My teammate Rod and I arrived safely in Haiti this afternoon. Thank you for your prayers as we traveled here! After passing through the new immigration and customs area at the airport, we were met by our Samaritan’s Purse (SP) driver and proceeded to push our way through a huge crowd outside the airport gate. Then we drove through the gridlocked streets with minimal traffic direction from UN and US soldiers to the main SP camp, where we are spending the night tonight. It’s been great to meet many of the SP staff here, and also some other Christian NGO workers who are sharing the Global Outreach ministry site north of Port au Prince. Continue to pray that we can be an encouragement to the responders who have already been here for weeks.
We heard encouraging testimony tonight from the SP medical team who praised God for saving the life of a man close to death. They shared how he had praised Jesus for saving his life, both physically and spiritually, and how God prompted him to pray for them, asking the Lord for more knowledge and understanding for the medical team as He uses them to save lives in Haiti. God is truly at work here in the midst of the pain and brokenness. Would you continue praying for these people who have so little identity and hope? Pray that God would strengthen them and give them identity in Him, and that their hope would rest in Christ alone.
Tomorrow I will be helping survey a potential camp/shelter site and sketching out a site plan with Rod and John Dallmann. Then in the afternoon the three of us will fly southeast by helicopter to Grand Goave, where we will be based out of the Haiti Arise Mission for most of the duration of our time here. This hard-hit area was the epicenter of the quake, and we will focus much of our attention on proper sanitation and hygiene with latrine installations/training before the rains intensify potential for the spread of disease. Most camps still do not have proper toilets, so please lift up this effort in prayer.
Thanks so much for your prayer support and covering! I believe God will do great and mighty things as we call out to Him. Nothing is too difficult for Him! May Haiti see signs and wonders pointing them to God, having an abundance of peace and truth, being cleansed from their iniquity so that the good and merciful Lord of hosts would receive all praise and honor! (Jer. 32-33)