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VISA MINISTRIES/MOBILIZATION

  -November 15th, 2011 @ 9:24 am

Assignments: Two doctors from Washington, and , travel to Dessalines, , Nov. 18 to Dec. 17. They will work at the hospital and help teach medical students.

Teams: of the Edgewood FMC, Rochester, NY, and 15 others will celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Haiti this year. This team will construct a new school in , Nov. 20 to 28. Edgewood FMC has been involved in all phases of the project, from preliminary-site planning to the school design and now the construction of the building.

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 hurricane. 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 Free Methodist 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 change. 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 has 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.

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)

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

Reflections from Haiti – Dr. Jerry Rusher

  -February 13th, 2010 @ 7:00 am

, Member of Medical Team Serving at

I want to share about a 15 year-old orphan boy who had been wandering the streets of when the earthquake occurred. His name is Mackendy. He was living off money made by wiping the windows of people stopping at stoplights and slept in the streets. He was thrown to the ground by the quake and fractured his left shoulder. He had no treatment until arriving here two days ago and was in quite a bit of pain. He will be staying with our chaplain, Hyrounce, until next week with his arm in a sling until an orthopedist arrives. The chaplain smiles as he tells how disorderly Mackendy is. He is used to being on his own and doesn’t do anything he is told. Pray that the love he receives while here will touch his heart and we will know what to do after he gets his shoulder fixed.

Many of the people injured in the quake are recovering, and we are not seeing so many now who have not had treatment. We are being kept busy with the usual medical problems of the Dessalines area, only with more of them than usual because of many quake refugees moving here. There has been a fair amount of quite sick people with typhoid fever and malaria and the usual frequent motorcycle accidents.

One of the really hard things to deal with is the increase in begging we are seeing. Many are having trouble finding food especially refugees. I hope some of the Port-au-Prince aid makes its way up here. I am using money I brought with me mainly for medical needs in the hospital and its hard to turn away the many asking for money for food. Generally it’s been the policy here to not give food to people begging on the streets or you will be inundated.

I have some really good news to share. Since I have been here I hadn’t had time to thoroughly evaluate Claire Marthe the witch doctor’s daughter who we treated for cancer last year. That is until today. She is feeling quite well and has gained 30 pounds. The tumor she had secretes human chorionic gonadotropins, which is what is present in the urine with a pregnancy test. So you know the tumor is gone when the pregnancy test becomes negative. We did a pregnancy test today and I began praising God when it came back negative. I reminded her of the time over a year ago when she came forward for the pastor to anoint her with oil and pray for her healing. She is being a real missionary in her community. Last Sunday she brought 4 or 5 children with her to church.

God has been good to us on this trip. Devotions with the chaplain have been especially good. I think our team felt like they got as much out of this trip as they gave to others. I think many of us were learning lessons of depending on God as we were stretched.

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 :

Haiti Relief Team Update

  -February 2nd, 2010 @ 9:41 am

Pray for team members currently ministering in :

Praise God for this report from :

FM pastors are distributing food and water to their members. Jean Marc Zamor and Rick Ireland are encouraging the pastors to share a portion of that aid with non-FM neighbors.

VISA Teams Update

  -January 26th, 2010 @ 8:20 am

A medical team left Sat., Jan. 23, for . They have based their ministry out of . , former missionary to , is coordinating this effort.

A consultant team of professionals will be going into on Wed., Jan. 27. Departure dates from Haiti will vary depending on their tasks. Team members include , newly-appointed missionary to Haiti; and , of ; , retired Army Special Forces; and and who will be drilling wells under the auspices of the U.S. military.

Spring Arbor FMC, MI, is sending a team of 13 to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti, Jan. 31 to Feb. 14. Team leaders are and .

Additional information about VISA teams including how you can participate can be found at http://go.fmwm.org/go/haiti/haiti.php