There are some days when I just don’t have anything to say! (Dave would be surprised to hear this!) Last night I prayed that God would give me something to write about for today’s blog. When I was up during the night, I prayed the same prayer.
When I sat down at the computer this morning to read my e-mails, I said to myself, I hope there is some inspiration here!
Well, three of my e-mails were from Pastor Steve Good, of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. We are collecting items for Haiti Relief and Steve is our “go-to” man. (Our list of items we are collecting will be included at the end of the photos.)
Someone mentioned to me yesterday that they had heard people were being instructed to only send money for Haiti relief now instead of supplies. So I thought I had better check with Steve to clarify that. Here are portions of his responses to me, along with photos from the site of the Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti.
From Pastor Steve:
“You can tell the others that we still have a need for the health kit supplies. Money continues to be important, of course, but the health kits will be used both for immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti. We send them through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) who has been working in disaster response and development for over 50 years, so they know how to get the job done. Our church is sending half our money donations to UMCOR and half to ICC’s Grace Children’s’ Hospital (ICC – International Child Care). I’ll send you an email update with photos on how Grace Hospital is responding to the disaster. Basically, they are still operating, although still missing many staff, dealing with many unusable buildings, and giving medical care outside under tarps. They are doing a great job for all the trauma they are facing in their own lives.”
Below are excerpts of a letter sent by Dr. John Yates to ICC to update on state of things at Grace:
The building across the street was successfully cleaned up and space divided to allow for installation of the Humedic German team that is now on the ground and ready to start at 8:30 this am…There will be a “mash” unit of sorts…capable of doing surgury…preimarily orthodedic – limbs and / or amputations, etc….The status of our xray machine is still somewhat in doubt due to damage….we’re trying to get it up and running this morning. If not, we are searching everywhere for a portable that could be brought on site. Meanwhile, census of our staff continues. All staff will be asked to report to duty Monday morning (though many have been present this week). We expect/plan to get our usual outpatient clinics running again on Monday…general adult and pediatric clinics, TB adult and peds clinic, prenatal clinics, etc…trying to resume activity as normally as possible – though these clinics will be held in tents and/or under tarps in the open yard at the hospital given the buildings are not safe to work in. Most of our staff has little to eat at home…and many have homes that are damaged or destroyed…We would like to provide a dry ration to them daily to ensure that they get at least something. The markets…are mostly still closed…and those that are open…most shelves are bare…so even if one is able to purchase…there is little available to buy. Hence, our need to bring some in from the D.R. Enough fuel in our generator for today’s work…but with hopes for more today. There is fuel now in the country…it’s a matter of getting it to where it needs to go. Let’s pray we get some today. Meanwhile, the major banks are still not open…we are not able to access money. We have not been able to pay staff their salary for Jan. 15 yet…you can imagine how hard that is for our people. There is hope that this will change early next week and we will be able to get funds to operate with. Meanwhile, we are just taking what we have from our pockets to keep things going.”
And finally, some photos from Haiti . . .
One gallon size Resealable Plastic Bags
Combs (large and sturdy)
Nail Files or Fingernail Clippers (no emery boards)
Bath-size bars of Soap
Toothbrushes (single adult-size brushes, individually wrapped)
Adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
Toothpaste (4.5 oz or larger – expiration date must be at least one year in future).