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Haiti Recovery Update

  -March 2nd, 2010 @ 10:41 am

Three Brazilian leaders traveled to Mon., March 1, taking donations and tents. Venezuela also joined the countries sending an offering for the relief and recovery efforts.

Your funds at work:

  1. Emergency funds are being used to purchase rice and oil to supplement distributions of free items acquired from various aid organizations.
  2. A large number of doses to immunize for tetanus and typhoid have been acquired.
  3. Resources are being used to relocate pastors and others who are living in refugee camps where people are surrounded by filth and the potential for disease is great. Three areas have been identified to set up secure camps with adequate sanitation.
  4. Through the work of the , 80 shelterboxes will be received soon. These tents are larger and sturdier than many of the tents pastors currently have.
  5. Plans are underway for demolition of FM churches and schools that cannot be repaired. These buildings pose a major safety threat if not demolished as soon as possible.
  6. Grants are being made available to demolish and/or build temporary homes before the hurricane season.

Continue to pray for the Leadership Consultation taking place through Thurs., March 4 to strategize, pray and chart a course for the maturing Haitian Church.

Pray for these individuals currently ministering in Haiti:

Free Methodist Personnel Update

  -January 16th, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

Injured

and (Arlington FMC, Arlington WA) remain in ICU in a Miami hospital. Both continue to improve. Katie was on a 2 year VISA assignment which began September 2009.  She was assisting Rev. in day-to-day ministry and helping with hospitality at the FOHO Guesthouse.

Dan and DeeAnn Snyder

DeeAnn Snyder has arrived safely in Michigan. Dan is expected to arrive late this evening. James, their son who was with them in , returns to his college in the U.S. this evening.

VSIA Ministries Volunteers

Among the Free Methodists serving in Haiti at the time of the earthquake were several VISA Ministries volunteers. , , , and , part of the Clear Blue Global Water Project from the Cornerstone FMC (Akron, OH), returned home safely late yesterday evening.

Working in conjunction with the Clear Blue team, Rev. and from (Pendelton, OR) and from the Deer Flat FMC (Caldwell, ID) are expected to arrive in Seattle this evening.

Russ and Sherrie Cole from the Quincy FMC (Quincy, WA), who have been in Haiti since November helping with guesthouse management/hospitality, bookkeeping and maintenance, depart from Miami on Monday.

Update from Yvonne Roller

  -January 16th, 2010 @ 7:45 am

Fervently praying friends,

Some of you have prayed through the night. Many of you are led by the Holy Spirit to pray throughout the day. God is at work. God is ALL for all (yes, each one) in all (absolutely every situation.) Praise and thanks to our Lord!

He is at work in your life, and He is at work in .

Imagine the emotion with each phone call:

A cell phone connection is established with Haitian General Superintendent . He reports Assistant Pastor was able to connect at FOHO () site with and who traveled in a convoy with World Vision to . Andy is shooting video as events unfold.

Pastor reports the Clear Blue team returned safely to Cleveland last night.

PNW Superintendent calls from Miami with a report of continued recuperation for and .

A vital e-mail from Superintendent reports:
Pastor Devariste’s wife needs medical attention; their house was greatly affected.
Gardy is OK.
Pastor Pierre P. was saved miraculously, but church collapsed.
Pastor Zamor is OK but damage was sustained to house and church.
Pastor Innocent’s wife died.
Many church members are unaccounted for.

and FMWM team call stateside government officials working for excavation of . Calls are being dispatched and received in rapid succession.

Local affiliates interview to learn of hometown residents affected. May Christ be glorified to learn of their commitment to Jesus!

Phone connection was established with missionaries and . They arrived in Miami after many hours of waiting in the U.S. Embassy evacuation lounge in Haiti.

Hours later, a phone call came from VISA volunteer , while riding on the bus to the Dominican Republic after her evacuation.

A long-awaited call came from Dr. , and Pastor that they’ve arrived in the Dominican Republic after driving through Haiti.

In the wee hours of the morning, phone communication takes place with attempting to rendezvous today with Andy Yardy, Samuel Luna and Haitian FM church leadership. Only as Emmanuel is with them will this be accomplished today.

And now a phone call comes from in Santo Domingo! Sherri Cole is with her in the car. They are riding to meet her husband Russ Cole, Dr. Dan Snyder, Pastor Arron Swenson, and –coming together from three different locations.

Countless scraps of paper of feverishly written notes by phones and computers in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Washington, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Virginia, Idaho, Canada, South Africa, etc. You can imagine your FMC family in orchestration.

always signs her communication, “For His Kingdom to fully come to Haiti.” Let it be so.

Yvonne

Clear Blue Water Project Team Return Home

  -January 16th, 2010 @ 6:00 am

1/15/2010 8:40:55 PM

Akron’s Channel 3 WKYC reports on the safe arrival of members of the . The group, from , including , , and was in digging wells for the poor inhabitants that otherwise would not have fresh water when the Earthquake hit. The group was airlifted out of after completing repairs on 2 pumps and completing 2 new wells. Pastor , lead driller, remains in , and will likely be returning to the States in a few days.

Clear Blue Water Project

Update from Pastor Arron Swenson

  -January 14th, 2010 @ 1:20 am

Thursday, January 14, 2010
1:20 pm

We received the following email from Pastor :

Dan,
hope you get this. Yours is the only e-mail I can remember. please send word to everyone who needs to know. you might try responding back to this address, we may be able to check it later.

I can’t get the cell phones to work.

I left Jason and Kelly at the US embassy along with our clear blue guys this morning. They are supposed to be already evacuated to the Dominican Rep. where they can get flights home. I didn’t go with them so I could go put the rig away in a safe place and help Dr. Dan finish up a few things. We are done with that and hopefully will be evacuated tomorrow. been in four wells. Tired of digging through rubble, recovering the injured, sleeping in cars
and dealing with death.

I always say no is good and if we get in trouble you will hear. WOW! Sorry. All the Clear Blue folks were out drilling in the open flats when the earth quake hit. it was like looking at the waves on the ocean. Really didn’t want to drive back to FOHO because of what I suspected we would find. All our stuff was in FOHO and it is all collapsed into one level. It is miraculous that anyone survived…not all did.

Tell everyone “hey”

Update from Free Methodist World Missions

  -January 13th, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

A major earthquake struck just off the coast of late this afternoon, January 12. According to reports, the 7.0 quake has caused major damage in the capital city, .

Please urgently pray for all those impacted by this disaster. We will provide Hotline updates as soon as reports are received as to the welfare of Free Methodist missionaries, church members and children sponsored through .

Missionaries serving in Haiti include:

Missionaries

Jack Munos and Jeanne Acheson-Munos

Dan and DeeAnn Snyder and James

VISA

Russell and Sherrie Cole

Steve and (VISA Affiliates)

Other VISA Personnel

The 79 Free Methodist Haitian churches have a total membership of 14,642.

International Child Care Ministries sponsors more than 4,000 children in Haiti. ICCM has 53 schools across the island nation, many in or near Port-au-Prince. ICCM Haitian offices are in Port-au-Prince.