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International Child Care Ministries Update

  -November 1st, 2011 @ 7:46 am

We thank God for all the volunteers who have gone to since the 2010 earthquake to work alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters rebuilding schools and churches and doing the work of relief and recovery. Our Ministries office has processed 602 volunteers since January 2010! Sixty work teams have demolished or repaired buildings; built schools and churches; drilled wells; distributed water filters, food and solar ovens; assisted with medical needs at ; and equipped 500 Haitian teachers.

This week we received the report that finally all schools “have a roof over their heads,” either occupying their own schools or using the church buildings. The next phase will be to replace temporary structures with permanent ones and to build schools in the places where sanctuaries have been turned into temporary classrooms.

A great big THANK YOU to all who have gone, all who pray, and all who continue to give generously to support the recovery efforts in Haiti. We are far from done! But we have reached a very significant milestone along this very long journey, for which we thank God.

To make a donation to this ongoing work, click here and select “Haiti Recovery Fund.”

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Dessalines Hospital Team Updates

  -November 1st, 2011 @ 7:39 am

A team of nine from Round Rock, TX, will do maintenance work and conduct outreach ministries in Dessalines, , Nov. 2 to 9. is the team leader.

, Polson Park FMC, Ontario, , travels to Dessalines, Haiti, to help with hospital renovations and repairs. His travel dates are Nov. 1 to 15.

Teams Update – 5 April 2011

  -April 5th, 2011 @ 6:38 am

Ministries
A team of 11, sponsored by the Centennial FMC, Belleview, ON, is currently ministering in until April 10. This team, made up of members from five congregations in eastern Ontario and led by Pastor and Les Young, are doing construction on a church in the area.

Gene and , Lapeer FMC, MI, are leading a team of 15, April 2 to 9, to Haiti. This team is involved in ministry through maintenance on the properties in Dessalines. Among other supplies, the group has carried in water filters for area families.

, , travels to Haiti April 5 to 15. He will be doing general construction.


, Meadowood FMC, CO, has traveled to Haiti this week to assist the International Child Care Ministries office in setting up a functioning computer network in . He will also teach the staff in how to use the new database. Mark returns Tues., April 12.

VISA Teams: Haiti

  -November 1st, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

Teams Notice: The Haiti Deployment Team continues to actively assess current conditions, including the cholera outbreak. At the present time, teams are encouraged to continue with their travel plans, but are urged to pay close attention to careful hand washing and to drink only filtered/purified water. Teams are also encouraged to pack their own food or buy pre-packaged food in the country and to avoid locally grown food. The Haiti Deployment Team wants those traveling to Haiti to carefully consider the risks and does not want anyone to feel undue pressure to go if they believe it is better to stay home at the present time.

Teams: A three-person team from the , , MI, will be involved in maintenance work at the hospital in Dessalines, Haiti, Nov. 2 to 9. is the team leader.

will lead a team of four from the Calgary FMC, , , to continue reconstruction on the in Haiti, Nov. 2 to 16.

VISA Ministries – 1 June

  -June 1st, 2010 @ 6:57 am

Teams:

A team of seven from , Centennial, CO, will minister in June 5 to 14. is the leader for this team which plans to do demolition, construction and distribution of emergency supplies.

Need in Haiti:

The FM recovery program in Haiti requires a geotechnical engineer to join a small team of structural engineers departing soon.
DUTIES: Help in the ongoing assessments of selected FM churches and schools which remain standing following the January earthquake. Help prepare a brief report on findings and conclusions.
ELIGIBILITY: A qualified geotechnical engineer experienced in time-efficient field assessments. A team player who understands and is in full sympathy with the Christian basis for this work is needed for this mission.
MISSION DURATION: approximately one week.
TIMING: soon – to be arranged in consultation with the team leader.

Interested individuals should e-mail: conniek@fmcna.org.

Mobilization

How can a global partnership be of mutual benefit to all involved? Imagine this: If a church in the U.S. partners with an international congregation seeking to expand its church planting programs, the international church can benefit from the encouragement, momentum and resources contributed by their U.S. partner. The church in the U.S. can share stories of the exciting happenings made possible by the partnership, which will motivate their members, provide a common goal everyone can work toward, and draw new people into “a church that is making a difference.” Pray the partnerships developing within the FMC will lead to these and other positive dynamics, and that more churches will learn how they can become involved. What are your questions about global partnerships? Ask Dale Woods (dale4missions@gmail.com or 810-836-6527).

Fri., May 7, 2010 Update

  -May 11th, 2010 @ 8:48 am

Excerpts from Fri., May 7, 2010 Update

Rick Ireland

More than ever before I am struck by the contrasts of life in the U.S. and life here in . A noticeable number of buildings are being demolished. I remember watching a house be demolished in the States – a giant machine came in and the house was gone in an afternoon. Here they are being demolished by crews of men with sledgehammers. It is a lot slower but things are just as demolished in the end. If there is an underlying lesson it is just this, life is a lot harder here.

This was driven home in a more personal way as I talked with my friend Jean Marc. Jean Marc is a pastor and a very able administrator, and we work very closely together for the relief effort. Last night my head hit the pillow about 9 p.m. and I slept like a log until about 4:30 or so. Jean Marc didn’t get much sleep. He sleeps in a tent in a school courtyard. It rained a good part of last night, and he had to get up and empty the rain that pooled up in the canvas tarps that overhung the courtyard. He was also awakened several times to help his elderly father to the bathroom. But today he was cheerful and full of hope. He went on and on about how God was at work and that we were entering good days for Haiti.

I see that all around me. People are in difficult circumstances but they are approaching life with peace and contentment. I think one of the reasons the Haitian people have been so resilient in their difficult times is that they are not as focused on the treasures of earth which they no longer have.

Other Haiti news

Edwani, wife of the FOHO (Friends of Haiti Organization) caretaker who was killed in the earthquake, recently gave birth to a baby girl. The baby’s name is Jeanne after Pastor who also lost her life in the quake.

, India, FM Church is made up of members disabled by the ravages of Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Some make their living by begging and some by weaving. Out of their meager earnings, they contributed more than $100 to the Relief Fund.

Workers with Clear Blue Global Water Project have provided 22 working wells in Haiti since mid-January. They plan to return to Haiti in July and August, as funds are available. To learn more about Clear Blue’s efforts to bring safe drinking water to Haiti and how you can be involved, click here.

Need in Haiti:

The FM recovery program in Haiti requires a geotechnical engineer to join a small team of structural engineers departing soon.
DUTIES: Help in the ongoing assessments of selected FM churches and schools which remain standing following the January earthquake. Help prepare a brief report on findings and conclusions.
ELIGIBILITY: A qualified geotechnical engineer experienced in time-efficient field assessments. A team player who understands and is in full sympathy with the Christian basis for this work is needed for this mission.
MISSION DURATION: approximately one week.
TIMING: soon – to be arranged in consultation with the team leader. Interested individuals should e-mail: conniek@fmcna.org.

Tents, Thanks & Possibilities

  -February 2nd, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

Last week, Director wrote a reflection about the need for tents. A number of people responded and tents have been delivered and more are on the way. Thanks! Tents provide essential temporary housing for Haitians in the quake-damaged areas of the country. In addition to tents, more Sawyer water filters ($50 per) and food is needed. Free Methodist well-drillers and are drilling for water in the refugee camps right now. One church in England has already committed to partner with a Haitian FM church to help rebuild a quake-damaged ICCM school. ICCM is responding to priority relief, recovery and rebuilding needs through our Special Projects Fund. and Ministries is inviting folks to consider going to to serve in partnership with Haitian church recovery plans. If you’re considering this, please complete a response/registration form for volunteer service in Haiti.

We encourage you to view frequent updates about Free Methodist responses and mobilization for recovery at www.helphaitiheal.org and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/intlchildcare.

Volunteer to Help Haiti Heal

  -February 2nd, 2010 @ 10:09 am

Deploying teams to
A multi-cultural, multi-national team of Free Methodist denominational leaders are currently strategizing how, together as the body of Christ, we will provide while keeping everyone’s safety and security in mind. The team’s foremost desire is that our efforts honor our Haitian brothers and sisters by working with them and not around them. Our leaders want to put their best foot forward when you land in Haiti in order to honor your time, talent and the resources invested in the recovery following the aftermath of the earthquake.

The Church needs you; Haiti needs you
Could it be the Lord is calling you to assist in responding to the greatest disaster in the Western Hemisphere? Could it be He had you ready for this moment? If so, know that many people around the world are praying for the efforts you will be contributing to Haiti. May this trip be a blessing for you and to the Haitians who will be impacted by you helping Haitians heal.

Click here to complete a response/registration form for volunteer service in Haiti.

Katie Zook’s rescue story as told by her father, Greg Zook

  -January 19th, 2010 @ 7:39 am

Katie was finishing her day on Tuesday, January 12, in the fourth floor apartment of a four-story building when the earthquake hit. She sought protection in a doorway when, at the last moment, Katie chose to dive under a table when the building began to crumble. The next thing Katie remembers is finding herself under rubble, unable to move but able to hear the cries of people in the street. As Katie struggled in the dark unable to move, the aftershocks continued to shake the now destroyed building causing Katie to fear that she had survived the initial quake only to be killed by the aftershocks.

Eventually, Katie heard the familiar voices of friends and co-workers, digging in the rubble and calling out for her. Our Haitian friend, John Willair, who works for the mission was digging with his bare hands and praying for Jesus to show him where to dig. Eventually, more help came and after three hours Katie was pulled from the wreckage of the building. Our friend Dr. Dan Snyder was there to provide Katie with some initial medical care and transport her to the U.N. Hospital. Katie was Med-Vaced to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where she was treated in the U.S. Naval hospital and then rushed to her current location here in Ft. Lauderdale early Thursday morning. We have been holding vigil over Katie and sharing with her your expressions of love and support. Our Superintendent Matt Whitehead along with his wife, Melanie, happened to be in Florida for a working vacation and have been a great support to us.

Thank you for your overwhelming prayers and support for Katie and Jack Munos. Cards may be sent to them at:
     North Broward Medical Center
     201 E Sample Road
     Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Personal visits are discouraged so that Katie and Jack will be able to have sufficient rest to heal as quickly as possible.