Sunday, January 24, 2010

Haiti Update #2

The Assessment Team from our mission agency, MTW, is healthy and well and progressing with their evaluation. They repaired Esaie’s truck (Haiti missionary) and determined his house is unlivable. They also assessed the Notre Dame del Lourdes hospital; there is some capacity for surgical work and a possible dental clinic. Another hospital they assessed had been completely destroyed. The team has had to wear masks; removal of bodies is the current focus.

It has been determined that there is a need for the next team to be focused on medical needs and they are seeking approximately 8 people, hopefully departing on January 29 for nine days in Haiti. There will be a focus on post-op wound care and amputations.

The future team will stay at Quisqueya School, where the assessment team has been located. Unsure yet if team will stay in tents or if there will be room in buildings. Quisqueya School has become more than just school grounds. It is now the Christian coordination center, being run by people who know Haiti very well and almost every mission group in the country sends their children there or has in the past.

Please pray for the team as they meet with Charles Amicy in Caberet on Sunday, January 24 after church and for their final assessment as to how to best implement Disaster Response teams and how to best use financial resources. Please also pray for their continued safety and health, and for safe departure as the assessment team hopes to fly home on January 25.

I am on stand-by and will be hearing about my departure date and length of stay when a full assessment of the team has been evaluated.

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