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VISA MINISTRIES

  -October 24th, 2012 @ 6:15 am

Marv and Cathy DeVisser, Spring Arbor FMC, MI, along with Eric Perry, Battle Creek FMC, MI, travel to to work with a goat project Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.

Willie Kirchhofer is leading a discipleship training team of seven from Crossroads FMC, Clifton, NJ, to Haiti, Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. The team will work with Dr. at the . They will hold chapel services and visit patients, as well as conduct workshops for hospital staff.

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak: Update from Rick Ireland, Oct. 29

  -October 29th, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

“Last Sunday and I called back into action the health team, which we had put together in the early phases of the earthquake, to respond to the cholera epidemic. This is a Haitian team consisting of two doctors, several nurses, and some community organizers, about a dozen all told. The team has been spending this week in the Dessalines area. The medical people are helping the staff at the DRHP (Dessalines Rural Health Program). We have had 50,000 fliers printed up and the community mobilizer part of the team is traveling the region, working through the local churches to educate people how to protect themselves and how to respond with early symptoms of the disease. In addition to the fliers, we purchased medicine based on a list provided by Dr. , as well as bleach and hand cleaner for distribution.”

Specific prayer requests from Rick and Cookie Ireland: “Please pray that this epidemic will be stopped, that there will be no more deaths, that needed personnel and supplies will reach those affected. Pray for continued strength for the Haitian people as they face yet another crisis.”

Update from Dr. Dan Snyder, Mon., Oct. 25

  -October 26th, 2010 @ 8:07 am

Update from Dr. , Mon., Oct. 25
“Dee Ann and I just returned from Dessalines. We received 193 cases of cholera at the hospital from the onset Tuesday evening through Friday a.m. (the day we left). and Dr. Garrett Stanley will be at until Nov. 9, working with three Haitian national doctors and the nursing staff. … The hospital is once again having to treat everyone for free. Joseph, hospital administrator, said on Friday: ‘How much more can suffer!’”

Update from BNO News, Mon., Oct. 25
“At least 250 people have died in Haiti and around 3,000 others are sick after having been infected with cholera as aid workers are struggling to contain what appears to be a widespread epidemic, local media reported on Monday. Most of the victims are from the rural areas of the Bas Artibonite region and in Saint Marc, located north of the Haitian capital . Five cases were discovered in this weekend, which has caused concern that the disease could be spreading. The cases discovered in the capital were people who had traveled from the infected central region to the city. Officials believe the disease has not spread in the capital, but fears continue that the disease will spread sooner or later.”

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:

  • Missionaries Rick Ireland and FOHO members Larry and
  • Medical/maintenance personnel, including Dan and DeeAnn Snyder, , Jerry Rusher, , Garrett Stanley, Randy and , and , based out of
  • Vahan Sipantizi, with a team of 6, and , digging wells
  • Team of 18 led by (Arlington FMC, WA) in
  • Team of three engineers to provide structural assessments
  • VISA Voyagers Russ and Sherrie Cole (Quincy, WA)
  • VISA Affiliate Steve Hersey (Wilmore FMC, KY)

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 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 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 :

  • 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 , 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

Haiti Oversight

  -February 12th, 2010 @ 9:22 am

Dr. Delia Nuesch-Olver oversees all our FMWM missionaries and work in Latin American including . She and co-chair the Haiti Response Team which is led by Pastor John Marc Zamor of Haiti with missionary Rick Ireland as administrator. Larry and , members of FOHO (Friends of Haiti) provide logistical support and Dr. oversees FM work at .

The team of seven in Haiti who are overseeing relief, recovery and development efforts include: John Marc Zamor; Rick Ireland; Haitian superintendents , and ; Haiti ICCM Field Coordinator and .

Update 9 Feb 2010

  -February 9th, 2010 @ 8:23 am

was able to be moved to a Seattle area hospital on Friday, February 5, where she will continue her recovery.

Pray for individuals currently ministering in :

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 news 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