THINKING OUT LOUD AND OTHER STUFF

Posted: March 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
ELECTRICITY:  We got city electricity yesterday after four days of not having it.  We are glad that the city power was able to find our house again.

EPICENTER:  Yesterday I went out to Leogane, the epicenter of the January 12th earthquake.  Lots and lots of damage and destruction.

TENT CITIES:  Wow, are there ever a lot of tent cities.  Some seem quite large and organized and other seem like a rag tag of torn sheets and bit of plastic somehow connected together.  There are lots of perhaps 10′ by 10′ or smaller little rooms/houses that are made up of pieces of wood and some are even made of cardboard.  Can’t imagine that those living in these places will stay dry during the yet to come in force rainy season.

ALTERNATIVE HOUSING:  Have, over the past couple of days, looked at different kinds of housing that is being put together here in Haiti.  They tend to be quite simple and easy to put together.  I liked the metal framed ones that I saw in Leogane yesterday that are 16′ by 10′ that sell for $750.00 but do not include the walls or doors or windows.  The buyer can then decide how to finish off the house by wrapping it with a tarp or tyvek type wrap or make it more permanent with metal, of wood, or some type of composite walls.  We are asking God for wisdom as we look to help with the housing needs of people.  There is a lot of stuff out there on the Internet and if you have any suggestions, please let me know.  We have started a fund raiser to raise funds for us to help with housing and other needs.  Click here to check it out.

CLOSE CALL: Well for some reason it seems like a close call.  Eleven years ago Beth and I and our two children and the Haitian children lived in a big house several miles from where we now live.  I have been told by two people that the house that we used to live in fell flat, pancaked on the ground.  Now I know that we left that house eleven years ago but for some reason it feels like a close call to me.


THIS IS NOT THE HOUSE THAT WE USED TO LIVE IN BUT RATHER A HOSPITAL THAT FELL DURING THE EARTH QUAKE

THE AMBULANCE/MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLE FOR THE WOMEN’S PROGRAM HAS BEEN ORDERED.

The vehicle for which the Heartline Runners raised money by running in the 2010 Disney Marathon has been ordered and we eagerly await this vehicle.  Thank you for your generosity that has enabled us to soon have this vehicle as an ambulance/multipurpose vehicle for the Women’s Program.

THANKS FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY CHURCH for having a tremendous group of men spend several days with us here in Haiti.  This group fixed walls damaged by the earth quake, made general repairs and made and put up shelves and racks to get the Women’s Program Store put together, painted, sorted and moved around medicines and supplies, worked on the rooftop garden, worked on our computers, cooked meals, and even helped deliver a baby after Beth showed up at the Women’s Center at about 3 in the morning with a lady in labor, and did they ever bring a bunch of supplies.  This is their second visit to Heartline and WOW are we ever blessed to have them as part of our lives and ministry.


THE SEWING LADIES AFTER THE REPAIRS MADE BY THE FOOTHILLS’ GROUP ARE NOW ACTUALLY SEWING INSIDE THE HOUSE AND NO LONGER OUTSIDE AS THEY WERE AFRAID THAT IF THEY WERE INSIDE A TREMOR COULD MAKE THE HOUSE FALL ON THEM.  GETTING THE LADIES BACK INSIDE IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT.


JOEL WORKING ON THE ROOFTOP GARDEN


BILL, ONE OF THE COMPUTER GUYS, WHO WORKED ON GETTING OUR SYSTEM VIRUS FREE  IS PICTURED ABOVE WITH A VERY IMPORTANT COMPUTER FIX IT TOOL:  A HAMMER WITH WHICH HE IS SMASHING THE HARD DRIVE OF ONE OF OUR LAPTOPS


It rained last night and my thoughts were toward the people that are living in the kind of fake tents made up of flimsy sheets.

When I got to our field hospital last night I noticed that somehow we now have more patients than we did earlier in the day.  We did get several back to us that were at a couple of other places for more surgeries and we received more patients in a type of barter system. It goes like this –  HEARTLINE  TO ONE OF OUR PARTNERING MEDICAL PLACES: "Hey we have two patients that need further medical care,  can you guys do it?" THE MEDICAL PLACE TO HEARTLINE: "Sure we would be happy to help, but you know we have three patients that need aftercare, can you help us with that."   And this is one of the ways that our hospital population seems to be somewhat steady at the moment although we have had several patients leave us lately.

PLEASE PRAY:

  • For the people of Haiti
  • For the humanitarian groups that are working in Haiti
  • For the Haitian government
  • For Heartline as we endeavor to be the hands of Christ in Haiti
  • For two children that we are still trying to get to the States for adoption
  • For the Heartline Missionaries and Volunteers.

YOUR DONATIONS ARE STILL BIG TIME NEEDED.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE

John


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Comments
  1. Lorraine says:

    Dome housing: http://www.onedomeatatime.org. They\’re trying to rebuild Haiti via Texas! Check it out!

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