Excerpts from a report by Bishop David Roller:
We continue to be in prayer for our Haitian brothers and sisters in crisis. Here are some recent developments:
Jack Munos and Katie Zook were airlifted from Guantanamo Bay last night because their conditions were deemed more serious than originally thought. They arrived in Miami early this morning.
Pacific Northwest Superintendent Matt Whitehead is at the hospital and reports both are doing well. They are in ICU but alert. Both have been suffered quite a bit of trauma but “we can be encouraged that God is answering prayer.”
Katie’s family is now at the hospital and has been a great encouragement to her. I was able to speak to Jack for a few moments by phone and encourage him with, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Jack asks us to not give up hope on Jeanne even though he recognizes her rescue would require a miracle.
We are working to put together an exploratory team to travel to Haiti and connect with the Haitian church leaders. We will rely heavily on the wisdom of the Haitian church to create a response strategy and action plan.
We also are working to make connections with other denominations and NGOs to participate in a coordinated response. We anticipate this exploratory team will provide a fuller assessment of the needs, as well as the best way for North-American teams to respond over the next months.
The next weeks and months will be filled with uncertainty and grief. At the same time, we know God will redeem and heal. He will make sense out what appears random and cruel. There will be opportunities for Haiti to be rebuilt as a new Haiti.
Soon, unprecedented opportunities will open up in Haiti for the church to participate in building safer and better housing, more reliable infrastructure and a more just society. The Haitian FMC, which has always been intrinsically wholistic, will need our partnership. Get ready.
- the safe rescue of Jeanne, Merle, Gene and our many Haitian friends who are unaccounted for.
- physical healing for Jack Munos and Katie Zook.
- safe evacuation of the VISA volunteers and mission families who need to leave.
- emotional healing for the missionary team and for the Haitians as they face this overwhelming trauma.
- the exploratory team to arrive safely. Pray they will have wisdom and discernment as they assist the Haitian church to create a response strategy and action plan.
- the Port-au-Prince pastors as they attempt to comfort and lead their people (19 full FM churches and 12 church plants are located in the greater Port-au-Prince area).
- relief supplies to reach Haitians.
- word concerning the welfare of Haitian ICCM staff and 1,867 ICCM-sponsored children participating in 16 schools in the Port-au-Prince area.
- the thousands of ICCM-sponsored children and their families who have been impacted.
The Free Methodist Church in Haiti:
- 73 full churches
- 28 church plants
- More than 8,900 children sponsored through International Child Care Ministries
- 86 ordained elders
- 15 conference ministerial candidates
- 85 local pastors
- 11,643 full members
- 2,229 preparatory members
- 1,727 junior members
- 15,599 grand total members
- 12,720 average attendance
- 117 primary schools / 22,122 students
- 20 secondary schools / 2,859 students
- 11 dispensaries
- 1 hospital