Larry Judy, Island FMC, Sumner, IL, and Phillip Beemer, Spring Arbor FMC, MI, travel to Haiti June 27 to July 5. They will be involved with construction on the FOHO building and preparing work projects for future teams.
Three Brazilian leaders traveled to Haiti 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:
- Emergency funds are being used to purchase rice and oil to supplement distributions of free items acquired from various aid organizations.
- A large number of doses to immunize for tetanus and typhoid have been acquired.
- 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.
- Through the work of the Dominican Church, 80 shelterboxes will be received soon. These tents are larger and sturdier than many of the tents pastors currently have.
- 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.
- 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 Alice Judy
- Medical/maintenance personnel, including Dan and DeeAnn Snyder, Cedric Johnson, Jerry Rusher, Greg Ingle, Garrett Stanley, Randy and Jane Wynn, and Jim Rowan, based out of Dessalines Hospital
- Vahan Sipantizi, with a team of 6, and Arron Swenson, digging wells
- Team of 18 led by Ron Hansen (Arlington FMC, WA) in Port-au-Prince
- Team of three engineers to provide structural assessments
- VISA Voyagers Russ and Sherrie Cole (Quincy, WA)
- VISA Affiliate Steve Hersey (Wilmore FMC, KY)
Dr. Delia Nuesch-Olver oversees all our FMWM missionaries and work in Latin American including Haiti. She and Bishop David Roller co-chair the Haiti Response Team which is led by Pastor John Marc Zamor of Haiti with missionary Rick Ireland as administrator. Larry and Alice Judy, members of FOHO (Friends of Haiti) provide logistical support and Dr. Dan Snyder oversees FM work at Dessalines Hospital.
The team of seven in Haiti who are overseeing relief, recovery and development efforts include: John Marc Zamor; Rick Ireland; Haitian superintendents Clovis, Desvariste and Clodius; Haiti ICCM Field Coordinator Mondale Perkins Oscar and Pastor George Valcourt.
Pray for team members currently ministering in Haiti:
- Tomorrow, Wed., Feb. 3, Canadian Bishop Keith Elford, Dominican Republic Bishop Cecilio Osoria, U.S. Bishop David Roller, Dr. Art Brown and Grant Sigsworth (Canada) will meet with leaders in Haiti to coordinate leadership and relief between the four countries.
- Rick Ireland, newly-approved missionary, is serving with Haitian pastor Jean Marc Zamor as the on-ground coordinator in Haiti. Larry and Alice Judy, Russ Cole and Jim Donnelson are providing support services. Sherry Cole will join the group next week.
- A team of 14 from the Spring Arbor FMC (Spring Arbor MI) is working on construction of a road and retaining wall at the FOHO (Friends of Haiti Organization) site.
- A medical team, led by Dr. Jerry Rusher, is based out of Dessalines Hospital. A second medical team from Yakima, WA, will leave for Haiti on Thurs., Feb. 4, to work at Terra Blanche with Pastor Dellamy. A third team of medical personnel is making plans to minister in Haiti over the course of the next month.
- Vahan Sipantzi, Curt King and Kevin Kate are drilling wells.
Praise God for this report from Dr. Delia Nuesch-Olver:
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.