Haiti Disaster Relief Update (3/4/10)

The fifth disaster relief team returned earlier this week and the sixth team left for Haiti. Steve and Marie Johnson from Estes led team 5, and that team gives the following report.

Roberta and her kids are doing well. A shipping container filled with rice arrived last week. Three more (including the one packed here in Henderson) are due very soon. Healing Hands Intl. purchased some containers of beans already in the country and they will be coming to Roberta’s to be matched with the rice and given to those in need.

Last week, the folks at Sonlight and the relief workers packaged 2,500-3,000 family packs of food, saw 155 patients at a medical clinic, and gave food to 2,000 people at a “feeding day” in addition to the regular food distribution. Things got a little rowdy when 2,000 people showed up at the gate to be fed, but the U.S. Air Force sent officers to help with crowd control and everything went well. Although the “feeding day” was a special occasion, Roberta and her kids continue to hand out food packs every day at their gate in addition to the normal food distribution program using local congregations and children’s homes. Steve and Marie estimate that they distributed more than 100,000 lbs. of food last week. There were 7 baptisms.

The Santo Church of Christ is looking for a building to rent where they can set up another bulk food organization and distribution site. If one can be found, the church members will set up an operation similar to

The Santo Church of Christ is looking for a building to rent where they can set up another bulk food organization and distribution site. If one can be found, the church members will set up an operation similar to the one they are working with at the Sonlight Children’s Home now, and that will double the output. We are also working on sending more tarps for temporary shelter before the rainy season begins.

Here’s a reminder of how serious the situation still is in Haiti: Tuesday, two local preachers picked up truckloads of family packs of food at the children’s home to distribute in their home areas, and they were robbed at gunpoint after leaving the facility. Please keep the Haitian people, our relief workers, Roberta Edwards, and the children in your prayers daily.