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Haiti Update

January 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Wes Smith (who I wrote about yesterday) Filed an update last night and today. They’re on the ground and working! I wish the big guys could move as fast. Please, please, please, keep Wes’s team in your prayers. Here’s the update:
January 18 update:
Efficiency, Speed, and Simplicity:

The Haitian believers at Lloyd’s mission have rented a truck. When our plane lands in Port-au-Prince all of the medical supplies and workers are whisked away. Within 30 minutes everything and everyone that was on the plane is at the mission.

The third and final round-trip flight with volunteers and medical supplies left Ft. Lauderdale at 4:30 p.m. The team is in the air between Florida and Haiti as I type this.

WSBT Chanel 22 from South Bend called this morning and asked for a television interview about Haiti. The interview was taped a few minutes ago at the Hampton Inn here in Warsaw, Indiana.

You can view it at the following hours:

5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.

And 6:00 a.m. till noon on the 19th of January.

It is noon on Monday as I post this. Today is the first full day that our team is on the ground in Port-au-Prince. Pray for strength as the girls clean wounds and help with their nursing skills.

January 17 update:

8:45 p.m. Our team is in Haiti at a place called Carrefour, where Lloyd’s mission is located. It is about 12 miles from the airport in Port-au-Prince. They are all going to sleep in a tiny house there for the night. Thank you so much for your prayers. They called on the Sat Phone to let us know their whereabouts and that they were safe.

Just in from the Holy Ghost: “I am a Lion! I am King of the Jungle!”

The plane will land in Port-au-Prince this afternoon. Jon Fussle, Katrina Smoker, Heidi Smith, April Smith, and Ricardo are on board. They called on the Sat Phone to say that they are getting fuel in Turks before going on to Haiti.

A big “Thank you, Jesus!” that they were given permission to land in Port-au-Prince.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Spillman // Jan 22, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Wesley’s ministry site has a PayPal donation button set up on the home page. Elaine and I are using it; I’m encouraging you to do the same. He’s also got a local newsclip there that helps tell of their relief effort in Haiti. Keep the team and the people of Haiti in your prayers.

  • 2 Jon Fussle // Feb 24, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Actually, the flights took place nearly every day from January 17 through February 18 (sometimes twice a day). We lifted 22,000 lbs of food, water/filters, medical supplies, tents, and tarps; transported over 75 doctors, nurses, and aid workers in and out of Port-au-Prince; and logged more than 225 flight hours in 32 days from the time the plane left Warsaw, Indiana until it returned.

    Wes contracted a bacterial infection in his lungs and started coughing up blood. He was taken to the hospital where they drained his lungs and stabilized. Shortly thereafter, he was evacuated to the USS Compassion where he is recovering. Pray for him.

    Thanks for keeping everyone posted on Haiti. Just because it’s disappeared from the headlines, doesn’t mean it’s all better for these people. They are still sleeping under shelters made of bed sheets and twigs. The immediate need is for tents and tarps. Long-term needs are for temporary housing and building supplies.

  • 3 Wes Smith in Haiti … the rest of the story | Got Potential? // Mar 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    […] I hadn’t heard from Wes Smith in a while. Remember Wes? I wrote about him and his Haiti rescue team deploying do the earthquake ravaged island right after the tragic event. You can review the posts here: “Haiti Relief, January 17″ and “Haiti Update, January 18″ […]

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