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Archive for April, 2010

Haiti Update 20 April 2010

  -April 19th, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

From Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver

The Church has responded in incredible ways to the crisis of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. From the beginning, God has clearly been at work confirming an action plan that not only provided immediate relief, but is producing long-range impact through rebuilding projects and healthy long-term sustainability.

Two key leadership gatherings in Haiti:

Bishop Roller visited Haiti immediately after the earthquake. A few days later, was on site. The unanimous decision was to submit to the leadership of the Haitian superintendents with the following results:

  • They formed a Response Steering Committee: six Haitian superintendents and as administrator.
  • They determined three priorities for relief and reconstruction – which they have maintained in spite of criticism and pressure to broaden their response:
    1. Rebuild schools so that the children – including those sponsored through ICCM – can continue their education, and their lives can begin to normalize.
    2. Rebuild pastor’s houses that were destroyed by the earthquake so they can minister to others.
    3. Rebuild damaged church buildings.

A month after the earthquake Bishop Roller, Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver, and , Director of , returned to Haiti for a consultation with Haitian leadership that had been planned before the earthquake.

We observed the following results:

  • Free Methodist leadership in Haiti has worked with wisdom to help FMWM avoid an approach that creates unhealthy dependency. Rather than only reacting to immediate relief needs, the leadership is working towards implementing long-term sustainable systems that truly set up the people to continue caring for themselves.
  • The level of spiritual maturity and leadership among the Haitian Superintendents was impressive.
  • The way the Response Steering Committee is using the relief money is an example of stewardship and of excellent principles of missions for the 21st century.
  • There is an encouraging partnership with other mission organizations and aid agencies leveraging Free Methodist resources to go farther and accomplish more.
    It is clear to see that forty years of missionary work are bearing fruit.

In the first video immediately after the earthquake, Bishop Roller asked the worldwide church for money and simultaneously made a commitment to walk long term alongside the Haitian Church to help rebuild Haiti. This commitment implies more than just relief, which only lasts short term. Our commitment seeks even farther-reaching results as we continue working on the long-term plan fleshed out by our Haitian leaders: better schools, better homes, better church buildings. This plan that we are privileged to support will empower the Haitian people to rebuild Haiti and walk more boldly into the future God has for them as a people.

Tents for Haiti

  -April 13th, 2010 @ 7:03 am

The rain and hurricane season is almost upon Haiti. Join with other North American churches for the common goal of providing bulk shipments of tents, offering immediate shelter for people in Haiti. Go to www.giveatent.org for information to:

  • buy a tent online
  • donate cash
  • donate tents (Give a Tent will cover 100% of the shipping costs)

Give now

Port-au-Prince Schools Reopen/Updates

  -April 7th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

ICCM schools reopened in several areas around Port-au-Prince on Monday, April 5. Some schools are meeting in churches and rented spaces. Please join us in prayer for all children, teachers, and ICCM support staff for this important restart after the earthquake. ICCM schools outside of the quake area reopened several weeks ago.
· Last week, a team from Asbury Theological Seminary Counseling Department led a 3-day retreat for healing and equipping of school directors, ICCM teacher trainers and pastors. Part of the equipping was for adults to know how to help children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
· Dr. Cathy Stonehouse led a session on using the story of the Good Shepherd to help ICCM-sponsored children rely on the Shepherd’s protective care.
· ICCM teacher trainers are meeting with ICCM school teachers in their respective areas to share this information this week–both to help teachers deal with their own trauma and to equip them to serve the children’s needs.
· Thank you for your generous donations, prayers and readiness to serve. The road to recovery in Haiti is long, but every prayer, every gift, every step is so important. God bless you!

Tents for Haiti

  -April 1st, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

The rain and hurricane season is almost upon Haiti. Join with other North American churches for the common goal of providing bulk shipments of tents, offering immediate shelter for people in Haiti. Go to www.giveatent.org for information to:

  • buy a tent online
  • donate cash
  • donate tents (Give a Tent will cover 100% of the shipping costs)

Help Haiti Heal Update 4/1/2010

  -April 1st, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

As of March 24, $1,445,618 has been given through the Bishops Famine and Relief Fund, Help Haiti Heal, Operation Hope and for , recovery and development needs.

Give Now

Haiti – Update from Rick Ireland 3/30/2010

  -April 1st, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

Recently the pastors of the West and South Districts impacted by the earthquake met to review progress to date and to look ahead. A lot is going on. Over the past couple of weeks, 6,500 food packs were passed out through the pastors at 27 church locations. Each food pack contained enough food for a person for a week.

Most of the pastors there had benefited from a grant program initiated by the . Pastors who lost homes they owned were eligible for a grant to assist in taking down the homes and clearing rubble. All pastors with homes in the earthquake were eligible for a grant to assist in building temporary structures until more permanent solutions can be implemented. The temporary homes are already going up. Money has also been authorized to assist Mission staff and Child Care staff. The money not only helps the pastors and other staff, it provides much-needed jobs as people are hired to assist. Following the meeting each pastor received lunch, a bag of food, a case of water and other items.

Another popular program has been a series of health and immunization clinics run by Haitian doctors and nurses volunteering their time. More than 600 have been immunized, and hundreds have been treated in these free clinics.

A major challenge on the horizon is the rebuilding of damaged or destroyed churches and schools. In some locations one or the other building is repairable but in many locations all buildings have been ruined. We are looking for ways to provide temporary structures until buildings can be replaced. So far three damaged churches have been repaired. In two of those locations the schools had minimal damage, but in one, it was totally destroyed. The schools will be able to use the church buildings on a temporary basis.

Keep Haiti in your prayers. The hard work has only just begun. It is going to take years to fully recover.