Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Far from Over

Pat and I have long had a special place in our hearts for Haiti. Our hearts are heavy for the people there, but we continue to pray to them. Here is the latest update from CrossWorld regarding their efforts in that country to bring relief.
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A Haiti Reality Check

Today’s Flash: “ I didn’t need my alarm clock this morning”, reported CrossWorld aid worker, Mark Bradley, “the 6.1 earthquake got us all up and scrambling for the door.” Our team in Port-au-Prince reports very little damage from the earthquake at 6:03 this morning – January 20!

Aid is arriving in Haiti – by the tons! But tens of thousands are still on the brink of perishing. It is clear the infrastructures are not yet in place to cope with wise and secure distribution of the arriving aid. So we do what we can, waiting for big solutions. Here is an update of how CrossWorld is helping:

• Mark, our first outsider is on the ground in Haiti bringing with him earthquake experience, the Creole language, a Haiti history, community health expertise and funds to get started. “The devastation is shocking and incredible…the campus looks like a refugee camp I saw in Honduras,” reported Mark last night.

• Bill and a team of medical professionals plan to arrive tomorrow in the north of Haiti, headed to the Beraca Medical Center in La Pointe, a CrossWorld founded hospital. La Pointe is near Port-de-Paix. Bill also is Haiti-experienced and a surgeon. The Center is being flooded with refugees with broken bones, internal injuries, and the like. The stories are incredible - “Everyone has someone to grieve over,” says Jenny Reitz at the House of Hope next door.

• A House of Hope vehicle is on its way to Port-au-Prince to bring back hurting kids with broken bones with no medical attention there. Bill’s emerging team of surgeons in the north is moving into action.

• Bruce, a CrossWorld water and civil engineer in north Haiti has already loaded supplies on a truck owned by Lemuel Ministries has arrived at the campus more than 150 miles away – supplies that might get to Bolosse quicker than supplies from the airport 10 miles away.

• Quisqueya Christian School has been closed for the rest of the semester and the campus has become a staging area for relief distribution.

• An expert crisis team from California leaves Florida on Thursday for professional training, leadership and consultation for our crisis team in Bolosse. The crisis is far from over.

• Helicopter drops are too risky at this stage because of the risk of violence. People are getting desperate as law and order are not established.

You can give to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. Just go to the CrossWorld website (www.crossworld.org)

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