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti more than a week ago.
But the two women can't stop smiling.
"She's my sister," York says proudly. "She's happy about Jesus saving her life."
"I have hope in God," responds Claire. "God will get me through this."
York and Claire just met at the clinic, but they've become fast friends since York speaks Claire's Creole language. As hundreds of injured Haitians pour into the clinic, York and other IMB missionaries helping there provide a valuable skill as interpreters.
"Hardly anyone here speaks Creole," said Dawn Goodwin, an IMB missionary from Jefferson City, Tenn. "We're able to help the doctors understand what exactly is wrong with the patient, so they can give the treatment the patient needs."
Language barriers only complicate the situation in what looks like a war zone, with patients scattered on mattresses throughout the clinic.
Patients include amputees, those with head wounds, infections and broken bones. They line the hallway as ambulances pull up to unload new patients. Read More