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.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Update: Harvest Field Ministries #11

Brian's final update before coming home to rest for a few days... Thank you God for your provision and your protection.

Wow the last few days have been really chaotic. Sorry for lack of updates. Tuesday was spent preparing for our team to arrive and procuring more clean water and food, some for the Coq Chante orphans and some of which we took to distribute in the hard hit community of Belloc. Our first team arrived Wednesday and we spent the day recieving them and our team of docs started right away treating the injured.We spent the day yesterday in Leogane working with some great docs from Iowa and Minnesota. We partnered with them and the teams provided amputations, took care of lots of broken bones, dislocated pelvis, major lacerations, etc.

The damage in Leogane is indescribable. I don't know if loss of life was as bad as PaP, but destruction is the worst of any places I've been - PaP, Carrefour, Jacmel, etc. I'd estimate 90% of the buildings are destroyed. It was devastating.

Today I'm leaving and I'm so torn. My heart is here and wants to help but in many ways I feel so inadequate to try and meet the needs. I feel as if I'm trying to put a band-aid on a severed limb. The only thing that makes me feel a peace about leaving is I have the honor and privilege of escorting 6 Haitian children to their parents who are anxiously waiting in Ft. Lauderdale. These 6 children have been in the process of being adopted. Due to the disaster the State Department has sped up the paperwork and is allowing these beautiful kids to come to loving families in Tennessee. None of these 6 angels will ever have to be hungry, they'll never have to cry because their bellies ache from emptiness, they'll never have to carry a 5 gallon bucket of water on their head for 2 miles if they want a drink of water, and they'll never have to see dead bodies that lay piled in heaps on the sidewalk for days.

Attached is a photo of these kids that have a new life afforded them. I pray as I go back to the states, that we'll find generous people who desire to continue helping, long term, the children of Haiti. We can't bring them all the states, but we can help participate in rebuilding a better Haiti, a safer Haiti, a Haiti where every child can get an education, a Haiti where children dying day of starvation and malnutrition isn't common place, a Haiti where a child can get access to a doctor when they're sick, a Haiti where God is exalted in their communities. That's the Haiti I dream for.

Keep praying

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