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Will Revival Happen First in Haiti?

  -February 26th, 2010 @ 7:28 am

A reflection after three days of national prayer and fasting in Haiti from International Child Care Ministries publication ‘Tuesday’s Child’

grew up as a sponsored child through (ICCM) of the Church. He now serves as Field Coordinator for ICCM in Haiti, with responsibility for 53 schools, over 8,900 sponsored children and 20 staff members. Mondale is in his early thirties. He lost everything in the earthquake and now lives in a tent. His immediate family is safe, but a brother-in-law perished in the quake; other family members were injured. Last week, he sent the following remarkable, insightful e-mail.

“What a wonderful God we serve!

“As you heard, my nation had 3 days fasting. [Sunday, February 14] was the last day. If you could be here to see the desire of the Haitian people seeking God’s presence…I know that God has something to do with my brothers and sisters in Haiti.

“Before Jesus comes back, there will be a great revival, and we have the feeling this will happen in Haiti first. Haitian people must be united in one Spirit. There will be a New Haiti soon. God will do what is impossible for man.

“Now, it is the time for one to accept the other whoever he is and whatever he possesses. Those people considered as poor, and those they consider as rich–right now, there is no one rich and no one poor. Everybody is sleeping outdoors together. We have learned to share even our tent, small as it is. There is no place for selfishness, and of course in that condition, we cannot be selfish.

“Haitian people have learned a good lesson of life. There are still wicked and criminals. For those, only God can change their heart. Many people have come to Christ, some emotionally, others truly. One way or another, God has been glorified. We praise Him!”

Reflections from Haiti – Dr. Dan Snyder, Dessalines Hospital

  -February 26th, 2010 @ 7:12 am

Dr. , – Saturday, February 13

We are seeing a lot of emotional trauma and misinformation. The country as a whole is spending three days in government-mandated time off and prayer. Preachers in the country are frequently preaching non-biblical messages. One example is: the reason the earthquake happened is because we as a Haitian people knew we lived in an earthquake area and should have built our homes with wood. But instead we ignored this and built with brick and iron, and God is punishing us for this. (In other words, we ignored “common sense” recommendations and God is punishing us.)

Pastor Robenson was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit. He was waiting to meet with Jeanne (Acheson-Munos) when he received a phone call from his girlfriend asking him to meet her. … The earthquake hit as he turned to leave FOHO; he saw the building going down. His girlfriend is a nursing student, and only she and one other classmate who were not in the downtown school building survived – 85 died. , our hospital administrator of 23 years, lost his oldest daughter and multiple other family members. Leon, our accountant, lost six family members. Sydney, our pharmacist, lost 16 members of his family … and on. The hospital has set up a counseling program for any patient who arrives and agrees to see our chaplains.

I have only had interactions with a few staff members so far but none of them are sleeping well or functioning very well. I have never seen them like this. A huge support for them is going to be feeding, building construction and health care; however the pastoral staff also need their emotional and spiritual issues addressed. Basic education of the Biblical message concerning pain and suffering should be part of the process to thwart the misinformation circulating in country.

Dessalines was very busy the first 2-3 weeks treating earthquake trauma victims. We are now seeing mostly follow up patients and are shifting into the more routine care. The obvious problem is that many do not have funds for payment. These are in categories: first those who were in the earthquake and have lost everything and are living in the street or in a U.N. tent in Port-au-Prince or with a local family or friend, all of whom are coming for health care. Second are the local families themselves who are having to feed and support friends and relatives and are already broke due to the economic stress of this situation. The hospital earlier made an announcement that they would treat earthquake victims for free for one month.

Haiti Relief Funds Update

  -February 26th, 2010 @ 6:14 am

As of Feb. 19, a total of $1,146,435 has been given through the Bishops Famine and Relief Fund, Help Haiti Heal, Operation Hope and for Haiti relief, recovery and development needs.

State-of-the-Response Report from Bishop David Roller

  -February 25th, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

From Bishop David Roller’s Blog 2/24/2010

Something about this earthquake in Haiti touched us at a primal level… It felt like the brokenness of the creation had heaped its shards on this resilient people. How could a people so accustomed to sorrow survive one more devastating blow? As if lawlessness and corruption weren’t enough, and deforestation and poverty weren’t enough, and the hurricanes and hopelessness weren’t enough…now an earthquake to grind home the lesson; the creation is broken and groans for healing and well-being. And there stands Jesus, the healer, the restorer, the first-fruit of God’s plan of full redemption. And there stand Jesus’ people, we who proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven has indeed drawn near; we who live out the values and behaviors of that kingdom even as we live in this broken kingdom.

from nearly 20 countries have responded to the earthquake, living out those values and behaviors. I’ve been privileged to observe and participate as God’s people have sacrificially sent money to assist their Haitian brothers and sisters. At last count we had received over $840,000 dollars toward the relief and recovery effort. That’s an amazing effort in the middle of a world-wide economic recession!

I have personally been back to Haiti twice since the earthquake and will return this coming weekend, along with a team to continue the oversight and plan for the future.

Let me keep you up-to-date on the process and progress of the response. This may be too much information for some, but others will be interested:

Regarding the Decision-making Process:

  1. The Haitian superintendents team, with input from me, crafts the major contours of the response; we decide what the major components of the relief and recovery should look like.

  2. A Response Steering Committee was set up on February 5th. Composed of 6 Haitian leaders and 1 American missionary this committee makes the decisions regarding priorities. They “steer” the response so it can accomplish the major goals set by the superintendents.

  3. Then the implementers in Haiti, led by and Rick Ireland, put the plans into action. They are both on the steering committee and they are the link to those “on-the-ground.” They are charged with executing the response plan.

  4. Accountability and control links are built into all 3 levels.

Regarding the Funds:

  1. Early on we decided to make this a coordinated response. Even though funds are coming from various sources and through various channels (Int’l Childcare, Help Haiti Heal, Operation Hope, Bishops’ Famine and relief, Canadian and Dominican FMC, and others) we are spending through a coordinated disbursement budget that comes from Haiti. This helps us avoid the possibility of over-responding to some needs and under responding to others.

  2. A disbursement budget was built on Feb 5th, anticipating eventual donations of 1.4 million dollars, broken into three components:

    • $150,000 – Phase 1 Immediate Relief (food, water, tents, etc)

    • $450,000 – Phase 2 Mid-term Recovery (food, tents, hygiene kits, medical, school kits, etc)

    • $850,000 – Phase 3 Long-term Reconstruction (rebuilding of schools, houses, churches)

  3. These “Phases” have more to do with timing than with content. That is, relief activities continue well into phase 2, and will probably need to extend into phase 3.

  4. Even as I write this we’re reacting to the ever-changing context in Haiti and are modifying the above budget. We have built the budget so it is scalable and flexible. We’re hoping that people continue to remember Haiti in the next months and years, even though the news media forgets.

Regarding the Progress:

  1. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 23rd on the mission property in Port-au-Prince for the 4 who died in the guest house. We continue to grieve, but not as those who have no hope. These four died in the “line of sacrifice.” Many more Free Methodists died but we do not have an accounting yet. Due to major relocation of people, it’s impossible to know who may have died and who may have traveled to the countryside.

    Jack Munoz is in Texas and healing well. is in Washington and healing well. Madame Desvariste (supt Desvariste’s wife) had a successful 7-hour surgery on Tuesday in Miami and is expected to need months of rehabilitation.

  2. Much has been done to evaluate and prioritize the buildings; determining which must be demolished and which can be rebuilt. Some structures have already been rehabilitated.

  3. Free Methodist work teams have begun to re-enter Haiti. Please contact the VISA office for orientation if you have a team interested in going and register for the training at Haiti Visa Training. Keep in mind that the situation in Haiti continues to involve high risk and teams will want to approach the possibility with a frank acknowledgment of the risks.

  4. Funds have been distributed from day 2 (Jan 13) to enable people to buy food, water, medicine. We continue to distribute money as well as the items themselves. The Dominican church has been an important lifeline, taking numerous caravans of vehicles and supplies into Haiti. But in spite of our best efforts, we haven’t been able to do everything we need to do in a timely way. This is part of the reality of relief efforts.

  5. A program to address children’s psychosocial needs is on the way. Training has been given to West District and South District staff so we can normalize at least one component of children’s lives.

  6. The hospital in Dessalines initially saw an increase in patients and has treated many for free. The hospital has been very generous in their response to effected individuals, and medical teams from North America are also engaging through the hospital.

  7. Tents are in short supply but we’re working every available option to provide temporary shelter (Brazil has a load going in, another shipment through Atlanta, etc). We know that long-term shelter will be needed.

  8. Price quotes are being gathered to put together 2,000 hygiene kits (soap, bleach, toothpaste, etc) for distribution. They are expected to cost about $15 US per kit.

  9. A grant program is being set up to assist pastor to buy the materials for temporary structures. Several groups have developed plans for inexpensive wooden structures with tin roofs that would provide a couple of 10 by 10 rooms at a cost of under $5,000. Other plans are being developed for more substantial homes.

  10. Once the engineering team gives us a better idea of what needs to be done with the repairable pastors homes, a grant program to assist them is in the works

Thank you for standing by the Haitians in this hour of need. How I wish it were only an hour. Unfortunately it’s a long drawn-out crisis. Please continue to pray for stamina for all those involved. Relief workers are stressed, too. Our Haitian leaders are being worn out by the conditions and constant needs. And there is no end in sight. In fact, there is no end. We are still in the beginning stages of a epic struggle. Please continue to pray for God’s mercy.

Water For Haiti

  -February 21st, 2010 @ 8:03 am

The Haiti crisis has ignited a new awareness and passion for the urgency of clean, safe water. January 29 a missionary in the Dominican who is helping to take supplies into Haiti said, “This is an acute need! There’s not even bad water in many cases. We are trucking in water (an 8-9 hour drive), and it’s a huge effort just to get the smallest bit.” Another reported, “Frankly, we need water more than we need medical supplies.”

GOOD NEWS!!
We were looking to purchase a newer Speedstar drilling rig to send to Haiti as our smaller older rig was on its last legs. After drilling a couple more wells in tent cities, the old rig died. The good news is that in the mean time, the newer rig and compressor have been purchased and an agreement reached with the US military to get it shipped to Haiti.

The rig should be in Haiti ready to drill this month. Many helped make this happen but especially Healing Hands International.

Now we need money to go directly to drilling expenses (fuel, casing, bits, pumps, etc.) so that we can get as many wells as possible providing clean water this spring when the need is greatest. We are actively working on getting a shipping container of pumps directly from the manufacturer in India purchased and shipped to Haiti. These pumps are the critical piece for the ongoing delivery of clean water. We can get a limited supply of pumps in Haiti for about $1,000 each but if we buy in quantity directly from the manufacturer we hope to get the price significantly reduced.

Your gifts and prayers, and your willingness to contact others with this urgent and immediate need is vital. Clear Blue is a very lean operation, all volunteer. The gifts going directly to the needs, Please help us keep a steady stream of money going so there is no delay in the life-giving resource.

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Thank you
We are beginning to see great results from your compassionate and obedient gifts to the cause of clean water through the holidays. We were able to supply the requested funds for the HAITI NEEDS at the current time, and are well on the way for other projects as well.
5 more FRIENDSHIP WELLS are being drilled in Orissa, India, too.

More information can be found at www.clearblueproject.com. Pictures and video of drilling and more news on this site can be found at .

Haiti Relief Funds Update – 19 Feb 2010

  -February 19th, 2010 @ 10:59 am

As of Feb. 12, a total of $840,613 has been given through the Bishops Famine and Relief Fund, Help Haiti Heal, Operation Hope and for Haiti relief, recovery and development needs.

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The Peru FMC has joined the list of countries responding to the need in Haiti.

expressing gratitude for the generosity of God’s people.

Hoops for Haiti

  -February 19th, 2010 @ 10:57 am

On Wed., Feb. 17, (GC) hosted “Hoops for Haiti,” raising $3,238.75 for through World Missions. This event was a catalyst for GC’s plan to partner long-term with the FMC in Haiti. “The day after the devastating earthquake jolted Haiti, a group of campus leaders came together asking, ‘Our community has to respond. How?’ From that conversation the idea for a long-term partnership with phases was begun,” says Assistant Director of Public Relations at GC Annie Zeller.

Phase one included “Hoops for Haiti,” an event designed to promote “playing for change” during the men’s and women’s basketball games at GC. The event allowed the students, faculty, staff and greater Greenville community to come together, not just for great sport competition, but for something much greater – for change in Haiti. GC plans to host “Hoops for Haiti” annually and invite other teams within their conference and in the area to be involved. This year, GC competed against Blackburn College. Both the men’s and women’s Panthers and both Blackburn teams donated dollar amounts matching the number of points they scored. Individuals in the crowd made similar pledges throughout the game. In addition, “time-out change 4 change” challenges were held throughout both games that raised $425.20 in spare change!

“The event was a great success, and we’re excited to continue with this momentum!” says Zeller.

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Reflections from Haiti – Sally Volz

  -February 19th, 2010 @ 10:39 am

, part of the first medical team at written to her church family – New Covenant FMC, Clio, MI

Bonjour from Haiti,

I would like to tell everyone what my days are like here:

We get up at about 6 a.m. We are fortunate to have water in the building and wash each day. Our team support staff, Denise, has already been up preparing a breakfast of toast and oatmeal with coffee. We discuss our goals for the day, individually and as a team. We are at the hospital for worship by 8 a.m. The service is in Creole and is organized by prayer topic; Monday the service is to pray and give thanks for missionaries in the field. Then we go to our specific clinic or job for the day. At 12:30 p.m. we again walk about three blocks distance, with children running at our feet, for our main meal of the day.

It is hard to see the hunger, even starvation, people are suffering in the hospital and on our walks. We are blessed. We walk back to the hospital and work until the clinics and follow-up care are completed, sometimes after dark. The streets are lit by small fires, candles and oil lamps. Only about four buildings in the whole town have electricity after dark. The nurses work with flash lights most of the night as the generator is only used for emergencies and surgeries. We appreciate the beauty of the stars and the moon. Many nights we have visitors to share our sandwiches and fruit. We have a group meeting. We pray, look to God’s Word and seek guidance and wisdom – solutions for meeting the complex needs of the hospital and community. The team is working on recommendations and a strategic plan to maintain the valuable health resource.

Most nights there is singing and music in the streets until the wee hours, even into the morning. Our fellow Christians in Haiti are the best examples of Christ’s love I have witnessed. An example is a couple at the hospital that have taken in an orphan from Port-au-Prince with severe shoulder injuries. They are both working but have no income. They have their own children at home. They are living on faith. This is a common story here now.

Please continue your support. Have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Humbly,
Sally

Bodies Recovered

  -February 17th, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

We received word last night that the bodies of , and have been recovered from the FOHO (Friends of Haiti Organization) building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jeanne’s body was recovered early in the day, and the bodies of VISA missionaries Merle and Gene were recovered in the late afternoon. Please especially pray for , Dorothy West and Dolly Dufour.

The families have asked that all three be buried on the FOHO site in Port-au-Prince, and the Haitian FM Church will have a memorial service next week.

These very difficult events remind us again of the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ. May every person in the world know that hope.

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Memorial Service for Jeanne Acheson-Munos

A memorial service for Jeanne Acheson-Munos will be held at Indianapolis, IN, Westside Church of the Nazarene, Sunday, February 28, at 6 p.m.

Haiti Update 16 Feb 2010

  -February 16th, 2010 @ 9:00 am

Praise God arrived safely at his brother’s home in Texas where he will be staying for the remainder of his recovery.

Pray for individuals currently ministering in Haiti:

  • Missionary Rick Ireland
  • Medical personnel, including Drs. , , Tim Dew and Jerry Rusher, based out of
  • Vahan Sipantizi, digging wells
  • Team of six led by (Texas) at Dessalines Hospital serving in maintenance/repair and medical
  • Team of six led by (Quincy FMC, WA) in Port-au-Prince, construction
  • Team of four led by (CrossRoads FMC, Ottawa Lake, MI) providing an eye clinic for those who lost their glasses in the earthquake

Leaving this week:

  • Team of 18 led by (Arlington FMC, WA) leave Wed., Feb.17, for Port-au-Prince (one doctor will be based at Dessalines)
  • Team of three engineers leave Thurs., Feb 18, to provide structural assessments