After being gone for three weeks Erin has returned from Haiti. We are thrilled to have her home.
She did some amazing work to help the survivors of the January 12th, 7.0 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people.
Click on this link to see a four-minute video of the amazing work she did.
Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti.
For two weeks we have been without Erin. On January 28th she left Honduras bound for Haiti. She is working with MTW’s Disaster Response Ministry to help the Haitians after the 7.0 earthquake.
She has been working long days providing the earthquake survivors with medical and spiritual aide. It has been physically and emotionally hard on her, but she loves it. We have been able to talk with her on the phone each day. The connections are poor, but we can exchange updates and wish each other our best.
Mike and Madison continue to go through the daily routines of school, ministry, home, etc. Everything is just a bit harder and slower down a family member.
Erin is expected back in Honduras late next week. We eagerly await her arrival so we can spoil her.
Erin has now been in Haiti a week helping the victims of the 7.0 earthquake. She is working with MTW’s Disaster Response Ministry. Madison and Mike are still in Honduras keeping our ministry going. Her return date is uncertain, but she will likely be gone three weeks.
Erin and the rest of the 14-person team began their ministry by creating a medical clinic in a tent. They were serving the 12,000 person Dikini Refugee Camp. After a few days they were asked to work in the Adventist Hospital, serving the same people.
The first day or so in the hospital was a little hectic. Erin and the team have been struggling with exhaustion, lack of medical supplies, and extreme emotions. The team has delivered several babies, including one by Erin alone. In addition several of their patients have died.
This ministry is very difficult, but it has been a wonderful opportunity for Erin to demonstrate the love of Christ.
You too can be part of Erin’s work in Haiti. PRAYER SUPPORT: Visit Erin’s blog daily to get updates and see pictures. FINANCIAL SUPPORT: To make a contribution towards Erin’s relief efforts in Haiti simply go to this link, scroll down to “Pettengill, Mike & Erin”, click on “donate” and follow the prompts.
Lord willing, for the next 18 days our family will be separated. On Thursday morning Erin boarded her first of four flights she would be taking over the next 24 hours. She left La Ceiba and was headed to Haiti via Miami and Chicago.
For the next 18 days Erin will serve as a trauma nurse in Hell on earth…also known as Haiti. She and 14 other members of MTW’s Disaster Response Ministry will be addressing the physical and spiritual needs of those who survived the 7.0 earthquake. This is going to be physically and emotionally taxing on Erin. Please be in regular prayer for her. We have heard that it may be possible for her to communicate with us. Any information we receive will be posted on Erin’s Blog. Check there regularly for the latest information.
Madison and Mike will remain in La Ceiba. We will continue to keep our family, home and ministry afloat with the help of the McCann family. While we can’t host a proper medical clinic without Erin we still have two English classes and a Kids Club each week. In addition we have to organize and distribute thousands of school supplies and prepare our four scholarship kids for school. On top of that our two property purchases and our residency paperwork need lots of attention. And, most of all we will be in prayer for Erin.
It is such a thrill to serve God.
On Thursday, January 28th Erin will leave Honduras bound for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. As a member of MTW’s Disaster Response Ministry she will bring the love of Christ to the Haitians through word and deed. Her Spanish, her 15 years as a nurse and her comfort level will be tested.
She will be working at the Dikini Camp, which is a 10,000 person refugee camp located six miles from the epicenter of the 7.0 earthquake that struck on January 12th. As many as 200,000 people have died and many more are injured and remain untreated. Erin and the rest of her 14-person team will operate a wound and trauma clinic to address the physical and spiritual needs of the hundreds of thousands who still have not received care.
She will be sleeping on the ground at what used to be the Quisqueya School. She will be gone for at least 10 days and likely more. Depending on available technology we will attempt to post pictures and stories daily.
There is plenty you can do to help:
Pray – Erin’s flights into Haiti are confirmed, but no return travel has yet been found. Much looting and violence has been reported. There have been more then 40 aftershocks. Thousands of bodies still litter the streets.
Financial – To make contribution towards Erin’s relief efforts in Haiti simply go to this link, scroll down to “Pettengill, Mike & Erin”, click on “donate” and follow the prompts.