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Reduced price on water filters through December 23

  -December 14th, 2010 @ 8:34 am

The Sawyer company, which produces the PointOne Water Filters that purchases and distributes where most needed, has temporarily reduced the price of water filters by 40% through December 23. These water filters attach to a 5-gallon bucket and purify that amount of water in 20 minutes. The purified water is purer than U.S. bottled water. These water filters are proven lifesavers and are making an impact worldwide. Any individual, family, group or church can now purchase a lifetime water filter for a family for $35.

Click on this link to purchase one or more Sawyer PointOne Water Filters through ICCM. As with all gifts and contributions for ICCM Special Projects funds, no processing fee is deducted from the amount given. All contributions through ICCM are tax deductible to the extent that the law allows.

After December 23, the price will return to $50. Please call ICCM if you have questions: 800.342.5531.

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International Child Care Ministries

  -December 7th, 2010 @ 9:17 am

The cholera outbreak in has thus far taken the lives of more than 1,600 people and hospitalized more than 70,000. At this point, we are aware of only one ICCM-sponsored child who has perished as a result of this unexpected epidemic. Recently, ICCM staff in received hundreds of Sawyer water filters to distribute where most needed to combat this deadly disease. The Free Methodist hospital in Dessalines, , is being used by Doctors Without Borders to treat many who are suffering. Please join us in vigilant prayer and compassionate responses. You can purchase and send a lifetime water filter costing $50 to through ICCM at this link.

Cholera Outbreak Update

  -December 7th, 2010 @ 9:16 am

Continue to pray for Haitians as they deal with the cholera outbreak. This picture shows the new reality for Free Methodists in . A hand washing station outside the Parc Chretien FMC was set up for a district meeting. Two meals were served during the course of the day, and the hand washing station was in active use before each one.

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 .’ 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.

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 Cholera Outbreak

  -October 23rd, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

Update from Rick Ireland – Saturday, October 23

“I know the news is full of the cholera outbreak in the north part of . We have been expecting something like this long before now. I spoke with Dr. Dan (Snyder) yesterday who said that the key for us was to wash our hands a lot, be careful of what we eat and where it came from, and drink filtered water. These things have been standard operating procedure since I have been here. Do keep lifted up in prayer as many Haitian don’t have the resources that we do to protect ourselves.”

From CBC News

An outbreak of cholera is worsening in Haiti, and moving closer to the country’s earthquake-devastated capital, . As of the most recent reports on Saturday evening, the disease has killed at least 208 people and sickened another 2,674. The outbreak began in the rural Artibonite region, which hosts more than one million quake refugees. Health officials fear what could happen if the disease spreads to , where hundreds of thousands of quake survivors live in tarp camps.

Cholera is a waterborne bacterial infection spread through contaminated water. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration and death within hours.