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James - International Ministries The latest from Nancy and Steve James https://internationalministries.org/teams/104-james.rss IM Missionary's Plan to Heal Health Care Organizations <p><font face="Cambria">“Sometimes, health care organizations can become sick and in need of healing, just like our patients and our communities,” says American Baptist International Ministries (IM) medical missionary Dr. Steve James.</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span><br></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">During his work as an IM medical consultant in northern Haiti, where he and his wife Nancy teach and mentor health care providers, Steve notes, “We were doing all the clinic work, the medical work, the disaster relief work. But over time, we kept seeing divisions among people.”</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">“Many good people ended up quitting their work or burning out due to an inability of good leaders and staff to work together through their difficulties,” he says. “At that time, I realized I was not trained as a doctor to know how to help people to bridge these divides.” So he eagerly accepted an invitation to take an online Master’s course in organizational leadership with Azusa Pacific University.</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">As a result, and with support from IM global consultant Dan Buttry’s work in conflict transformation, Steve wrote a reference manual entitled <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Introduction to Servant Leadership for Health Care Organizations in Haiti.</i> It outlines a practical plan to “reorganize work environments into a more inclusive and collaborative format that invites everybody to follow the way of Jesus by being servants of one another.”</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">Instead of the traditional, top-down leadership style, James says, “Jesus is calling us to have a completely different mindset where we freely choose to become servants of each other. When that happens, then we change our environment and organizations and how we make decisions together.”</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p align="center" style="text-align: left; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Cambria">Proven impact of servant leadership model</font></b><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">Steve’s research shows that the servant leadership model for health care organizations helps provide better patient care while improving staff morale and efficiency, decreasing waste and increasing profits. It also helps remove spiritual roadblocks of anger, fear and unforgiveness and clears the way for healing love to flow into the workplace.</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">Kristy Engel, an IM global consultant on health care issues, praises James’s work, saying that a servant leader model combines the best of both approaches to health care—practical, hospital-based health care and community-based relational medicine. She feels that James’s model is “very applicable” to other countries.</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">Creating this model for Haiti was a particular challenge, given the country’s history of slavery, Steve says. “Haitians tend to equate servanthood with slavery. But Jesus is saying, ‘I’m going to take your slave history and I’m going to give you an agenda that takes you right to the cross, where we’ll take up our cross of servanthood and sacrifice our own egos to love our neighbors and God.’ That’s where we need to go.”</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">To encourage implementation of this servant leadership model, Steve led a workshop at the Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital in Quartier Morin, Haiti. He has also been invited to present two workshops to other health care organizations in Haiti and plans to travel to northern India with IM Area Director Ben Chan for two additional workshops.</font><span style="font-family: Cambria;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Cambria">“There is a groundswell of interest starting to bubble up,” says James. “Ultimately, we hope to build organizations and help bring value where people feel like Jesus is actually in this place because of how people are [serving] together. It’s that type of exciting possibility we see for Haiti’s future!”</font></p><p> </p> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/63837-im-missionary-s-plan-to-heal-health-care-organizations https://internationalministries.org/read/63837-im-missionary-s-plan-to-heal-health-care-organizations The Midwives of Mombin <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 15px none; max-width: 600px !important; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 9px; padding-bottom: 9px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 28px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(101, 101, 101);"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">We just returned home from Mombin Crochu, a remote town in the barren mountains of northeast Haiti. Accessible only by 4-wheel drive, motorcycle, horse, and donkey or on foot, we had climbed the steep road 5 days earlier in our pick-up truck loaded down with supplies, suitcases, a motorcycle, and three of our Haitian co-workers. The conversation in our truck was animated and spirited with lots of opinions on the recent Haitian elections. The vistas were breath taking, the drop-offs scary.</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px;"><table align="left" width="273" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-left: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/dvNgW5U4MPIofe9YJmAxn2MBAz4Mba6AKPo6lq8ofSk_DqVJJbuO2PzFgjuy6QPD-kyfQ67jWA6BJJFw564GnNGh62e-RADtb-5esLZSrczrQxRVPpBMK8zNj5vWjYUe6QccB3Ik4b5acM3fzBECnKuIzVzyGzai3RTcx6c=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/0c24169c-f720-4e90-a670-4c7c46c63bb4.jpg" width="264" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 567px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="right" width="273" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-right: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/xfMHBmSLSg07v7BAJ7WGvFBgmbUZqD9pa3mq8uJEp78DLmrfsCihWKyTn7augpdDTdLPukrZIr1-wEKm47F3v3LyhrIFfHGeeCdK7xnLuDvqUt325xb70YbEUgBhfjkqYxXa-IvK2zlCtwgaVFu6RQu0rjJiireQvjHEKP8=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/3360e6fe-c710-4112-8dd4-f6868cf73519.jpg" width="264" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 625px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 28px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(101, 101, 101);"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">Dr. Bibiana MacLeod, Director of Medical Ambassadors for the America's and Caribbean and a long time friend and co-worker, invited us to be part of a CHE (Community Health Evangelism) team gathered to train area lay-midwives. She did a tremendous job organizing the whole week as well as teaching each day.<br><br>Other CHE team members included Dr. Cherenfant, Medical Director, Ms.&nbsp;Bernard and Mme. Rene,&nbsp;public health nurses&nbsp;from the small hospital in Monbin, Mme. Grimard (Danise), CHE Coordinator for Women and Children's Health, and Ms. Margaret Rock, a nurse from Bayeux Clinic.<br><br>Even though the midwives of Monbin Crochu have never been formally trained, they have been delivering babies for many years. Some are unable to read and all are without basic medical supplies. Yet, they persevere in a poor and remote region with no reliable emergency transportation except small motorcycles or the local priest’s 4-wheel drive. They do it all without pay although some are given garden produce or chicken eggs as a gesture of thanks. Much to our surprise, most of the midwives in the area are men! It is culturally appropriate in Haiti for men to deliver babies, and often midwives, men or women, are the leaders in their communities. The need is great.</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px;"><table align="left" width="564" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-left: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/uJk1pQHG0z2f3iPBJohl12dvF0lCNDxFHjGgQr6YAedq2uxcn9Y_p4tiSuSqU0yB5AwBzH1iW0aouUY3NCoVZRqvpdxbiasIfmCeOua_lM5KunfP_QDLeO4_fnHffeyaFM_aBH9HdSFTyVunReXdAl4ncskN6z994rWkG1U=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/71f85355-2a3d-4a71-b2fe-91776b25cf1d.jpg" width="564" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 800px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px;"><table align="left" width="273" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-left: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/5ODQLf19C3UTwgLk_QrtlABbj8wH8T_Bqh3eyRegw-kM39cqJXEmtRxe2RV4gDKwQHlig1KHrj9LO0L1W_eRxav-6QWCZ9Muzrk9pAvZvftI-5E0mTWT38KehiKpxY1wBe4igzYtnyKc893gokwYNKTmnzzxNEAYc-r1RxI=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/2735269b-f527-420d-90d2-be38cd391d27.jpg" width="264" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 800px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="right" width="273" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-right: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/962y_hysQhPHojZTRzn2OUxLOEKq9z_bwelGqs7kvwG4BW5ZUqSwt3gPyqnwWsu_reL3YhxlWeUFdt2VmApoQpSQ_OAXBbmzmkYuuuyTM9xbUQ_dJ87detHG_ZcBmzZVYTtK6yzPcS9KIAsM4sNg6l9P7Yb128GpmTbGrkE=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/f1cb615d-83bf-4b06-bc92-7646be68796c.jpg" width="264" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 800px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 28px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(101, 101, 101);"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">The 5-day training was filled with activities that included the importance of cleanliness and hygiene, reproductive anatomy and physiology, conception, development of the fetus, normal pregnancy and delivery, complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and care of the mother and newborn in the first weeks of life. Lively discussions, skits, singing, and making “Cycle Bracelets” that help in the understanding of the menstrual cycle and natural family planning always followed the lessons. It was a lot to cover&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_18153797" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">in 5 days</span></span>, but the 29 midwives gathered gave their full attention and were completely engaged.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>At the end of the week, an oral exam was given to each of the participants by Dr. Bibiana and Dr. Steve. Each midwife was presented with a diploma and a plastic shoebox of medical supplies. Use of these basic supplies can save lives! Many of you have been involved in sending birthing-kits and layettes to Haiti. Thank you! These are some of people who have received them, and they were so grateful.</span></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px;"><table align="left" width="273" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-left: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/gJydI1ASS4_LKzKFGFiXHqyFfSJOqBMfi77B_Ty9aEomKNV3pk3SxNLuuW2b45GzXcS5lcmy6Msj1TYvGl31QQG0iNkWKoJJcQcSPK6Ptd84BscPtskLviTXiIrEPj0Vep-cPm9vd63G1N2CIqnacGAtgXqM6J4FFJcYo-c=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/97899973-f734-4408-b1f7-e54fedd3a978.jpg" width="264" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 800px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="right" width="273" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding-right: 9px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/ezwaQugP0lvphYROGa8nt3Xps20IirakysrxJpe33tL2oLXzzBEojTbIUYTYh0Wb3WH3Le-N-cg6pdO9ItdTnS5tGFB0yEBpBfNq3Vk7F6QN7Fu7bX-fpzD_MLChaX9wUFnEefNGSIuFCdKJkGaPXIvVY4CLnctk4JuPTxo=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/53d44216-590b-41fc-aaad-31daf85afa6d.jpg" width="264" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 800px; padding-bottom: 0px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 28px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(101, 101, 101);"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">During the training the midwives were housed and fed three meals a day prepared by local women who cooked everything on charcoal stoves. A church in Park City, Utah, which also sent three of their women to help, funded the gathering. Accompanying Dr. Bibiana was a young 10th grader from her church in Nova Scotia.. All were a delight to work with and a big help! We know it was an eye opening experience for them. Two of the young women hope to be midwives themselves someday.<br><br>We are so thankful for this experience at Mombin, and after the long drive back to Haut Limbe, our home was a welcome sight!<br>&nbsp;<br>Steve continues to visit clinics, mentor doctors and caregivers, and I have been working part time at the Maison de Benediction, a respite care center for severely handicapped children at the Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital in Quartier Morin.</span></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="false" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 9px 9px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/Lyu7kjmf191Zr3twz6wuAscqwLPIRZx1sgWkSn_G3uGQirRfIYGnLE6hpIm4FuXiLVV9RV3swzLzH5CCUNjsOEDhcAzLAwzbKbDbFpB-7f0QAaRIekSyu2Wb5kix8IAo9l3A_yzJeSosR5KqjmcLaZgvyNlu3TqaiMcIlaM=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/8546df12-10b8-49f4-8b9e-6eb4000f609e.jpg" width="564" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; max-width: 742px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="564" style="font-family: Helvetica; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 9px; color: rgb(190, 162, 135); word-break: break-word; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;"><strong><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">CHE Training Team and Volunteers</span></span></strong></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Helvetica; margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px; line-height: 24px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(101, 101, 101); font-size: 12px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">Experiences such as the one in Mombin Crochu would not be possible without the prayers, encouragement, and financial support of many. For this we are truly grateful!</span></span></div><br><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Steve and Nancy</em><br>Haut-Limbe, Haiti</span></span></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 9px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 8px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(219, 107, 107);"></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="18" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse; min-width: 100%; background-color: rgb(14, 139, 39);"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Helvetica; margin: 0px; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-size: 14px; word-break: break-word; line-height: 21px;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">Zika Virus</span></strong></span><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">Zika Virus&nbsp;</span>has not only arrived in Port, but, having&nbsp;recently spoken with two women from Ca[p Haitian who had recovered from the virus, we can safely say it has come to the north as well.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">We are involved in awareness and prevention with our local partners, hoping to stop the spread of this virus that can cause birth defects.</span></span></strong><br>&nbsp;</div><span style="font-size: 20px;"><a href="http://internationalministries.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807&amp;id=6c9414b60c&amp;e=1c5f379ecd" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(43, 170, 223);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">http://act.pih.org/zika</span></a></span></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="18" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse; min-width: 100%; background-color: rgb(14, 139, 39);"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="font-family: Helvetica; margin: 0px; font-size: 14px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(32, 32, 32); line-height: 21px;"><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Please Pray With Us</strong></span></span><br><br><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Haiti is entering the time of Mardi Gras and unsettled elections. President Martelly, finishing his 5-year term, will step down and an interim government will take control until a planned April 24<sup>th</sup>&nbsp; election. We ask you to pray with us that things will be orderly in the weeks and months to come and that a good leader will be chosen by peaceful elections.</strong></span></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; table-layout: fixed !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; min-width: 100%; padding: 18px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width: 100%; border-top-width: 2px; border-top-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(234, 234, 234); border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-color: rgb(234, 234, 234); padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 9px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 9px;"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="282" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 9px 9px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/iZcejUUS41eW6oo-qFKIZKzhmuhaddD6HuD5ra4Gog7NMHPPYX5NVryVilLyj0hFY8DbJpT4V1PvvCrRzNMXDk4fI8yC5hBLrsi3--txxtrGJyVf0a7pAjTY6wIZQ-qDAsdpSF3H6Rt6RSJxu4c3LTGuofWJbpIt-GkQhRQ=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/415ad051-4480-4b68-b1b7-eeb526720db3.jpg" width="83" class="CToWUd" style="max-width: 83px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; outline: none; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="264" style="font-family: Helvetica; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 9px; word-break: break-word; color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; International Ministries</em></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="282" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 9px 9px;"><img alt="" src="https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/gF8JXn3h2D5bkm3cLwCXCWYRz0Stb61eGKTgU-jeWKNcjlnZGfbW8YpZMO8imls02P-KQFdyqS6A-_NCiCkvYVB_TBhAH3cISOtvQ2O-kXFp3l9BkPv6iJvxzsndpPktyJeR7x1otQRMMOt4v7FLV5sJDrj7dDbCVAPx5FA=s0-d-e1-ft#https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c5feed1fa7482ecc02bdf807/images/248131aa-e7ee-4fa3-ac5d-33987b7c6988.jpg" width="120" class="CToWUd" style="max-width: 120px; border: 0px; min-height: auto; outline: none; vertical-align: bottom;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><br> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61231-the-midwives-of-mombin https://internationalministries.org/read/61231-the-midwives-of-mombin Post-election Call to Prayer: Haiti <p>Unrest following the Haitian elections of October 25 has caused disruption and some acts of violence in Haiti. After disturbances in the north of Haiti and at least one election-related death, the Rev. Emmanuel Pierre, general secretary of the Baptist Convention of Haiti, shared: "The situation is really worrying these days, especially in Cap [Haitien] and Limbé. But God does not abandon us in the midst of these difficulties and the effects of your prayers reach down to us to encourage and protect us. We are very grateful.” </p><p>Home office staff have been in contact with American Baptist International Ministries (IM) personnel during the crisis: <a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/104-james">Nancy and Steve James</a> in Limbé report that they are doing well and adjusting their activities according to the situation; <a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/86-kihomi-and-nzunga">Kihomi Ngwemi and&nbsp;Nzunga Mabudiga</a>&nbsp;are in the U.S. on a previously-scheduled visit and have postponed their return to Haiti while awaiting the return of calm; and&nbsp;<a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/54-carrion-joseph">Deliris Carrión-Joseph</a> is in the U.S., preparing for a new assignment to serve at Deborah’s House, in Tijuana, Mexico.</p> <p>Voting on Sunday, October 25, elected new representatives to Haiti's parliament and narrowed the field of 54 presidential candidates to two, Jovenel Moise and Jude Célestin, who are scheduled to compete in a run-off election on December 27, 2015. Tensions between the various political parties and forces run very deep in this island nation and have repeatedly produced unrest and violence over many decades.</p> <p>American Baptist mission in Haiti first began in 1823, and IM personnel have been serving alongside Haitian brothers and sisters continuously since 1919. IM personnel and Haitian Baptist leaders together call for prayer that God will lead Haitians to a just and peaceful resolution to the current conflict, and to solutions for the long term-needs that the ongoing tensions reflect.</p> <p>Read more at <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article43666482.html">MiamiHerald.com</a>.</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:26:14 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60278-post-election-call-to-prayer-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/60278-post-election-call-to-prayer-haiti The Bonds Of Peace <p> Ephesians 4: 2-3<br> <b><i>Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love. Mark every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.</i></b></p><p> Steve and I have worked in hospital and clinics in Haiti since 1983, first commissioned by International Ministries and, since 2005, jointly appointed by IM and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition to caring for the sick, Steve has been involved in teaching and mentoring the staff of rural clinics with his Tropical Medicine/Family Medicine skills, seeking to bring the compassion and love of Jesus to those who come to the clinics.</p> One of the greatest ministry obstacles in Haiti is the falling out of brothers and sisters in Christ. This has been the reality in some of the hospitals and clinics in which we have worked. We have watched productive clinics and health care centers become places of mistrust and the ineffectiveness when the leaders cannot get along. Tragically, these good and needed ministries deteriorate over time becoming ever less able to give holistic health care to the people they serve.<p></p><p> Steve has been studying for a master’s degree in Servant Leadership/Global Organizational Leadership and has been developing tools that could help to prevent such breakdowns in relationships. It is important <i>how </i>we do ministry together, and not just <i>what </i>we do together.</p><p>We have recently been invited by the leadership of the Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital to help develop surgical and emergency services as well as promote and encourage staff leadership development. In the weeks to come, we plan to invite clinic personnel to assess their work environment and consider how they might envision a more effective and collaborative place of ministry. It is important that changes are not dictated from the “top-down,” but developed through a process that includes the entire staff at all levels within the health care institution. Every voice is important and needs to be appreciated and empowered to see effective and lasting change and, in the long run, better health care. Please pray that we would be given wisdom and the love of Christ as we go forward in this effort in the year ahead.</p><p>On the home front, Steve graduated in May from the online master’s program at Azusa Pacific University in LA and was able to travel to California to receive his diploma. He used that week to speak at a supporting church and also have a wonderful visit with cousins whom he hadn’t seen since he was a child. Needless to say there was a lot of ground to cover! In August we were able to see my mom and sister in Florida, then spend time with our kids and grandkids in the cool mountains of North Carolina. We also took our youngest son, Micah (21), back to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem for his final year studying to be an elementary school teacher.</p><p>We returned to Haiti this past week feeling refreshed and blessed by our experiences with our family and the worship and fellowship with our beloved church in Burnsville.&nbsp;We are excited about the year ahead and so grateful to you, our prayer partners and generous donors, whose support allows us to continue serving in Haiti. Many, many thanks, or as we say here, “Mèsi bokou!”<br></p><p>Love, in Christ,<br> <i>Nancy and Steve</i></p> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59959-the-bonds-of-peace https://internationalministries.org/read/59959-the-bonds-of-peace Return To Haiti <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="mcnCaptionBlock" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody class="mcnCaptionBlockOuter"><tr><td class="mcnCaptionBlockInner" valign="top" style="padding: 9px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="mcnTextBlock" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"><tr><td valign="top" class="mcnTextBlockInner"><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="640" class="mcnTextContentContainer" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" class="mcnTextContent" style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; padding: 9px 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif;">Yes, dear friends, we are writing from Haiti! Thanks to the wonderful responses from you after our letter of appeal in November, the needed support was raised. We were amazed at the outpouring of support and are deeply thankful to each of you who gave.<br>&nbsp;<br>We arrived back a week before Christmas with Micah, now 20 years old. Before we unpacked, he convinced us we needed to bring a little Christmas spirit into our home and decorate! He scrambled up a Norfolk Island pine tree in front of our home on the campus of UCNH in Haut Limbe and cut the top off the tree. We preserved the tree and still had a lovely 5ft tree that we decorated with lights. We placed some branches and candles on the windowsill, hung a batik nativity scene from India on our wall, and our dwelling was transformed!<br>&nbsp;<br>Once that happened and our spirits lifted from missing our family in North Carolina, we unpacked and started to settle in. We were able to participate in some of the local Christmas concerts and services, and Nancy helped prepare Christmas Eve dinner shared with campus friends. Although we missed our family very much, we were so thankful for loving, caring friends to share fellowship and the joys of this time of year. We were also glad to be here for Laurie and Jules in an understandably hard time of year for them as it is the first Christmas after the loss of their son, Tony, last February.<br>&nbsp;<br>We have been reminded both metaphorically and practically of the importance of “light” in our lives. We struggle to adjust to the lack of electricity here in Haiti and have seen how our candles, headlamps and kerosene lamps bring a sense of clarity and hope to a darkened space. Jesus is the "Light of the World" and truly brings clarity and hope to our darkened world. What an extraordinary gift from God!<br>&nbsp;<br>Micah, a junior at Wake Forest University, returned to North Carolina on January 6. Once we get our truck working again (broken radiator), the new license plates required by the government, our permits to stay in the country, and new inverter batteries, we will return to visiting the clinics and hospitals! We are grateful for Muller&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: normal;">Jean-Jacques</span>&nbsp;and others here who help us deal with the challenges of living in Haiti. Please pray for us as we continue to minster here.<br>&nbsp;<br>We now look forward to the New Year and are so thankful for your lives and how they have touched us in countless ways. Many of you have lovingly sacrificed financially so that we could return to Haiti. May He bless you indeed in 2015!</span></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57004-return-to-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/57004-return-to-haiti A Memorable Summer <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:#262626">Yes, it's been a summer to remember!&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">We left Haiti in mid June during an outbreak of Chikungunya Fever that quickly spread from other Caribbean islands to the Dominican Republic and then across the border to Haiti. Some of you may be hearing about this mosquito-born viral illness that means “contorted in pain.” Although not generally as fatal as Ebola or Dengue Fever, it can cause fever, severe aches and pains, weakness, and rash.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">Before leaving Haiti, we became well acquainted with “Chik Fever” as many of our friends and co-workers fell prey to this outbreak. We were able to spread the word about treatment and prevention in our local community and help care for some who had come down with the illness. The best treatment is rest, hydration, and acetaminophen tablets for pain. The best prevention is avoiding mosquito bites by applying repellant or sleeping under nets as well as eliminating standing water and mosquito breeding plants such as bromeliads. Although cases have decreased in Haiti, it is still a problem and leaves some with painful joints that can last for several months.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">We did not leave Haiti because of this fever, but left to attend both the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the American Baptist annual conferences. After having a great reunion in North Carolina with our children and grandchildren, we drove to Atlanta for CBF General Assembly. We were able to stay with fellow IM missionary, Kristy Engle, in her home outside of Atlanta and travel by train each day to the conference.&nbsp; We listened to inspiring speakers including Allan Boesak, theologian and humanitarian, who spoke of his search for reconciliation after the end of South African apartheid, and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, who reminded us of Jesus’ words, “Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you shall find.” Young stated, “How much better off as a nation would we be if we simply asked others how we can help.” It was great to reconnect with many friends and then get together with our CBF Latin-American Team in Decatur for 3 days of meetings. We came home, energized and inspired.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">After another wonderful week with our family in NC, we set out for the long drive to Green Lake, Wisconsin, for the 200th anniversary celebration of the founding of American Baptist Missions. The All-Staff Gathering brought ABC missionaries from all over the world for a well-organized time of fellowship that included devotionals, prayer, worship, and strategizing for the next century that included many creative-visioning sessions. It permitted us to meet and get to know many missionaries that we had only read about and also reconnected with many old friends. We feel so grateful for those who worked hard to plan this unprecedented gathering. It was so exciting and filled us with hope to see what God is doing through these ministries.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">The weekend brought new folks who are seeking God’s lead to new ministries, either in the US or internationally. It was wonderful to meet these seekers of all ages and explore the possibilities for future missions. Also during this week the International Partner Consultation, including over 100 Baptist national leaders from many countries, met to envision the worldwide work of God.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(38, 38, 38);">The final week was the World Mission’s Conference with over a thousand in attendance. We led two workshops on Haiti and enjoyed attending other missionary workshops. The WMC was a real international event with many languages, costumes, and music. It was inspiring and educational to participate in these events. During the conference many of the participants donated hundreds of bottles of acetaminophen tablets to send to Haiti for the Chikungunya epidemic. The generous outpouring by so many was amazing!&nbsp;The tablets were hand-carried to Haiti by former IM missionaries Herb Rogers and Charles Chapman when they attended the 50</span><sup><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#262626">th</span></sup><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(38, 38, 38);"> Anniversary of the Haitian Baptist Convention in Cap Haitian and will to be distributed to the clinics there.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">After returning to NC, we learned that Steve’s father, Lloyd James, was weakening and not taking any more food or water. We drove to Audubon, PA, to be at his bedside for the next 5 days, talking, praying and singing to him. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, hospice and Steve’s brother David, continued in their loving care of him. Saturday morning, August 9, 2014, dad Lloyd, age 95, went “Home.” His final days were very peaceful, and we truly felt an aura of love surrounding him. A week later, family and friends gathered at Lower Providence Baptist Church, his church home for 50 years, to celebrate his life of service and love. It was moving to see so many friends from Burma (Myanmar) and other long-time friends of both Lloyd and Eileen. Dad Lloyd will be greatly missed by all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Our oldest grandchild, Skyah, age 10, sweetly sang the prayer of St. Francis, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” which I know grandpa “Bo” would have loved! “Well done good and faithful servant!”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">We will be speaking in churches in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts at the end of this month and all of October before returning to our work in Haiti in November. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel and speak and as we seek God’s will for our future.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13pt;">In the meantime, please consider giving generously to the World Mission Offering. Thank you all so much for your support, thoughts and prayers.</span></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55628-a-memorable-summer https://internationalministries.org/read/55628-a-memorable-summer Pilgrimage To The Golden Shore <span style="font-family:georgia,times,times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:18px"></span></span><span style="font-family:georgia,times,times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:18px"><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:18px">Last November and December Steve and I were privileged to take a wonderful trip to Thailand and Myanmar (Burma).</span></span></span></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:georgia,times,times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:18px"><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:18px"> <br> Why did we go?&nbsp; We went for three reasons:</span></span></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size:18px"><span style="font-family:georgia,times,times new roman,serif">&nbsp;<br> <strong>1. We joined with Christians from all over Burma (Myanmar) and around the world in celebration of the 200<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of Ann and Adoniram Judson’s arrival in Burma in 1813 and the growth of the church since that time.</strong><br> &nbsp;<br> Imagine over 40,000 people from different tribal groups from all over Burma gathering in celebration and commemoration of the gospel message coming to Burma and its impact on their country. The worship services were full of inspiring messages, beautiful music and ethnic dances representing the different tribes, costumes and languages. The Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC) did an amazing job organizing and planning this historic gathering. The focus was on what God has done, yet also looked to the future to what God will do together with His people. We were challenged to continue partnering with the MBC by their invitation to send missionaries to work in Myanmar. As missionaries from Haiti, we were able to represent the Haitian Baptist Convention (HBC) at the celebrations and give thanks on behalf of the HBC to the MBC and the Christians in Myanmar for their sacrificial monetary gift given to help those suffering in Haiti after the earthquake.</span></span></div> <span style="font-size:18px"><span style="font-family:georgia,times,times new roman,serif">&nbsp;<br> <strong>2. We went to rediscover the Judson heritage through an American Baptist sponsored tour group that visited the important sites in the life of the Judson’s and the missionaries that followed after them.</strong><br> &nbsp;<br> After the celebration Steve and I, along with 20 others, were thrilled to be a part of the Judson Tour that traveled to Yangon, Mandalay, and Mawlamyaing to visit some of the historic sites relating especially to Ann and Adoniram. One of our stops was at the prison site where Judson was imprisoned for two years. Our group paused for silent reflection and a prayer circle to thank the Lord for the Judson’s witness and sacrifice. Days later, and hundreds of miles away from the prison site, we stopped to visit Ann’s grave. The influence of the Judson’s continues to this day in&nbsp;Burma with Adoniram’s Bible and dictionary translated into the Burmese language as well as a thriving church.<br> &nbsp;<br> <strong>3. We went to gather information, network with the Christian health ministry in Burma through the Myanmar Baptist Convention, and provide medical services if needed.<br> &nbsp;</strong><br> Steve and I were able to visit several Christian hospitals while in Myanmar. We toured the Karen Baptist Hospital at Seminary Hill, Insein, the Leprosy Mission Hospital in Mawlamyaing, and the Wesley Hospital in Kalaymyo in Chin State, where we were able to network with Christian health care providers as well as consult patients. We were also able to visit the Kwai River Christian Hospital, near Sanglaburi in western Thailand and the Burma border, where Steve had volunteered in 2004.&nbsp; Each of these hospitals is providing important work in bringing holistic health care to the people they serve.<br> &nbsp;<br> <strong>What hopes from this trip do we have? How do we see ways God may use this experience in the future for his kingdom?</strong><br> &nbsp;<br> We will share with partners in Haiti and USA what we learned from and experienced with Christians in Myanmar and Thailand including both the nationals and the missionaries working there. We will share this through our letters and talks to churches and groups in both Haiti and the US. We will challenge ourselves and our partner’s in ministry&nbsp;with stories from the Judson witness.<br> &nbsp;<br> We will serve as a resource for others, medically or otherwise, who may be seeking to partner in ministry with their brothers and sisters in Christ in Myanmar and Thailand.<br> <br> Thank you everyone who played a part in our being able to take this trip, for those who contributed financially and those who prayed for us from start to finish! Many, many thanks!<br> &nbsp;<br> <strong><span style="color: #00CC00;"><em>“ I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge – because of our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.”&nbsp;<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 Corinthians 1: 4-6</em></span></strong><br> <span style="color: #00FF00;">&nbsp;</span><br> <strong><em>If you would like to receive a longer, more in depth report on our time in Myanmar, please let us know by clicking on the link below, and we would be please to share a copy with you.</em></strong><br> <strong><a href="mailto:snjames8@yahoo.com?subject=Request%20for%20full%20report&amp;body=Yes%2C%20I%20would%20like%20to%20received%20the%20more%20detailed%20report%20of%20your%20travels%20in%20Burma." target="_self" style="word-wrap: break-word;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #6DC6DD;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">snjames8@yahoo.com</a>&nbsp;</strong><br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Steve and Nancy</span></span> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52933-pilgrimage-to-the-golden-shore https://internationalministries.org/read/52933-pilgrimage-to-the-golden-shore An Elephant Ride on Thanksgiving <p></p><p> </p><p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">Happy Thanksgiving everyone! </p><br><p></p><p>We have just finished our day and you are in the middle of yours. It has been an amazing two days, we have been so busy that I haven't even had a minute to write. I will start from today and hopefully have time to back track a bit. </p><p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">This morning we went to the Chiang Rai International Christian School to visit the school that Ruth Fox has been especially involved with over the past 10 years or so. Today was significant as the school had a special dedication of the new elementary building as well as a Thanksgiving feast shared by over 250 children, kindergarten to 12th grade and their family and friends. It was a lively, energetic group, each class sharing in music or for the high schoolers, someone in history that had made a significant impact on their lives....to name a few, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela. </p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The buildings of the school are built beautifully in the Thai architecture with many organizations, including ABC International Ministries. The school is set in a rural location with rice fields and a serene temple in the distance. We spent the morning observing the activities of school and I came away wishing I could start school all over again just so I could be a student there!The meal was a typical "American" Thanksgiving with chicken instead of turkey but many of the other trimmings. There was lots of tropical fruit to remind us where we really were which was a treat. After the program and meal we hurried home to change foran afternoon outing. Our destiny? A Karen village upriver where one can ride elephants! <br></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">As my family well knows, elephants are one of my favorite animals and I couldn't think of a better way to spend time on Thanksgiving, could you? To get there we hopped in a long motorized Thai boat where four of us sat and took in the stunning, rural scenery of northern Thailand. We sat of the floor of the boat on a padded cushion and the boat was low to the water, so we almost felt like we were in the water. Since it was a hot, sunny day it was cool and refreshing! </p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The Kok River is wide and muddy, so we really felt like we were on a safari. There were mountains in the distance and groves of bamboo that graced the shores. We saw a Buddhist shrine on a huge rock formation, fisherman, egrets, a kingfisher, as well as other birds we didn't recognize. The boatman was very skillful as we weaved passed other boats, under bridges, curving around bends bringing us finally, an hour later to the Karen village. We walked ashore with our small part of 7 and only four of the group were up for an elephant ride through the village and jungle.</p><p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The elephant and mahout, come next to a platform where we sat on a specially made chair that would take two passengers, Steve and I on one and Rosemary and Ruth on another. Our two elephants followed each other, the Karen mahout gently speaking the whole time. We were given cut sugar cane to pass to the elephants as we walked along. When we ran out of cane the elephant stops briefly to grab some small bamboo plant or banana leaf or a whole stalk of sugar cane! The mahout tries to discourage them from doing that but it’s usually to no avail! They are always hungry!</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The elephant moves through his path very relaxed and accustomed to traffic of cars and motorbikes and even little children nearby. It was so sweet to see how they fit into the village life of their life-long friends the mahouts. I was a bit startled when our mahout jumped down off the elephant to use our iPhone to take our picture and then instead of getting back on the elephant, walks behind us talking to him the rest of the way! (just Steve and I on his back...yikes!) Then in mid walk, Steve is invited to climb down off the chair onto his neck for the rest of the way. He said he could feel the muscles in his neck and feel the bristles through his pants. Awesome opportunity and the elephant calmly continued his trek. </p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The rest of the group that chose not to ride, Chuck, Sandy, Cathy and Connie stayed behind in the village and sipped iced, Thai coffee and watch village life, elephants strolling by and the river close by. After about an hour, we returned to the platform, dismounted and I got to pet the elephant and he responded by looking me right in the eyes and gave me his trunk as a "hand shake." I couldn't have been happier! I thanked them both for this rare and great treat of spending time with them. After a cold drink of iced coffee we returned to our boats for a refreshing ride home to once again take in the beautiful scenery. Steve and I both felt like we had died and gone to heaven! This is what heaven will be like folks!</p>&nbsp;<p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">It’s another late night, so I will close for now, even though I am leaving out more I'd like to say.</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">Love and prayers to each of you,</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Nancy &amp; Steve</p> <p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:42:50 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51569-an-elephant-ride-on-thanksgiving https://internationalministries.org/read/51569-an-elephant-ride-on-thanksgiving On the Road to Chiang Rai, Thailand <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> 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What a delight to be here in Thailand and experiencing all that we have been. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Yesterday after a long wait at the Domestic airport in Bangkok we finally boarded Nok Air for an hours flight to Chiang Rai where our dear friends Chuck and Ruth (Gilson) Fox live and work. They are IM missionaries here for many years and as some of you know Ruth grew up with us in Burma. Rosemary, who traveled with us to Thailand is Ruth's mother. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Ruth picked us up at the airport and we immediately drove to a nearby Akha village where there was a morning worship service in progress that we joined. The small church is nestled in a hilly area filled with homes, both bamboo and thatch and cement homes. It really had a village feel and the Akha folk were very hospitable and friendly. The service was translated from Lahu to Akha and later for our benefit an English summary. We were able to join in the singing as it was written phonetically. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Some of those with physical illnesses came forward at the end of the service for prayer. They invited some of us to lay our hands on them as a prayer for healing was said. It was very moving. I must admit although I thoroughly enjoyed the service, I was fighting to stay awake! The men sit on own side of the church and the women on the other side. This has been a traditional, indigenous practice as well in Burma for many, many years. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">After the service and being greeted with many handshakes and smiles. We went next door to the pastor's home for a traditional Akha meal. It was Ruth's birthday meal and we greatly benefited! It was delicious! We ate rice, pork and cilantro, greens in a broth, small fried fish, a peanut chili chutney and for dessert a sticky fried rice dipped in sugar. Amazingly delicious meal and our first time eating traditional Akha food. </p>After that we drove back to the town where Chuck and Ruth live and settled into their home where we will stay for several days. They live in a wooden and cement home two story with big screened in windows and porch with lovely trees all around. We are staying downstairs with another young Akha student, and the rest of the family is upstairs where we join them for meals and gatherings. <p class="MsoNoSpacing">After a long sleep yesterday afternoon we struggled to wake for a party for Ruth in the evening. Wow, did we sleep! Thanks to a cup of strong locally grown coffee we enjoyed meeting some of their friends for a cheese cake Chuck had made in honor of Ruth's and Joel's special day. Joel and Trish Hoefle are IM development workers and were there with their two teenage daughters, Cela and Katiyana.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Also at the party were IM missionaries Scott and Tan Coats <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>who do peace work in Burma, along with their teenage son Sammy.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Two teachers from the Chiang Rai International School – Don and Cindy were there too.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It was a fun time getting to know them and hearing a little about their work. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Today we slept in (first time in over a week) till 7am and have had a relaxing morning with Chuck, drinking Thai coffee and writing to you! This afternoon at 2pm we will drive to Chiang Mai and visit The Thai Life Center where they work with young women who have been caught in the sex trade and are trying to find a different, healthier life.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">We are imagining all of you in your daily routines and praying for your health and safety.</p>Mama (Nancy) for Papa (Steve)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">(the weather is much milder and pleasant compared to Bangkok)</p> <p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:11:24 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51561-on-the-road-to-chiang-rai-thailand https://internationalministries.org/read/51561-on-the-road-to-chiang-rai-thailand On the Road in Thailand <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> 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class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">It was a delight to hear from some of you, keep your notes coming, we think of each of you so often and lift up prayers of thanksgiving for the treasures you are in our life.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">We have had some amazing and fascinating experiences already and we've only been here two nights. After that "brief" but wonderful sleep in Bangkok after our long flight we had our first "real" sleep last night here at Kwai River Hospital near Sanglaburi in western Thailand very close to the Burma border. Lea Lindero from the Philippines (a missionary nurse with IM) is our host here and she is wonderful. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">We had a long trip here by cross-Bangkok train, a bus to Kanchanaburi and then another bus to Sanglaburi and then someone from the hospital picked us up for another 20 min drive. It was dark when we arrived and Lea had a good curry supper ready for us. This morning we attended a hospital chapel service and then we were invited to go on rounds with Dr. Scott Murray (Scotland) and also a doctor from Burma and another very young volunteer doctor from England. We were so impressed with their skill and compassion. The patients were mostly from Burma and quite complicated cases. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">Everyone is so polite with hands in prayer position and a smile as they great you. This happens many times a day. After rounds we visited a Safe Shelter for mentally ill folks from Burma and they can garden and learn extraordinary loam weaving. Then we drove to a Sgaw Karen Bible School and met 30 young, beautiful students in Karen clothing studying hard. They each said a few words of greeting and they sang several beautiful songs to us in 4 part harmony a capella which brought back many memories. This is a new school in the process of being built still with no library but with hopes for one in the future.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">After that we drove with Lea and Thai driver for the hospital to a small restaurant for Thai food which was excellent....ended with Thai ice tea which was so good. Next stop only a half an hour drive to Three Pagoda Pass on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. So we stepped foot into Burma for the first time in 21 years! Wow, what a feeling. Many stalls of folks there selling their wares from Burma and Lea and I bought a few things. Drove home for a nap....and then have enjoyed helping Lea to cook Thai food and cut up a new fruit called "Dragon fruit" very exotic looking and mild sweet taste. Fun!</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">I forgot to mention that on our way here yesterday, our friend New, who accompanied us from Bangkok, took us to a famous place in Kanchanaburi to the real "Bridge Over the River Kwai".<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We toured an amazingly beautiful cemetery where many of the 15,000 prisoners of war who were forced to build the railway to connect Rangoon to Thailand are buried. This was done by the Japanese and is yet another sad result of the tragedy of war. We saw graves of young men from England, India, US, Austrailia, Netherlands, Burma, Thailand… many died from cruelty, overwork, dehydration, malnutrition, malaria etc. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>So sad. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">The cemetery is a tourist attraction and the bridge has been repaired after it was bombed during WW2 and still in use in Thailand but it does not go into Myanmar (Burma). Every grave has fresh flowers blooming and is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever seen. It was very moving to read the plaques.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">Must close for now, hope this isn't too long! Feel free to send this on to others I may have omitted that might like to follow our trip. So much more to tell but its time for guests to arrive.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">Love and prayers, </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">Nancy and Steve (Mama and Papa)</span></p> <p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 02:47:37 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51554-on-the-road-in-thailand https://internationalministries.org/read/51554-on-the-road-in-thailand A Peacemaker in Haiti - A Visit From Dan Buttry <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">Why would we request a global peacemaker to Haiti, a country that has seemingly “settled down” after years of political unrest, violence and kidnapping? Currently, Haiti appears peaceful after a long history of unrest and blood shed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> Despite these appearances, at a deeper level, the Kingdom work of Christ in Haiti all too often is slowed by divisions among His people. Last month we were privileged to see Dan Buttry in action.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">Steve and I had invited Dan to explore the possibilities of beginning Conflict Transformation workshops in Haiti. Dan is an American Baptist International Ministries’ Global Consultant for Peace and Justice. He helps people around the world to deal constructively with conflict situations through Jesus’ way of nonviolence. He is a pastor, husband and father of three grown children, author of several books (listed at the end of our letter) and has a passion for the work of reconciliation and peacemaking.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">Steve and I have been excited about Dan’s work since hearing of his efforts to help empower Christian leaders in the Naga Hills, North East India to resolve their problems peacefully. We knew his skills could help groups and individuals in conflict in Haiti and we prayed that he would be able to come.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">When Dan said he could fit a visit into Haiti this summer, we seized upon the occasion and started to share the idea with the Haitian Baptist Convention (CBH) and our local neighbors. It just so happened his visit coincided with the yearly CBH pastor’s conference near our home here in the north, and Pastor Emmanuel Pierre (Executive Secretary of CBH) invited Dan to share what he does with those gathered at the pastor’s conference. We were able to invite pastors and community leaders to a three- hour workshop introducing the concept of conflict-resolution and how it can be a positive and effective method of resolving problems.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">Dan was an excellent facilitator to the two workshops we attended. His workshops are filled with examples from the Bible that most of us overlook, and he shed new light and meaning on some familiar and unfamiliar stories.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">Those attending were so appreciative of his interactive style and our eyes were opened to new ways of dialog and listening to “our enemies.” They are eager to grow in these new concepts he taught and he whetted all of our appetites for more teaching and training.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">Steve and I will continue to be in dialogue with the community leaders for what steps they might want to take in the future to spread these formative and empowering workshops on peacemaking. We are excited about what God might be doing in Haiti. Thank you for being a part of this holistic transformative ministry with your love, prayers and support. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> Books by Dan Buttry <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><i>Christian Peacemaking: from Heritage to Hope <br></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><i>Blessed are the Peacemakers</i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><i>Peace Warrior (A Memoir from the Front)</i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><i>Interfaith Heroes (Volumes 1 &amp; 2) <br></i></p><br><span style="font-family:ArialMT;color:#262626;font-style:normal"><b><o:p></o:p></b></span><!--EndFragment--><p></p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50124-a-peacemaker-in-haiti-a-visit-from-dan-buttry https://internationalministries.org/read/50124-a-peacemaker-in-haiti-a-visit-from-dan-buttry Mission Summit: To Bless And Be Blessed <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>264</o:Words> <o:Characters>1508</o:Characters> <o:Lines>12</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>3</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>1851</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>11.1539</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotShowRevisions/> <w:DoNotPrintRevisions/> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:UseMarginsForDrawingGridOrigin/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">What an inspiring, energizing, spiritually uplifting experience to gather with over two thousand people from countries all over the world to share, listen, learn, sing, worship and pray together. The Mission Summit held in Overland Park, Kansas was surely a taste of heaven for many of us gathered there!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT; font-size: 21px; ">American Baptists were there to remember our past as well as to plan for the future. The focus this year was to celebrate Adoniram and Ann Judson’s arrival in Myanmar (Burma) 200 years ago in 1813. What made it so meaningful was to welcome Christian leaders from the Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC) as well as hundreds of political refugees that have settled in the US in the past several years who spoke messages of hope after 46 years of isolation from the rest of the world. Very gradually the country is beginning to open up. The four-part harmony of four hundred Burmese young people, dressed in their tribal costumes, lifted our spirits as did other outstanding choirs and the international worship team that led us each day.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT; font-size: 21px; ">Our three days together at the convention center not only thrilled but also challenged us in the area of peace and justice. Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer and activist, spoke of the “new Jim Crow” in our prison systems. Native American dancers gave us a fresh new way of praying. We heard another wonderful choir directed by Mark Hayes, and participated in a deeply moving final benediction “go out into the world to bless and be blessed” that each of us was asked to pray for the person standing next to us. It made us wish more Baptists and people of other traditions could have attended and come away inspired, challenged and refreshed for the journey ahead.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT; font-size: 21px; ">Thank you to all those who made this Biennial truly memorable!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT; font-size: 21px; ">Nancy and Steve James (Haiti)</span></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49470-mission-summit-to-bless-and-be-blessed https://internationalministries.org/read/49470-mission-summit-to-bless-and-be-blessed Journey of "A Willing Heart" <p class="MsoNormal"><style><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman"; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:""; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --></style> Having just returned from a long trip, Steve and I had only two days to unpack, rest, and gear up for a rough trip from northern Haiti to Grand Goave on the southwest peninsula, 2 hours from Port Au Prince. We had been invited to attend the dedication of a new Baptist church that was replacing one destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Although we were honored to have received an invitation to this remarkable event, I wasn’t keen on another trip nor did I look forward to the long drive. I prayed about it and turned it over to the Lord, saying “not my will but your will!” To my amazement I started to have a change of attitude and made plans to go. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Since our truck has been out of commission for weeks, we were delighted when our friend Paul Romeus said he was going to the event and offered a ride. In Haiti, travel is almost never done alone, and the truck quickly filled with people and belongings. The journey was uneventful although crowded and somewhat hot since the air-conditioning was not working. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We had heard that the mountain roads had been fixed, and much to everyone’s amazement, it was true! With new pavement the switchback mountain roads were not as precarious as before and the travel time almost two hours shorter. Haiti has had terrible roads for decades. That major roadwork has been completed is nothing short of a miracle!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nearing Port Au Prince, we began seeing the tent-pocked landscape where people are still living in dry, barren, inhospitable hills that are becoming established villages. Once in the capital it was encouraging to see that many of the damaged buildings, so evident a few years ago, have been repaired or completely rebuilt. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Port Au Prince was teaming with people buying and selling. Motorcycles crowded the streets already jammed with buses, trucks and cars, and pedestrians walked faster than the vehicles. It’s always a relief to get through the stand still traffic of Port and get on the road going southwest. Six hours later we arrived at our destination in Grand Goave. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Our little group stayed at the Guest House of an organization called Conscience International, a group partnering with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the American Baptist Church, and the Haitian Baptist Convention. They designed the “rubble houses” whose sturdy, particle design using gabion wire baskets filled with the earthquake rubble, is intended to be “earthquake proof.” According to the area housing coordinator, Jeremy Hollomon, the Haitian community and teams from the US have completed over 130 of these homes. Displaced families are so grateful to have a safe dwelling in which to live and raise their families, a home they themselves helped build.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Guest House was filled with visitors from the US who came to work and share in</p> <p class="MsoNormal">the celebration. Although not “The Ritz,” the courtyard was landscaped with banana trees, mango and papaya trees, picnic tables and the sounds of pigeons, parrots and roosters, which made the scene charming and lively. The Haitian women did all the cooking on charcoal fires, as the propane stove was not working. The next morning we were treated to pumpkin soup, a typical breakfast dish in Haiti, and strong, locally grown, black coffee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We spent the morning and afternoon in meetings with the CBF missionaries and staff as we talked, prayed about how to move from “disaster relief” to the “development” phase of the involvement in Grand Goave and Port Au Prince.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The next morning we walked to the new church where the members gathered for the dedication service starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the front door. Excitement was in the air! The choir then led us into the sanctuary with their songs to begin the service. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The old church had been small and dark. When planning the new design, the congregation’s one desire was to have it be “light-filled!"! The large windows allow for light and air to stream in, bringing a sense of peace and joy. It was an inspiring service of singing by the choir and special singing groups. The church was filled with Haitian pastors, lay people, congregants, visitors from abroad, and people from all over Haiti. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After the service the women of the church had prepared rice and beans, fried chicken and fried plantain for over 400 people. A huge feat even in the best of kitchens but remarkable when done mostly outdoors on charcoal fires in huge cooking pots.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Much preparation had gone into this memorable day, and the new building has given people a real hope for their future. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After lunch we decided to travel to the “nearby” village of Magandu to visit a new Community Health Evangelism (CHE) group. Since it “wasn’t far” we asked Paul if we could borrow his driver and truck. We didn’t even have time to change out of our church clothes because we needed to go and get back to start the journey to Port Au Prince where we would spend the night.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Off we went, picking up more and more people on the way. Soon Kilie, the driver, drove the truck up a steep gravel road that snaked its way higher and higher. Steve and I had not realized that Magandu was on top of a mountain. It took my breath away when the truck sped up the widening rural road. It was unpaved with lose gravel and steep drop-offs that made me feel insecure. I wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“How much farther is this village?” I asked one of the CHE workers. She laughed at my obviously nervous question. “Oh don’t worry Ma Steve,” she said in Creole as she pointed to the top of a far-away mountain. I felt like a wimp as I put my head in Steve’s lap and wouldn’t look at the road anymore. I held on to the handle bar of the truck and prayed that we would all arrive safely and not fall off the mountain. After what seemed like ages, the truck couldn’t make it up the steep, gravel road and started sliding backwards. We all got out, and Kilie slowly backed down the hill and parked while we continued on foot. Again, I was reassured by the same young woman, “Its not much further.” It took us almost 40 minutes, walking on a narrow path with breath-taking views of Grand Goave and the Caribbean Sea, to get to our destination. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally a group of neatly built little houses came into view. Erik had gone on ahead of us and had started talking with the village leaders. We sat down and listened to their questions and Erik’s responses. The group was eager to continue with Community Health Evangelism’s training and lesson plans for health care in Magandu. Although the meeting was short, he later said it had been a meeting of encouragement and affirmation for the group. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Before long, the clouds started rolling in, indicating that rain was soon to come. Our little group needed to get down the mountain before the rains started and get on the road to Port before dark.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>We said our hasty farewells and started back on the path to our truck. The rains held back and we got down the mountain without incident. <br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal">I was grateful that, even though I had doubts and more than a little fear, we went to this distant place so that we might be an encouragement to this little forming CHE group, so remote and isolated from any established health care. The next time I will be better prepared for what to expect and hope to spend some extended time in Magandu.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It wasn’t surprising that on our trip home to Haut Limbe the next day, we had a flat tire. On examining the back tires we were aghast to see how pocked and shredded the new tires had become on our trip up to Magandu!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Needless to say, we paid Paul for two replacement tires when we got home. He may think twice when we ask to borrow his truck for a “short side trip.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was good to get home, but I was so thankful that I had not given in to my own desires but had listened to the “inner nudging” to go on this trip that filled me with hope. What a joy to see what God is doing in Grand Goave and Magandu<span style="color:red">. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Thank you to those of you who have supported the relief and development efforts in Haiti, whether participating in medial relief, reconstruction or funding of the ongoing effort. And thank you most of all for your prayers!</span> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47899-journey-of-a-willing-heart- https://internationalministries.org/read/47899-journey-of-a-willing-heart- Thankful for the Gift of Water in Haiti <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> 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class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace: none" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">&nbsp;</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">All of us here in Haiti who lived through the introduction of cholera into the country have been very sensitized to the absolute importance of clean drinking water. Cholera was quickly spread from a river in the central plateau to almost everywhere in Haiti, in just a matter of weeks sickening almost a million people and killing over 7,000. Unfortunately now that cholera has been established from inadvertently being brought to the island from abroad, it is now endemic in Haiti. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">Thankfully, this disease can be prevented by people drinking clean water, through a simple addition of chlorine, good hand-washing technique and proper sanitation. But these steps are not followed by everyone, in spite of a huge effort of teaching by the public health department, churches, schools and local clinics, and there are still people who come down with cholera every day.</span></p> <p><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">It is vital that the prevention message continues to go out through teachings, such as those given by Community Health Evangelists (CHE) to their towns and villages as well as pastors in their churches. Since children in Haiti are often the ones who carry water to their homes, it is so important that they too are taught, how to prevent this often, fatal disease.</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT"><br></span></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">Here on campus at UCNH there are over 500 university students who live and attend class. A large black filter system (battery driven to generate chlorine from salt) has been installed to provide drinking water to prevent water-borne diseases. This has been a huge resource for the students and professors and their families. The tank was installed by a team from the US, led by Denny Shewall who is a part of Nzunga and Kihomi Mabudiga’s MPT team.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">A new cistern holding 64,000 gallons is in the final stages of being built that will further provide water security. Resources from International Ministries and First Baptist Church, Blue Hills, Maine, have been instrumental in helping the local Haitian workers build this reservoir that will provide safe water to the community here at UCNH. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">There is also a local industry that makes and sells Bio-Sand Filters to families for their homes. Steve and I purchased one of these sand filters, locally made, in our own home and feel very grateful we don’t have to rely on buying bottled water from Limbe or Cap Haitian. There are quite a few households now in the Haut Limbe area that are using Bio Sand Filters.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">Water is such a valued, precious resource for everyone in the world and we must do all we can to preserve and care for this gift that allows life to flourish. I am so grateful for this gift from God, water!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Nancy James</span></p> <p></p><p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:17:32 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47459-thankful-for-the-gift-of-water-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/47459-thankful-for-the-gift-of-water-in-haiti Haitians "Keep On Keeping On" <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><style><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman"; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:"Times New Roman"; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:""; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -</style><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">An interesting cultural event has been taking place in Haiti in the last few weeks. Since<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>January 1, men and women have been working together for the sake of<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>“unity.” Someone was inspired to call upon people across the nation to demonstrate that Haitians have the spirit to carry out a very difficult challenge. They decided to carry a tree across the country from the south to the north, calling upon people along the route to help. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">The custom of “working together” is called a “kombit” in Creole, and it was a way of life for the people. There is a kombit for grating cassava, a kombit for building a house, a kombit for planting a field, and more. It was a community event that brought together people to accomplish a difficult, mundane task. A kombit made the task not so difficult because “many hands make light work” and brought with it, singing, dancing, and often a bit of humor and “moonshine” to lighten the load. No one got paid for the work although a meal was offered at the end of the task. It was taken for granted as part of life to help your neighbor with something that needed to be done. It’s not unlike the American practice in the Amish or farm communities of a “barn raising.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Kombits are still practiced today but people expect to get paid for their work, and some in Haiti lament<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>that one doesn’t see the spirit of the kombit as it was in days gone by. When we first came to Haiti in the 70’s and 80’s we would often hear the haunting chant of the kombit, but we rarely hear it anymore. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">The effort to carry the tree from the most southern and western town of Leziwa to the most northern and eastern town of Wanamet, called “Kombit Pote Kole” or “Yon Pa Kita Yon Pa Nago,”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>was incredibly difficult. All along the way people were invited to help carry the carved and polished tree, weighing 500 lbs, from one town to the next, neighborhood to neighborhood. Sometimes only women carried the log. A car with speakers and music accompanied the tree as well as a police car to insure things didn’t get out of hand. Throngs of enthusiastic people helped carry the tree to the next town, and some even walked alongside the entire route.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">At the end of January, after traveling for 24 days, the log came by the crossroads of the university and the National Highway. A friend and I went to see it as it passed by. Although carried by twenty or so people I could hardly see the tree for all the people running alongside, in front of, and behind the tree. <br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Hundreds of people came to participate in cheering the tree and its carriers along. “We can do it!” “Keep on keeping on!” I witnessed the tremendous energy and sweat it took to carry this heavy, cumbersome log day in and day out and marveled at the perseverance and determination to make it all the way to the goal, some 700 kilometers from south west to north east. Participants believe that by achieving their goal the Haitian people will show themselves and others that they can be unified in overcoming their problems. This feat was carried out with no money being paid to carry the log.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">We pray that the people of Haiti will continue in the spirit of this great accomplishment to show themselves and the world that they can work together for the good of their country.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:.5in;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">“With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible!” Matthew 19:26</span></p> <p>&nbsp;<style><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman"; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:"Times New Roman"; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:""; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:-31.5pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">An int</span></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47378-haitians-keep-on-keeping-on- https://internationalministries.org/read/47378-haitians-keep-on-keeping-on- 3 Years After The Quake <p>You have no doubt been hearing about how little progress has been made after Haiti’s 2010’s devastating earthquake and how there are perhaps as many as 400,000 people still living in tents.&nbsp; The tents are not secure, which makes women and children especially vulnerable, an ongoing concern. You will hear about misappropriation of funds from governments and the question “Where has all the money gone?” These are very important issues and ones we should all be concerned about.<br><br>We want to reassure those who have given compassionately and lovingly through the American Baptist and Cooperative Baptist churches that the uses of your gifts have been prayerfully considered and documented as the churches respond to this very serious humanitarian crisis. Your gifts are used to help those in need and are not just a “handout.” Because of the personal relationships that have been built over the years with missionaries and their partners, trust and accountability, not often seen in government or secular organizations, has developed. <br><br>Rebuilding continues, with many homes, a school and church now completed, but the scope of the need, especially housing, is still staggering. On the positive side, much has been done, but it is usually seen in the lives of individuals and small groups. Our ABC/CBF partners working in Port Au Prince and in the earthquake epicenter in Grand Goave are working closely with our Haitian Baptist leaders and co-workers to advance health care, clean water projects, Community-Health Evangelism, and Self-Help Groups empowering women to help provide for their families.<br><br>With the help from Conscience International and many CBF/ABC teams, many “rubble homes” have been built and are now being lived in by those who lost everything in the earthquake. These families are grateful to be living in their own homes and not in tents as they had been. Forty-eight students displaced from their universities that were destroyed have been able to continue their education in the north at the UCNH (Universite Chretienne du Nord d’Haiti) thanks to scholarships donated for students from the Port-au-Prince area. <br>&nbsp;<br>The people of Haiti are the drivers of what needs to be done in their country, and we as their partners are here to encourage them, pray for them, and build networks that help support them when needed. Personal relationships are the key to lasting change in Haiti, and working together with you and our brothers and sisters in Haiti is Kingdom-building as well as nation building.&nbsp; Giving to partners who love Jesus is the way to build programs that change neighborhoods. Partnering with those who love Jesus provides a way to continue to build trust, accountability, and transparency in the workplace. Wrongs have hope of correction and transformation through His forgiveness. <br><br>We want to say in love, but very strongly for the record, that we condemn the injustice against the poorest of the poor that has resulted from greed, abuse of power, and arrogance. Yet, we bear witness to the Holy Spirit working to heal this land. As we reflect on all that has occurred in the past three years, the bottom line for us is Jesus' one heart revolution.&nbsp; As Stan Rowland says, "A transformed person, transforms his neighborhood.” It is a whole heart, whole mind, whole body, whole strength transformation in God, i.e. Metanoia.<br><br>Mother Theresa says it perfectly. “It’s not how much we do that counts, it’s how much love we put in the doing.” <br><br>In His Love,<br><br>Nancy and Steve<br></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46344-3-years-after-the-quake https://internationalministries.org/read/46344-3-years-after-the-quake Back In Haiti <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We have already been back in Haiti 4 weeks and yet somehow it doesn’t seem that we have been away for 16 months!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It has been a rainy month but it has also brought relief from the hot weather that Haiti experiences for 8 months beginning in April. The good things we have enjoyed are the smiles on our friends faces welcoming us back, our parrots are healthy and happy thanks to the good care by our friend, Guy Noel, and some wonderful Haitian food we so enjoy, to name but a few.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The hard things are that the roads seem worse than when we left in 2011. The termites enjoyed our books while we were away. The truck is in need of major repairs and our washing machine and dryer don’t work.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But we are grateful for the things that do work and the books the termites had not yet found! We have found a sense of humor about it all goes a long way.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We had a special Thanksgiving sharing an American meal with our Haitian friends who have been such a help to us over the years. Agape Flights our mail server from Florida donated frozen turkeys and the trimmings for all the subscribers involved in mission work in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We were also able to share in another gathering with the English speaking church near Cap Haitian attended by Americans, Haitians and Canadians.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Nancy gave a short devotional after our potluck meal. It was a great time to see old friends and meet new folks from many different missions in the north. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We look forward to the Advent season bringing our son Micah from North Carolina when he is on his Christmas break from Wake Forest University.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Please pray for the challenging days ahead for the staff of Ebenezer Clinic as they try to shape the future of their local clinic.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">In His peace,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Steve and Nancy</span></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> 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Two days after we arrived, heavy tropical rains began causing flooding and misery in Cap Haitian, a city 12 miles from our home in Haut Limbe. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“Au Cap,” as it is often called, is an overcrowded, bustling city full of folks trying desperately to make a living. It is nestled in a cluster of mountains right on a bay that leads to the Atlantic Ocean. In spite of the overcrowding, it is very picturesque with many historic white gingerbread homes built in the 1700’s by the French. We are not sure how much rain fell in Au Cap, but we assume it was much more then the 5 inches that fell on Haut Limbe in one night, and 4.5 inches the next. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Recently, much haphazard building and accompanying deforestation has produced erosion and drainage problems that intensified the storm damage that resulted in 16 fatalities, property damage, and loss of personal belongings for many. One leader in the Community Health Evangelism program, Osse St. Juste, lost almost everything when his family’s apartment was flooded. The family is grateful that all are safe in spite of the water that surged into their apartment, but Osse, his wife and three children are now living with their landlord on the floor above their apartment until other arrangements can be made. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Images of the flooding in Cap Haitian recorded by the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Haiti can be viewed on the following Flicker link:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/minustah/8175697150/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/minustah/8175697150/</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This flooding reminds us of the terrible hardships that people along the east coast of the US recently experienced from hurricane Sandy. We are encouraged by the many acts of kindness as neighbors reach out to neighbors in concern and loving care, whether in Haiti, New Jersey, or New York. Neighbors far and near become the hands and feet of Jesus.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thank you for how you have helped in the past and stand ready to help with your prayers and gifts through International Ministries, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and other means, giving in the name of Jesus. 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struggle to provide basic education to children in the aftermath of the massive January 2010 earthquake.&nbsp; Haitian schools, many of which are private and church-based, lack basic school supplies, books, pencils, paper, desks, chairs and chalk boards.&nbsp; Teachers who are dedicated to educating the youth of Haiti often lack adequate education themselves.&nbsp; </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">One organization addressing the educational needs of children in Haiti is the Philadelphia, PA-based non-profit BuildaBridge International. BuildaBridge Int’l. travels the world to restore hope and healing to communities affected by cultural and religious conflict, environmental catastrophe, poverty, illness, and social injustice. Their dream for Haiti is to train 1,000 ministers, community workers, social workers, and educators to effectively work with children in the context of poverty and crisis.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“We envision a world where all children are resilient, experience self-efficacy, and have a vision for their future,” summarized Nathan Corbitt, president, BuildaBridge, in their project proposal to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In October 2012, $30,000 in OGHS Haiti Relief funds was granted to BuildaBridge Int’l. to continue development of a certificate-level curriculum to be used to train existing Haitian church and community leaders to work with children in Haiti.&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The BuildaBridge Int’l. project was initiated in 2010 in collaboration with the Université Chrétienne du Nord d’Haiti (UCNH), an International Ministries partner of 65 years, with funding for the development of the first courses of the curriculum provided by UNICEF.&nbsp; The OGHS funds granted were made possible by churches and individuals who contributed&nbsp; to Haiti Relief.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Ultimately, “BuildaBridge will prepare Haitians to serve their communities effectively as arts-integrated teachers, psycho-social support assistants and community workers,” explained Corbitt.&nbsp; “The project provides arts-based tools for hope, healing and resilience, and effective ways to better serve children in crisis and poverty.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">American Baptist Churches (ABC) has been a partner with Haitian Christians for 89 years.&nbsp; UCNH was founded in 1947 as the Haitian Baptist Theological Seminary by ABC missionaries, Harold and Ivah Heneise. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">As of October 2012, churches and individuals have given $2.9 million for Haiti Relief through IM and OGHS.&nbsp; $1.6 million has been provided for relief and rebuilding.&nbsp; An additional $1.3 million has been committed for multi-year projects related to Haiti rebuilding. Christian brothers and sisters in Haiti are grateful for the prayers and financial support given through the American Baptist Churches.<br> <br> <b>One Great Hour of Sharing</b> is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.</span></p> <p>For more information, contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org<span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><br></span></p> <p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:31:26 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45635-30-000-in-oghs-haiti-relief-funds-to-improve-education-for-children https://internationalministries.org/read/45635-30-000-in-oghs-haiti-relief-funds-to-improve-education-for-children Hurricane Sandy in Haiti 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The Pastor of First Baptist Church in Cap Haïtien, Haiti told me of the problems at his house.&nbsp; Then he said that was nothing and went on to tell of women<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>in the widow’s ministries who had lost all of their inventory as the water currents swept through their small stands stealing rice, sugar salt, shortening, laundry soap, etc. <br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">In Port-au-Prince, one man saw the flood<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>take his house and his family of six - swept away. <br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Just outside the town of Grand Goâve, a bridge that was severely damaged in the earthquake and was nearly rebuilt is completely gone. <br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">The North of Haiti, in particular the Limbé Valley, has always been considered Haiti’s<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Bread Basket. It had been experiencing drought but the driving rain wiped out any surviving rice, beans and corn. The already high price of food has begun its climb upward. Pray for the resilient people of Haïti and the Dominican Republic, that they will once again have the strength to rebound from this latest calamity. </p> <p></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:03:05 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45525-hurricane-sandy-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/45525-hurricane-sandy-in-haiti Join American Baptist Response to Hurricane Sandy at Home and Abroad <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">One "superstorm." Six countries. The impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Western Hemisphere is staggering. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">Long before Sandy came ashore in New Jersey, the hurricane had cut a deadly, destructive swath through the Caribbean. Osbel Guti</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black;mso-ansi-language:ES-TRAD" lang="ES-TRAD">é</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">rrez, pastor of Fourth Baptist Church in Santiago, Cuba's second largest city, described Santiago with words like "devastation."<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Reina Rodriguez, pastor of Peniel Baptist Church in Jiguani described Santiago as "a disaster."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">Even as Sandy was damaging 70% of the homes in Santiago and wiping out farms throughout eastern Cuba, the storm was also destroying crops and taking lives in southern Haiti, where the confirmed death toll is already over 50. Sandy also brought destruction to Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">And then Sandy hit the U.S., spreading death and destruction throughout a huge part of the heavily-populated Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern part of the country, in a drama that most of America was able to follow in real time through the media.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">There is an enormous amount of work to be done with and for the victims of Hurricane Sandy -- both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>American Baptists began to respond even while the winds were still howling.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>American Baptist support for the One Hour of Sharing Offering each year enables immediate response after disaster strikes. &nbsp;American Baptist International Ministries is already sending $15,000 to partners in Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Similarly, American Baptist Home Mission Societies is also making initial grants for relief work inside the U.S. &nbsp;<span class="apple-style-span">But this is, indeed, just the beginning. Today's relief work will become tomorrow's reconstruction -- an effort that will certainly continue for several years.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">American Baptists who are eager to join the response can begin to do so by giving.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It is still too early for much to be done through donated goods and work teams--though that time will come soon. The most pressing need today is for funds to support the work of local responders, both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">Your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) will make immediate relief and long-term reconstruction possible, both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">In order to provide givers with a way to channel their support to the response efforts they choose, two separate One Great Hour of Sharing codes are available:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>to support the work within the U.S., use this OGHS code:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>" Hurricane Sandy;" to support the work in the Caribbean, use this OGHS code:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>"Caribbean Hurricane."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">One Great Hour of Sharing</span></u><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"> is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black"></span></p> <p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black"></span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black"><br></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: <a href="mailto:catherine.nold@abc-usa.org">catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</a></span></p> <p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:02:32 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/45349-join-american-baptist-response-to-hurricane-sandy-at-home-and-abroad https://internationalministries.org/read/45349-join-american-baptist-response-to-hurricane-sandy-at-home-and-abroad Christmas Update <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count:3">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>A child to God is born</i></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>And all is brought again</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>That ere was lost or lorn.</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Could but thy soul, O man,</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Become a silent night!</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>God would be born in thee</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>And set all things aright.</span></i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count:6">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>15th Century</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Dear Friends and Family,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count:1"></span>We greet you all with much love during this Christmas Advent season from our home in North Carolina this year instead of our home in Haiti. As many of you know, this is our year of “Home-Assignment” with ABC and “Off-Field Assignment” for CBF.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Steve, Micah and I have been enjoying the change of seasons and now that winter is here, we are trying to stay warm! We enjoyed our first snow of the season and realized we hadn’t really experienced snow in six years! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">The week before Thanksgiving, we were pleased to announce the birth of our 5th grandchild born to our daughter Miriam (Mims) and her husband Jon Swinger. They had a sweet baby girl named Stevie, after both her grandfathers. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Her 2 ½ yr old brother, Jericho Rudi, is thrilled and tells his mom and dad every day how he loves “my new baby sister!” said with a beautiful smile on his face. The awesome thing is that Stevie was helped into the world by her aunt Kirstin, a Certified Nurse Midwife practicing here in North Carolina. It was wonderful to be here and to be part of the excitement and we were able to help with the care of Kirstin and Lee’s three while she was at the hospital for the delivery. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Carrie, our third daughter, who is also a nurse, was able to be with Mims for the birth as well. It was a joyous day to welcome a new life into our midst. A week later, all of our children and grandchildren were able to gather in our small farmhouse to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. It had been six years since we have been able to be together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wonderful to have a newborn at Christmas, with much rejoicing in the Lord!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Other highlights of our months in the United States have been:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Enjoying a family reunion this summer at our home in North Carolina <br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Spending quality time with our parents, June Beaver and Lloyd James</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Helping Micah settle into 12th Grade at the local public high school</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Reconnecting and getting involved in the life of our home church, First Baptist Burnsville</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"> (singing in the church choir is a joy!)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Fellowshipping this summer with other field personnel on our Latin American and Caribbean CBF team in Atlanta and with other ABC missionaries at Eastern University in Pennsylvania during the Conference for Missionaries</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Steve spent a week at a Masters in Organizational Leadership conference in Santiago</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">, Dominican Republic</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">- Speaking and sharing about what we see the Lord doing in Haiti and around the world with friends, churches and faith groups in various states (deputation) <br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">-Participated in a conference on Peacemaking at the Agape Community where we reconnected with old friends and were challenged anew to make a difference in our war-ravaged world.<span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">We are looking forward to times together with Steve’s dad and family after Christmas in Pennsylvania, and then in January with my sisters and mom in Florida.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">These first 5 months of our Home Assignment in the US have been very energizing and renewing to our spirits. We specifically wanted a time of “quiet reflection,” this year as we try to discern what God might want us to do as we face the next term in Haiti.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Steve and I continue to have our minds and hearts in Haiti. We receive weekly updates through emails and phone calls from our friends and co-workers there. Word from the Haut Limbé area where we live brings news of another surge of cholera especially in the north affecting the Ebenezer Clinic. In early November there were over 100 patients interned with cholera and sadly, some deaths were reported. The increase in rains and people slipping back into “life before cholera,” was blamed for the outbreak. Public health and grassroots efforts, including the inspiring work of our CHE (Community Health Evangelism) partners, are continuing to educate and remind people of what is crucial to prevent such a life-threatening illness. We will continue to update you on events in Haiti as they come to us.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">May the Lord Jesus bless you and your families and communities in the year ahead. Although the future often looks bleak, we see evidences of God moving in many places around the world and we put our hope in Him. We are indeed grateful for your love, friendship and support.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Much love,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count:2">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nancy, Steve and Micah </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:45:30 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41106-christmas-update https://internationalministries.org/read/41106-christmas-update The Haitian people rise again from their ashes with minimal government assistance. <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">It seems so hard to believe that the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti was only two year ago. It seems a lifetime ago! And yet to those who lost beloved ones it must still seem that all it happened yesterday. We don’t hear much about it in the news anymore. The US is absorbed in the Election year and there are other pressing issues around the world that have grabbed the headlines, North Korea, Syria and the “Arab Spring.” But the reality is very evident that there is still much to be done in Port Au Prince and the surrounding areas to rebuild the city and many others hard hit by the earthquake. Much has been accomplished. Tons of rubble have been removed, schools are once again in progress, a new president has been elected and things are starting to look “normal," a “new normal" as nothing will ever be the same again.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">The presidential palace still stands broken as a reminder that no matter how well-built and stately it might be, nothing can withstand a 7 point magnitude earthquake when it stands in its path. Yet despite this, through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in this devastated land, the Haitian people have risen again to rise from their ashes with minimal government assistance. The work has moved from disaster-relief to development. God’s call was heard by countless people in Haiti and around the world to mobilize help for the disaster. Now the efforts are focused on development. American Baptists and Cooperative Baptists have given sacrificially to the effort which continues to make Kingdom-building changes for thousands of God’s people in need. Volunteers, alongside</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Haitian Christian workers helped to remove debris and rebuild a demolished school, which has become one of the finest schools in the town of Grand Goave. Construction of “earthquake-proof” houses built with the rubble from the destroyed homes has helped to provide vital sustainable shelter for those who were living in tents. “Creating something new out of the shell of the old.” Although an estimated 500,000 people are still in tents, over a million people are now in permanent shelters. It is easy to despair when it seems there is still so much work to be done, but we see signs of hope. Self-Help Groups are forming and growing to economically empower communities from the grassroots, mobile clinics reaching out to areas where there has been no medical help, a small</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Haitian Baptist Convention clinic has now become a major hospital in the north respected as a rehabilitation center for spinal chord injuries from the earthquake as well as for others with disabilities, bringing hope to many families. Baptist churches in Port-au-Prince, despite being damaged themselves, through the work of the Haitian Baptist Convention, and support from Christians abroad, after providing relief to families devastated by deaths, injuries, and economic collapse, spearheaded many development programs such as focusing efforts on children and education as well as micro-enterprise programs in their communities. Many small clinics have impacted their communities by responding to cholera in a life-saving way. Ebenezer Clinic in the north reached out to those suffering in the earthquake zone and then took on the challenge head-on to the cholera epidemic. Community Health Evangelism (CHE) has been introduced into the earthquake area and is making a positive impact. Many students who lost their schools had to transfer to schools in the north and received scholarships bringing them hope for their futures. Your love and prayers and your financial support have made a very big difference in the lives of the Haitian people. Thank you so much on behalf of our Haitian brothers and sisters.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style=""><br>Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with eight out of ten people living in extreme poverty, is about the size of Maryland, and is located on the western half of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.&nbsp; The Dominican Republic is on the eastern half.&nbsp; The northern portion of Haiti, where most of IM’s mission work has been located, is approximately 100 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter.<br></p>Donations are still being accepted and can be made on the IM website.&nbsp; Go to <a href="../../../items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80&nbsp;</a>&nbsp; or write a check made payable to “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mail to: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482, or make a check payable to your church and write “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo section. <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">&nbsp;Notes, SHG, mobile clinics, QMhospital, Ebenezer Clinic, Baptist Church in Port</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT;mso-bidi-font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT">Grand Goave Baptist (Temple Baptist church) leadership and school, CHE from</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT;mso-bidi-font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT">relief to development…</span></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:36:04 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41052-the-haitian-people-rise-again-from-their-ashes-with-minimal-government-assistance- https://internationalministries.org/read/41052-the-haitian-people-rise-again-from-their-ashes-with-minimal-government-assistance- Lab-in-a-Suitcase Confirms Diagnoses in Haiti Medical laboratories are unheard of in many parts of Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Sick people in remote hillside hamlets and big city slums often must walk for hours, even days to have diagnoses confirmed at certified medical labs.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Many are just too sick to attempt the difficult journey.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Those who do may not survive the ordeal.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;“That’s why we were so excited when we learned of the Laboratory-in-a-Suitcase. At just 65 lbs, it can go anywhere,” smiled American Baptist International Ministries’ special assistant and former missionary, Herb Rogers.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Rogers is an expert on the matter.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>As a certified clinical laboratory scientist and licensed medical technologist, Rogers worked in med tech and served as an IM missionary in Haiti from 1974 to 2003. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;In late October 2011 while serving as a special assistant in the IM home office in Valley Forge, PA, Rogers returned to Haiti with a team of volunteers from Lifepointe Church in Texas, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church, to put the Laboratory-in-a-Suitcase to the test.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Rogers, together with a medical doctor, nurse and several healthcare professionals and a translator, boarded a beat-up old truck for a dusty, bumpy one-hour-plus drive and hike into a remote hamlet in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;For two days they confirmed diagnoses and treated over 100 sick children, women and men who have illnesses and chronic conditions that are routinely and successfully treated in the U.S., including anemia, parasites and hypertension.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But without proper treatment in Haiti these common illnesses can easily and quickly lead to death.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Laboratory-in-a-Suitcase was able to analyze blood, urine and stool samples, helping the doctors to make accurate diagnoses.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;Rogers is grateful to the medical volunteers who served alongside him during this trip.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>“Without the open and sacrificial hearts of our volunteers in Haiti, our Haitian brothers and sisters would have to walk many miles to get care.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The suffering would be great and many would die,” summarized Rogers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;The Laboratory-in-a-Suitcase is a product of International Aid, an independent missionary aid organization specializing in medical equipment and technology.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;To find out more about IM’s global volunteer program and how you can use your skills and gifts to serve, go to <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/topics/volunteers">http://www.internationalministries.org/topics/volunteers</a>.&nbsp; </span></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:51:09 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40638-lab-in-a-suitcase-confirms-diagnoses-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/40638-lab-in-a-suitcase-confirms-diagnoses-in-haiti Haitian Staff Opts To Keep Cholera Treatment Center Open The Ebenezer Cholera Treatment Center had experienced a very low mortality rate, unusual for a small rural community health center that had heretofore been inexperienced and ill equipped for treating cholera. Doctors Without Borders had helped the clinic respond to the cholera outbreak. Their combined efforts saved the lives of almost 2000 gravely ill cholera patients. Doctors Without Borders had brought the expertise, supplies, personnel, and structure needed to effectively combat this deadly yet easily treatable and preventable disease. <p>The cholera prevention program in the surrounding communities had made a huge impact in dramatically decreasing the incidence of cholera. Now, the numbers of gravely ill patients were diminishing daily. It was time for Doctors Without Borders to leave Ebenezer and close the cholera treatment center. Dr. Nadine, the Swiss doctor in charge, wanted to meet with Ebenezer’s medical director, Dr. Emmanuel Mareus, to inform him of the decision to close the center. </p> <p>In keeping with the spirit of collaborative decision-making characteristic of the Ebenezer Health Center, Dr. Mareus asked Dr. Nadine if she would mind meeting with the entire Ebenezer staff, rather than just with himself. Cholera treatment had involved every staff member in one way or another, and they had all worked very hard in their respective roles, sacrificially volunteering long hours without pay to serve those in need. Dr. Mareus wanted everyone to hear what Dr. Nadine had to say. She agreed, and a full staff meeting was called. </p> <p>After Dr. Nadine’s presentation on the state of cholera in the country and Doctors Without Borders plans to consolidate into one central treatment center for the north, Dr. Mareus asked to speak. First, he wanted to thank everyone, especially Doctors Without Borders, for their vital help in combating cholera. </p> <p>He continued, addressing Dr. Nadine. “We Haitians know that cholera was brought to Haiti by foreigners, but that does not mean that cholera is not a Haitian disease. Cholera is going to be with us long after the foreign health groups leave our country. Cholera is a Haitian problem and must be solved by us Haitians. We thus cannot agree to close the Ebenezer Cholera Treatment Unit after Doctors Without Borders leave us. We are going to keep it open with God’s help, for we know the people have come to depend on us for their care, especially as they continue to suffer from cholera.” We all shook hands gratefully as we said goodbye to Dr. Nadine. </p> <p>Since Doctors Without Borders pulled out two months ago, the Ebenezer Cholera Treatment Unit has admitted and treated over 200 cholera patients, with no deaths. Thank God!<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p>Note: The Ebenezer Clinic is a small community health center in Upper Limbe near the Christian University of North Haiti and is affiliated with the Haitian Baptist Convention.</p> Sun, 29 May 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36292-haitian-staff-opts-to-keep-cholera-treatment-center-open https://internationalministries.org/read/36292-haitian-staff-opts-to-keep-cholera-treatment-center-open For The Love Of A Friend It was late at night in the recently improvised crowded Cholera Treatment Unit in northern Haiti. “Doctor Steve, come quickly, we can’t get an IV started on this man!” Ebenezer Community Health Center nurse, Yolande, called out. Cholera patients, in various degrees of shock, were filling the rooms, the hallways, the porches, and now spilling out into the makeshift tent outside. <p>Leaving a patient on whom I was in the midst of starting an IV, I rushed over to where Yolande and Nurse Anne were working. I found a severely dehydrated young man having just arrived at the Center after suffering vomiting and diarrhea for only the past 6 hours. He was completely unresponsive and appearing to me not to be breathing. Neither could I feel a pulse.</p> <p>“It’s too late for him, Yolande,” I said, thinking of those waiting for us to get IV fluids started on them who were still breathing. We needed to keep working fast to try to save whatever lives we could. “No! Dr. Steve, he’s still breathing! This is Ben, a friend of ours! We must try to save him!” cried Yolande. I looked carefully again. Sure enough, I counted 4 almost imperceptible breaths per minute. </p> <p>We three started looking almost frantically for any vein we could find. “Pray and keep praying!” I said to the nurses, as I was doubting in my heart that we could actually save Ben. In the last few days, we had seen so many at this stage of dehydration arrive too late to survive. As Anne and Yolande worked on each arm, I started looking for a vein on Ben’s neck. Then in a few minutes, each of the nurses shouted in joy, “I’ve got a line!”</p> <p>I looked over and saw that the caliber of the needles were so small, I doubted again that we could get enough fluids into Ben fast enough to save his life. But just getting not only one line but two lines going was a miracle. Anne and Yolande each squeezed the plastic bottles containing the life-giving fluids as hard as they could as I succeeded in getting a third line going under Ben’s right clavicle. For the next 30 minutes, the three of us squeezed and prayed that Jesus would save this young man’s life, abandoning ourselves to God’s will. Suddenly, Ben’s eyes opened wide with confusion and wonder. Ben was back among us, again! We, three thanked and praised Him together as we turned to continue working on the others around in need. </p> <p><span></span>Later that night, in the lull of the wee hours before sunrise, as we were mopping up the vomit and diarrhea in the tent outside, I looked up to see Yolande and Anne continuing to labor over prostrate patients in backbreaking love for their fellow Haitian brothers and sisters in need.</p> <p>In the nearby city of Cap Haitian, there exists a statue of several soldiers at the site of a famous revolutionary war battle called Vertieres, where the almost weaponless army of Haiti, former slaves, won the decisive battle against the French army of Napoleon giving Haiti her independence over two hundred years ago. </p> <p>Leaning on the mop, I looked at Yolande and Anne, and thought of these brave young women, of their faith and love for Jesus. I thought, too, of so many other Haitian men and women of faith, working so hard and so self-sacrificially, not just here at the Ebenezer Health Center, but all over Haiti these past few weeks as they rose to meet the cholera challenge and crisis of their people. </p> <p>“Yolande, Anne, you know what I hope to see someday in Haiti?” I called out to them, as the roosters started crowing. “What, doc?” they called back to me. “I hope to see a monument in Haiti, like the Vertieres monument, that shows Haitian women and men, nurses, construction people, common people reaching out in loving service to their Haitian sisters and brothers suffering from the earthquake and cholera epidemic of 2010”.</p> <p><span></span>Before going home for a rest, the sun rising over the Haut Limbé hills, I went to see Ben, awake now with a blood pressure and pulse, IV fluids continuing to pour into him, his family giving him sips of oral rehydration salt solution to drink. “Ben, you are a miracle,” I said. “I had given you up for dead. But I believe Jesus saw Yolande and Anne’s love for you, their faith and perseverance and heard our prayers and He saved you!” I took his hand as I turned to leave, saying, “Maybe God has work for you in this life, Ben, in building His Kingdom. Remember, He loves you and is your Savior in all ways.” Ben gazed up at me in a weak but beautiful smile. </p> Wed, 04 May 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/35565-for-the-love-of-a-friend https://internationalministries.org/read/35565-for-the-love-of-a-friend Celebration In Grand Goave, Haiti <span>Last week Steve and I got into our old rugged truck with three dear friends and co-workers, Mama Kihomi Ngweme, Paul Romeus and Muler Jean-Jacques, for a seven-hour drive to the south of Haiti.<span>&nbsp; </span>We left before dawn in the cool of the day, our truck full of boxes, provisions, and our traveling gear. </span> <p><span><br></span></p><p><span>The five of us had been invited to Grand Goave for the celebration and dedication of the school being rebuilt after the Baptist church and school were destroyed in the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The local committee had decided it was most important to rebuild the school first, so that the children could once again study in a new and safe environment.<span>&nbsp; </span>The children, “precious in His sight” are the future of Haiti.<span>&nbsp; </span>We went to see how much had been accomplished, thank God for his presence through it all, and ask ourselves, both national partners and foreign, “where do we go from here?”</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>The trip was long with the first part over mountainous roads full of potholes and switchbacks.<span>&nbsp; </span>The views were spectacular and almost worth the bumps and dips.<span>&nbsp; </span>The warm valley air where we live suddenly turned cool and refreshing as we drove up and up. As each curve was rounded one couldn’t help but praise the creator for all that He has made. The views included layers and layers of mountains, each a different color. Some areas were lush green, others barren and stark, evidence that there is still much to be done in the area of reforestation.</span></p> <p><span>After about an hour of climbing we started to descend into a valley where we passed a washed-out road and bridge, both damaged a few years ago when Hurricane Jeanne brought flooding and destruction to the town of Gonaives and surrounding towns.<span>&nbsp; </span>Much work has been done but still much of the road is in disrepair.</span></p> <p><span>Once past Gonaives, we passed through the Artibonite Valley where the cholera epidemic started in October 2010.<span>&nbsp; </span>Although there are still cholera treatment centers, the number of cases has dropped drastically and ongoing preventive education and treatment are firmly in place thanks to efforts of many health-care workers and public service announcements heard daily on the radio. </span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Our little group talked and laughed along the way. As we approached the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, we could see the sobering sight of year-old tent cities everywhere.<span>&nbsp; </span>It is hard to imagine how people can endure these small, temporary shelters that have now becoming a long term “home.” The hillsides are barren with no trees for shade, just miles and miles of blue tents. Some of these desolate settlements even have police stations making them seem as if they are now recognized towns. Huge efforts are underway by many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to rebuild, but there is still so much to do to bring safe housing for the estimated one-million+ residents still without permanent homes. </span></p> <p><span>We stopped briefly in Port au Prince to drop off some supplies.<span>&nbsp; </span>The traffic still moves at a snails-pace due to road crews and hundreds of small commerce stands with women selling products and produce.<span>&nbsp; </span>I asked myself, “How can anyone rebuild a city with people everywhere?” There has been some progress since our last visit in August 2010.<span>&nbsp; </span>Rubble has been removed, some buildings have been repaired, and children are back in school.<span>&nbsp; </span>The question remains in many of our minds, “ how safe are these buildings in which people are going to school?”</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>After what seemed like forever, our truck finally arrived at the Siloe Baptist School and Church in Grand Goave.<span>&nbsp; </span>The Haitian team, members of the Haitian Baptist Convention, and the US team, CBF/ABC-US partners, were beginning to gather for a planned supper. The stars shone brightly overhead as we sat at dimly lit picnic tables for a delicious meal prepared over charcoal fires in the nearby school kitchen by Mme. Moise and her crew. </span></p> <p><span>CBF missionaries Mike and Brenda Harwood and their team had been planning for months for this occasion, and it was evident.<span>&nbsp; </span>The transition from disaster relief to development at the school site has occurred.<span>&nbsp; </span>The one-story school building is expanding to include more classrooms so that soon the whole school will be new. Five completed classrooms are in use and more being built by Haitian and American teams.</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Sunday morning we gathered under a tarp for a service of thanksgiving and dedication of the new school.<span>&nbsp; </span>Many of the students and parents attended.<span>&nbsp; </span>It was truly a time of rejoicing for what God had done through His people.<span>&nbsp; </span>In just one year, here was a tangible sign of hope.<span>&nbsp; </span>Without government assistance here was evidence that people and churches, Haitian, American and Canadian, working side by side, can make a difference!<span>&nbsp; </span>Much, much work and sacrifice have gone into this continuing effort.<span>&nbsp; </span>I wish I could name every person who labored under the hot sun, slept in tents, and contributed energy and faith to this effort. The list would be in the hundreds including many of you who sacrificed financially to this rebuilding work.</span></p> <p><span>Over the next three days we were able to see and hear about what has been accomplished in Grand Goave since the earthquake. We toured some of the completed “rubble houses” (spearheaded by Conscience International), and we dedicated a soon to be finished home by laying hands on the house as a blessing. The recipient, an elderly woman who lost her home and some of her family in the earthquake, prayed with those of us gathered.</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Our visit to Grand Goave was also a time to pray together for the future, not only for this effort but also for other efforts in the areas affected.<span>&nbsp; </span>Daniel Vestal, the CBF Executive Coordinator, asked our Haitian brothers to share their vision for the future. We sat together in one of the new classrooms to pray, listen, and share.</span></p> <p><span><span></span>On our last day, we drove back to Port au Prince to the City Baptist Church to meet with Paul Romeus and three women who had been identified by CBF as leaders in their communities.<span>&nbsp; </span>These leaders had attended a three-month training program in Ethiopia where they learned how to start micro-finance groups (Self-Help Groups or SHG) that enable women in poverty to earn an income and save money to help support their families.<span>&nbsp; </span>This method has been used all over the world and is making a difference in poverty stricken areas.<span>&nbsp; </span>The team said they felt honored to have had the experience of going to Ethiopia and are eager to share with others what they learned. Paul and the women reported that the Haitian churches with whom they have spoken since their return from Ethiopia are eager to learn how to begin SHG's in their communities.</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Our group of five said our farewells at the church in Port, climbed into our truck, and began the long drive back north feeling grateful for our time with those who had come to celebrate, and grateful for the signs of hope in the earthquake epicenter of Grand Goave as lives, schools, and homes are rebuilt.</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Thank you for your help with the rebuilding here in Haiti through your prayers, your love, and your financial support.<span>&nbsp; </span>Your gifts do make a difference!</span></p> <p><span><span></span>Steve &amp; Nancy James</span></p> <p><span></span></p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/34238-celebration-in-grand-goave-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/34238-celebration-in-grand-goave-haiti Words of Encouragement <p><span>Dorothy Day’s words have been such an encouragement to us. We share them with you in the hope that you might find in them the same.</span></p> <p><span><b>“One of the greatest evils of the day is the sense of futility.<span>&nbsp; </span>Young people say, 'What can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?' They cannot see that we can only lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment.<span>&nbsp; </span>But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform these actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.”</b></span></p> <p><span><b>&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; </span>Dorothy Day</b></span></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/32950-words-of-encouragement https://internationalministries.org/read/32950-words-of-encouragement Signs Of Hope And Healing And A Lot Of Jesus’ Love <span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">In the midst of Advent we find ourselves surrounded by cholera as well as political unrest, longing even more for the hope that only Jesus can bring, and challenged by the pointed words of Oscar Romero:</span> <p style="margin-left: 1.5in;"><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No one can celebrate</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>a genuine Christmas</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>without being truly poor.</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The self-sufficient, the proud,</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>those who, because they have</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>everything, look down on others,</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>those who have no need</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>even of God-for them there </b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>will be no Christmas.</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Only the poor, the hungry,</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>those who need someone</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>to come on their behalf,</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>will have that someone.</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>That someone is God.</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Emmanuel. God-with-us.</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Without poverty of spirit</b></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>there can be no abundance <br></b></span></p><p><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; of God</b></span><span style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;"><span>&nbsp; <br></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: ArialMT;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;"></span></p><p></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;"><span></span>We want to thank all of you for your financial gifts that have gone to cholera relief.<span>&nbsp; </span>The gifts have saved countless lives and brought hope to many.<span>&nbsp; </span>Your prayers have encouraged the staff as they work to minister to the “least of these,” in this difficult epidemic.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">We have had the privilege of hosting a number of volunteers (29) from the Dominican Republic, US and Canada.<span>&nbsp; </span>Each of them has made a tremendous contribution to the effort. We wish we had time to mention them all by name as they have truly blessed our lives. <br></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">Among the many who came, we were pleased that our daughter Carrie James, a nurse, was able to return for a week to help at the small Ebenezer Community Health Center, a “Clinic With Beds that overnight became a real hospital caring for up to 100 patients at a time. The clinic is now an official Cholera Treatment Center, receiving staff, supplies and logistical help from Doctor’s Without Borders or MSF (Medecins Sans Frontiers).<span>&nbsp; </span>From Nov 2nd to Dec 16th the CTC at Ebenezer has admitted 1,205 severely ill cholera patients, with 30 deaths.<span>&nbsp; </span>There are from 15 to 20 new admissions each day.<span>&nbsp; </span>We estimate that at least 40% would have died had they not been able to receive treatment at the center.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">As part of the training to work with cholera the MSF staff have encouraged our volunteers and Haitian staff to spend several hours in training at the MSF Treatment Center in Cap Haitian where a transformed gymnasium is used to intern over 400 patients.<span>&nbsp; </span>Cots are lined up in rows with people of all ages receiving IV therapy.<span>&nbsp; </span>It is an incredible sight.<span>&nbsp; </span>The bleachers above the main floor have been designated for people receiving oral re-hydration and for observation.<span>&nbsp; </span>Some of them will be discharged, others who continue with vomiting and diarrhea, are sent back down to the main floor for further treatment. Because the gymnasium is not big enough to hold all those stricken, there are large tents filled with more patients outside. The sick are monitored by both the MSF staff, a large Haitian staff, and international medical volunteers who help with the care and logistics of such a huge operation. Everyone who enters or leaves the Cholera Treatment Center must rinse their hands in a light solution of Clorox and have their shoes sprayed as well. The Cap Haitian CTC is a very well organized, make-shift center doing an impressive job saving lives plus teaching care for the sick and prevention techniques.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">With only two doctors and three nurses working the first two weeks of the epidemic, the Ebenezer Health Center, an affiliate of the Haitian Baptist Convention, was involved from the beginning of the cholera outbreak here in the north and has greatly helped contain the loss of life in the local community. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF ) was alerted to the health center’s struggle to get supplies and the need for more staff. After many visits by the MSF staff a decision was made to make Ebenezer into a Cholera Treatment Center. There are many CTC’s all over Haiti, but especially in the hard hit north. MSF has provided staffing support, including doctors and nurses, tents, and Clorox sprayers; implemented organization procedures; and partnered with the regular Haitian staff of Ebenezer Clinic.<span>&nbsp; </span>With the help of MSF the clinic’s efforts were streamlined, and the work now does not seem as overwhelming as it did at first. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">We are deeply grateful to this organization.<span>&nbsp; </span>Their motto is. “We find out where the conditions are the worst-the places where others are not going- and that is where we want to be.” MSF serves in war-torn areas or places of great medical need all over the world, and although it is a secular, humanitarian effort, we see the hand of God at work in them. We have had several meetings with the MSF staff and leaders and are impressed with their desire to make a positive difference in Haiti. They have worked in many cholera epidemics around the world but this is the worst epidemic they have ever seen. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">In addition to MSF, the cholera relief and prevention efforts in our area have been greatly helped by the work of the American Baptist International Ministries, the Medical Ambassadors of Haiti, Canada and the Dominican Republic, the Children of the Promise and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">Cholera prevention and education efforts are definitely making a difference. The word is getting out through community group meetings, radio programs, and door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor efforts to educate and implement neighborhood and individual changes in water security, sanitation and personal hygiene. The message is “Don’t drink river water, drink solar-treated water (www.SODIS.ch), boiled water or chlorinated water; use latrines and wash your hands after using the bathroom and before you eat; make up oral re-hydration solutions in your home; and get to your local health center as soon as you have vomiting and diarrhea.”<span>&nbsp;</span> <br></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">Our International Ministries missionary colleagues, Nzunga and Kihome Mabudiga, have been working hard in helping to bring clean water filtration systems to communities and helping to facilitate community health programs directed at preventing the spread of cholera. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">The Haitian Baptist Convention affiliated hospital at Quatier Morin, has also become a Cholera Treatment Center with over 60 hospitalized patients at a time. They too have also partnered with MSF, and are working extensively in community health education and prevention. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">And so little by little we see signs of hope and healing and a lot of Jesus’ love shared and felt among us all.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">Thank you for remembering Haiti in your prayers and giving so generously and sacrificially.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: ComicSansMS;">In His love,</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: LucidaCalligraphy-Italic;"><i>Nancy &amp; Steve</i></span></p> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/30395-signs-of-hope-and-healing-and-a-lot-of-jesus-love- https://internationalministries.org/read/30395-signs-of-hope-and-healing-and-a-lot-of-jesus-love- Cholera Update: An Open Letter to Friends And Family <br><p><b>Dear Friends and Family,</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>We want to update you on the situation in Haiti that has been hit hard with a cholera epidemic that is spreading like wildfire all over the country.&nbsp; The first cases of cholera were seen in the central plateau area, called the Artibonite, one month ago.&nbsp; St. Nicholas hospital in St. Marc started treating the first cases and an alert went out to all the public health departments and NGO’s working in Haiti to be prepared for a cholera outbreak. </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>We had just returned from the US after a two-week visit to meet our new grandson, born on Oct. 4, when we heard the news of the first cases of cholera.&nbsp; We began networking and educating ourselves and other health care workers on the severity and rapidity of this disease that is transmitted through contaminated water. </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>Many people in Haiti do not have access to clean drinking water nor do they use latrines.&nbsp; Streams and rivers are easily contaminated and spread the disease. A likely scenario might be as simple as someone with cholera defecating near a stream and rain washing the feces into the river where children play and bathe, women wash clothes, and many receive their drinking water.&nbsp; Thus one person passes cholera to another. </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>According to public health authorities it is not a difficult disease to treat as long as the sick person can receive immediate re-hydration through oral re-hydration solution and IV serums for severely dehydrated persons. The disease can debilitate a person very rapidly. According to UN reports, there have been around 40,000 cases of cholera and over 1,186 deaths reported in the country. In the past&nbsp;two weeks the disease has hit the north of Haiti especially hard.</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>There has been a large effort in the last month among the local churches, the Haitian public health department, and local Haitian community groups to educate the people about cholera, water security, and healthy sanitation practices. The Community Health Evangelism village health workers of the Medical Ambassadors of Haiti with whom we partner have been playing a key and vital role in this cholera prevention program, going door to door teaching and organizing their neighborhoods.</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>The small outpatient Ebenezer Health Clinic near where we live has been building a clinic with beds next to the outpatient center. Although it is not completely finished, it is now in full use and is over-flowing with patients.&nbsp; People arrive all day and night with vomiting and diarrhea, many close to death due to rapid dehydration. Some die on the way to the clinic. Clinic personnel have had to put patients in the halls on cots and have set up a tent to accommodate all who come for help. The clinic committee and staff have been working hard 24/7 to save lives for the past two weeks.&nbsp; </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>We have received miraculous supplies (Lactated Ringers, oral re-hydration powder, Clorox, etc.) from Medical Ambassadors via truck from the Dominican Republic and from US donors via Agape Flights and Missionary Flights International. More than once, supplies have arrived just when our stocks were almost gone.&nbsp; The teamwork effort has been heroic. </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>To add to the problems, the upcoming Presidential Haitian election, due to occur on Nov. 28, has brought even more challenges. Recently there have been roadblocks and violence preventing urgent supplies from getting to hospitals and clinics. </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>We were greatly blessed to have a volunteer medical team from the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic, helping for 4 days. The medical team of nine, led by ABC missionary nurse, Kristy Engel, had to return to La Romana in the middle of the days of violence.&nbsp; They risked their lives traveling back through many roadblocks manned by people burning tires and wielding machetes. Our trusted friend and driver, Miller, accompanied the team, talking his way through each of the road blocks until they finally made it safely to the border and back to La Romana. Another answer to prayer!</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>While Steve has spent most of his time up at the clinic caring for cholera patients and helping the staff, Nancy has been on the phone and on email trying to get supplies and arrange for medical help to care for all the patients. Micah and Nancy have helped in hosting the volunteers and washing uniforms in Clorox. We have all been teaching our neighbors about cholera and distributing educational posters and fliers.</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> </span><b>In spite of the overwhelming conditions, we have felt the presence of Christ upholding and encouraging us as Haiti goes through yet another disaster. Please keep praying for us and for peace to come to the many troubled hearts in this land.&nbsp; Pray for workers to come and help and for needed supplies to arrive.&nbsp; Pray for Haiti to learn Jesus way of love and health.</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>Thank you for your love, prayers and support, which we have felt during this difficult time.</b><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br> <br> </span><b>Nancy, Steve, and Micah</b></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/29536-cholera-update-an-open-letter-to-friends-and-family https://internationalministries.org/read/29536-cholera-update-an-open-letter-to-friends-and-family Relief For Cholera Weary Staff Arrives after “Miraculous Border Crossing” <br><p>The small Ebenezer Dispensary is overrun with interned cholera patients, most requiring many life saving IV serums.&nbsp; For eleven days the small staff has been working day and night and is exhausted. The situation at the clinic (and other hospitals in the area) is truly in need of many miracles.</p> <p>Scores of cases have been interned in the "soon to be opened" Clinic-With-Beds. The three large rooms and hall are now filled, and new patients are being cared for in a large tent (supplied with cots) that was just installed.</p> <p>We are truly humbled and thankful this evening for answered prayer far beyond our wildest expectations!</p> <p>A few days ago we were delighted to learn that a medical team led by IM missionary Kristy Engel was coming from La Romana, Dominican Republic and was expected to arrive with supplies in Upper Limbe on Saturday.</p> <p>When the team arrived at the border crossing early Saturday morning, the border was closed to commerce due to fears of introducing cholera into the DR. Although the border officials agreed to permit the medical team to pass through, the crossing remained uncertain due to the presence of an angry crowd of Haitians, people frustrated because they were not being allowed to cross to pursue their livelihood, the buying and selling of goods in the DR.</p> <p>With the team eager to help in this epidemic and everyone at Ebenezer Clinic desperate for that help, we prayed and asked for prayer from our support network while our dear driver/friend, Miler, patiently waited on the Haitian side, ready to transport the team to Limbe. </p> <p>It truly was a miracle that after many delays and hurdles the angry crowd allowed the team to pass.&nbsp; It's truly unbelievable that neither the Dominican nor the Haitian officials gave the group any trouble, in fact allowed them to go through without the usual fees and waved the usual requirement for a passport stamp! Haitian customs officials even allowed the truck of vital supplies to accompany the team. All the officials seemed grateful the team was coming to help. Amazing!<br> </p><p>The team finally arrived around 5:15 PM and after a brief orientation meeting and a hurried meal, started working with 45 very ill patients, bringing a blessed respite to the exhausted staff.&nbsp;The team from La Romana worked all night. We all, Haitians, Dominicans, Canadians, and Americans praised God as together in the dark we unloaded the 500 liters of IV solutions plus boxes of medical supplies. We sang "Count Your Blessings" in Creole as we worked. </p> <p>Sadly, one person died upon arrival that night, coming too late to be saved.<br></p> <p>Continue to pray for the situation here in Haiti.&nbsp; We will continue to try to describe more in the days ahead.<br> </p> <p>Thank you all for your love and prayers!</p> <span>Steve and Nancy<br> <br> </span> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/29251-relief-for-cholera-weary-staff-arrives-after-miraculous-border-crossing- https://internationalministries.org/read/29251-relief-for-cholera-weary-staff-arrives-after-miraculous-border-crossing- Cholera Spreads to Northern Haiti-Supplies Needed As the skies above us darken with the approaching tropical storm Tomas, new cholera cases appear in Cap Haitien and the north of Haiti. We are in the midst of helping the Haitian Department of Health secure medical supplies for northern communities as we also are trying to treat the sickest and educate everyone we meet. It is more than a "three-ring circus" of ministry these days!<br><br>Lead, Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!<br>The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!<br>Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see<br>The distant scene; one step enough for me."<br><br>Yesterday, I was called early to the Ebenezer Community Health Center to help with 10 year old Willy who was near death from cholera dehydration. Willy is the first case of cholera the health center had received. More and more cases of cholera have been moving north. Willy had only been sick 12 hours and was severely dehydrated in shock. Their neighbor, a 22 year old young man, had died from diarrhea during the night. <br><br>Thanks to God, prayer, and the Ebenezer Clinic’s Christian medical team, who have been educated, prepared, and mobilized for this latest challenge, we were able to find a vein, start IV fluids, and in a few hours Willy's life was saved. <br><br>Willy's family and many from the community, hearing of the first cholera case in this community, came to see Willy. We did not lose the opportunity to educate all those who came by in this new disease for Haiti, cholera, its prevention, water safety methods, such as water purification by sun exposure for the poorest of the poor (www.SODIS.ch), personal hygiene, and sanitation. <br><br>Willy's family are believers in Jesus and were praising Him with grateful hearts as they took Willy home at the end of the day now hungry and asking for food, having received 3 liters of fluids, drinking oral rehydration solution without more vomiting, and the diarrhea having stopped.<br><br>On Tuesday, November 2, we received word that the Health Department, through the efforts of Missionary Flights International and Medical Ambassadors with whom we have been working closely, received 200 cots for their northern Cholera Treatment Center that accepts patients requiring IV rehydration. Without cots patients would lie on the ground, spreading cholera into the watershed. <br><br>On the prior day, again thanks to Medical Ambassadors of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canada, and financial gifts from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and International Ministries, crucial medical supplies for use in local clinics were purchased in the Dominican Republic and brought over land to Cap Haitien. Today, November 3, we are again involved in trucking medical supplies from the Dominican Republic to Cap Haitien to assist the Haitian Ministry of Health. <br><br>Many are asking how they can be of help in this cholera challenge. Here is a list of immediate needs:<br><br>1. Pray for all of us in Haiti<br><br>2. Raise money to purchase and transport supplies already in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Donations designated for cholera relief in Haiti may be sent to one of the four partners with whom we are working: <br><br>American Baptist Churches International Ministries<br>PO Box 851<br>Valley Forge, PA<br>19482-0851<br>800-222-3872 ext.2349<br><br>Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions<br>PO Box 101699<br>Atlanta, GA 30392<br>770-220-1624<br> 800-352-8741<br><br>Missionary Flights International<br>3170 Airman's Drive<br>Ft. Pierce, FL 34946<br>772-462-2395<br><br>Medical Ambassadors of Canada Assn.<br>7589 Main Street<br>Louisbourg, NS Canada B1C 1J9<br>902-733-2269<br><br>3. Send any of the following supplies to Haiti:<br>&nbsp; <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;IV fluids (Ringers Lactate is most needed)<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;oral rehydration salts, i.e. Pedialyte<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;disinfectants such as Chlorox wipes, hand soap (i.e. hotel soaps), hand sanitizer <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;rolled bandages<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;antibiotics (erythromycin and azithromycin for children; pregnant<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; patients, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, tetracycline)<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;disposable non-sterile gloves<br><br>Supplies can be shipped to us either by Missionary Flights International at the address above or to our mailing address:<br><br>&nbsp; Agape Flights 1369<br>&nbsp; 100 Airport Avenue<br>&nbsp; Venice, FL 34285<br>&nbsp; 941-488-0990<br><br>For the sake of Haitian Customs please mail us a letter via Agape Air on your church’s or organization’s letterhead stating that the supplies you are shipping are intended for the medical work of the Haitian Ministry of Health,&nbsp; the Medical Ambassadors of Haiti and the Haitian Baptist Convention, all organizations registered with the Haitian Government? Include also on letterhead a list of the supplies being shipped. <br><br>Please email us about shipments <span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">before</span> you send them.&nbsp; Write us at: snjames8@yahoo.com<br>Thank you!<br><br>We are truly together in these challenging days, and we can feel your love, your prayers, and your support for all of us.<br><br>All in Christ-God,<br><br>Steve and Nancy<br><br><br>Nancy B. James RN<br>Stephen W. James MD<br>Holistic Health Ministries in Haiti &amp; the Caribbean<br>ABC International Ministries/CBF Global Missions<br>Tel 828-355-5862<br>Cell (US) 904-657-8816<br>Cell (Haiti) +509-3-774-3207<br>http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104<br>http://www.thefellowship.info/james<br><br> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/28815-cholera-spreads-to-northern-haiti-supplies-needed https://internationalministries.org/read/28815-cholera-spreads-to-northern-haiti-supplies-needed Cholera Outbreak: Community Health Partners Respond We want to update you on the cholera epidemic as we are now experiencing it in Haiti. Daily we hear of more cholera cases arriving in the communities of the north. So far, all have originated in the Artibonite valley, 60 miles from us, where the epidemic started.<br><br>Although, as of this moment, we hear reports that the epidemic may have been contained, the threat of spread to the earthquake devastated communities in the south and ultimately to the whole country is still very large. <br><br>To date we have not treated any cholera cases, but our team of health care providers and partners has been involved in community education and prevention in the vulnerable communities around us. We are preparing the community clinics to receive and treat large numbers of affected people in hopes of being able to contain the disease.<br><br>Steve worked in the Ebenezer Community Health Center, Haute Limbé, on October 22, where no cholera cases were presented. Nancy has been preparing and helping to distribute educational materials to providers and educators in the local communities. In the next few days we plan to help two community health centers set up cholera treatment protocols and treatment centers. <br><br>Ministry funds from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the American Baptist Churches have been given to help purchase and transport medical supplies (IV solutions, oral rehydration salts, bleach and soap), procured by Christian partners in the Dominican Republic. These funds will also be used to help the treatment centers care for the very sickest and help contain the spread of the infection through health education and primary health care at the centers.<br><br>We have also been working with Rev. Joel Dorsainville, Coordinator of Disaster Relief Services for the Haitian Baptist Convention, updating and coordinating efforts within the churches of Haiti.<br><br>On Sunday we participated in a conference on solar generated water purification for the poorest communities called SODIS (www.sodis.ch). Since the earthquake in January this program of teaching communities to produce their own clean drinking water has been operating in Haiti through the work of one of our partners, the Medical Ambassadors of Haiti (Community Health Evangelists) and their village health workers. <br><br>We have been in communication with our CBF Field Personnel nurse, Jenny Jenkins, who is working in Grand Goave and Port-au-Prince. She, and ABC Missionary, Deliris Carrion, are working together to prepare the local communities for the possible arrival of cholera cases in their area. To date, she has reported one cholera case hospitalized in Grand Goave having arrived from the Artibonite. <br><br>The Haitian Public Health Department is planning to set up cholera treatment centers. We are in the process of trying to help provide cots for these centers through the help of our partner, Missionary Flights International (MFI). <br><br>If a large number of cholera cases develop here in the north, there is concern that there will be a shortage of IV fluids, oral rehydration salts, and antibiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community are involved and may be able to supply these needs in time. <br><br>We ask for your prayers:<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;for protection for all at risk in Haiti <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;for the necessary education prevention measures to be implemented<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;for the necessary medical supplies to reach the sick<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;for strength and wisdom for those working in Haiti<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;that we all might serve in Christ-like love.<br><br>In Him,<br><br>Steve and Nancy James<br><br>ABC International Ministries/CBF Global Missions<br>Tel 828-355-5862<br>Cell (US) 904-657-8816<br>Cell (Haiti) +509-3-774-3207<br>http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104<br>http://www.thefellowship.info/james<br>snjames8@yahoo.com<br> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/28217-cholera-outbreak-community-health-partners-respond https://internationalministries.org/read/28217-cholera-outbreak-community-health-partners-respond God’s Miracle of Giving <span id="content-body"> <h3>Invitation to Grand Goave</h3>Steve and I recently returned from a four-day trip to Grand Goave, a large, dusty town near the epicenter of the January 12th earthquake. It was a long and tiring journey but one worth the effort. We, along with newly appointed CBF nurse, Jenny Jenkins, and our 16 year old son Micah, attended meetings with those involved in the rebuilding of a local school and church. <br><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold;"><br></span>Shortly after the earthquake the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the American Baptist Church were invited by the Haitian Baptist Convention to begin the overwhelming task of clearing and rebuilding in Grand Goave. Several retired missionaries with both Creole language and building skills, volunteered to help organize and begin the recovery process.&nbsp; <br><br>Today, people by the thousands are still living in tents and, with the intense summer heat, it is almost unimaginable, but there is progress. Water systems have been built and the school is almost ready to receive students. <br><br> <h3>Introducing The" Rubble House"</h3>In partnership with Conscience International, the first “rubble house” has been built. Ten more rubble house foundations are in place and work on these houses will begin shortly. <br><br>The design for the house is ingenious and purportedly “earthquake proof” and because of the thickness of the walls will be much cooler than most other houses in Haiti at present. The house is constructed with 12-inch wide walls made of chicken wire filled with the broken rubble of former homes and buildings destroyed in the earthquake and then cemented over on both sides. The design also includes an outdoor compost toilet and covered cooking area. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br> <h3>Seeking To Be "The Presene Of Christ"</h3>Among those helping in the last seven months are CBF’s Scott Hunter, Tori Wenz, RN, Tim Brendle and ABC missionaries Herb Rogers, Tim Moore and Gene Gentry. With the help and guidance of the Disaster Relief Teams, groups from churches in the US have been coming since February to help rebuild. Those who have come have sought to be “the presence of Christ” to those in need. They have worked shoulder to shoulder with their Haitian brothers and sisters, not sharing a common language except the love of Jesus and the willingness to help. Living in tents under difficult circumstances, these teams have shared a little of the suffering of their Haitian brothers and sisters<br><br>Tori Wenz with her nursing skills has helped with medical teams as well as respond to medical needs in both the community and outlying mountainous areas where the medical needs are great.&nbsp; Tori will depart in a few weeks but Jenny Jenkins is stepping in to replace her.&nbsp; Also Mike and Brenda Harwood from England will replace Tim Brendle. <br><br> <h3>In The Spirit Of The "Loaves And Fishes"<br></h3>Our ABC friends can help this fall by giving generously to your church’s World Mission Offering. These gifts not only help Haiti but also reach out to the entire world.&nbsp; Your offering will be used in seven crucial areas of outreach: Health, Evangelism, Human Trafficking, Theological Education, Economic Development, Education, and Peace and Refuge.&nbsp; <br><br>Please give from your heart in the spirit of the “ loaves and fishes” and watch God’s miracle of giving unfold!<br></span> Tue, 07 Sep 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/25470-god-s-miracle-of-giving https://internationalministries.org/read/25470-god-s-miracle-of-giving Songs for Widjine Several weeks ago a five-year girl named Widjine, whose mother died in the earthquake, arrived at the Ebenezer Clinic by motorbike taxi, a long hour’s ride from home. Now in the care of her grandmother she was feverish, and behind her swollen face she looked sad and withdrawn. She was sick enough to intern her to a hospital, but which hospital? Widjine’s grandmother said they couldn’t afford to go anywhere else.<br><p> <br> Ebenezer is constructing a clinic with beds next door, but it wasn’t nearly ready. Dr. Manno and the clinic staff made the decision to keep her overnight in spite of the fact that the overnight clinic is still unfinished.&nbsp; Two other patients needed IV’s and close observation that night as well. <br> <br> Even though the new tiling was barely dry, furniture was piled in to the center of the rooms, and dust was everywhere. these patients and their families didn’t care, They were just grateful they could be looked after in a clinical setting. <br> <br> Two visiting family doctors, Dr. Phillip Mitchell and Dr. Karen Richter from North Carolina, spent hours caring for little Widjine. Dr. Karen even donated her own blood when they discovered the family’s blood was not suitable. <br> <br> After the transfusion, we gathered around Widjine’s bed and sang songs. Much to our delight Widjine patted her hand on her chest to the beat of the music. We sang children’s songs in Creole, “Jesus Loves the little Children,” and ” Brighten the Corner Where you Are,” and “Deep and Wide.” It cheered us all to sing and see Widjine responding by tapping along to the beat even though she was too weak to sing.&nbsp; <br> <br> When tests revealed sickle-cell anemia and possible tuberculosis, we arranged to transfer Widjine to a larger hospital that could start her on the prescribed TB medicine regulated by the public health department. Steve visited her and her grandmother the other day and she is making gradual improvement. <br> <br> Widjine and her grandmother are one of many families that your prayers and your donations are helping during the aftermath of the earthquake here in Haiti.&nbsp; <br> <br> As always, merci ampil et Bon Dieu beni ou! (Thank you so much and God bless you!)</p> <p>Steve and Nancy</p> Tue, 25 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/22075-songs-for-widjine- https://internationalministries.org/read/22075-songs-for-widjine- Kwensykaira-A Story of Loss and Hope A few weeks ago two women brought their tiny baby niece to the Ebenezer Clinic for consultation. They reported that the baby's mother, their sister, had died in the January 12 earthquake with her newborn baby, Kwensykaira, trapped alive next to her,<br><br>The baby's cries heard amidst the rubble lead rescuers to her two days later. Imagine the horror of trying to reach the baby for two days, the joy they must have felt when the baby was rescued, and the sorrow of finding the body of her mother. <br><br>Kwensykaira was amazingly unharmed except for a crushed right arm. First aid had been administered in Port Au Prince, but now they were seeking help as the baby’s arm was unable to extend normally.&nbsp; Her tiny hand was clenched, and she cried when we tried to open it.&nbsp; <br><br>Having heard there were visiting surgeons from the US working at the Sacre Coeur Hospital in Milot, Steve and I, along with nurses Laura Greenwood and Mercy Huessy, and the two aunts trucked Kwensykaira over very bad roads to Milot to consult. <br><br>The hospital is teaming with patients from the earthquake and their caregivers, both foreign and Haitian.&nbsp; Too small to hold all the patients, huge tents are being used as wards. <br><br>The surgeon told us that Kwensykaira was too small to operate on. Fortunately, he will return in September and wants to follow-up with her then.&nbsp; He encouraged the aunts to keep trying to gently stretch the baby’s hand so it wouldn’t contract. He felt that there is hope that the her arm and hand can be restored to normal. <br><br>We were all relieved to hear the news and remain in close touch with Kwensykaira and her aunts as they live close by. We see them often. <br><br>Please keep them in your prayers as they are in ours.<br><br>Merci ampil et Bon Dieu beni ou! (Thank you so much and God bless you!) <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span><br> Sun, 02 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20800-kwensykaira-a-story-of-loss-and-hope https://internationalministries.org/read/20800-kwensykaira-a-story-of-loss-and-hope Seven-point Recovery Plan Discussed with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti Recovery, rebuilding and strengthening the 87-year partnership with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti&nbsp; (CBH) was the focus of the American Baptist International Ministries (IM) delegation to Haiti on March 17-19, 2010. &nbsp;<br><br>The IM delegation included Reid Trulson, IM executive director, José Norat-Rodríguez, IM area director for Iberoamerica/Caribbean and Ruth Clark, IM board of directors’ president.&nbsp; Roy Medley, general secretary, American Baptist Churches, USA had been invited to join the delegation but had to cancel for personal reasons.<br><br>The primary purpose of this trip was to propose and discuss a mid-term plan for Haiti recovery and rebuilding with CBH leaders.&nbsp; When completed and approved, the plan will be implemented over the next several years. José Norat-Rodríguez presented the seven-point plan summarized below at a meeting in the Haitian city of Grand Goâve in which a Baptist church and school were completely destroyed. <br><br>1.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In keeping with IM’s history and tradition of medical ministry in Haiti, IM will provide a medical doctor to work with CBH for one year and provide continuing medical care for earthquake victims<br><br>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Scholarship support for students who have been forced to move because their schools/universities were destroyed<br><br>3.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Reconstruction of medical facilities, orphanages, schools, housing and churches<br><br>4.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;An additional missionary to preach, teach and provide occupational therapy services to Haitian families, as well as a missionary with a background in economic development. These additional personnel will join IM’s current missionaries serving in Haiti: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Dr. Steve James</a> (medical doctor) <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy James</a> (nurse), <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/86">Nzunga Mabudiga</a> (educator and eye clinic administrator), <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/86">Kihomi Ngwemi</a> (educator and women’s development) and Herb Rogers (former missionary to Haiti who returned to Grand Goâve after the earthquake for service from mid-February to mid-April). Missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> continues to bring medical teams from the Dominican Republic (D.R.) into Port-au-Prince. Missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> continues to work with Haitians evacuated to the D.R. for medical care <br><br>5.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Micro-credit and other economic development approaches which will allow earthquake sufferers to move towards self-sufficiency.<br><br>6.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Organize a meeting of IM’s missionary medical doctors to reflect on the current needs within Haiti and will bring the results of this meeting to the CBH for discussion and possible implementation.<br><br>7.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Work with CBH to organize the distribution of large, heavy-duty tents to provide temporary shelter to families still in need.<br><br>Also traveling with the group were <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a>, IM missionaries to Nicaragua. The Pierres have been assisting the U.S. volunteer medical teams as they arrive in the Dominican Republic to work in Haiti. Also, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, IM missionary who is starting a new ministry in Haiti and Catherine Nold, IM’s director of Communication and Mission Education. &nbsp;<br><br>Rounding out the delegation were three representatives from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) who were invited by IM to join this trip. Medical missionaries, Steve and Nancy James have been jointly appointed for their work in Haiti by IM and CBF. A representative from Mercer University also attended the trip.<br><br>The trip began on March 17 with a tour of devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti and an evening prayer service of remembrance and hope.&nbsp; Nearly 300 people attended this service with 12 CBH pastor leaders from other cities. Conducted in the cellar of a collapsed parking garage, the service was marked by poignant moments of remembrance of loved ones mingled with tales of courage and messages of hope and gratitude to God.<br><br>On March 18 the group traveled four hours to Grand Goâve to visit the Baptist staging areas for rebuilding a school and church.&nbsp; Just completed was a fresh water pump on the grounds of the demolished church that serves the entire community of hundreds of people.&nbsp; Herb Rogers, former IM missionary in Haiti, worked with volunteers and community members to remove rubble and debris and install two toilets and showers and erect tents for the U.S. volunteers who began arriving on March 21. <br><br>Donations to <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">One Great Hour of Sharing</a> continue to be needed for further projects.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80</a> or by check to: “OGHS- Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.&nbsp; Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section.&nbsp; These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries. <br><br>One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the General Board.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.<br> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19486-seven-point-recovery-plan-discussed-with-the-convention-baptiste-d-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/19486-seven-point-recovery-plan-discussed-with-the-convention-baptiste-d-haiti Enfoque de Recuperación y Reconstrucción en Viaje a Haití el 17 de Marzo En respuesta a una invitación de la Convención Bautista de Haití (CBH), una delegación bautista Americana está viajando a Haití el 17 de marzo de 2010. La delegación incluye a Roy Medley, secretario general, Iglesias Bautistas Americanas, EE.UU. (IBA-EE.UU.), Reid Trulson, director ejecutivo, Ministerios Internacionales (MI), José Norat-Rodríguez, director de área de MI para Iberoamérica y el Caribe y Ruth Clark, presidenta de la junta de directores de MI.<br><br>La Convención Bautista de Haití es socia en misión con MI desde hace mucho tiempo. MI ha estado proveyendo misioneros y trabajando en ministerios con los haitianos por 87 años.<br><br>El propósito primordial del viaje es comenzar a desarrollar un plan detallado para la recuperación y reconstrucción de Haití en coordinación con la CBH. La delegación se reunirá y orará en Port-au-Prince con los pastores haitianos y personas afectadas por este desastre. Finalmente, viajarán a Grand Goâve para visitar tres áreas Bautistas designadas para esfuerzos de socorro.<br><br>También están viajando con la delegación <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly y Vital Pierre</a>, misioneros de MI en Nicaragua. Los Pierre han estado apoyando equipos médicos voluntarios de EE.UU. que llegan a la República Dominicana y viajan a varios lugares en Haití para proveer atención medica a los sobrevivientes. <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, misionera de MI que está comenzando un nuevo ministerio de terapia ocupacional en Cap Haitien, se une al grupo, junto con Catherine Nold, del equipo de comunicaciones y educación misionera de MI.<br><br>El cuerpo misionero de Ministerios Internacionales que ha participado en estos esfuerzos de rescate y ayuda incluye a <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> quien ha coordinado los voluntarios que llegan a la República Dominicana para cruzar a través de la frontera con Haití y la enfermera especialista en pediatría <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> quien está transportando los equipos médicos y trabajando con ellos en terreno. Tanto Madeline como Kristy tienen como base la República Dominicana. Los misioneros médicos <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (enfermera) y Steve (doctor) James</a>, son misioneros médicos con base en el norte de Haití, en Limbe. El misionero retirado de MI en Haití, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> llegó en febrero. El estará cooperando en los esfuerzos de reconstrucción durante su estadía de dos meses.<br><br>Desde el terremoto en Haití hace más de 60 días, el total de ofrendas recibidas por canales bautistas americanos han sobrepasado los $1.9 millones. $236,850 fueron enviados inmediatamente tras el terremoto que azotó a Port-au-Prince el 12 de enero de 2010. Según nuestros socios Haitianos identifican necesidades y proyectos específicos, fondos adicionales están siendo enviados.<br><br>Seguimos necesitando donativos a <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing)</a> para estos proyectos. Pueden ofrendar a través de la página web de MI: www.internationalministries.org/items/80, o con cheque a nombre de: “OGHS–Haiti Earthquake Relief” y enviado a: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. También pueden enviar sus ofrendas a través de su iglesia bautista americana, con un cheque a nombre de la iglesia anotando en el memo del cheque: “One Great Hour of Sharing–Haiti Earthquake Relief”. Estas ofrendas serán enviadas por su iglesia a través de la región bautista americana y luego a Ministerios Internacionales.<br><br>Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing) es administrada por el Comité de Ayuda Mundial (World Relief Committee) de la Junta General. El Comité facilita esfuerzos bautista americanos de alivio de emergencia, rehabilitación de desastres, trabajo con refugiados y apoyo de desarrollo al establecer directrices de reglamentación y supervisando la distribución de esta ofrenda anual<br> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19333-enfoque-de-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reconstrucci%C3%B3n-en-viaje-a-hait%C3%AD-el-17-de-marzo https://internationalministries.org/read/19333-enfoque-de-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reconstrucci%C3%B3n-en-viaje-a-hait%C3%AD-el-17-de-marzo A Time For Mourning, A Time For Hope <p>This week we return to Port-au-Prince to worship in solidarity with the leaders of the Haitian, American, and Cooperative Baptists at the site of a destroyed church where the pastor lost his life on January 12. We gather to grieve, sing, and pray together with the families of those who died. We also gather in hope for the future.</p> <p>It has been two months since the earthquake shook Haiti on Jan 12. No one ever gets used to the devastation of one’s home or the loss of family, friends, and livelihood, but we have observed on our visits to Port-au-Prince that the people are trying to carry on in spite of great hardships. &nbsp;</p> <p>Many are buying and selling goods around the rubble of former homes and businesses. Schools that were not damaged are opening. Tent cities have sprung up everywhere, but some people are living in very unstable lean-tos. &nbsp;In the city it takes hours to get from one place to another. <span></span>All the while the government, NGO’s and Haitian co-workers try to make order out of chaos. &nbsp;</p> <p>Most days are dry, hot, and dusty. With the coming rainy season the dust will soon be replaced by mud, standing water, and the resulting increase in mosquitoes and malaria.&nbsp;<span></span></p> <p>Scott Hunter, Herb Rogers and Roy Durgin have been working with the Haitian Baptist pastors and workers in Grand Goave to re-establish a school by clearing land and building a water tower. &nbsp;Thanks to emergency funds given through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the American Baptist Church these needed projects can go forward and bring hope to many, young and old. </p> <p>American Baptist missionary nurse, Kristy Engel and missionaries, Ketly and Vital Pierre (Dominican Republic and Nicaragua) have faithfully traveled back and forth from the Dominican Republic to Haiti bringing US medical teams to work in tent cities. </p> <p>In the north some families have doubled in size due to the addition of displaced relatives from the south. Resources are thinly spread, and homes overcrowded. The medical needs here are greater than ever as the earthquake’s impact is keenly felt in every way.</p> <p>Small medical teams have stayed with us at the university campus, sorting supplies and helping in the busy local clinics. Our house has become a warehouse. Many boxes of donated medical supplies coming into the north have been received as well as a supply from the pool in Port-au-Prince. Supplies have been divided and shared with the needy clinics and hospitals in our area. </p> <p>Thank you for your continued interest in Haiti. &nbsp;Please continue to pray for and with us. We need your prayers!</p> <p>Gratefully,</p> <p>Steve &amp; Nancy </p> <p></p>&nbsp;<br> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19268-a-time-for-mourning-a-time-for-hope https://internationalministries.org/read/19268-a-time-for-mourning-a-time-for-hope Recovery and Rebuilding Focus of American Baptist Trip to Haiti on March 17 In response to an invitation by the Haitian Baptist Convention (HBC), an American Baptist delegation is traveling to Haiti on March 17, 2010.&nbsp; The delegation will include Roy Medley, general secretary, American Baptist Churches, USA (ABCUSA), Reid Trulson, executive director, International Ministries (IM), José Norat-Rodríguez, IM area director for Iberoamerica/Caribbean and Ruth Clark, IM board of directors’ president. <br><br>The Haiti Baptist Convention is a long-time IM partner.&nbsp; IM has been providing missionaries and working in ministry with Haitians for 87 years.<br><br>The primary purpose of this trip is to begin developing an in-depth plan for Haiti recovery and rebuilding within the HBC. The delegation will meet and pray with Haitian pastors and people affected by this disaster in Port-au-Prince. Finally, they will travel to Grand Goâve to visit three Baptist staging areas for relief efforts.<br><br>Also traveling with the delegation is <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a>, IM missionaries to Nicaragua.&nbsp; The Pierres have been assisting with U.S. volunteer medical teams as they arrive in the Dominican Republic and travel to various locations in Haiti to provide medical care to the survivors. <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, IM missionary who is starting a new ministry in occupational therapy in Cap Haitien is joining the group, along with Catherine Nold, from IM’s communications and mission education team.<br><br>IM missionaries engaged in the relief and response efforts include <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> who is coordinating the volunteers arriving in the Dominican Republic on their way across the border into Haiti, and pediatric nurse <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> who is transporting the medical teams and working with them on site.&nbsp; Both Madeline and Kristy are based in the Dominican Republic. Medical missionaries <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (nurse) and Steve (doctor) James</a> are based in northern Haiti, in Limbe.&nbsp; Former missionary in Haiti, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> arrived in February.&nbsp; He will be assisting with reconstruction efforts during his two-month stay. &nbsp;<br><br>Since the Haiti earthquake over 60 days ago, total giving through American Baptist channels has been over $1.9 million. Relief aid of $236,850 was sent in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010.&nbsp; As our Haitian partners identify specific needs and projects, additional funds are being released.<br><br>Donations to <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">One Great Hour of Sharing</a> continue to be needed for further projects.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80</a> or by check to: “OGHS- Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.&nbsp; Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section.&nbsp; These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries. <br><br>One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the General Board.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.<br><br> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19223-recovery-and-rebuilding-focus-of-american-baptist-trip-to-haiti-on-march-17 https://internationalministries.org/read/19223-recovery-and-rebuilding-focus-of-american-baptist-trip-to-haiti-on-march-17