Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ready or not Haiti, here we come

Mike Mahoney and I leave on Monday to drive to the east coast of Florida where we'll join 7 other people and depart for Haiti early (very early) the next morning.  Mike is a local physician and he and I are joining a team of folks from Oaks of Righteousness, a Christian organization whose purpose is to provide medical care to those who don't otherwise have access to medical help in Haiti.   We'll be working somewhere in the vicinity of Limbe, a city near the north coast of Haiti and directly north of Port-au-Prince, from June 8th through June 15th.

Shortly after the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on January 12th, I began looking for an opportunity to serve in some capacity in Haiti.  I knew that I was not among the best qualified people for one of the immediate response teams but I also felt called to serve the Haitian people sometime in the very near future.  My friend, Jim Caple, is my personal link to Haiti and I just explored my connection with Jim and this is where it led.  I've written about Jim before here , here, and here. (I didn't realize that I had referenced Jim so often until I searched his name on my blog.)

The needs were already enormous in this poorest country in the western hemisphere even before the devastating earthquake in January.  We realize that in the scheme of things, what we are able to do there is just a drop in the bucket  . . . but that drop will be meaningful to those people that we serve and, one drop at a time, God can use us and others to rebuild their lives.

Would you partner with us by praying for us during this trip?  If so, please choose a day (or 2 or 3 or more) between June 8th and June 15th to take time to pray for the success of the entire mission team.  If you'll do this, please let me know in the comments section of this post what day(s) you commit to pray for us.  We'd love to know that several people are praying for us on each day of the trip so please check the comments to see what days may not yet have been covered or have few people covering.  Your prayers are a vital part of this ministry effort and we will greatly appreciate them.