Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti Update #6

As I prepare to leave in two days, information is coming in. I have a stack of papers that include packing list, "bug-out-bag" (in case we have to drop EVERYTHING and leave immediately), personal food to bring, etc. It's a little overwhelming. So - everything that I packed, I will be unpacking to make sure I meet all the criteria of what to bring.

Background: As you know an earthquake, registering 7 on the Richter scale, devastated the country of Haiti. The country is in a shambles. Haiti even pre-earthquake was a dangerous place full of corruption, poverty, and disease. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. But even in all this poverty and chaos, God has His remnant and we hope to minister to His people and show God’s love. We will work through the established church in Haiti and will be representatives of that local church.

So far, our passage to Haiti has yet to be confirmed. The first team will fly from Chicago to Haiti. Once in Haiti, we will move to the compound were we sleep and take our meals. The compound is secured by the US Army and located about ½ hour drive from the airport. The clinic we will work is about a 45 minutes drive from the compound. All ground transportation will be handled by the local missionary. All aid workers leave Haiti by showing up at the airport and waiting in line.

Conditions: There is limited electricity and running water, but it is doubtful we will have showers or luxuries of any type. The smell of decaying bodies is prevalent. The government said the death toll is over 200,000.

Toilets: Pit

Food & Water: The compound (which used to be a school) where we will lodge, will provide a cold breakfast, and hot supper. It is simple food. There is also adequate safe water but we are bringing water purification. As for food, we will eat only our own food or food that has been cooked.

Lunches: We must each provide our own lunch.

Lodging: We will camp in tents in the school compound.

Security: The US Army is staying there and will provide security

Weather: Temperature in High 80 to 90 degrees. Lows in low 60’s

Medicine: malaria medication – we will be taking either Doxycycline or Malarone

1 comment:

The McClain's said...

Erin- WOW! Praying for you. It all seems so overwhelming, but so thankful knowing God is sending such a great nurse and servant. I will be covering you in prayer, my sweet friend. And your hubby and girl, too. How long will you be gone?