Saturday, January 23, 2010

Day 4 in Port-au-Prince

You know it’s coming, you know the long days will catch up with you, and you know that the destruction will all begin to look the same. Today was that day and today God continued to sustain us. The morning began with two significant tremors that had folks zipping out the door. Smaller aftershocks continued throughout the day. This evening will be a strategic rest night, meaning we’ll go to bed before midnight, unlike previous evenings. We returned to Gressier to do an assessment of needs and potential partners today. While we were there, we also looked at a house that may be a location for teams and our team hosts, who will provide continuity for the ministry. There we found many crushed homes, the survivors living outside in whatever they could scrounge. Clean water has become a real issue. The few community wells are not being used by the people because of the proximity to places where the dead still lie underneath the rubble. We also found a group providing clinic care. They are located at the town clinic building which is in good shape but nobody will go inside due to the frequent aftershocks. Up to this point we still didn't know the strategic place, work and partner that we felt God would provide. But today, we found ourselves at a ministry called Christianville, where all but one of the buildings are seriously damaged. This group has been feeding 2,500 people a day and they were running out of food. They have wonderful ministries established and seem to be people who want to partner in ministry. We were able to take them to our Army friends and get two pallets of MREs and water for them to use to feed the people in their community. God opened the floodgates and used the relationships he provided us over the past two days to be able to ensure that 2,500 are now being fed! On the same trip we were also able to get 330 gallons of diesel fuel which is in extremely short supply in Haiti.

Each day there is new evidence that God is directing our steps. Our team members are thrilled that now we can move ahead with a strategic approach to using holistic ministries to multiply healthy churches here in Haiti. The clinic in PaP is still seeing hundreds of people, the hospital in Milot near Cap Haitian is still overflowing, and the need for workers still grows. Continue to pray for the people of Haiti, the opportunity for the Christian community to show the love of Christ, and for ongoing connections that will make the efforts even more effective.

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