International Ministries

Kristy Engel arrives in Haiti on 1/19/10

January 19, 2010 Journal
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International Ministries missionary Kristy Engel traveled  from La Romana, Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince and arrived safely on January 19. She is part of a 75-person group that includes some 30 medical personnel. Kristy will give administrative coordination to three clinics that the team will be running.

Travel from La Romana to Port-au-Prince took seven hours. The team is traveling to the Haiti border by bus and cross together with a security detail. Another security detail will meet them in Haiti to escort them into Port-au-Prince. The team is bringing some six trucks bearing food and medicine for use in the clinics and for donation. The non-medical team members will distribute the food at a location separate from the clinics. The team is working with Pastor Coulange, a Haitian pastor who will come to La Romana tomorrow to cross the border into Haiti with the group of volunteers.

Kristy is planning to lead a second medical group into Haiti on January 26th and another on February 2nd. Those trips will contain many American physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and EMT's. They are not at this time taking non-medical volunteers. The trip on the 26th is already full and headed up by physicians associated with UMass. Other Dominican staff will also be part of that team.

Requesting prayer for safety and strength, Kristy says, “This will be a very difficult voyage for all of us on both an emotional and physical level.” Finances are likewise greatly needed to cover the cost of the medicine and the transportation across the border and back.

Kristy’s final word of encouragement is: “Do what you can, with what you've got, in the moment you're given. That's all that we're called to do.”

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