ProVision Foundation in cooperation with Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church has established a Haiti Relief Fund which will involve funding the organizations listed to the right and will balance immediate relief and ongoing development funding as more assessment and strategy is solidified. Additional trusted organizations may be included in the distribution of this fund if deemed appropriate and helpful to the overall effort. Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church is handling the gifts for this fund.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Update: Harvest Field Ministries #10

Hey guys, this one is from me, Rachel. Brian has been overwhelmed with the task at hand the last few days and has not been able to send us an e-mail update. So, I will try to summarize what I know to the best of my ability.

It has been a hard few days on the ground in Haiti. The work to procure food, water, and necessities has been difficult. Since Brian has been working by himself trying to get enough supplies to care for many, many people in these three communities, it is harder to do. Making contacts in this situation is near impossible because everybody is in need and tensions are high, even among relief workers. Pray that people there, especially among relief workers and other ministries will remember that we are all called to help and we are all apart of the same kingdom... His Kingdom. There is a job to be done and we must lock arms, regardless of faith and culture, and complete it together. Differences in culture, hunger, stress, lack of a home, lack of anything causes fuses to be short, but our God is bigger than that and we believe He will pull us through! I know I've said it before, but just keep praying!!

Some good news is that a team from our home church, Whitestone Church, arrived in Jacmel yesterday with 6 men and some supplies. There were 3 doctors, 1 EMT, a really cool former military guy (Tamara, that's your guy!!), and a pastor. The things they were able to take will take care of some immediate needs in the community. The docs say that the Coq Chante community is okay medically so today they will be trying to go closer to Leogane to see if there is a need at the hospital there. There has been very little medical help in this area as of yet so we are hoping that they will be able to get to work and do some good.

About the girls... the first thing is that Brian says they are so resilient! He said they wake up in the morning and pray, sing worship songs and then play, read, run, laugh, tease, and do hair... what a beautiful picture. They are continuing to sleep in a little house or shack that is close to the orphanage. I'll attach a picture. Remember as you see this picture that there are 17 girls, 1 helper (Madame Gaspard), and her two youngest sons. They will not go into any concrete building, and Brian says he doesn't blame them a bit after the 6.1 "aftershock" they had yesterday. Which leads me to ask, what in the world distinguishes an actual earthquake from an aftershock, good Lord 6.1.

We also have good news on the adoption front. Through a government program called Humanitarian Parole, we are going to be able to get the children who are already in the process of adoption here. Thank you God! This includes, Wousami Bates, Islande Stout, Odette Coleman, Benita Rudd, Jayla Fitzpatrick, and Valencia Zimmerman. Be praying for these kids and their families to make a smooth transition. We are also hopeful that will be able to get the rest of the girls here through the same program. We have had an overwhelming response from our Whitestone Church family to take the girls into their homes and love them, take care of them, and make sure they get what they need. Thanks Whitestone family!

As for Brian, he is doing well. He is exhausted emotionally probably more than physically. He has a strong love for the people of Haiti and seeing them in this situation tears at his heart. We are hoping that he will be able to come home in the next few days to rest, pray, refuel, pray, shower : ), and pray some more. There are lots of decisions to be made and they are larger than any one man. Pray for clarity and discernment. Pray that God continue to guard his heart and to give Brian a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Thanks to all of you who have given financially to Harvest Field Ministries or just to help Haiti in general. More than that, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has lifted Brian, our family, and mostly the Haitian people up in prayer.

If anyone would like more information on Harvest Field Ministries and the work we do in Haiti please visit


Rachel Lloyd, Brian's wife

1 comment:

  1. Rachel, please let Brian and any of the others know that people from Greg's church in Townsend are praying for all of them. I'm the communications person at Church of the Cove and keep updating them from this blog. Thank you!

    If there are specific needs you need some warriors praying on that you don't put here, please send them to faye at and I'll get them going.