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Archive for November, 2010

Rick Ireland Reflects – Sat., Nov. 13

  -November 16th, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

Rick Ireland Reflects – Sat., Nov. 13

The cholera problem was identified as a major problem in the area around our hospital in Dessalines on a Friday and by Sunday we had mobilized a team of Haitian doctors, nurses, and community workers to go into the impacted area. The medical people helped the overworked staff at the hospital and the community workers went into the impacted area and passed out the 50,000 fliers with information on how to protect yourself from cholera and what to do if it strikes. The report I got back from , an American doctor, was that the Haitian team made a big difference. We didn’t stop the epidemic but we did do what we could do.

“So what do you do when faced with an impossible task? The Haitian church is planning a country wide education campaign. There are things one can do to prevent cholera and other things to do if it strikes that will increase your chance of survival. In the weeks ahead the churches will be very busy trying to help their communities. That’s what they can do. The church here long ago learned that you have to trust God for what is beyond you.

You might be wondering what you can do. First, please keep lifted up in prayer. It faces significant challenges as it rebuilds from an earthquake, a cholera epidemic, and a . If you want to do something a bit more hands-on, you might consider a donation toward clean water. For $50 you can buy a water filter that can help several families have safe water to drink. Just send your donation to World Missions, PO Box 535002, Indianapolis, IN 46253-5002 and mark your check, ‘Help Heal water filters.’ Another excellent way to help would be a donation to Clear Blue Global Water Project . This organization is actively drilling wells in many parts of the world, including Haiti. You can also donate to them by sending your check to Free Methodist World Mission and marking it ‘Global Water Project.’ The fact that you can’t do everything should not stop you from doing something.”

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Report from Dr. Jerry Rusher, Oct. 22, 2010, at Dessalines Hospital

  -November 16th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

Report from , Oct. 22, 2010, at

Wednesday started like any ordinary day here. Little did I know how drastically things were soon to┬áchange. Crowds of people descended on the hospital carrying their family members who were terribly sick with severe diarrhea and vomiting. Some were in shock and unresponsive. Many had already died in the area where this epidemic started. Soon IV’s were going everywhere, all beds were filled, and we were running out of floor space. The people were terrified because this disease struck so quickly and severely … The last three days has been a nightmare with everyone being exhausted. Care for the other patients without cholera┬áhas been limited and we sent many home because the nursing staff was unable to keep up with the demands. So far only one cholera patient that made it to us alive has died, but many were very close.

Photo Update: Haiti

  -November 7th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

From 7 Nov 2010:
Today, I visited what used to be the Delma 53 church. I remember it from my last trip here cause it was one of the buildings that I saw with so much damage it was amazing that it even was still standing. Since then they have torn the building down and moved to a new piece of land with space to grow. There are nearly twice as many people attending services there as there were before the earthquake one lady lead a prayer at the service today who had been trapped in a building that had pancaked only a few feet from the old church.

This afternoon, we visited several other churches and school buildings that had been rebuilt over the last 10 months. One church across the street from a UN tent city with 3000 families had a well provided through clear blue global water project that is now the primary water source for these dislocated families. The final stop for the day was the sight for a new university the Haitians are building. It’s a dream they had before the quake but motivated by the need to educate there own people to rebuild there own country construction is beginning in the next few weeks to they can start classes next school year.

Video Update from Haiti

  -November 6th, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

It’s been ten months since the devastating earthquake that hit in January. My memories of that stuck with me the scenes of devastation, hurting people and the smell of death. I have heard good things of what has happened here in the months since but it’s hard to mesh that reality with what I saw during that initial trip to to just see how the children from the schools and the church got through this disaster. Today I landed in a much different city. If you know what your looking for it’s still apparent they had a major earthquake. Like the airport terminal is a undersized warehouse since the terminal has been damaged. There are empty lots where there used to be buildings and of course scores of tent cities to house the homeless. But it was in the eyes of the people at the santo ICCM school that I saw the real hope for Haiti. The shock has been replaced with determination to help see this little corner of Haiti heal.

Haiti – Hurricane Tomas

  -November 4th, 2010 @ 7:06 am

Pray for the people of as they face the possible effects of . Bishop David Roller reports churches and schools are preparing to open their doors for temporary shelter. Also pray the hurricane veers away from Haiti and neighboring islands.

Latest report from weather.com: intensified a little bit overnight. As of 5 am EDT Thursday, Tropical Storm Tomas was located about 315 miles to the southwest of Port-au Prince, Haiti. Tomas is forecast to intensify into a hurricane Friday morning as it passes just west of Haiti. Hurricane conditions could linger into Friday night or Saturday morning. Rainfall could total 5 to 10 inches with some amounts up to 15 inches possible in the mountains.

Tropical Storm Tomas

  -November 2nd, 2010 @ 7:43 am

Reuters News Service reported yesterday that government officials and aid partners in earthquake and cholera ravaged are endeavoring to prepare crowded quake survivor camps and coastal towns for a possible hit by a later this week. Tropical Storm , which is heading westward across the eastern Caribbean sea, is expected to turn north towards and the by the end of the week, and restrengthen as a hurricane, the said.

Rick Ireland wrote Mon., Nov. 1: “We are closely watching weather reports. Please pray that the course of this storm will change! We dread the possibility of winds and heavy rains in the tent cities.”

VISA Teams: Haiti

  -November 1st, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

Teams Notice: The Haiti Deployment Team continues to actively assess current conditions, including the cholera outbreak. At the present time, teams are encouraged to continue with their travel plans, but are urged to pay close attention to careful hand washing and to drink only filtered/purified water. Teams are also encouraged to pack their own food or buy pre-packaged food in the country and to avoid locally grown food. The Haiti Deployment Team wants those traveling to Haiti to carefully consider the risks and does not want anyone to feel undue pressure to go if they believe it is better to stay home at the present time.

Teams: A three-person team from the , , MI, will be involved in maintenance work at the hospital in Dessalines, Haiti, Nov. 2 to 9. is the team leader.

will lead a team of four from the Calgary FMC, , , to continue reconstruction on the in Haiti, Nov. 2 to 16.