For those who have been following everything going on in Haiti I wanted to share with you the latest news. We have a team of 8 from YWAM San Diego/Baja (3 from Ensenada) currently there. This was very short notice as they made plans last Friday. They arrived yesterday (Tuesday) after traveling over the course of an entire day. They left San Diego at 6:30 am, flew into Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the YWAM base there (about an hour outside of the city) then drove them the 10 hours to Saint Marc, Haiti where the YWAM base there is located. This is just north of Port-au-Prince (the capital). I am attaching a map of the area for a better visual.
Our team will be there for at least the next 3 weeks assisting the staff and coming up with different strategies for the long-term situation. They are also helping to restructure the staff so they can handle better all the supplies, refuges, and volunteers coming in to help. They are badly understaffed and overworked. Some are so overwhelmed with what all needs to be done that they can't even begin. Pray for the staff that are there.
There are many amazing wonderful things happening through this as well though. One tiny blessing for our team is that Trader Joe's (a grocery store on the West Coast) donated $190 worth of food and supplies when they found out our team was going to Haiti. American Airlines (who they were flying with) also gave each person 3 bags 70 lbs each for free. They ended up taking over 800 lbs of luggage for free. Praise God.
For those who have asked, currently we are not able to take up any donations of supplies and do not as of yet have access to do so. I know many of you wanted to potentially do a clothing, food and supply drive but they are only accepting full shipping containers and we do not have anyone as of yet that we can send random stuff to that will fill a shipping container. I will keep you posted on this. We may have teams going to Haiti that will be able to physically take supplies with them and if that is the case then I will let you know the best way to handle it.
I will keep you posted of all the wonderful things that God is doing through all of this. For now, I leave you with a video of a recent connect with Terry Snow, the director for YWAM Haiti and what all God is doing over there and how you can get involved.