Saturday, March 20, 2010
Also - we continue to dialog with Samaritan's Purse as to any long term commitment in Haiti for Elmbrook. The situation remains desperate and at this time, only medical people are on the ground. They have asked that God's people pray for SP ... i.e. how, when or even if, non medical teams should be sent to Haiti.
New Orleans - with the 2 year commitment to help SP rebuild the 9th ward in New Orleans, we would love to fill up every team.
MEN are still needed for 3 teams:
April 18-25, 2010 (team meeting is March 28) - Robin/Pam Knoll-Team Leaders
May 9-16, 2010 - Don Reichle - Team Leader
June 20-27, 2010 - Sue Bruk - Team Leader
Contact Mary Ann Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these teams
Pam Knoll and Mary Ann Lee
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Mary Ann Lee wants you to know that two non-medical teams to Haiti are forming. The first is scheduled for June 14 through 20. The second one has not been firmed up, as yet, but will be some time in October. If you are interested in either of these teams, please contact Mary Ann at email@example.com.
The team will be serving in Haiti with Mission Discovery. The focus will be clearing debris/sorting materials/working with children. This will be a SEND team which means SEND training is required. It will have a project code so that tax deductible donations wil be accepted. Strong emotional stability is required as this is still a disaster area. We will need strong backs for the difficult work and strong hearts and minds for dealing with traumatized children. The cost is expected to be approximately $1,000 including flight/food/housing/transportation. If that changes, we will let the people know who have expressed interest in these teams.
Wishing you God's peace,
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Crazy busy day! Really just like all of 'em. Except this time half the team got to leave the hospital after lunch to go to a local orphanage. The hospital has been trying to place some orphans living on site and today they got a local pastor who runs an orphanage to agree to meet with us. It turns out it was a trick. They were way over any reasonable capacity and couldn't ever take any more children, but he wanted us there to talk about his needs!!! It was just what we had been waiting for!!!! I raced back to the hospital and we grabbed all of our uneaten food, medical supplies, toys, and some "extra" vaccines. 7 of us went back and vaccinated children who stood very quietly and willingly let themselves be stuck in the arm in exchange for some beanie babies, toys, and a bunch of other kid stuff that somehow got into our bags that were only supposed to be loaded with lifesaving medical supplies and foodstuffs. Several hours later there we so many smiles on the faces of these newly vaccinated children. The only smiles bigger then the kids were of course ours. We are beat down tired, emotionally exhausted and smelling worse than any human should but we were all just elated! It was awesome and uplifting and just too cool to put into words. You will just have to wait to see the photos, but trust me, it was exactly as you probably image it. The kids were so cute and happy and just wanting to high-five or smile and laugh and play with their new toys while the adults started preparing their first meal of the day. We owe a huge thanks to all of you who forced those stuffed animals on us, they had no place on this medical trip; right up until today when we needed them just as badly as those kids.
I'm going to give them all due respect for the work they are doing feeding people and working their tails off. The vegan life-style is one I don't understand but I won't make fun of their choice. Their worship of a person is obviously quite contrary to the bible and can't be reconciled with the truth, but their good works down there and their honest and sincere compassion are without equal. Again, I mean no disrespect, and I truly appreciate and thank Master Ching Hai for the food and compassion. Thank you for the food, and thank you for continuing to feed the orphanage for as long as you possibly can.
Follow the link if you choose, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction... (Mark, I have no words)