February 1, 2010 Haiti
Update February 1, 2010
This morning, we opened our gate and here was our military, delivering a big truckload of food and a van full of bottled water! What a way to start the day.
I found out more about the new clinic. The Haitian government owns it, so they are responsible to provide security. They have their own administrator and doctors, who will continue to operate as before. Available to us are two buildings. We will use one for Surgery and one already has 8 Exam Rooms and a Waiting Room. What a wonderful answer for the medical teams coming each week! Today, we began to clean it up. Our handymen removed the water tank from the hospital roof and hooked it up where it can benefit the clinic. The Haitians wouldn’t go near it. They are so scared to enter any building!
With so many teams coming and going, it is difficult to keep track of what is going on. Sometimes a team promises to be somewhere, people are waiting for their services; then the team leaves Haiti and no one knows what was arranged. When doctors don’t arrive, the people are upset. You must remember, the Haitians are very fragile right now and when things don’t go their way, tempers flare…
We must have good communication! It is improving, but with so much action and so many different teams, each doing something different for a short period of time, it really is a challenge! Pray for those administrating these efforts. Our Command Center is wild!
NBC and FOX NEWS reporters have not come into Carrefour. Many believe this area is unsafe. Rumors are flying all the time, keeping people in fear. God’s Word says we are not given a spirit of fear, but of love and of power and a sound mind! We believe that, and move about comfortably.
I talked with Terry about the airport opening again. He said most of the people on the ground now, including him, don’t really want the airport to open until perhaps April. Yes, it would be more convenient distance-wise, but it would also dump so many more people and onlookers on the roads, thus hindering clean-up operations. He said, even if it is tiring to go to the Dominican Republic, it is the most effective way to get supplies and not have to deal with the abnormal traffic. Also, if the airport were open, the customs fees would be so high that it would be almost impossible to continue the work. He is in the Dominican Republic tonight on another run!
We know God is pouring out His favor on us as we make preparation to help rebuild Carrefour and spread out from there. God is moving in the hearts of people worldwide to help rebuild the walls…
Haiti will once again be a tropical paradise, a showplace for the nations, a place where Jesus is King! You will see it come to pass.