Monday, November 29, 2010

Please pray

A request for prayer from Doris:

"When talking with Rachelle the administrater to our Jonathan School she said, Mom, "We are not going to be able to pay the Teachers this month". I told her we just need to pray. Work is hard to find, Cholera on the rise, gardens flooded from Hurricane Tomas, their parents just haven't been able to find the money to pay their children's tuition. We are in a very difficult situation.
Please, Please pray. Thanks."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

an opportunity to serve...

Here is a letter written by Christine Thompson, the medical outreach director of Hope Force International, inviting anyone wishing to volunteer in response to the cholera epidemic. If interested, there is contact information at the end of the letter.

Hello HFI Reservists,

We are currently deploying medical teams to Haiti for the cholera response. Things have gotten worse with the disease spreading through 6 out of 10 of the Haitian providences. It is not expected to be under control until mid-December so please join us in praying for God's mercy over Haiti.

HFI just received an urgent requests from our in-country partners for additional medical volunteers. I specifically need RNs (who have proficiency with IVs), and MDs (specialty: family practice, internal med, or ER). Deployments are a week in length & volunteers need to pay their own way (approx $1400). Dates are any time between THIS Saturday & mid-December.

Would appreciate it if you could get the word out for us, & please have anyone who is interested contact me direct. Many thanks & blessing to all of you.

In service to the King,


Christine Thompson
Director of Medical Outreach
Hope Force International

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

a note from Ruben...

The following is a hurricane update that EGO's director, Ruben Alphonse, sent to Don & Doris:

Hi mom and dad,
I am very happy to inform you that thanks to Almighty God, Hurricane Thomas did not cause much damage our region (especially in the Artibonite deppartemant in Dessalines, Gonaives and other areas). Please do not worry there's no bad news thanks to GOD.

God Bless you Mom and Dad.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

newest update from Dr. Jerry...

Dear friends and family,
It's about time for this trip to end. There have been too many things happening to be able to share more than a small part. It is going to be rather humdrum back home after being here. One thing that has stood out to me on this trip is how blessed it has been for us to be in the right place at the right time. The cholera epidemic has been a challenge but also very rewarding seeing the many very sick people helped. This week we have moved back to caring for regular patients and turned the cholera patients over to Doctors Without Borders who are going to be running our cholera treatment center for the next month or so. Currently there are about 40 patients admitted there and hundreds more treated at home.
Gary did a foot operation on a young girl yesterday with a badly infected foot and everything went okay. She will be discharged tomorrow to outpatient treatment. Tuesday the pipe broke to the hospital as someone digging a ditch hit it with a pick. We were without water about 24 hours which wasn't bad for us but was tough for the cholera treatment center. I have been on call with Gary all this week but it hasn't been too bad as the patients are still being a little afraid of the cholera and are staying away. The motorcycle accidents never seem to quit and injuries can be rather severe especially because hardly anyone wears a helment.
This week everyone has been anticipating an approaching hurricane which has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Initial predictions were that it would pass right over Gonnaives where terrible flooding occurs with hurricanes. Today in prayers our chaplain talked about trusting God in the storms of life as he shared the story about Jesus calming the storm when the disciples thought their boat was going to sink. I was inspired by the way he with great confidence said he wasn't afraid because God would be with us. Then we prayed for God to have mercy and send the storm away. Later today we hear the storm now is expected to be headed quite a ways to the west of Gonnaives and probably only the edge will touch us. Later today I put on a tape I brought with me which goes, "So let the storms rage high, the dark clouds rise. They don't worry me. For I'm sheltered safe within the arms of God." It's great to know that when the storms of life approach we don't have to worry because we are safe within the arms of God.
I was all ready to send this off and got called for an emergency which turned out to be a gunshot wound to the chest with a collapsed lung and Gary and I had to put in a chest tube. It looks like he should do okay. Everyone in the neighbor hood was crowding around to find out what had happened. Such is life in Dessalines.
In Him,
Jerry and Gary