January 27, 2010

Drew Moore Responds to the Haiti Quake

We have been so blessed to have Drew from Eastview Christian Church with us in the DR for the past week working hard with us in efforts to bring aid to Haiti. Since we began flights to Haiti January 17 we have put 194,969 lbs of medical supplies, food, water, shelter into the hands of the people needing it most.

Please watch this video- How Will YOU Respond?

You can continue to give through the G.O. Website or you can go to our Relief site specially set up to keep you up to date with what's going on in Haiti and how you can be a part of what God is doing through G.O. to get help to our brothers and sisters so badly in need.

January 25, 2010

G.O. Help Haiti- Responding to the January 12, 2010 quake

I am so honored and humbled to be working with G.O. Many God honoring things have happened since the tragic quake. We, the Church, have been given an opportunity to care and look after Haiti in it's time of need. How will you respond?

Check out this clip I made, told from the perspective of a friend and fellow G.O. Missionary, Ken George. Ken has tirelessly worked around the clock sun up to sun down managing the pilots, planes, and cargo that is bringing help and hope to Haiti.

No amount of thanks would be sufficient Ken!

G.O. Help Haiti- A Pilot's Tale II

G.O. has been responding to the earthquake in Haiti for 13 days now, ever since the quake hit January 12, 2010. Watch this clip of Andrew, a pilot, working with G.O. as he tells his story of chopping down trees to make a runway in a town cutoff from supplies!

Please keep giving generously through www.go-ministries.org

January 24, 2010

G.O. Help Haiti- Rescuing Stranded Missions Teams

One of the first ways we responded to the Haiti quake was to begin rescuing missions teams stranded in Haiti, which opened the doors for our Relief work in Jacmel!

Check out my good friend & fellow G.O. Missionary Tim's story of rescuing one of those teams!

Please continue to give to our Relief work through our web. www.go-ministries.org

G.O. Help Haiti- An EMT's story

G.O. housed several EMT's and first responders- some of whom we found transportation into Haiti to help rescue and treat our brothers and sisters there!

I interviewed Josh who was returning home after a traumatic week in Port-au-Prince.

Check out his story here, and please continue to give to the Relief efforts at www.go-ministries.org

G.O. Help Haiti- A Pilot's Tale

G.O. Ministries is working with 9 pilots and 5 planes to get much needed supplies into Haitian's in need in Jacmel, Port-de-Paix, Pignon, Leogane, and Port-au-Prince! Check out this short video I made interviewing one of the pilots and here his God story!

Please continue to support the work G.O. is doing! Go to www.go-ministries.org to give!

Scott Martin, A Pilot's Tale from Jackie Perez on Vimeo.

January 21, 2010

Haiti Update

I am so honored to report the following day by day events since the earthquake and how God has used G.O. Ministries to bring help to several communities in Haiti.

Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, a 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti. G.O. Ministries happened to have a team in Santiago at the time. Here is a video clip of what it felt like: Moment of Earthquake You see people laughing because it was an unusual occurrence. As news reports came in, we began to realize how serious the situation was and began to prepare to help. God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine, and we never imagined this past week! But God is good and gave us the opportunity to aid in relief of this tragedy. Several of our staff members were featured on their local news. Michael Jeff and Wilby

Wednesday 13 Jan 2010, we began to understand the extent of the devastation. People immediately began to call and offer their help. Brook Brotzman, President of G.O. Ministries in the US, was already scheduled to travel to the DR that day. After he was on the ground in Santiago, we began to analyze how we could help. We were contacted by several short-term mission teams that were stranded in various locations in Haiti. A group from Eastview Christian Church had been in Pilatre, trying to get home to Normal, IL. Their flight, which would have placed them in Port-au-Prince at the time of the quake, had been cancelled. They were able to get a bus to the border between the Dominican and Haiti, where Tim Krauss, one of our full-time staff members in Santiago, was able to meet them. We then gave them overnight accommodations and got them on a flight Thursday morning. Another group was stranded at a orphanage in Jacmel, southwest of Port-au-Prince, but closer to the epicenter of the quake. To get to them, we found a boat from the Dominican town of Pedernales to the coastal town of Jacmel. The boat was very small but we crammed in as many supplies as would fit and sent Tim to go retreive them. Due to engine problems on the boat, the team returned across the border the next day by land. We were also taking supplies in via the border town of Jimani when possible. In total, we helped 5 different mission teams evacuate from Haiti. Here in the office, we set up ways for people to help by donating and with their prayers. Here is a video with Tim and John preparing to depart: www.vimeo.com/8754211

We obtained warehouse space in the hanger at the Santiago airport in order to store supplies. We used five five small planes to fly supplies in and out of Jacmel and Leogane daily to drop relief supplies. We continued with boat trips as well. We were able to recruit several pilots in order to keep flights going into Jacmel non-stop. You should check out the view of the airport on Google Earth. It is just a runway with a place to turn around. Landing Strip

Friday 15 Jan 2010, Romano and Wilby, G.O. partnering Haitian pastors, headed out to Port-au-Prince separately. Here is a video that Jeff made of Romano prior to his departure: http://www.vimeo.com/8754093 They left to search for family they had not been able to reach. Wilby found his family members alive but Romano learned that his brother is dead. He leaves behind 9 children. We continue to pray for the orphans created the day of the quake.
Over the weekend, the opportunities to help did not stop. Our staff in Santiago helped assist a UN peacekeeper and his team of volunteers who stayed in our dorm. They were stranded on their way to Port-au-Prince. They assisted us in setting up our relief efforts. We were able to use our warehouse and the hangar space we obtained at the Santiago airport to collect supplies.

We have some pictures of our staff buying supplies and the planes. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gohelphaiti We also helped a reporter from the Wall Street Journal with lodging and helped him into Jacmel to report on the conditions there.

Monday 18 Jan 2010, we began to realize that supplies on the island of Hispaniola were running out. We now need to collect the needed supplies here in the US for transportation to Haiti via the DR. A friend, who is the director of a Haitian orphanage, asked how would she distribute the baby formula she had available? It could mean the difference between life and death. My heart breaks that anyone would find themselves in that position. We are working to get needed supplies as quickly as we can to alleviate the desperate need on the ground in Haiti.

Tuesday 19 Jan 2010, we began to organize collection of supplies. We have obtained warehouse space in Louisville at 7325 New LaGrange Road. We are contacting the churches in this area to begin collection of needed supplies. We are arranging cargo plane transport to take these items to Santiago for distribution into Haiti. It takes 100,000 lbs. to fill the plane. We are again asking God to provide in a big way through His people.

Medical supplies are an immediate and overwhelming need. There are doctors on the ground who cannot treat those sick and injured because they have no supplies. If you are able to secure a donation of medical items, especially orthopedic supplies such as casting materials, contact us right away. We would also be able to purchase these items if a large donation were made.
Your donation has made an immediate difference to the people of Haiti. Please continue to keep the people of Haiti and GO Ministries as we assist in the relief effort in your prayers. We have spent every donation as quickly as they have come in. As of yesterday, we had received over $150,000 in donations. We are spending the money as quickly as it comes in. Please consider giving again or passing this information on to other people who may be interested in what we are doing here.

Much peace and prayers to you!!!
Alan and Jackie

January 14, 2010

G.O. Help Haiti

Our hearts are very heavy this morning. Parts of Haiti lay in total destruction. The death tolls continue to rise.

Fear grips our brothers and sisters as they continue to sleep outdoors for fear of sleeping in what remains of their houses as the threat of aftershocks continue.

I was in my house sitting at my computer, much like I am now, when Alan asked if I could feel the ground shaking. At first I felt nothing and then a slow rocking and then the jingling of our light hanging in the kitchen as it began to sway back and forth... it lasted about 30-45 seconds. We had no idea the tragedy that was unfolding.

We sit here feeling helpless continuing to follow news reports, some of us have been interviewed by our home town news stations and the emails and phone calls continue to pour in.

On a good day in Haiti, (one that hasn't been rocked by a major earthquake) the people scrape by with whatever they can. The average income in Haiti is around $560 US dollars YEARLY. That means they live and feed their families on about $1.50 per day. They mass produce "dirt cookies," which are made from salt, oil and the dirt from the ground people walk on. They mix the ingedients and bake them on roof tops in the sun, all in efforts to stave off the hunger pains. This is a good day...

How do we reconcile this, how do we cope with such tragedies in the world? We see atrocities everyday all across the world. Wars, starvation, children forced into slavery or turned into child soldiers, rape, hate crimes.

We reconcile this through the hope we have through our Creator and our Maker. That He, who knows every hair on every Haitian man, woman, and child's head will redeem His people and take something so terrible and devastating and make it glorious. I believe He is doing this right now, through His people, through surrounding countries, through The Church. I am told the news is covering every inch of this in the States and I am greatful for the awareness it is bringing to a country many Americans couldn't locate on a map (I couldn't before I came on my first mission trip here).
I believe this section of scripture helps paint a picture of what is happening now and for what is to come.
Romans 8:18-27
I consider that our present sufferings
are not worth comparing with the glory
that will be revealed in us.
The creation waits in eager expectation
for the sons of God to be revealed.
For the creation was subjected to frustration,
not by its own choice, but by the will of the one
who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself
will be liberated from its bondage to decay and
brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has
been groaning as in the pains of childbirth
right up to the present time. Not only so,
but we ourselves, who have the
firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our
adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved.
But hope that is seen is no hope at all.
Who hopes for what he already has?
But if we hope for what we do not yet have,
we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit
helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
with groans that words cannot express.
And he who searches our hearts knows the
mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes
for the saints in accordance with God's will.

We have an opportunity here... No, not an opportunity. We have a responsibility to be The Church. To care after the orphans and the widows. To step in, in Haiti's great time of need and be a voice of hope. To be the hands and feet of a Christ who loved us so much He shed His bled and died for us. How can we ever begin to repay? Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you to fall to your knees in ferverent prayer for Haiti. I urge you to financially give to help our (mine and yours) brothers and sisters suffering in Haiti. They need us in such a time as this.
G.O. Ministries has set up an online relief fund and we will be working with several organizations on the ground in Haiti distributing 100% of what we can raise to help aid the relief efforts. http://www.go-ministries.org/ on the front page is more information on how you can give.

I posted this section of scripture and pictures from Haiti a few weeks ago on my last post about Haiti. http://alanandjackie.blogspot.com/2009/12/pictures-worth-thousand-words.html
Grieving and Praying for Haiti.
Alan and Jackie

January 9, 2010

Momentum Christian Church

Alan and I were blessed to work with Momentum Christian Church out of San Diego, CA this past week. They are a brand new church plant just celebrating their year anniversary and it was so fresh and exciting to hear about the ministry they are a part of and the hunger and desire they have to share Christ in San Diego and throughout the Nations.

One thing Chris Hornbrook, lead pastor kept reiterating was the importance of building missions into the very fabric and DNA of who they are as a church. They get missions. And we were inspired by their hearts to see the world changed through Christ. It's moments (weeks) like these that I take a step back and am in awe of what God has allowed us to be a part of in the Dominican Republic.

Thank you for sharing in this work with us!

Check out this video of Momentum's week in the DR...

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