Pocono Record Photographer
May 02, 2011
|Greg Pershyn, of East Stroudsburg, in Stroud Township.|
Pershyn recently returned from a mission to the Haitian
town of La Pointe where he installed a public address system
for a hospital. Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record
Pershyn, a member of the Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church, had been looking for a way to directly contribute to the lives of others when he was approached by the missionary group CrossWorld, which presented him with an opportunity to use his skills in Haiti.
|One of the speakers installed by Pershyn at the Beraca |
Medical Center in La Pointe, Haiti, during a mission there earlier
With his way paid by Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church and the Light of the World Church in Stroudsburg, Pershyn toted 1,000 feet of cable donated by Friedman Electric and components acquired below cost to the town of La Pointe on the northern coast of Haiti, home to the Beraca Medical Center.
Once there, he set to work installing a public address system across the six-building campus.
The 15-speaker system is being used to funnel music into waiting areas and more importantly, is used by the doctors to help educate people about diseases, their signs and symptoms and the treatments that help prevent or cure them.
|Pastor Wilber at the Beraca Medical Center in La Pointe, Haiti, with the hospitals PA system. The system was installed by Pershyn during a mission to the hospital. |
"It gives you a renewed appreciation, not so much of what we have, but of what we don't have here anymore. My cell phone didn't work down there. It was nice to be able to just concentrate on what you were doing, or to have a sit-down lunch break. It was nice to not have the mad pace that we have here."