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From Andy Yardy 7 Nov 2010:
Today, I visited what used to be the Delma 53 free Methodist 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 Gaardine Liberte 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.
It’s been ten months since the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January. My memories of Haiti 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 port-au-prince to just see how the children from the international child care ministries schools and the free Methodist 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.
Today we went to Church in a courtyard under a tarp in the middle of a slum. The people packed in to hear the message sing and pray. One small boy no more than 5 came forward to ask for prayer he was on the edge of tears as he approached the pastor when the pastor picked him up he broke into tears he sobbed not like a boy who can’t find his favorite toy but like a man who lost the love of his life. We then drove back through downtown it was only worse that I remember it from a few days ago. The shock of it all had worn off and scope of the devastation was much more apparent to me. Later we went back to the building where I had seen a failed rescue attempt last week and noticed that the bodies exposed in the rubble were still there. I have started to wonder what is next I know this is already fading in the hearts and minds of people around the world. How can we think longer term of how to help rebuild. This is often the case after disasters like Katrina, the Tsunami, the earthquake in China we have our moment then move on to the next thing. Sporting events, Political maneuverings, relationship issues, school worries, and job deadlines push people concerns further from the center of our lives and these flash fires of concern fade away. I see here that life is fragile it can be taken away in a moment we need to seize the moment to the greatest good we can and hold close those who we care about the most pushing aside petty things and change take the first steps to change the world now.
The team was one hour away from the Haitian border. They experienced minor vehicle troubles which have been resolved. The team is traveling in a three vehicle convoy – one truck with the team and the other two trucks with Dominican Free Methodists. The trucks are loaded with relief supplies such as water, fuel and emergency provisions. As soon as the team arrives in Port-au-Prince, they will meet with Haitian church leaders to continue relief efforts. The team is doing well and asks for your continued prayers.
The five persons team includes FMWM’s Director of Mobilization, Area Director for Latin American Ministries, FMCNA’s videographer, a structural engineer, and a long-time FOHO (Friends of Haiti Organization) leader. The “A” team will be on the ground in Port-au-Prince until the Tuesday (26 Jan 10).
Priority will be given to:
evaluating the structural integrity of the standing schools because they can serve as temporary housing and relief centers.
connecting with aid and government distribution points for water, medicine, food and temporary shelter.
creating a plan for effective deployment of relief teams.
On January 12, a major earthquake struck just off the coast of Haiti. According to reports, the 7.0 quake has caused major damage in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Thousands have lost their homes, possessions and even their lives. Bishop Roller address the Free Methodist Church and talks about this tragedy and what we as a church can do to help and what the church as a whole is doing currently to help our brothers and sister in Haiti.
The footage in this video was shot by Andy Yardy from the field, where refugees are being sheltered at an International Child Care School, where medical supplies, water filtration equipment and other much needed resources are delivered.
Short tour through the city of Port Au Prince stops at United Nations search and rescue locations and a shelter at an International Child Care School where medical supplies, water filtration equipment and other much needed resources were delivered.
Andy has made it to Port-au-Prince and the Free Methodist Church and building in that area. These are pictures of Brazilian rescue crews working to clear debris and looking for survivors in that area.
This is the first video from the Free Methodist World Mission Haiti Relief Team. The video shows the backlog of vehicles with relief supplies waiting at the border to enter Haiti and a makeshift emergency clinic on the boarder. The Free Methodist World Mission Haiti Relief Team is moving to Port-au-Prince with medical supplies, water purification equipment and other much needed resources to set up a ‘Forward Operations and Logistical Center’ to manage the huge relief effort that is to come. Your help is requested. Find out what you can do.
Today might be described as frustrating. It Does look that way I flew down here to Santo Domingo to get to Haiti to show the story of what is happening with the children in International Child Cares program as well as the people of the Free Methodist church. That story could be being told right now. There were ways and means to get to port hours after I landed. But instead I spent the day in Santo Domingo. I have to admit several times during the day I really swelled with anxiety to be in the middle of the action I saw the TV images and I was wishing I could be helping there in some way right now. But as I go to bed now just miles from Port au Prince on the border with the doctor I know this was not a day to be frustrated about it’s a day to be glad.
Part of being part of a church that is connected around the world is the fact that there are people that are like you’re family everywhere you go the because of these connections I am working with people who know this city and together we were able to get permits to take a car across the boarder, thousands of dollars of medicine for much less and someone who can translate in Haiti. Now, I can cross the boarder in the morning with a joy knowing that I can make a huge difference in peoples lives tomorrow. When I take video I won’t just be another one of the cameras that is beaming shots of deviation to the world then leaving. I will be making a difference and I will be part of a team that is commuted to making a permanent impact on Haiti years after this event is a distant memory.
We join with the whole world in grieving this tragic earthquake in Haiti. Our hearts and minds cannot imagine the level of devastation, and we fear the news of the next few days will compound our grief.