Zook was in Haiti on a two-year mission with the Free Methodist Church where she was staying in the four story Friends of Haiti building that collapsed during the 12 Feb earthquake that devastated Haiti. Kelly Perkins was also in Haiti drilling water wells on a short term mission when the earthquake struck. He and others helped pull Katie from the rubble.
Jack Munos and Katie Zook (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. Jeanne Acheson-Munos 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 Haiti, 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. Melanie Brooks, Chris Browne, Dave Hornish, and Bruce Oberlin, 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. Arron Swenson and Jason Sheets from Cornerstone Community Church (Pendelton, OR) and Kelly Perkins 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.
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 Haiti.
Imagine the emotion with each phone call:
A cell phone connection is established with Haitian General Superintendent Clovis. He reports Assistant Pastor Gilot was able to connect at FOHO (Free Methodist Friends of Haiti Organization) site with Andy Yardy and Samuel Luna who traveled in a convoy with World Vision to Port-au-Prince. Andy is shooting video as events unfold.
Pastor Brenda Young reports the Clear Blue team returned safely to Cleveland last night.
A vital e-mail from Superintendent Delamy Bazile 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.
Local news affiliates interview to learn of hometown residents affected. May Christ be glorified to learn of their commitment to Jesus!
Hours later, a phone call came from VISA volunteer Sherri Cole, while riding on the bus to the Dominican Republic after her evacuation.
In the wee hours of the morning, phone communication takes place with David Roller 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 Kendra Luna 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, Kelly Perkins and Jason Sheets–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.
Jeanne Acheson-Munos always signs her communication, “For His Kingdom to fully come to Haiti.” Let it be so.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We received the following email from Pastor Arron Swenson:
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 news is good news 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”
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 International Child Care Ministries.
Missionaries serving in Haiti include:
Russell and Sherrie Cole
Steve and Ruth Hersey (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.