Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Vehicle Fundraising Video

We are forging on in the new vehicle fund-raising process. Kerry from Fellowship Bible Church has done a great job in producing a fund-raising video. Check it out!


New Vehicle Promotional Video by Kerry

You can make a donation to the new vehicle in either of the following ways...
  1. VMM Online - Go to http://giving.mennoniteusa.org/organization/detail/1810, put "Haiti PMG vehicle fund" in the comment box.
  2. Mail a Check to Virginia Mennonite Missions - Make check payable to "Virginia Mennonite Missions" and put “Haiti PMG vehicle fund” in the memo line. Mail to...
    Virginia Mennonite Missions
    901 Parkwood Drive
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  3. Mail a Check to Fellowship Bible Church - Make check payable to "Fellowship Bible Church" and put “Haiti truck project” in the memo line, or on an attached note. Drop it in the offering plate at FBC or mail to...
    Fellowship Bible Church
    4600 McCann Road
    P.O. Box 9340
    Longview, TX 75608

Standard Long Wheel Base Land Cruiser without Customizations

Monday, March 15, 2010

Upcoming Events to Pray For

Here is my current schedule of activities you can pray for...


Upcoming Events StartDate EndDate

Films - Maissade 3/19/2010 3/22/2010

Films - Salas 3/26/2010 3/29/2010

Films - Awo Dodard 3/31/2010 3/31/2010

Films - Payen 4/1/2010 4/1/2010

Oasis of Faith Womans Conference 4/7/2010 4/14/2010

Films - Cite de Fwi - Desjardins 4/15/2010 4/16/2010

Films - Preval 4/17/2010 4/17/2010

Films - Cite de Fwi - Desjardins 4/30/2010 5/1/2010

Films - Beke 5/1/2010 5/1/2010

Films - Kay Charles 5/6/2010 5/7/2010

Films - Roche Mulatre 5/7/2010 5/10/2010

Films - Pon Koupon 5/15/2010 5/15/2010

Films - Ter Blanche 5/22/2010 5/22/2010

Films - Liancourt 5/31/2010 5/31/2010

FBC Mission Trip (Tentative dates) 6/4/2010 6/13/2010

Films - Dos Pilon 8/27/2010 8/30/2010

Films - Fond-des-Blancs 9/3/2010 9/6/2010

Films - Deslandes 10/29/2010 11/1/2010

Films - PAP (Oasis of Faith) 11/25/2010 11/29/2010


Please pray for safety in travel, the old truck to keep running, safety and continued function of film equipment, and especially, for God to accomplish his work as I attempt to do my part!

Thanks for your prayers!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Seth Hodge leaves early

Seth Ryan Hodge, 17, of Love, went to be with his Lord and Savior, with who he had a personal relationship, on Saturday, March 6, 2010, as a result of an automobile accident.

Seth and his dad (Mark) were planning to come help me out in Haiti this summer, thus, the family has suggested, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to the Haiti Relief Fund, c/o Mountain View Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 208, Lyndhurst, VA 22952. These funds will be used towards the replacement vehicle.

See the complete obituary at the News Virginian.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New 2010 Land Cruiser HZJ78L-RJMRS Ordered

I placed the down payment on the new Land Cruiser last Saturday. The new vehicle will cost $65,000 including all customizations, taxes and fees. We figure we're about half-way there on our fund-raising.  Although I've given the down payment, that doesn't mean I'm driving it yet.  What that does mean is that Toyota is building it and shipping it to Haiti.  It should be here and ready for me by August.  We have until August to raise the additional funds to complete the purchase.

The Old Truck Hauling a Medical Team

We are seeking gifts of any size to make this purchase.  You can make a donation in either of the following ways...
  1. VMM Online - Go to http://giving.mennoniteusa.org/organization/detail/1810, put "Haiti PMG vehicle fund" in the comment box.
  2. Mail a Check to Virginia Mennonite Missions - Make check payable to "Virginia Mennonite Missions" and put “Haiti PMG vehicle fund” in the memo line. Mail to...
              Virginia Mennonite Missions
              901 Parkwood Drive
              Harrisonburg, VA  22802
  3. Mail a Check to Fellowship Bible Church - Make check payable to "Fellowship Bible Church" and put “Haiti truck project” in the memo line, or on an attached note. Drop it in the offering plate at FBC or mail to...
              Fellowship Bible Church
              4600 McCann Road
              P.O. Box 9340
              Longview, TX 75608
Standard Long Wheel Base Land Cruiser without Customizations

 I appreciate the way you lift me and my ministry up in prayer.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Haiti Eyes - by Karen Treacy (Member of Medical Team # 1)

    Haiti is eyes.  Red eyes from the smoke and dust that hangs in the air.  Worried eyes that swivel constantly to check on their remaining family.  Weary eyes of people trying to sleep on the concrete pavement, on streets where there is neither quiet nor rest.  Eyes yellow from disease, eyes that don’t focus, needing glasses they will never have.

    Haiti is hands.  Shy children’s hands reaching to touch my white skin and strange hair.  Hands swinging sledge hammers, salvaging expensive rebar out of chunks of rubble.  Hands reaching to beg as we pause briefly before entering the maelstrom of traffic.  Hands sorting through debris, collecting small broken items, clinging to the delusion that they can piece their world back together, frozen and unable to think beyond the moment.

    Haiti is broken.  Broken buildings, roofs draped like a shroud over unimaginable fragments, concealing the sights but not the smells.  Floors collapsed like a stack of pancakes, roofs tilted at impossible angles.  Gateways standing incongruously in the middle of their walls, Jericho walls, lying flat and broken.  Hoods of broken cars nose out of their concrete cocoons, tires already stripped and everything, everywhere the gray of powdered lime, cement breaking down to its elements.  Broken neighborhoods, where not one house is left undamaged, not one family left intact.

    Haiti is cacophony.  Half a dozen vehicles trying to drive side by side on a two lane road, peppered with horns, sirens, and shouts.  Destruction on an immense scale, a visual barrage, yet each demolished structure is a family’s personal disaster.  Haiti is a mob of people crowding around a clinic table, shouting to be seen.  Haiti is military at road intersections, each in a different uniform.  Haiti is tap-taps, bus-cabs painted in brilliant colors, each one unique, all crowded to the roof lines.  Tent cities, acres of sheets and tarps, a kaleidoscope of materials, but all small, crowded, inadequate.

    Haiti is wounds.  Infected, gangrenous wounds, signaling the death of a limb.  Wounded earth, where dry avalanches slip down a desiccated hillside to a parched river bed.  Even the tombs are gashed open and gaping, not to give up their dead but to receive more and more.  Cuts and gouges, healing on the outside, raw and bleeding within.

    Haiti is eyes.  Frustrated eyes, when I cannot understand their Creole nor they my English.  Grateful eyes when we finally communicate and can offer help.  Bright peeping eyes of children, ducking and giggling when they spy me watching them.  Friendly eyes when we greet them in bungled Creole, averted eyes on the ones who have lost hope along with the world they knew.

 
A Haitian Child at the Delmas 40B Tent City