Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hurricane Matthew in Review

Hurricane Matthew was a devastating Category 4 hurricane when it first struck Haiti. Its winds of 145MPH and storm serge followed by flooding did major damage to the Southwest and Northwest peninsulas of Haiti.

Immediately after the hurricane, a partner church in Virginia took a collection for emergency aid funds and sent it to its partner church in Citern Remy. This video is a short interview with Nelson Onand, the pastor there explaining what happened during the storm and expressing his appreciation for the life-saving emergency funds.

Video of Citern Remy Hurricane Matthew Interview
Several weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit, Walking Together for Christ missionary James Arbaugh made a trip to assess the situation and take emergency relief and development aid. This is a video essay of the destruction experienced in the Grand'Anse of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, as well as the hope that was shared with the victims through emergency relief aid like food and tarps, and development aid like seeds and trees.

Video of Jeremie after Hurricane Matthew
We are planning a return trip to Jeremie to carry trees and tin to help with reconstruction. $100 can pay for the tin to cover a small house there. This #GivingTuesday and entire giving season, please consider a tax deductible contribution through Walking Together for Christ.

(Special thanks to Lara Martin for the truly inspired song, The Voice of Hope, which was used in the Jeremie video.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

REMOTE COAST OF NORTHWEST HAITI DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW

Some houses covered by sand from storm surge. Maybe 20% sustained serious damage. Our church building in LaPlatteforme just a pile of rubble. No one died. Town discouraged. Joe Arbaugh delivered emergency relief with Jon Arbaugh and James Arbaugh.

Effects of Hurricane Matthew at LaPlatteforme, Haiti

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hurricane Matthew in Grand'Anse

Hurricane Matthew has struck the Southwest and Northwest peninsulas of Haiti.

A Walking Together partner church has already sent funds to help their daughter church in the Northwest part of Haiti. Their school lost it's roof. They also lost many gardens and animals.

Missionary James Arbaugh has made a preliminary visit to the Grand'Anse to assess the situation. Approximately 75% of the houses in Jeremie lost their roofs. In the surrounding countryside, the situation was even worse. Some food and supplies were distributed to these remote areas during the visit.
Haitian Corn Being Distributed
Trees to Hide the Food

Pumpkin = Food for Today / Pumpkin Seeds = Development
Pumpkin Distributed (for its seeds)
We are in the early stages of planning another trip back to Jeremie. This time, we plan to take tin and more fruit trees. If God puts it on your heart to contribute, we will use your funds wisely to ensure kingdom impact and long-term results.

Please keep Haiti in your prayers, we have a long road ahead of us!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pump at Laraquint Repaired

We are praising the Lord because the pump in the well at Laraquint is fixed! We had all the tools, parts and knowledge to get the job done.
 
Water Coming From the Well at Laraquint
The problem was parts came unscrewed in the pump cylinder. Before putting it all back together, we replaced the leathers, and a worn sucker rod. That required cutting new threads on a short piece of sucker rod.

Pastor Lenort BienAimé and the community extend their appreciation and thanks for the tools and parts that made the pump repair possible.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Haiti Medical Team - January 22-30, 2016

I was privileged to be a part of this year's medical team led by Doctor Dennis Hatter and James Arbaugh. We did one day clinics in the five churches that we relate to through the Walking Together ministry. The hard working pastors at Payen, Delonye, Gilbert, LaRaquint, and Tapion helped make it possible. We also did a clinic at Project Help which was our home base. 

Our schedule for the day began with a breakfast at the base, then packing up James' truck with medications, jug of water, equipment and suckers/toys for the children. Men's caps and ladies scarves were also given out this year and were much appreciated. At the church were served coffee and bread at break time and a meal of delicious authentic Haitian food for a late lunch. The pastor registers the patient who then pays 50 gourdes (less than $1 US) to see the doctor and receive meds. The 3 areas (triage, consultation, pharmacy) are visited as the patient passes through. The proceeds for the day go into the church treasury. 

This annual clinic has been done in this area for nearly fifteen years and the pastors and church members anticipate it and express appreciation each time we return. We look forward each year to reconnecting with them and providing this service through the churches. We were able to see approximately 950 people this year. 

Counting Pills
Our evening consists of a cold shower, a lovely meal and bagging up medications for the next day. A highlight of each day is to gather around and read an anonymous, encouraging letter from someone in the Mountain View Mennonite Church from which a majority of the team members come. Quite a fun time guessing! Richard and Zane Taylor, Jenny Yancey, Jenn Grove, Nichole Steege, Sharon Arbaugh, Ida Fern Showalter and myself made up the rest of the team. 

Our thanks go out to those who donated money, those who prayed and everyone who encouraged. A special thanks to  Project Help in Borel, Haiti! 

Elaine Schaefer 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Small Millit Crop Failure

We had heard about the failure of the "Piti mi"crop in the area around LaRaquinte from Pastor Lenort. When we arrived we saw the evidence in the blackened stalks and the grain heads riddled with insects. This is very discouraging for the farmers because this grain is an important staple in the area.

Pastor Lenort Showing Failed Crop

We participated to help assist some of those in need. May God multiply it!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Waynesboro Mennonite Church Block Party

Waynesboro Mennonite Church (at its block party this past Saturday) hosted a group of people interested in Haiti.  For the purpose of fellowship a diverse group of Haiti mission leaders, Haitians, and Haitian Americans from North Carolina, Haiti, and Virginia gathered and played games, ate, discussed collaboration possibilities, interacted with the community, and made music together.  


Diverse Group of Fellowship
One of the special treats from this entente were the "taptap" rides.  There was a tractor pulling a copy of the Haitian public transportation vehicle, the taptap (which is a brightly painted truck).  Children and parents were given spirited rides around the property to the delight of everyone.  


"TapTap" Rides
"Hold On Tight Kids"!
Another pleasure was the presence of the leader of the small "United Haiti Restoration" organization, "Johny Z".  He is a Haitian American from North Carolina who (among other things) writes and animates poetry in Haitian French Creole and English.  He treated the assembly to an English rendition of his poem "LOVE", which was an inspiration.


L.O.V.E. Animation