Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Here is a note from Cathy, a short-termer from Pennsylvania.

Have I told you all how hot it is down here…it is hot! Today’s temperature reached 99 degrees, although it felt like 111 degrees. It is supposed to get hotter this week—yeah!

Today’s expedition took me to the town of Bethel where we put up transitional housing. The 12-by-12 wooden/tin/wrap structures, designed to withstand hurricane force winds, will provide shelter for a family of eight. I helped put up one-and-one-half houses, mainly working on the tin roofs. I got to use power tools, too! The Haitian people are very grateful. Some are even putting in concrete floors.
After the work day, we got a history lesson on Haiti from a local 16-year-old boy whose knowledge of the country was quite impressive. And his English was excellent.
I am working with amazingly dedicated people. Wes has been here for four months with no end in site. Christine is committed to one year. Brian and Lorrie are here long term—building rooms for an orphanage. Byron is here for a month and Steve will be back and forth for several months. Donna will also be back again. I am in awe of their sacrifice.
We have a great local cook, Rosita, to cook our dinners. Absolutely delicious food. And I thought I was going to drop weight this week!
After dinner we took a team picture since two of our crew is leaving tomorrow. Then we played a vicious game of spoons—a free for all. Several people dove across the table onto the floor to retrieve the spoon. Aaaah, good times.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Update on Kevin

Kevin is expected to be in the hospital for at least one more week. He is not able to eat yet. He has gunk in his lungs that needs to clear to avoid pneumonia. His white blood cell count is dropping, which is a good sign.Please pray for a quick recovery and wisdom on when to go back to his work schedule. He and Mark Lewis alternate working in Haiti, and Kevin is concerned about being well enough in time for his next scheduled trip. He wants to get back to work, but he does not know when he will be healthy and strong enough again. Pray for miracles, and pray Kevin has wisdom to know what he is capable of doing when.Keystone EFC has been a great help as well as family members. PTL for people who care and are around to help.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Please Pray for Kevin

Hi Everyone,

Please be in prayer for Kevin (pictured below) as his appendix ruptured. He's in the hospital and may be there for 2 weeks. He is on our staff here with Crisis Response and is currently in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Let's ask our Lord who is the great physician to put his healing hand on Kevin! Please also lift up his wife Babette and 2 children Kendra and Logan. Let's pray that the God of all comfort comforts them during this time. Babette is now back from serving with our ministry site in Chincha Peru so please pray she is well rested and able to care for her husband and family.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7