Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
The HSV-2 SWIFT naval ship docked in Port-au-Prince today full of food and supplies for five different missions here in Haiti, including Children’s International Lifeline.
The food was provided by Kids Against Hunger out of Minnesota and Operation Handclasp arranged getting it all here. We arrived early, excited to be a part of such a great event. We traveled around Port at first making sure we had all the proper paperwork in line to get through customs. Once we had that all in line we waited until it was our turn to have our pallets unloaded off the ship. While we were waiting we were cordially invited aboard for a tour.
It was such a sight to see the 98 meter long ship. While on the tour, we found out the ship crew wasn’t only the Navy. It also included the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, and also civilian workers. We were also told that this deployment held the largest amount of help aid since the history of the HSV-2 SWIFT. What a blessing it was to join hands with the US Military to help provide food and help for the people of Haiti and to be a part of them making history for humanitarian aid.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Due to the earthquake tragedy that we just experienced, everyone was on high alert and jumped up out of their seats to run out of the building. Patricia Curtis even said, “We need to get out of this building now!!” As the rain started leaking inside the building, with the gusts of winds, we stood close to the door, not sure whether we were safer inside or out, and not sure what our next step should be. The wind continued as the rain ferociously pounded down and the lightning lit up the darkened sky. Trees all over the area came down along with big signs, causing traffic to be even worse then a normal Port-au-Prince traffic jam. People were rushing to get a tap-tap, looking for a way to escape the chaos.
We saw many tents torn apart and destroyed. The streets earlier in the day had been filled with marketing supplies and after driving through that area we’re sure much damage was caused to their merchandise. We had planned to buy school books and we were so thankful that we didn’t already have them in the back of the truck because they would have been destroyed. All we can say at the end of this day is praise God for safety and for watching over us and allowing us to return back to the mission safe.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
We were able to help Walley with food so he could grow to be strong. They came back monthly to receive help and little by little he has recovered and has gained strength. Today Walley and his aunt came back to us and precious Walley weighed in at 11 pounds 5 ounces!!
He looks like a completely different child!! Praise God for the donors who supplied us with a vital necessity here in Haiti, baby formula, so little babies like Walley have a fighting chance at life in this tough world.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
As the adults enjoy the game, we are blessed to have a nice playground for the little ones to play and enjoy each other as well.
The leaders of the tournament try to make it as formal as they can so we have an MC announcing the game, giving everyone a play by play commentary.
They also play certain songs when a team scores a goal and we all jump up and down in excitement! It was another thrilling game tonight as Barbancourt beat Nanroch three to one. When the game was through, everyone walked out of the gate cordially and discussed all the plays and of course the big win for Barbancourt. We’re so blessed to have this area inside Lifeline where the people can meet with their friends and have a great time!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This evening we went to get sponsorship info for a little girl. One thing we take note of is their current weight. After we weighed the little girl tons of people surrounding us, adults and children alike, wanted their chance to get on the scales to weigh themselves. In America many of us avoid being weighed at all costs! It was neat to step back and watch some of the people be amazed at seeing what they weighed. It was their first time no doubt. Some things that we take for granted are exciting to learn about in countries such as this. Who would have known that such a simple thing would bring such pleasure!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
It was a close exciting game. Just like last time, many people came to cheer on their favorite team. The game ran out of time with a score of 2-2. These teams will play again on Tuesday and the victor will go on to play in the next round of the tournament.
We made new goals out of PVC pipe and they now make the field a little more official looking. We’re so grateful for all the hard work that went into making the soccer field. It serves for many purposes such as this tournament. Praise God for a soccer field that brings the community together and allows the Haitian people to experience an evening of joy opposed to all the pain and suffering they’ve been through.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Needless to say the baby was crying in need of something to eat. We quickly retrieved a baby bottle and prepared baby formula to give her. She only drank about two ounces in all but that’s all her tiny stomach could handle and drifted off to sleep, seemingly comforted by the nutrition that she had been lacking in. Praise God for the people who are preparing the infant love bundles because that’s what we used to help this tiny, malnourished baby.
We are following up with this baby on Monday having Dr. Yves, our Lifeline doctor, examine her. Because of the size and the condition of this baby, we are trying to get the grandmother to wait at least one month before going back to the mountain so that we can monitor her health condition and get her well again. God is so faithful in allowing us to help these dear people in need when they have no place else to turn.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Our storage rooms are being utilized for the canteen food that is cooked here for the school as well as the cooked food that is sent out to neighboring schools and orphanages, and to store love bundles and sewing materials for our trade school.
OUR CRY IS FOR A NEW WAREHOUSE IN WHICH THE FOODS LIKE RICE AND BEANS AND THE KIDS AGAINST HUNGER MEALS CAN BE STORED. This valuable nutrition is shared across Haiti with many children that would otherwise be starving. In faith, we have begun to build, here is our foundation! Now I earnestly request your participation and partnership. Will you please help provide the funds to continue with the blocks, cement, sand, roofing, and doors that can transform this foundation into a warehouse?
Our prayer is that God richly bless each of you, our friends and fellow laborers. And to each that is able to contribute at this critical time – know that the Lord has worked through you to be an important part of the solution for the people of Haiti.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
When the eleven-month-old beautiful twins first came to us they were lifeless. They both had been having diarrhea for close to a month. They were severely malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention. We took them to the hospital for help. Now they are doing much better! We went to check on them tonight and they look like different babies! They still are in need of much help but Praise God for improvement. Recovery of sickness is much more difficult here due to bad water and lack of proper medical attention. Keep these precious babies in your prayers as they continue to improve!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Last night we rushed off to the hospital yet again. Madam Jean, the woman we just took to St. Marc that had typhoid fever, was very sick yet again. Her fever was burning out of control and needed immediate medical attention. This time we rushed her to Port-au-Prince where they ran some more tests and kept her overnight to monitor her. Please keep her in your prayers! We want to give you good reports of people being healed from their illnesses and Lord-willing we will soon.
Friday, September 10, 2010
It was very organized and ran well. We will find out soon what was causing her illness. Please pray for our village as we've been having much sickness and we want to see the people well again!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Most Haitian babies are very small when they’re born. He was the first child for his mother and father. The delivery took place at their home and after the mother didn’t stop bleeding they were brought to our clinic. The mother was also having abnormal abdominal pain and needed to be rushed to the hospital to see what the problem was. Please keep her and the new baby in your prayers!