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Update on Haiti

posted Feb 24, 2010, 1:51 PM by Jamie Washam

 Many of you have responded generously to help our sisters in brothers in Haiti, following the last month’s earthquake. Underwood has contributed $3530.07 to the efforts so far. Below is an update of work being done through our American Baptist partners on the ground.[1]


Contributions totaling $328,454 have been received so far by International Ministries for Haiti earthquake relief. A draft proposal identifying $1 million in needs over the short and medium term has been received from our partner, the Convention of Baptists in Haiti.

Kristy Engel, a pediatric nurse practitioner and IM missionary in the Dominican Republic (DR), leads weeklong rotating volunteer medical teams to Port-au-Prince. During one four-day rotation period they treated nearly 1,000 patients.  Ketly and Vital Pierre, IM missionaries in Nicaragua, and Dr. Adalia Schellinger-Gutiérrez, IM missionary in Mexico, have joined these teams.

Madeline Flores-López, IM missionary in the DR, works with her colleagues to
provide medical care to Haitian victims being brought to the Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo.

Dr. Steve and nurse Nancy James, IM missionaries in Haiti are working with earthquake victims in clinics in the north and coordinating the response with our partners.

Note: The ten people arrested for child trafficking in Haiti are not members of churches affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA or International Ministries.

Volunteer medical personnel, especially doctors, are needed to form rotating teams. These teams gather in La Romana each Sunday this month, travel to Haiti on Mondays, work for the week and return to the DR on Saturdays.  Medical volunteers should email .


Financial gifts through the One Great Hour of Sharing are still urgently needed to purchase, transport and distribute relief supplies including food, water, tarps and medical supplies. Give toward ongoing earthquake recovery by going online to: and following the links OR  mail checks to: International Ministries – Haiti Relief; P.O. Box 851; Valley Forge, PA 19482  OR  make checks payable to your American Baptist Church and write “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo section. 

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.