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