Friday, January 29, 2010
Many thanks to everyone who followed this blog and prayed for our team.
While our team waited in line to get on the next flight out of PAP back to Florida, a big cargo plane from the Canada Air Force landed right in front of them. Dr. Yelle is from Renaissance Church (SRC church plant) in Ottawa, Canada. He had no trouble getting into that plane for a direct flight back home. Dr. Yelle served faithfully for a week-long in Haiti with the SRC team. God provided a present for him, by bringing this flight to the PAP airport exactly when the team was waiting to get home. Thank you, Lord!
Thanks for keeping them in your prayers.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today was the last day that our medical teams had to provide medical help and distribute medical supplies in Haiti. They spend most of the day at the mobile clinic that they set up at a tent city in Leogane. Many people were seen today, as another team of doctors and nurses came to help our team. Tomorrow, our teams return home. They will try to catch a charter flight that will leave Port Au Prince at 5pm (at least that's the plan for now). Each day was an adventure, and the team has many God stories to tell everyone when they get home. Here you can see one last time the faces of our team at work. Dr. Yelle (God's super-star from Ottawa, Canada) treating a patient. And our dear Jackie, always caring for her newborn babies.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday, another three people joined our team in Haiti: Dr. Janette Nesheiwat and her brother Daniel, along with Scott Stapp. After numerous hours planning over the weekend, the team flew to Santo Domingo, carrying lots of supplies and medicines, and met with Pastor Dony at the airport yesterday. Then, they drove together to Haiti. Today both teams continue to work and see people in need around Port Au Prince. Here you can see Scott and Craig (our trip coordinator) at the Love a Child compound. Because of the great need and the additional supplies that our team received, they decided to stay in Haiti until Friday, when both teams will come home.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Tomorrow will make it 14 days since this devastating earthquake. The pressure and intensity to get aid to the people have not subsided. Time and resources continue to be our greatest challenges with still not enough food and medical care reaching the people with the greatest need. For example in Les Cayes alone, 150,000 refugees are now there from PAP. Louis wrote on Friday:
"I just talked with some key leaders in the south. The demand is so high and we don't have the means to meet it. The churches are crowded. People came from all over and they don't have anywhere to go. Most of the people, before they left the villages, sold their land and everything. So now they have to start again. Please continue to pray with us. We have so much medical need that a whole month of 100 doctors will not be enough to serve every body. So many people fled PAP with broken bones and severe, life threatening and infected injuries. We have a hospital at Bonne Fin which my father build. It has 300 beds. All of them are occupied and patients are on the floor. We have at Cite Lumiere another Medical Clinic equip with 75 beds. Same story."
Below is an update on the response that has come in to the immediate needs mentioned on January 17:
1. Containers with Food Supply via the DR-To date, ESMI has sent in 6 food containers and distributed with over 100 Haitian volunteers from the South helping.
2. Food Containers from the US- We have a container that will be ready to leave by this Wednesday from Miami to the DR. God's willing, it should be in Haiti early next week.
3. Medical Teams: 47 nurses and doctors are currently in Haiti. Thanks to Lisa, Susie, Julie and Fabiana for coordinating this. They have medical teams lined up to go in and out up to the end of February. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a part of a medical team.
4. Tents for Churches and homes: thanks to Brother Ed who secured forty-five 10x12ft tents that can each house a family of 10 people. God's willing, these will be shipped by Wednesday to the DR and should be cleared by the end of this week to be given to the families most in need.
As ESMI continues to work on the above 4 needs, we will also begin to do the following:
5. ESMI has identified 400 pastors to begin a more intentional network of food distribution. On Wednesday, January 27, ESMI's leadership team will meet with these pastors in PAP. It is important that these leaders be empowered also to participate in the effort. This is a work that cannot be done alone. It is bigger than any one church or any one organization. With a unified effort, the church in Haiti can help meet the needs of her people.
6. There is the need for 3 huge tents to hold congregations with 2000 members. Most of the churches in PAP were destroyed. The congregations are on the streets. ESMI has identified 3 locations with key leaders for these. The desire is to encourage and rebuild the spiritual life of the Haitian church. What a wonderful opportunity to share the good news that in the midst of such hopelessness, there is hope in God.
7. Containers to be packed with tents, cots, sheets, blankets, food for immediate consumption, etc. God willing, the ports in Haiti should be opening up in a week. Ed has graciously agreed to offer his time to coordinate this effort. Please contact Ed at 1-561-988-0253. He will also assist in the coordinating efforts of the food containers from Miami.
8. Pray that by the end of this week ESMI would have secured a piece of land for temporary housing.
9. There is a need for about 6 Mack dump trucks. Once the food gets to PAP on containers, it must be reloaded onto dump trucks for distribution into the different areas of need. This is the best way to get the food out into those communities. Later these trucks will be used in clearing debris and bringing in construction material. Why Mack dump trucks? They are long-lasting trucks and the parts are easily available. There are excellent mechanics, like DouDou, who can make anything go as long as they have the parts available. To have piles of food and no means to get them to the people is a dilemma that the international aid community is now facing.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support.
El Shaddai Ministries International
13651 S. Biscayne River Drive
Miami, FL 33161
Another team from SRC, Dr. Janette and her two brothers traveled today to Haiti with Pastor Dony and a partner from MNA. Janette's team purchased a van in Santo Domingo to donate to El Shaddai Ministries. They also brought a lot of medical supplies to our clinics in Haiti. God's people are so generous. We are so blessed to work for our Lord Jesus Christ. We close our blog news today with this picture showing how blessed are the people in Haiti who were touched by the love and care of the SRC team!
Praise God that Jackie, DouDou and John Snyder, a C3 volunteer, found both girls from tent cities at Carrefour and at La Collin and transported them to the Love a Child location where several plastic surgeons arrived today. It was a miracle that we found them and then to have surgeons available is even more amazing! God is good! A young boy, James, an orphan who we treated at Eben Ezer site had surgery there this morning and they will be taking him back to Eben Ezer.
It was a good, long day for the team.
Monday, January 25, 2010
As our team was serving in La Collin, with the mobile clinic working at full power, a reporter from a French newspaper interviewed members of our team, through a translator, and covered the scenes of people receiving medical treatment and being seen by the doctors. Here you can see the reporter and her team making a special edition of today's news in La Collin, Haiti.
The team was also interviewed by the Globe (Canadian national newspaper) when they were seeing patients in Carrefour.
The team headed to another town this morning a little further west from Gressier. It is a tent city near the epicenter of the earthquake. The team will set up the clinic in a field there and spend the rest of the day helping injured people from that community. As the team was traveling to get there, they took this picture showing how people are lining up trying to get money or any aid they can.
One of the greatest needs in Haiti at this point, because of some many injuries, is for tetanus shots. Our team was able to order those before leaving the US, and today they are preparing them to give to the orphans who live at the Eben Ezer Mission House. Here you can see nurse Jackie and Dr. Yelle getting the shots ready to be given to the orphan kids tonight.
We are waiting to hear from the team about where they are going to set up the mobile clinic to see patients today. We'll keep you posted.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Everyone got busy when they arrived in Gressier and found a long line of people waiting to receive treatment. Here you can see, on the left, nurse Karen taking care of a little girl with an injured leg. On the right, nurse Katrina provides IV treatment to a very dehydrated teenage boy. After it got dark, the team headed back to Croix des Bouquets, where they will eat dinner, rest, and spend the night outside in their tents. Nurse Terri left today back to the US. Tomorrow, nurses Karen, Katrina and Aimee with head back home. Dr. Yelle, nurses Jackie and Toni, and Craig will stay at least until Wednesday. We are trying to get another team of 4 medical people down there tomorrow. Please continue to pray for these relief efforts. The gospel goes in front of our team, and the Living Water is not being offered by many other groups.
After serving in Carrefour this morning, the team headed to another city called Gressier. The mayor led our team to that site due to the many critically injured that still wait for medical aid.
On this site you can see some images of the earthquake destruction in that area: http://www.gressier.org/
Our team was very busy in the afternoon, treating the people of Gressier, considered one of the epicenter towns of the earthquake.
This morning the team saw a few patients in Croix des Bouquets before heading down to Carrefour or Les Plein mobile clinic. Pastor Louis was going to confirm where team needed to go today. The need is so great, and several people haven't received any help yet. Les Cayes is also an area of great need right now due to many refugees moving to that city. Here you can see the team at work this morning at the Eben Ezer site, before they left for the day.
The team served yesterday all day, morning in PAP hospital and afternoon in Carrefour clinic. In the evenings, the team returns to the Eben Ezer Mission site to eat dinner, rest and spend the night. They have been sleeping in tents outside, as the building conditions are not 100% stable. Nothing is stopping the team from having a smile on their face and serving God with all their heart.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The SRC team went to Carrefour after they helped at the Port Au Prince hospital this morning. They have started seeing patients in Carrefour yesterday, and needed to go back today as many people awaited to be seen (see picture). The team from South Carolina headed to Les Cayes with Pastor Louis, and will continue to serve that community until Wednesday. Pastor Louis informed that there is great need in Les Cayes since many refugees are moving there from PAP looking for help.
Our team home base is Croix des Bouquets for spending the night and eating meals (breakfast and dinner). Then they leave in the morning to go serve in other sites as needed. They will probably return to Carrefour tomorrow and serve there for another day. Monday plans are still in the works. We'll keep you posted. Stay tuned.
The SRC team headed to the PAP hospital this morning in a rush to try to save a baby's life. His body had been seriously burned and was very dehydrated. He needed immediate attention, and our team responded quickly. As they got to the hospital, they had to take charge and continue to provide care for the baby. Unfortunately, because his condition was very critical, the little baby did not survive. Sad moment for our team. They need strength to continue to help others. Keep them in your prayers.
One tough case for the team to handle was a baby with serious burns on his body. The team had to act quickly, provide IV treatment and rush the baby to the Port Au Prince hospital. Here you can see the team transporting the baby to the hospital. As they got there, the hospital was under staffed so our nurses took charge and helped to treat the patients. The baby was in very critical condition.
The team went back to Croix des Bouquets (15 miles east of Port Au Prince) last night to meet with the other team of doctors and nurses from South Carolina (Katrina from SRC joined that team), and to spend the night at Eben Ezer Mission site. This morning the two teams set up a mobile clinic there to provide medical attention to people in that community. Here is a picture of the team when they started the day.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The team has been seeing many patients from the town of Carrefour since this morning.
A boy with a dislocated hip just came to get treatment and was transferred to the local hospital.
The line of people to be seen and receive treatment continues to grow, as the team continues to work hard on their first day in Haiti. Another team is arriving tonight to add more help to the portable clinic that will be setup in Croix des Bouquets.
Carrefour is a largely residential and very poor commune in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. The district has an estimated population of 408,000 as of 2003. It is mostly a bedroom community for those who work in central Port-au-Prince. The neighborhood is very poor and ill-serviced, however, as of recently, small-scale construction has gone on in the area along with street renovations. (Extracted from Wikipedia)
You can read more about Carrefour and how desperately it needs aid on this link. Carrefour was an epicenter town of the earthquake.
This morning the team had breakfast, organized the medical supplies, and is now in the process of transferring to another location where they will setup the clinic for today. The other site is Carrefour and has a safe building for them to work during the day, and perhaps spend the night.
Continue to pray for all the logistics and that many wounded people can be helped today. Here you can see the C3 Missions team (Joe Knittig, Beth Fox and Tracy) making the strategy for the day.
The Eben Ezer clinic site is located 15 miles east of Port au Prince. The plan was for the team to stay there, set up the clinic, and care for wounded people until next Wednesday. Because of uncertain conditions of the building structure, the team will move today to another location called Carrefour (this is normally a C3 Missions orphan home, but the kids were transferred to Les Cayes). Here you see a picture of the Eben Ezer location, where the team was supposed to stay.
As the team arrived in Croix des Bouquets, and they were getting close to the clinic, a desperate woman in pain waited to give birth to her baby. Dr. Yelle and Jackie went straight to work, and delivered a baby girl, 6 lbs 8 oz. The mother asked Dr. Yelle to name the baby after his daughter, Marika, who is 8 years old. By the way the delivery happened under flashlights and with a few supplies that they had in hand. Both mom and baby are well. God is so good!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The medical team that SRC sent to help with immediate needs in Haiti is currently driving cross country in the Dominican Republic to get to the border of Haiti. We just received communication from the team that they were about 45min from the border, and when they get there other vehicles will be waiting to take them into Haiti. The Eben Ezer Mission Clinic where they will be serving is about one hour driving west from the border. The town is called Croix des Bouquets, and is located 15 miles east of Port of Prince. Here you can see a picture of Jean Pierre (DouDou), Pastor Dony and Jackie when the team was being picked up from the airport in Santo Domingo. God is guiding all the steps of this trip. We are so grateful for His mighty ways.
On Wednesday Jan. 20th many volunteers came to help the Haiti team with the final preparations for their trip to Haiti. Plans started on Monday afternoon, and within 2 days the team was ready to go. God put all the pieces together in a marvelous way. The people, the supplies, the tickets, the money. Everything got accomplished in very short time. Thank you Lord!
We appreciate so much the help of the wonderful volunteers, who took their time, talents and treasures to help the team with the packing and getting ready to go. Special thanks to Allison Good and Jean Mackey for helping us to coordinate so many details. Let's continue to keep the team in our prayers.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
An aftershock of a 6.1 magnitude hit Haiti this morning I'm awaiting news from Dony on what the situation is. ESMI is so thankful to many of you who will remain committed as Haiti walks this very difficult path.
Praise God for the response that is coming in. Two 20 ft truckload of food and water were purchased and crossed into Haiti from the DR yesterday. Thank you all for making this possible. We are also partnering with other ministries to get food into Haiti. Today at noon, God's willing, a 17-seater plane from the Bahamas will fly into PAP filled with food, medical supplies, and water.
Next is the distribution of food. Louis was organizing 30 people from the south to head to PAP yesterday. ESMI needs to secure vehicles, preferably dump trucks to go into different areas to do this. We are setting up stations in Petit Goave, Carrefour, Miragaone, and Grecier for now. These are areas that have suffered substantial damage also but have received little to no aid. We will work with the pastors of these communities.
Today will also be a day of more strategic planning on distribution and coordination of those desiring to help at this crucial time. Pray for wisdom. The plan is to have two sites to host Haitians and US teams: Croix des Bouquets and Carrefour. The orphans will be removed from the latter area and the home turned into a guesthouse for now. At the moment, there are 2 medical teams desiring to go tomorrow, and Friday. Pray for the logistics to be worked out and to see if this is still possible after this 6.1 aftershock.
Tents- These are needed for temporary housing. Many, as you have seen, are sleeping on the streets with sheets as tents. We are also looking for large tents for churches to have their services. It rained yesterday in PAP. I leave the rest to your imagination.
To maximize the use of space in the containers, pack these items in boxes.
Again, we thank you for your prayers. We serve a sovereign God whose good purpose through all of this will one day be seen.
Sharon St. Germain
You are the first responding team to go to Haiti from the US through ESMI. Dr. Don, whom some of you met, went to Croix des Bouquets last week with 5 nurses. I don't know what the situation is there. Maybe I'll get word from Dony today. But as you prepare, please expect the worst. Think of a war zone where you are helping those wounded and you have very little medical apparatus to work with. You only have God, your team mates and the supplies you came in with. If I hear differently, I'll let you know. A team tried to do medical missions in PAP and they were swarmed. The need is so overwhelming. You will be outside of PAP and the patients will be brought to you. Please know that there are lots, lots of details that Dony will try to work out today. Pray for the team there. As soon as I hear anything from Dony, I'll let you know.
Thanks Spanish River and New Covenant for working together to get down there this week and coordinating the small aircraft connection. It would be so much easier to go next week with AA. You are making an incredible sacrifice to be there this week and not later. May God bless your efforts for His glory.
We'll ask DouDou to be with you at all times, I know you love him and feel very safe with him. There are folks from Cayes who will also be with you at the missions site to help with translation. I believe the Haitian nurses who are already there will do triage.
Sharon St. Germain
Dr. Robert Yelle (SRC church plant in Ottawa, Canada - Renaissance Church)
Jackie Adames, RN (SRC office staff member)
Terri Bartuska, RN (SRC church plant - Treasure Coast Church)
Toni James, RN (former member of SRC from St. Augustine)
Karen Kluge, RN (SRC friend from Passport Health)
Aimee Brueck, PT (SRC member)
Craig Kindell, Trip Coordinator (SRC Deacon)
Please keep the team in your prayers, as they prepare to leave tomorrow to an experience that will be shocking and will change their lives. Pray for safety, for strength, and for flexibility to adapt to the difficult conditions. May God be glorified by the gospel going forward.
1) Thanks to the generosity of the SRC family, we were able to raise $54,234 last weekend!
2) $10,000 is being used to purchase the so needed medications (antibiotics, tetanus shots, wound care medication, gauze, bandages, splints, etc), so the SRC medical team can take with them on their mission trip.
3) $44,324 was given to Pastor Dony to purchase the food containers in Santo Domingo. He returned to the DR yesterday, and with the help of C3 Missions, will start driving the containers into the needy in Croix de Bouquets, where the C3 Missions clinic is.
4) SRC is sending a medical mission team on Thursday, Jan. 21st, to work in the clinic for one week. A team of eight people is flying to Santo Domingo, then driving for 4 hours to cross the border and get to the clinic. Another team of seven people from South Carolina is meeting our team on Friday. There will be 4 doctors, 9 nurses, and 1 physical therapist working together at the clinic, and they will be treating some 800-1,000 people per day.
5) We will continue to receive funds for Haiti Relief from partner churches around the globe. Those funds will be wired to El Shaddai Ministries to continue helping them with the relief efforts.
1) Food and water. With the help of our partner C3 Missions, Pastor Dony is able to secure containers in the Dominican Republic and those containers can be loaded with food, water, and other supplies. The cost for a 20ft container loaded with supplies is $10,000. Then the container can be shipped to Croix des Bouquets in Haiti (about 1 hours driving from the DR border). This is where El Shaddai Ministries and C3 Missions are setting up a big clinic to help the people with food, water, and medical care.
2) Medical teams. There are many people who are wounded and hurting in the outskirts of Port au Prince. The relief operations are concentrated in the capital, however several small towns were severely hit by the earthquake, and no help is getting there to save those people. That's where our partners will be focusing, and they need our help with medical teams and medications.
3) Because buildings were destroyed and many are cracked and not safe, people have moved away from their places and are now living on the streets. Church buildings were destroyed and congregations cannot meet. A big need right now is for tents. Big ones for churches to start meeting again, and small ones for people to get shelter. Pastor Dony can get those in the DR if he receive the cash donations.
God provided through the generosity of the SRC family, His people, and we received $54,324 in donations for the Haiti Relief fund. Praise God! And thank you SRC family for your generous heart!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
We are on Day 4 of the aftereffects of the quake. Spoke with Dony late last night and received a few emails this morning.
Yesterday, he visited schools and hospitals in PAP. Did not go to the DR since C3 partners were already there. His words:
"One school has 350 children buried under it. Another nursing school, 100 students. No food. Day 4 without food and water in PAP. Interviewed a family that lost 12 people. PAP is not a city that can be rebuilt easily. Hundreds and thousands of people sleeping on the streets. Some are sleeping in tents but there are not enough. If I could get some in the DR and take in...Everyone is seeing things differently, but you have to be here on the field. Visited the hospitals - no antibiotics, no medication, not enough personnel to minister to the people. No gas in PAP. Need to purchase 2 huge containers to store for future. ESMI lost one of its vehicle. People are moving back to the provinces so ministry cannot only be in PAP but need to go to the villages to those people too. Still a lot of areas without help. A lot of people still in need. We have identified a clinic twice the size of the one in Cayes that we can use for the relief effort, and use it as our headquarters. It also has a guesthouse where we can host at least 200 people so I have taken control of the facility."
1. Louis will send 5 nurses and 1 doctor, possibly 2, to the above facility to begin doing some preliminary treatment until we can get medical teams organized from the US to come in. This is a big need: medical personnel and medical supplies to treat earthquake victims. The facility is in a safe place about 15 minutes outside of PAP. If you are interested in being a part of a medical team, please respond ASAP to email@example.com.
2. Dony will head to St. Marc and the Gonaives area to buy up as much food as he can for storage.
3. C3's trucks should be arriving today at a location about 3 hours from the DR border where the food will be stored and then distributed from.
4. Louis will also get staff from Cayes to manage this distribution center and will bring more supplies...food, water and medical.
Pray for these efforts today and for safety as one team travels from Les Cayes and another from the DR. Dony will need to return with whatever funds we can collect here. No banks are functioning in Haiti.
If you would like to send a contribution, please send to Spanish River Church, and indicate Haiti Relief on the memo. These funds will be sent to Dony and Louis ASAP.
Thanks to all who have already sent funds. Please know that 100% will go toward the relief effort.
Thanks too, to my friend, Susie Austin, who has been getting the word out to you via email. Thanks to Frantz St. Germain and Shane Hackett who have been posting the updates and at the same time working feverishly to get our website updated to make it functional during this relief effort.
May God continue to guide us and have mercy on His people.
With His Peace,
Sharon St. Germain
Friday, January 15, 2010
"God is truly amazing! My God is truly amazing!"
Those words from a song are resounding in my mind as I write. Our C3 partners have been trying to get a hold of Dony and Louis as they hoped to meet in Port-au-Prince yesterday. Their plane, however, was not permitted to land and had to be diverted to Santo Domingo,DR. They were frustrated. Since they were in the DR, they thought of purchasing food and was able to contact a business woman who willingly helped with getting the vehicles. Were they ever encouraged to read update #3 that Dony was heading to the DR!! The next concern was how to connect with him.
God is AMAZING! They were able to do that this morning. C3 partners worked hard this morning in purchasing food, water, etc., packing the items and getting clearance to drive across. The plan is to meet up with Dony and DouDou who will organize the distribution from the Haiti end. Of course, the food will not be brought into PAP just like that. Food will be stored outside of PAP and brought in discretely.
Louis was in PAP yesterday with a Haitian team from the Les Cayes area. The 2 brothers have yet to meet.
"I WAS AT PAP YESTERDAY, ALL DAY. WE ARE GOING BACK TOMORROW, SATURDAY.
WE BROUGHT FOOD, WATER AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO PETION VILLE.
WE RESCUED A YOUNG GIRL AT DELMAS 40.
BROTHERS, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE AND HORRIBLE, MORE THAN ANYONE COULD IMAGINE.
THE DISTRIBUTION WENT WELL.
INDEED, THEIR IS NO CAR RENTAL AT PAP. NO GAS IS AVAILABLE SO FAR. THEIR IS NO FOOD AT THE RESTAURANTS. CIRCULATION IS OK AT SOME PLACES. BUT THE SMELL IS HORRIBLE. IT IS WINDY AND ALSO THE DUST IN THE AIR MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO BREATHE. TOMORROW IT MAY BE CHALLENGING, BECAUSE THE SMELL WILL BE WORSE. THERE ARE MANY BODIES TRAPPED IN THE COLLAPSED BUILDINGS AND THEY CANNOT GET THEM OUT.
EVERY BODY NEEDS HELP. MOSTLY WHEN THEY SEE STRANGERS AND THE JOURNALISTS, THEY WILL APPROACH AND START TO ASK REPETITIVELY FOR HELP. THEY NEED TO SURVIVE AND THEY ARE STILL UNDER SHOCK FROM THE EVENT.
AT BROCHETTE (CARREFOUR), OUR KIDS ARE OK. WE CARRIED WATER, FOOD AND CLOTHING FOR THEM. WE WILL BRING MORE TOMORROW. WE WILL CARRY FOUR HUNDRED GALLON OF WATER FOR THEM TO DRINK. IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, WATER AT PAP WILL BE NON PORTABLE...
PART OF THE FRONT WALL COLLAPSED. THE GATE IS DAMAGED (BENT), BUT THE HOUSE IS OKAY AND SO ARE THE KIDS. I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM. THEY WELCOMED ME WARMLY."
Please check esmihome.org for current photos and videos from Louis. More will be posted today describing the drive from Les Cayes to PAP and what was seen and done yesterday in PAP.
On a sad note, those of you who have been to Haiti may remember Esaie, another driver we would use with Nader. His wife died in the quake and Dony had to do the funeral yesterday. Continue to pray for his family and so many who have lost loved ones in this manner.
Dony reports that many are returning to the provinces. There is now nothing for them in PAP.
Yes, there is a spirit of sadness and despair but thank God we can look to Him for hope, a hope that is eternal. We will continue to trust God to bring good out of this horrific situation. The Haitians are a resilient people, what says those who are firm believers in a Mighty God.
With His Peace,
Sharon St. Germain
After 2 days of travel trying to get into the ravaged country, Joe Knittig and Adrien Lewis just arrived at Croix de Bouquets, a small village just northeast of Port Au Prince. GREAT NEWS!! Pastor Claude Mondesir and all 109 children at Ebenezer are fine. There was minor damage to his campus, and Claude is exhausted – his clinic there is overflowing with injured people. There are ‘after-shock’ tremors occurring today in the area. Dony St. Germain and Dou Dou are there as well, and shared that they will want to move the 106 children to Ebenezer from Carrefour as the rubble and stench are very bad.
Joe will be headed to Pastor Moise Vaval’s church to assist him with the search for his son, Jean-Marc, at his school, Ecole La Source. Please continue to pray for them.
And, this means – all of our orphans in Haiti are well – but, they will need much food and water throughout Haiti. Mike Fox and his team are on their way with some right now.
Received on Jan. 15th at 10:15 am:
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Thank you so much for your prayers. Just heard from Dony at 6:25pm. He's well. He was only able to talk very briefly. The situation is horrific with dead bodies on the ground and everything smells. People are sleeping on the streets. No water. No food.
PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! The pastor, the workers and the 106 orphans in Carrefour are fine. He passed also through Gonaives and the pastors and ministry there are well. THANK YOU LORD!
What is needed immediately are monetary funds. With whatever funds he took down, Dony was able to help those around the airport area who have so graciously helped us when teams would come in, and others. He is making plans to return to the Dominican Republic and buy supplies there - dry food items, water, etc. and drive those back to Port Au Prince. Pray for them as they will begin tonight.
Thank you, Father, for showing Your mercy continuously even in the midst of this indescribable devastation. Continue to pray for the many other organizations doing relief effort in these first few days which are always so crucial.
In His Service,
Sharon St. Germain
I got an email from Dony at 5:44pm. He should be in PAP in 3 hours, God willing. His phone will no longer work. This is supposedly where DouDou will meet him. He was able to meet 2 men from a network station. Thank the Lord. They drove together from Santiago, DR to the Haitian border. The following is an email from Louis earlier today.
UPDATE FROM LES CAYES
THIS MORNING WHEN WE WOKE UP, WE THOUGHT WE WERE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY.
1. EVERY FACE HAS A SAD APPEARANCE.
2. SINCE THERE IS NO NEWS FROM PEOPLE IN Port Au Prince, EVERY ONE IS CRYING.
3. MOST OF THE BUSINESSES DID NOT OPEN TODAY.
4. THE MARKET WAS CLOSED.
5. TWO BUILDINGS COLLAPSED.
6. THE PEOPLE LEFT THEIR HOMES AND STAYED ON THE STREETS.
7. WE CAN FEEL EVERYWHERE THE SPIRIT OF UNITY.
8. SINCE Port Au Prince IS THE HEART OF THE NATION, PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHAT TOMORROW WILL LOOK LIKE.
9. CHANTAL - PASTOR CHERY'S HOME WAS DAMAGED
10. CAMP PERRIN - ABOUT 15 MINUTES FROM LES CAYES - LOTS OF PEOPLE WERE INJURED.
11. MANICHE - A CITY ABOUT 20 MINUTES FROM LES CAYES - WAS TERRIBLY HIT. HUGE CRACKS IN THE HOUSES.
12. YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, SEVERAL STUDENTS WERE AFRAID AND JUMPED OFF FROM THEIR SCHOOL BUILDING AND BROKE THEIR ARMS AND LEGS.
13. IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, WE WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES IN LES CAYES... BIG QUESTION..
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU.
LOUIS (Pastor Louis St. Germain)
Your heart is breaking like ours as we listen to the news. This is just a very brief update on what we know. Louis (Pastor Louis St. Germain) made contact with us yesterday evening via "ooVoo", an internet phone. He and his family are shaken but fine. Thank the Lord. He emailed later to let us know that:
- Maniche - a small town from Cambry had lots of damage;
- Chantal - Pastor Chery called to say he was fine but one of the walls in his home fell;
- Jeremie - the construction workers there felt the shock;
- Cassa Major - Pastor Clotaire called. He may have some damage but doesn't know the extent.
So far, the orphans in the south seem to be fine. But we are still waiting to confirm this. We are also waiting to hear from all the other pastors in Gonaives and around Les Cayes regarding their communities.
Dony (Pastor Dony St. Germain) left this morning. He'll fly to Santiago, DR, and then drive into Haiti from Cap-Haitian and down into Port-au-Prince. God willing he should be there tonight or early morning. His concerns at this time are for the pastor, workers and the 106 orphans in Carrefour. The news is reporting this as the epicenter of the quake. Please pray that they are miraculously well. He'll try to keep us posted as much as possible.
Sharon (Sharon St. Germain - Pastor Dony's wife)
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti at approximately 4:53 p.m. ET Tuesday, Jan. 12th, has left the Caribbean nation in shambles as rescuers scramble to save lives and the U.S. and other governments mobilize an international rescue effort. Early reports indicate the death toll could be in the tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. (Haiti's population is nearly 10 million.)
Friday, January 8, 2010
On the weekend of April 24-25th, we will have our church services to worship God for how He is at work, building His church all over the world, and allowing us to be part of His wonderful work of the gospel. Following the services, we will enjoy the GO Expo in the gym and get to taste food from the world (10 countries will be represented). Yummy! View 2009 pictures.
On Monday and Tuesday the conference sessions will take place. We will have a closing service with communion on Tuesday evening, when we will say goodbye to our church planters until next time.