Now scheduled for heart surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, February 26th
Notes from the Ground. Hope for Haiti’s Children.
Haiti Program Director, Debbie Vanderbeek, shares events of the day
We’ve spent the last couple of days trying to find resources and coordinate to get relief items.
I was able to deliver a good bit of medicines over at the Family Memorial Clinic, which is open again, for the time being. I’m not sure if the doctor is comfortable in the building since it has not been checked for structural integrity. These were meds from the team and also from the World Health Organization. They had donated a large box of medical supplies when our medical team was here.
We were finally able to track down David Senatus. David is a 14 year old boy who is sponsored by Paul & Jeanine Fultz. David needs a mitral valve replacement surgery which cannot be done in Haiti. We had been in the very early stages of trying to get him, along with Ruthe Marius to the States for surgery. Ruthe also has a heart condition in need of surgery, which also cannot be done in Haiti. Ruthe is sponsored by Barbara Hampton.
David had a significant head injury from a block falling on his head in the earthquake and he lost a good bit of blood. This weakened his already precarious condition. David and his family are now living in one of the many refugee camps. We will try to speed along the process for getting him to the States now.
Breaking News!!! David has been approved for surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital on February 26th!!!!!!!! We have much to accomplish to make this happen, but David’s life truly is at stake in this. Please pray for a miracle in all of this coming together at the right time. We’ll work on Ruthe next! Thanks to Dr. David Smith in Little Rock for making this happen!
On Saturday (I think) Go Missions out of the DR flew in with a small plane load of relief items. Thanks Karen & Ken Georges for coordinating this for HFHC. There are at least 4 tents in the mix and Sonia (our Cazeau Orphanage house mother) was so excited to get one! Today they told me that they slept 16 in the 6 man tent! I just found the 4th tent today, so tonight at least 16 -20 more of them will get to sleep in a tent too. The wind and dust have been vicious – people are getting colds and other respiratory illnesses from being out in it all day and then all night too. The other two tents went to JT & JB for their families.
We are getting a load of goods from Dr. Tim Graham and Julmice tomorrow – trucking it in from the DR. We are hoping to have all our PAP area kids distributed to by the first of the week. We’re looking forward to having them with us for a couple of days.
On Sunday some folks from Mission Lazarus-Honduras called and asked if they could tag along with us in what we were doing. We had them meet us at Cazeau and they played with the children a while, helped unload the truck and then we went to the La Plaine orphanage to give them some food supplies. They may be able to help this orphanage for a couple weeks or so with the food they need.
Also on Sunday afternoon, Curt King and a couple guys working with him came to the orphanage to assess drilling a well there. We knew Curt and his wife Mary from our days in Cap Haitien. They were planning to come the next day if they could get the rig working. But now it looks like it is put off indefinitely as they have another location that in more needy than we are right now. It will happen in God’s timing!
There is another group that wants to meet about some possible distribution aid for HFHC and the church. I had hoped to get up with them today, but got waylaid. I went and bought a generator for the orphanage – the old one bit the dust. It is important to have some power for security. While I was purchasing the generator, a guy from the army whom I met a week or so ago called and said they were coming to the orphanage. I said I was on my way and would meet them. I waited 2 ½ hours and they didn’t show. I had hopes of them connecting the generator and inverter, but God must have another plan! There are many people who are helping, but then there are those who call or email and promise help and all kinds of things and then never deliver. That is disappointing, but all the more reason to always remember to put our hope in God, not in man.
Someone made the comment today about the foreign groups coming in to help and how good it is that they are willing to stay in tents. Yes, it is good – but they will all go home to comfort and luxury in a week or two. The people here are here to stay. Where is the end in sight? There is no end in sight. It’s one day at a time or one could go insane. Many have just gone mad. It is so sad. The things we all take for granted are innumerable! Sonia went out of the orphanage neighborhood for the first time this morning. She was so shocked to see what had happened to PAP. She had no idea what had happened in PAP – the extent of damage and suffering. People outside of PAP or who have been in one area that was not as affected have no idea the extent of the damage here. They just cannot grasp what has happened in this city. We were talking about just how long it will take to get back to “normal”. And the normal was not even good. But people here, it seems, would be just so thankful & happy to get back to that for now!
Please pray for the children of Jean Baptiste. They are both ill and can’t seem to get the right meds or a diagnosis. Laurens has been vomiting several days now and can’t keep even a sip of water down. He has at least 3 IV’s for fluid replacement, but isn’t better. Clausen is a little better now. This is a big drain of strength and energy on JB and Beatrice. They are looking quite worn.
Jeantyrard has helped the Delmas 28 church members and the members of a church in Croix-des-Mission set up camps for their members. They feel a little more secure, but look to JT to provide so much for them. This is a huge burden on JT, so please keep him in your prayers too. Many people have made reference in emails to us that they are holding us up as Aaron & Hur held up the arms of Moses. Please hold Jeantyrard’s arms up in the battle!
If I’m ever going to send this update I’ll have to stop all this rambling and hit “send”. God bless all of you who have been and continue to be so supportive in prayer and in many other ways. Please continue your fervent prayers for the people of Haiti.
Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day, in our time make them known;
in wrath, remember mercy.
I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
Decay crept into my bones,
And my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
To come on the nation invading us.
Though the fig tree does not bud
And there are no grapes on the vines,
Though the olive crop fails
And the fields produce no food,
Thought there are no sheep in the pen
And no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights.
Hab. 3:2, 16-19