105-year-old young lady
Notes on the Ground in Haiti. Hope for Haiti’s Children.
Haiti Program Director, Debbie Vanderbeek, shares events of the day
By 8:00 AM I was feverishly collecting more information to be added to the “pile” that is really a small mountain! Manna Global made contact with us and after many phone calls and logistics juggling, we sent Gusman with a truck driver to pick up what they had to share with us.
Tim went into Thomazeau again and scarfed up as much food supply as possible. In the meantime, the Healing Hands International scouting team came by and we took them over to the orphanage to meet with Jeantyrard. It looks like JT will get some aid for the churches from them. Yea!
I left the orphanage and went to the UN headquarters near the airport where I met with someone from Counterpart International, an organization that is helping to coordinate some shipments through HFHC from a church in Arkansas. We will hopefully have some relief goods to distribute from that in about 2-3 weeks (or so). I also got some good information on logistics meetings at the UN. I’ll start attending some of those on Friday morning, hopefully.
As I was driving home, I was thinking about the little lady who came to the clinic we held in Thomazeau on Sunday. She was one of those bright spots in these last 2 weeks of darkness. She came in, sat down, and announced that she was 105 years old. She then proceeded to tell us which president came into office when she was 3 months old. She was a cute little toothless thing! Steve came over and took her picture. He showed her the picture and she said, “Now there’s a really young lady!” Then my sister, Laura came and snapped a quick, candid shot. The lady made Laura come back and do it over because she was not properly posed for the first shot. She was so funny! She had fallen on her face and chest trying to run out of her house during the quake. Fortunately she was not seriously injured. I think she was the most enjoyable patient we had – at least for that day!
This morning I was ready to “hang it up”. It just seemed like nothing was happening and that people were all working on their own – it seemed like everyone was wanting to work on their own. I was ready to just go home and be a grandmother if I couldn’t be doing something here to make a difference in all this devastation. Then God started showing me some small steps to take. And that is probably my bigger problem sometimes – I want to see the big picture, how all these pieces are going to fit together in the long-run, when all God wants me to do is say, “Give me today, my daily bread”.
So each day, we’ll just keep looking for the daily bread to feed as many as we can and keep making the contacts and working on the logistics of the things to come in a few weeks. In the meantime we are trying to get our “ducks in a row” to be ready when the “big one” comes in. It is all in God’s hands and His timing. Too often He has to remind me of that.
We just had another fairly significant shock. This is keeping people so on edge. Pray for the population in general and the believers specifically to be calm in God’s arms and able to rest even in the dire conditions in which they are living. Please pray for the massive amounts of relief that are coming in daily to get into the hands of the people who truly need it, that people would receive the distributions calmly and orderly and everyone could find help.
Pray for Sonia and Jean as they care for the children; for Jeantyrard, Jean Baptiste and the team of volunteers who help HFHC; for Pacius who is working so hard in Gonaives to help the refugees there.
And for so many others who are coordinating, collecting and delivering and the medical people all over the city trying to care for the many injured. In case you did not hear – a man was pulled from the rubble yesterday – ALIVE! Amazing! Pray for more miracles of every variety!
Last week I came back to this blog, saying there were some things that happened in December which kept me from blogging. Some good things, and I’ll be writing about that soon. One thing that was not so great was this:
December 14. We were on our way to Little J’s first band concert, on the tollway at 6:00 pm. There had been slow rain that day so some slickness. Traffic was slow, and then finally, a break.
Everyone picked up speed, but we were following at a safe distance from the Ford Edge in front of us. The Edge started slowing down, we started slowing down…the girl driving the Rav4 behind us did not slow down.
There was a carnival to the right of the tollway, and she said she just looked over for a few seconds and that’s when it all happened. She hit us and pushed us into the Edge
We were in my 2006 Ford Fusion that I loved! I had always bought neutral colored, basic cars, but soon after I turned 50 I bought a red car. Well, Ford called it Merlot, but whatever the color, it was the most comfortable, fancy car I had ever owned. The Edge and Rav4 were both higher than my Fusion, so we didn’t hit bumper to bumper. The Rav4 pushed in my trunk and the Edge pushed in the hood and inner workings of my car. Everyone was ok, some stiffness and soreness the next day, but the Fusion was totaled.
The girl (I say girl because she looked to be in her 20’s) took full blame for the wreck and her insurer, State Farm, was easy to work with. I got a rental car for the holidays so we were able to go to my brother’s for Christmas. I got the payment I wanted for my totaled Fusion and then we were a one car family for about 3 weeks, which is not impossible but not easy, in Houston. My brother just happens to be a car salesman – a good one. He works for Sewell Ford in Odessa. Sewell is a long-time Ford dealer and continues to be strong even in this economy. Check ‘em out if you are in West Texas and need a vehicle. And go here to see what they did for their company Christmas party. ANY-way, Brother recommended the 2006 Fusion to me (when I turned 50) and didn’t steer me wrong on that car. Steer. me. wrong. Get it??!! I looked at cars while I was there for Christmas, then flew to Odessa this past weekend and picked up this beauty:
Introducing my new best friend, the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport.
The 2010 Fusion is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. Here are the things I love about it: Sync (can talk handsfree on my cellphone, stream music from my cellphone, conduct car maintenance checkups, to mention a few Sync features) 6 CD player, 12 Sony surround-sound speakers, USB port to play mp3’s from flashdrive, Sirius radio, illuminated easy-to-read dash, spacious trunk, very comfortable leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
By the way, Ford does not know me, they don’t know of me or this blog, they don’t know I bought a Fusion Sport (maybe their computer knows), I was in no way asked to write this blog entry and am getting no compensation for writing it. Same goes for Sewell Ford. Well, I’m just known as The Big Sister there and I don’t think my brother even reads my blog, so I can safely say that I’m not being compensated for writing this love letter to my new car.