This is a letter that Bruce sent Amber, who forwarded it on to the rest of us and I thought it was worth sharing as well:

Dear Amber and UPC team,

Because you couldn’t fly out normally, we had to drive to Cap Haitian.

Because we were going to be in Cap Haitian, Bill Piepgrass, surgeon and former missionary doctor here decided to come to Haiti since he had a ride back to La Pointe to work at the hospital.

Because Bill was going to come to Haiti to work on Port-au-Prince refugees, he invited his friends, Gary an orthopedic surgeon, Don an anesthesiologist, and Helen an OR nurse.

Since we were going to be coming back empty, we asked and God gave us a load of medical supplies from Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

Because we had all the medical stuff in the back of the truck, all these medical people had something to sit on (sortof) in the back of the truck for the nine hour trip back via Gonaives. Incidently, it is not as easy when you are over 40.

Because the doctors came and because they had stuff to work with, they were able to treat patients like you are going to read about below1.

Sometimes waiting is a very difficult, important, and fulltime job. Because you patiently waited until it was God’s time and way to get out of the country, we were able to get in sequence for the timing of all that was to come. And be there with the truck.

On Tuesday Lord willing we should be receiving two more plane loads of medical supplies from the cruise ships of Royal Caribbean.

Thanks for coming and helping. The team house roof is pretty much done except for the dinking around finish jobs and it shouldn’t leak anymore.

In Christ,

PS please pass on to the team members

Bruce was also able to put in the outlet that we didn’t get to and they now have power at the vocational school in Foison.

  1. Bruce forwarded a story about two Haitians whom the medical supplies helped  

Mission Trip Haiti: Business as Usual, Almost — Part 2

Everyone was shocked; I hadn’t even once considered that the epicenter could be Port-au-Prince.

My first reaction was untempered, “Let’s go! People need our help!” However, Bruce kindly and patiently explained our position: a group of white people, with no experience in disaster recovery, who can’t speak French or Creole, and don’t have place to stay, food to eat, or water to drink. Of course, Bruce was right; we would have been more of burden than anything. I guess that’s the kind of insight one gets after working in Haiti for twenty-five years.

Life continued, more or less, as normal. Bruce was working overtime trying to coordinate relief efforts with his organization, CrossWorld, and we did what we could for the people of Port-au-Prince from where we were by praying. The only real impact to us was that our days were a bit shorter since Bruce had so much going on.

18.0 mm || 1/250 || f/3.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
, Nord-Ouest Department, Haiti

70.0 mm || 1/320 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
, Nord-Ouest Department, Haiti

38.0 mm || 1/400 || f/4.2 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
, Nord-Ouest Department, Haiti

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