Saturday, January 30, 2010

Reflections on Pastor Alberoi Augustin

Pastor Alberoi Augustin was no doubt my favored actor in True Security, most trusted pastor, and best Haitian friend. It is now nearly three weeks since the earthquake, and the disappearance of Pastor Alberoi.  My brother Joe and I went to search through the rubble 3 days after the earthquake, but found no signs of life. Why would God allow such a terrible tragedy to happen?

As I wander the streets of Haiti after the quake, I can't help but think of how miserable it would be, to be trapped, and eventually die, in one of these collapsed building.  Imagine the uncertainty of wondering if you would be found and saved before you are overtaken by death.  Imagine the mental anguish of not being able to say goodbye; to hug and kiss your children one last time. Imagine the smell of the decaying flesh of a dead family member, friend or classmate nearby. Imagine being burred under rubble, with a collapsed building as your headstone.  What a traggic death!

Why does God let bad things like this happen to good people?  Only God is good. (Mark 10:18b CEV) There are no good people.  All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23 CEV), and we deserve to die in even worse ways than being trapped under rubble. I deserve that!  You deserve that! Pastor Alberoi deserved that! But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. (Romans 5:8 CEV)  He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning. (Tit 3:5 CEV)  This made us no longer sinners in the eyes of the Father, but saints!  Now Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends. (2 Ti 1:10 CEV)

By having faith in Jesus Christ, we can be saved, and one day Pastor Alberoi and I will be rejoined in that life that never ends!

How painful it is to the LORD when one of his people dies! Psalms 116:15 GNB

Pastor Alberoi Augustin was God's man!  Take comfort God is grieving too!

Alberoi Augustin and Wife Marie

Friday, January 29, 2010

James and Joe

James and Joe providing Relief Effort Together in Port-au-Prince

James arrived to Port-au-Prince safely.

James' brother, Joe, called today, he said James arrived to PAP safely, with hopes of getting a lot accomplished this week-end to make the living conditions, at the house they live in, better for the medical team, as well as, for the other medical teams that will be going to Haiti in the future.
Joe also reported the medical team was busy and all doing well.
They are now seeing patients in a large "tent" city.  He said it was probably 2-4 acres of tents.
There seems to be no end of people needing care.
Please continue praying for all involved.

James to Port-au-Prince

Thanks for your continued prayer as I travel to Port-au-Prince to assist with the medical team again this weekend.  Again, I plan to be away from email, so don't worry if you don't get a reply from me.  Several special projects I hope to work on this weekend are...
  1. Connecting the water tank on the roof to the pipes in the walls.
  2. Installing a pump to pump water from the hand-dug well into the roof tank.
  3. Helping Inveneo setup an emergency Internet connection to the team house.
  4. Setting up batteries and solar panel (if they arrives from Santo Domingo in time).
Please remember to pray for me, the current medical team, the upcoming medical team, and the upcoming evangelism team.  Pray for God to open the hearts of those who are suffering to accept His love.  Thanks for your prayers, God is listening!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Medical Team # 1 Update

Please remember to pray for the current medical team today.  Dr. Alderfer reports only 10% of the patients they are seeing have life-threatening medical needs.  Praise the Lord, there are not more people critically in need of a doctor visit!  Pray for Joe as he seeks areas to have mobile clinic that will be most meaningful.

Karen doing Triage

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Team # 1 Update - Nazon

Everyone on the team is doing great!  They are all healthy and happy.

The team held clinic today in Nazon, a section of Port-au-Prince.  They saw over 100 patients.  They transferred two patients to the General Hospital.

Anje at Work in the Clinic Pharmacy

The Trooper broke down this afternoon.  They spent about half hour along the road, and got it running OK again.  It took some carburetor cleaner and fuel dryer.

Jacques has a vehicle to lend them (if needed), especially when my truck is being used with Kurt's team, showing films in the tent cities.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Medical Team # 1 Update

The medical team is doing fine this morning.  They were going to stop at the Christian Fellowship Mission orphanage (at Clercine) on their way to the hospital in Bon Repo this morning.  There was a report of 3 sick kids that needed to be seen by the doctor there.

It appears the work is nearly finished in Bon Repo, and MCC is planning another place at Nazon with tin roofs and 25 beds where there is a lot of need. Definitely a much more densely populated area with more damage.

 Dr Alderfer Writing a Prescription

Gordon go the leaky radiator fixed in my Land Cruiser.  Gordon was then picked up by Steve Revis.

We are planning a new set of batteries and solar panel to augment power at the team house.  They will hopefully be delivered to Port-au-Prince from the Dominican Republic by a friend of the Heishman's.  Please pray this can take place later in the week.

It appears that we will be able to get temporary Internet access at the team house, through Inveneo.  They are setting up wireless infrastructure in the Port-au-Prince area.  They said it could possibly happen this Thursday or Friday.  I hope to be there to help with this installation.

There was yet another aftershock this morning (magnitude of 4.4) 55 miles West of Port-au-Prince.  The team felt it!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Medical Team # 1 Working

A doctor and nurse from our team are treating a patient at Centre Hospitalier de Lilavois.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Team and other Updates

The team is all healthy and happy in the Lord.  They got settled in late Friday night, after a long bus trip through the Dominican Republic.  They organized their meds on Saturday morning and then went to work at the hospital in Bon Repo.  They seemed to enjoy it and feel fulfilled.

I did a medical emergency transport for a girl with a broken femur from the hospital in Bon Repo to another hospital/clinic in Port-au-Prince.  She was greeted by a caring team of American doctors and nurses.  They were an evangelical church group and Jewish group from New York putting their efforts together, among others.  They took the temporary cast off, and examined the leg.  They confirmed the leg was broken, and talked of transferring her to another hospital.  They put another temporary splint on, and started to figure out how they could get her to the Israeli field hospital.  They said it was close by, so I volunteered to take her over there.  They asked if I could take two of their patients along while I was going.  They loaded up everyone in my "ambulance" and we went looking for the hospital.  I was supposed to follow someone that knew the way, but they were in a hurry and couldn't wait for us to load the additional patients, so they descried how to get there. I drove right there (to where the directions lead).  Unfortunately, this was NOT the Israeli field hospital, but was the Argentine UN hospital.  So, we drove around for an hour looking and asking everyone that we could.  Unfortunately the Haitian's weren't aware of the hospital and the UN didn't speak Creole (or English).  If someone would have told me where it was at, I could have driven straight there.  There are too many foreigners here that aren't working together with the Haitian people!  They come and setup a GREAT field hospital on a soccer field, but don't tell the general public or other organizations (like other UN bases and the Haitian National Police) that it's a hospital, and where it's at.

This morning the team went to Quisqueya Chapel for worship.  We had a great time of worship and biblical encouragement.

We picked up a stray at the bus station that arrived with the team.  His name is Lee, and he is from London, England.  He came to Haiti right away because he wanted to help anyway he could.  Truly he was a BIG help with taking the patients to the secondary care hospital.  And obviously he cares about the Haitian people.

Gordon arrived at the bus station tonight; a little later than expected.  There was a large crowd of people trying to get into Haiti today on Caribe Tours in Santo Domingo.  There was a lot of pushing and cutting in line, but fortunately Gordon still made it onto today's bus.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Medical Team Arrived Safely

Thank the Lord, James sent a text message, saying " the medical team arrived to Port-au-Prince safely, and they were eating dinner at the house they will be living in."

James to Port-au-Prince

I am leaving early this morning to pickup the team in Port-au-Prince.  They should be arriving early afternoon, but I want to make sure our housing is prepared for our host of visitors.

As before, when I'm in Port-au-Prince, I will NOT be checking my email or have access to the Internet.  I'll have my mom and dad post updates to the website as they track my progress.  It may be as simple as "we got a message from James and all is well."  We'll post more details as time and Internet access permits.

Thanks for your continued prayers for the suffering people of Haiti.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Team # 1 Arrives in the Dominican Republic

The group arrived safely and are resting.  Several had no or little sleep last night so they got them fed and rested up for their journey tomorrow.  They are in good spirits and will be a blessing!

The bus leaves at 9:00 AM from Caribe Tours in Santo Domingo.  We expect the team to arrive in Port-au-Prince by 2:00 PM.

The story behind a donated VHF radio

We expressed a need for several VHF radios.  We have received all that we needed.  Here is the story behind one of those...

I bought this little radio at a local ham-fest in the spring of 2009.  I did not need the radio AT ALL and another ham (setup there) bought it right after he seen me looking at it.  I went back after looking at other things and he was packing it up to take to his table.  I ended up offering him more than he just paid for it to get it.   Well...I took it home and that's where it has been ever since.

I fired it up long enough to get use to the menu and program it, talked on 440 (1) time and it has collected dust ever since. The fact that you have a genuine need for it, I bought it for no apparent reason, Do not need it at all, all add up to Gods plan unfolding right before my very eyes.

I truly believe He had this planned for some time now and I am glad I was obedient to His call.  

Thanks for being obedient to the call!

We made it in the newspaper again

Please visit to read the whole article.

Update from Joe in Port-au-Prince

Joe went to Port-au-Prince yesterday.  He met with various officials at the UN Log. Base, with MCC, and others.  The word from Joe is we are steps ahead of everyone else.  There are also reports that there are 20,000 people dying every day at the tent camps, so there is a need for some sort of mobile clinic, or field hospital at these camps.  We are looking at options on how to pull this off, and will call for additional doctors and supplies as soon as we can establish the logistics for this.

Joe remained in Port-au-Prince overnight, staying at "our" house where the teams will stay. We plan to meet up tomorrow when the pickup the team if not before.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Prayer Requests

Please pray as you feel led.  Here are our current pray concerns...
  1. Thank the Lord that I was not injured or killed in the earthquake.
  2. Pray for the Oasis of Faith Christian Church, Marie and her four children in the loss of their pastor/husband/father.
  3. Pray for the stability of Haiti, both physical and political and safety.
  4. Pray for the people who are living in “tent cities”, because they have lost their homes or because they are scared to go back inside.
  5. Pray for those that were injured and are now recovering.  Pray they will get the right medical treatment.
  6. Pray for the upcoming medical teams and others that I am responsible for.
  7. Pray for wisdom in knowing how I can make the most difference.
  8. Pray that Haiti will turn to Christ as their savior.

Virginia Mennonite Missions - Volunteer Contact Info

If you are a doctor or nurse, or feel called of God to lend a hand at this time in Haiti, please contact Virginia Mennonite Missions and have them put your name and info on a potential volunteers list that teams will be built from.

Centre Hospitalier de Lilavois

The name of the hospital where the Virginia Mennonite Missions teams will be volunteering is Centre Hospitalier de Lilavois.  They are a partner with Mennonite Central Committee.  The hospital is in Bon Repo, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

Wakeup Call and Other News

I didn't wake up to the smell of fresh coffee this morning.  Rather, I woke up shaking, and to the bang of a closet door.  I jumped out of bed, all disoriented, stood up, and the shaking had stopped.  I crawled back under the covers to warm up. You guessed it, we had another aftershock, this time a really big one; magnatude of 6.1.  Find the details at the USGS

I got a call this morning from Kenol in Mirebalias, and he said the one wall of his house was damaged in the quakes.  He wanted to verify if the medical team could come to Pouyet as planned before the quakes started.

Hospital Albert Schweitzer made it on the ABC World News last night. See the article on the ABC World News Blog.

Joe and I made it in The News Leader yesterday.  See the article at

The first VMM medical team made it in the News Virginian.  See the article on the News Virginian site.

Joe to Port-au-Prince

Joe left this morning in the Hospital Albert Schweitzer bus to go to Port-au-Prince.  His primary goal is to seek medications from the UN Log Base in Port-au-Prince at the airport.  He will also attempt to get a temporary authorization paper to drive his old Trooper which hasn't been on the road since 2004.  Hopefully he will be able to coordinate the work of rebuilding the wall where we plan to stay, and also checkout the MCC partner hospital where the team will work.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Update from Joe Arbaugh - President VMM Haiti PMG

Dear Friends of Haiti,

Greetings in the name of Jesus.  Thank you all for such an overwhelming response.  Haiti is an unbelievable disaster.  We may never recover.  I've seen some stuff in my time but my mind can't process the magitude of this.  Piles of bodies, buildings down, injured people laying around, not enough medical care.  Even today I am still seeing people with homemade cardboard casts in broken limbs, tied up with bloody rags.  Reports coming in of people trying to get into clinics in Gonaives that are not able to take care of them.  The "official relief people" are doing a good job with what they've got to work with, but it is not adequate.  It's like trying to feed a starving baby with a fire truck load if milk from the other side of the street.

The established missions in Haiti may be small and low in resources but we are best equipped to discern and meet many of the needs.  We are the caring mother holding the child and comforting her with a bottle and gentle prayers.  Our goal as Virginia Mennonite Missions Haiti Program Management Group (VMM Haiti PMG) is to support these partners the best we can.  We have been here for decades doing that very thing.  Now we just need to do it on a larger scale.  This first medical team is going to Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) partner hospital in Bon Repo.  I urge you to join us in this effort.

Thank You,
Joe Arbaugh (President VMM Haiti PMG) in Haiti

First Medical Team Assembled

The first medical team, to staff the MCC affiliated hospital in Bon Repo, is assembled; thanks to the hard work of Galen Lehman, Sharon Arbaugh, and my mom and dad.

The team consists of the following persons...
John Schaefer - Helper and transulator for Creole language, 4 years of mission work in Haiti
Elaine Schaefer - LPN and transulator for Creole language, 4 years of mission work in Haiti
Richard Alderfer - Physician
Anje Cassel - Emergency Room RN from Augusta Health Fishersville
Danny Kiser - EMT
Jeffry Kiser - Helper
Laurie Buel - Operating Room RN
Charlene Simmons - ICU RN's with experience in ER
Luke Bucher - ICU RN's with experience in ER
Karen Treacey - Past EMT and Rescue

They are planning to arrive in Haiti through the Dominican Republic on Friday evening, January 22.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Housing and Working Coordinates

Feel free to see where the team plans to work and stay with Google Earth. Feel free to look where these are in relation to the airport (UN Command) and the US Embassy are.

The rough GPS coordinates of the house the team will stay at are...
18°31'56.43" N
72°14'20.11" W

The rough GPS coordinates of the MCC affiliated hospital in Bon Repo are...

Enoch's House

A picture of Enoch's house after the earthquake.  His entire family of 12 people escaped without major injury, including some that were in the house at the time of the quake.

Haiti Quake Response, 1-18-10, 1152am - from Joe Arbaugh - VMM

From: Joe Arbaugh, Virginia Mennonite Missions, President Haiti PMG (Program Management Group) in Port-au-Prince

Dear Friends,
    We had the mtg with our mennonite central comittee (MCC) partner hospital at Bon Repot yesterday, then went and got pator jacques, then went to see pastor enoc and pastor dieu maitre.  enocs house fell on them, pictures to follow, they survived with only minor abrasions. living in a feild with their neighbors.  30+ people with a ratio, 1 bench from the back of a tap tap, several chairs, and some sheets, (only) under a mango tree. The vast majority of hatians in port are sleeping in "tent villages".  praying for no rain. incredible stories of escape.  90% of Gressier and Flon buildings saverely damaged or destroyed, I saw with my own eyes.  Dieu Maitre's haouse damaged, scared to go in.  Their church building is still standing but one side fell down. mike and linwood- the house you built for the widow is still standing but she is afraid to go in.

Jacques, after helping dig out dozens, started hauling bodies for the mayor, who loaned him a gov. truck. piles of 40 to the landfill. he estimated 2,000.  he ran clinic at his house with the supplies we had left from our last team.  he is traumatized. now has a dozen or more refugees living in his lakou.  he's trying to get my trooper running right so we have more transportation. we went looking for alberoi (remember him, the main character in the movie James and partners made last year with the help of EMU people and equipment, TRUE SECURITY) he was in a bible school class with 300 other students. we dug and called and listened. we found more bodies but none were him.  a foreign rescue team came and found 20 more alive, but not Albroi. assume dead we went and told his wife and children and mourned with them for the night.

We need team now, aid agencies overwhelmed, there will be no comprehensive centralized aid.  I was at the UN central command (logistics base -called "log base") for the NGO cluster mtg.  the relief effort goes like this: the UN devided up the affected area into sectors and assigned the agencies to "go do your thing".  In MCC's "sector" there is an MCC partner hospital in bon repot who needs staff to support the haitian doctor and nurses.  they are overwhelmed. They want us to take care of changing bandages and smelling for gangerine and other simple stuff, so they can consentrate on the high priorities.  The people who were injured and treated and sent home are now coming back by the thousands. their bandages put on the first day are soaked with blood sweat and dirt, and some with maggots already. they dont know what to do. Also they do not have surgery capability so the secondary assignment for our first team will be to transport the ones the doctor wants to send to HAS (hospital albert schweitzer) for amputations.  Within a few days it will get easier because we will only have to transport across town to the warf where a hospital ship is coming, for the extreme cases.

   We (Virginia Mennonite Missions, Haiti program management group) as a long term partner of MCC have been asked to provide this service.  I (Joe Arbaugh II) have agreed.  We need help now.  We need 4 to 10 people ASAP (one non medical person for each medical)  dr., nurse, lab tech, emt, nursing student, pharma tech, etc. all count as medical person. As we assess the changing situation we will be needing other help, I expect to need teams of 8 weekly for the next 2 months.  Please send this email to everyone who you think might be interested.  Get me help now. 
Run all decisions through the VMM haiti PMG. 

I am working on a detailed list of who and what we need and logistics of how we will do it but here are some basics: teams need to go to Santo Domingo (untill the airport gets open or untill we can get on MFI). The Church of the Bretheren picks you up at the airport, puts you up for the night, and puts you on Caribe Tours bus the next day (like Trailways comfortable airconditioned) they take you to the bus station near us in port. (they handle your immigration at the border- althought they didn't even check me because they saw i was with the relief effort)  We take you to a large house near the new US embassy where we have been staying. Peacefull suburb with only 10% of the houses damaged. (clean, comfortable, no clusters of bystanders,  has indoor flushy with plenty buckets of water.  Then James or I take you to the clinic each day and bring you back at evening.  The community we are in is controlled by vigilanties (thats a good thing here-the residents take turns watching for trouble makers and would drive them out if nessisary (we have to open "roadblocks" of debris we placed to stop people from bringing bodies to dump in the field behind us). We feel very safe.  MCC has given us the green light for now with the warning that if conditions change they may pull you out.  We have access to soldiers if we want but I prefer none.

Team members should bring as much first aid medical supplies as possible, antibiotics if possible (even in small amounts is better than what we've got- i m giving the last i have to Ian at HAS),  basic toiletries, a small towel, a sheet, granola bars and stuff for lunches if you want (dont waste space), flashlight, $100 for bus in DR, $50 a day for food, lodging, transport, etc. Adults may choose to bring a tent and stay with the Haitians in the hospital yard if you want, some days rather than going back to the house. Water filter if you can find one to take out geardia. Enough water only for your trip to pap (don't waste space). 

What you can expect here:  transportation from and to the bus station (or airport) in Port-au-Prince, breakfast and supper at the house, one way ham radio messages out (and in) daily (personal, no business) we can take a few people occasionally to UN COMMAND (log base) to do email if it's an emergency, pure water, plenty bathing water, a cook, a clothes washing lady, we have squirled away enough deisel and gas to do all needed activities for the first team including 2 hours of electricity at the house each night. We have beds and sleeping mats.

Please send help!

I just had a meeting with Ian Rawson, Director of HAS (Hospital Albert Schweitzer) he has a desperate need for large quantities of antibiotics and pain meds.  The hospital is full of victims from PAP. They've started filling the old guest houses.  Also he needs 2 surgeons immediately.  

look for a needs list i will try to get out today, can someone donate money (or radios), to get several VHF/UHF handhelds (with frequencies opened if possible), and even an hf with a 20 meter whip if possible, and a homemade dipole 14.265 MHz. PS HAMS we are checking in to the Salvation Army Net almost daily.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Back home to Deschapelles

I have safely returned to Deschapelles as I didn't find anything that I felt was more important to do than my responsibilities at HAS.

We had a powerful worship service at Quisqueya Chapel, in Port-au-Prince. The service is generally in English only, but I was asked to translate for our Haitian friends that didn't speak English that were in attendance.  It was a powerful journey from sorrow and mourning to rejoicing.

The damage in Port-au-Prince is like you see on the news.  But not all of Port-au-Prince is flattened. Different areas go from no damage to completely destroyed. The news always shows the bad stuff.

I heard that Greogory (my Haitian friend and team helper/translator is fine).

We found Pastor Jacques at his house this afternoon.  He has been busy all week hauling dead bodies out of town to be burnt and/or buried, and rescuing survivers from under collapsed buildings.

We then proceeded to Leogone  to access the damage there.  They were also hit hard, with lots of damage in that area.  We found Pastor Enoch.  His house was completly destroyed, flat to the ground, but none of his household of 12 was killed.  He suffered some minor abrasions.  We then visited Djermet and he and his family were doing well other than a child with abrasions on the ear and face, and another with a swollen foot from being hit by falling rubble.

Even as of 2AM this morning, there was yet another aftershock.

We have an immediate need for any medical personal to help staff a hospital in Bon Repot.  The hospital is affiliated with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).  They expect to be swamped with the changing of bandages on wounds, and other secondary issues.  We have found comfortable accommodations in PAP and can get easy transportation through the Dominican Republic. Ideally the team would start making their journey tomorrow to arrive by Wednesday night in Haiti.  We can then arrange pickup at the Santo Domingo airport and an overnight stay, with a transfer to the bus station the following day, to get into Port-au-Prince about 7PM in the evening.  Or earlier if taking public bus and met at the D.R. border.  If you are a medical person and willing to volunteer for a week or two, and can come immediately, we would appreciate the help.

James is doing well!

It is Sunday afternoon and I just had a HAM Operator do a "phone patch", so I was able to speak with James. What a blessing these HAM Operators are in times such as these! James informs me that both he and his brother, Joe, are doing well. They are helping care for injured patients in Port-au-Prince, and are running low on supplies, and needing more help. This afternoon James and Joe were hoping to find some information on the well being of some of our friends from when we lived in Haiti. We pray they will find them alive and well.
James said to tell everyone that he sure does appreciate their prayers!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

James is now in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

James used his cell phone this morning and left a message, then Joe called his wife, Sharon, but they got cut off.
We learned that James met his brother, Joe, yesterday, Friday, (1/15/2010) at the HAS office in PAP.
Joe flew into Santo Domingo, D.R. and took public transportation to PAP.
The first mission was to find Pastor Alberoi.  They learned that the school where he was teaching was searched with120 taken from the crumbled building. (not sure if they were dead or alive) They went to a stadium, where bodies were placed, but did not find his body there.  There could be a possibility that he is injured and being treated somewhere.
They spent the night with Pastor Alberoi's family.
They reported that there seemed to be "goodwill" among the people and they felt safe.
Thanks for praying and caring!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Off to Port-au-Prince

I'm ready to head to Port-au-Prince, and then to Mal Passe to pick up my brother Joe.  Thanks for your prayers!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Earthquake Search and Rescue Planned

I was watching the world news tonight, and the headlines are still of Haiti, showing tragic images of people crying for the loss of their family, or digging out the bodies of their dead children, or camped out in a park because their home was destroyed. I was so discouraged I decided to go for a walk, and ended up in the most hopeful place you can imagine, in the hospital! Here people are patiently waiting to receive care, or have gone through surgery and have started the recovery process. Here I see lives that were physically compromised, but are being restored. Here I see hope! I pray Haiti will no longer be spiritually compromised, but will find Hope in Jesus Christ.

My brother Joe is planning to arrive in Haiti in a few hours. I plan to meet him, and help with search and rescue, and access the situation for future teams. I've got my truck already packed with all kinds of things; sawzall, sledge hammer, wrecking bars, generator, lights, food, water, bedding, limited medical supplies (Band-Aids, triple antibiotic ointment, pain killers) and an HF radio for US communications. I know that I have everything I will need; because I have Jesus too!

Once I depart Deschapelles, I expect to be out-of-touch. I hope to check in once a day with my mom and dad who live in Virginia. They will make an update to my website. For the latest news, you can just visit Once I return to email again, it will take a while to get caught up. If you try to email and don't get an answer back immediately, know that "no news is good news"!

I send a huge "thank you" to everyone that has emailed or called, to hear how I'm doing. Your prayers are more important than you can imagine.

48 Hours After the Earthquake

The hospital continues to function overtime.  The internal corridors are jam packed with beds and mats.  Some beds have even more than one patient in them.  The doctors and nurses are working overtime and doing a wonderful job at it.  There is a back log of patients lined up to go into surgery.  Both of the surgeons are exhausted from working hours on end.  One of the surgeons got news that his sister died.  He took a short break to deal with his grief, and returned again to save additional lives.  Please pray for them.

I got news that Pastor Alberoi has been missing now for 3 days.  It's expected that he is in the Bible school where he teaches that collapsed.

My brother Joe is in route to Haiti now, looking at various options to get into the country, to help with the search and rescue effort.  Please pray for his timely arrival.  When he arrives, I plan to meet up with him and will be out of touch for several days.  Remember, no news is good news!

The Haitian's are incredible and resilient people.  The way they handle a crisis is amazing; one helping another, waiting patiently for rescue or treatment.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

24 Hours after the Earthquake

It's now been 24 hours since the initial earthquake.  Within the past last hour, I felt yet another slight tremor.  I was with two other people and they said they didn't feel it.  I pointed out a hose that was swinging on a nail on the wall.  They said it was the breeze from the fan.  They were convinced when it stopped it's movement on it's own.  I continue to be safe; and enjoying that fact.

The hospital is now at about double normal operating capacity.  There are patients lined up outside of the surgery suites. The hallways are blocked with beds.  All available space is being used to hold patients.  New patients continue to arrive.  All visitors, patients family and friends are being kept outside to minimize confusion. They have setup a loudspeaker system to call for patients family members when the doctor is available to talk to them.

If you would like to make a donation to help the hospital in this relief effort, you can donate online at...

The morning after the BIG Shake

We had a nice quiet night here, for me at least.  This morning we are starting to receive patients with injuries, mostly from Port-au-Prince I believe.  Voila cell phone service is out.  Fortunately we still have Internet access.  Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The BIG Shake - Earthquake

We were just shook by a big earthquake (Magnitude 5.9) about a half hour ago. It shook the whole hospital. It rocked the server rack, and rolled me across the floor (of course I was in a rolling office chair). It knocked over oxygen bottles causing additional noise. Praise the Lord, I don't see any damage here thus far.

For more details check out the official report at USGS or user reports at USGS.