tESTIMONIALS

wrap up in haiti

On Thursday we traveled two hours by boat to a remote town along the coast that hadn’t received much help yet. We went to the hospital where we found the staff overwhelmed and burned out emotionally from working with the critically injured patients. They did not have the resources to properly treat some of their patients, which needed to be immediately evacuated to a bigger hospital for treatment.
 
We committed to finding transportation for some of the patients, even if it meant evacuating them by boat. The team leader made some phone calls, and soon found 2 helicopters that were available to fly out the worst 5 patients in the hospital. We started triaging, treating, and preparing these patients for transport. It got intense, as we had a short amount of time to treat and prepare the patients before the helicopters landed. 
 
One of the patients got much worse when we moved her onto a backboard, and we realized she might die if we don’t immediately stabilize her. As I was working on her I kept my one hand on her head and prayed. She then stabilized in 3 minutes. We also needed each patient on a backboard, however we were short three backboards. We ended up making makeshift stretchers out of office dividers, a desk top, and an old wooden door. The U.S. Army showed up in a helicopter and evacuated the first patient, then the U.S. Coast Guard came and picked up the remaining four patients. After all the patients were evacuated we had a 2 hour boat ride back to the dock, then a 3 hour drive back to the place we were staying. It was an intense but rewarding day, where patients were treated and evacuated, and lives were saved. It was a joint effort of 4 organizations, the hospital, and the U.S. military. 

We want to thank all our supporters for giving us the ability to rapidly respond to this crisis in Haiti. It is because of you that we can continue to impact
lives for Christ!

-PCCR Team

Earthquake strikes Haiti

Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake the morning of Saturday, August 14, following another earthquake measuring 6.0, that created more chaos and confusion.

“On Monday we went out to the island, treated 30 patients, and discovered the Coast Guard helicopter isn’t coming after all. We were faced with the difficult decision to leave some of the patients there to die from their injuries, or take them in to the mainland with our boats. During this time we were racing a tropical storm that was supposed to hit at 2:00 p.m. We decided to take 4 of the worst patients with us that had the best chance at making the trip alive. We loaded up 28 people onto 3 boats and started our 2 hour return trip. We drove headlong into the storm and had some intense moments with 2 of the boats, including bailing water most of the way because of the waves and spray crashing in.
 
After 2 hours of battling wind, rain, and waves, we arrived at the trucks. We then loaded the patients, and drove another 3 hours to a hospital and dropped them off. One of my most challenging moments was when we decided not to transport an elderly lady with part of her jaw crushed and her face severely damaged. We knew she might not make it to shore alive so we sent her home with her family. She wasn’t able to eat or drink, and had no pain medication. Several times we had to pick and choose who we take with us and lives, and who we leave behind to die. We left 2 critical patients behind…It was an intense day that was both physically and emotionally challenging but we felt the prayers of many!
 
Yesterday and today the storm severely limited us in our relief efforts. There are still many people awaiting for medical assistance in the remote areas that are only accessible by boat or helicopter due to landslides closing the roads. We are hoping the water is calm enough tomorrow to once again rescue the most critical patients and transport them to facilities where medical help is available. We are also hoping that the helicopters will be able to provide assistance in our efforts. 

Please pray for wisdom and discernment when faced with these decisions. It weighs heavily on each of us when we need to make decisions that could determine who lives and who doesn’t.”

 

– Daniel 

Mr. Jimmy and his carucha

“This family has been instrumental in the ministry of PCCR here in Colombia. One evening Jimmy (the man in the picture) asked if he could borrow Conrad’s moto to take his wife home. He said “yes” so they happily took the moto out for a pleasant drive homeward. They came upon a police check point at which they were motioned to stop. Since the moto papers were in order, they sought to catch him with something else. The police asked Mr. Jimmy what he had been imbibing. He patted his ample stomach and cheerfully acknowledged that they had just been to a birthday party at which he had consumed soda. They insisted that it couldn’t have been simply soda and that he also must have stolen the motorcycle. We will fine you $3 mil. pesos (roughly $800 USD) or you could pass us some money. Mrs. Jimmy decided prayer was the key and began to loudly declare God in this situation. She asked that God would convict the policemen of their wicked hearts of bribery/fraud, etc. When this started, they quickly shoved the papers into Mr. Jimmy’s hands And told them to get out of there. 😊

Jimmy does carucha (bicycle taxi) for a living. Currently, there are a lot of political road blocks protesting the government, wanting higher taxis so the police are out arresting taxis of all sorts even though they are just wanting to make an honest living. This morning while Jimmy was working, the police came and took his carucha. You can pray that God would move the heart’s of the police to return his carucha without massive fines. On behalf of this family, thank you!

~Darlene

Praise His holy name!

“Even in times of death He brings life. We get quite a few chances of attending funerals of those who do not have the money to transport or bury a body properly. This Monday was no different…A grandma, a mom, a sister, and a friend is gone, leaving grieving hearts behind. The loud wailing, the alcohol on people’s breath, and the smoking by the graveside are all normal. Our team came. We sang songs, prayed, and held people as they wept brokenly. In this specific case, three of the woman’s daughters accepted Christ at the wake for which we rejoice. Because of generous donors like you we get to become the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting and are without hope.”
Please keep the work in Colombia in your prayers as the Lord continues to outpour his Spirit amongst the broken!”

~Darlene

From a Mama's Perspective

“Since the Border has opened up again between Venezuela and Colombia there are hundreds of walkers flooding our town of Arauca. We try to meet them on their Journey with food and literature and prayer. This day we set up a table with food and chairs for weary legs. They would sit down and eagerly eat the food. We talked to them to hear their stories. Prayed with them. Gave them lollipops (in Venezuela a lollipop cost $3) and sent them on their ways.

People all searching for a hope and a future. There weren’t many walkers at the time so I took the privilege of walking with a young family of three children the oldest being 6 years old and the youngest a chubby 11 month old. I carried a backpack while Kristyn carried a plastic bag with their water supply to lighten the load. We hadn’t walked long till the little lad needed a bathroom. His belly hurt because he had gobbled the food so rapidly. A tree beside the road needed to suffice. We walked for approximately 15 minutes when a horn blew at us. Here it was a PCCR volunteer with our moto and cart. He picked up the two woman and the baby and the luggage to the next town. They were ever so grateful! Meanwhile my daughter and I continued to walk with the seventeen year old “dad” of six months and the six year old girl and four year old boy.

The cars raced along the road. I held little George’s hand pointing out the cows and horses and machines but one can only point it out and count animals so often until it simply gets boring. He kept looking up at me with his large chocolate eyes searching my face as to who is the gentle white mamma holding his hand. At one point an ambulance passed by lights blinking. You could see the fear in his eyes as he told me about how his mamma had to go in ambulance due to violence. His four year old legs would get weary but somehow having a hand to hold made a difference.

As we walked, the sun shone hot on us. My head began to throb and I saw heavy storm clouds rolling in. Kristyn was asking for water. We hadn’t brought any with us and I was thirsty too. Finally after walking for 45 minutes the volunteer reappeared and picked up the young man and two children to take them to the next town. As Kristyn and I turned back to rejoin the team, the wind started picking up and the thunder sounded nearer. I began searching for a place near the road where we could shelter in place till the storm passed over. We were so grateful when Conrad rescued us just in the nick of time as the team rolled in in full force. We raced back to the PCCR team waiting beside the road to be picked up. I drove my moto home with three littles on to get out of the storm.

At home it was dry and warm. It proceeeded to dump buckets of rain the rest of the evening… To walk a mile in their shoes was good for me although I had it easy since someone took my bag. I wasn’t carrying a chubby 11 month old baby. I wasn’t taking all my earthly possessions that I could carry and hoping to start a new life in another country. When the storm was rolling in I could have gotten shelter anywhere because I am from the United States. I could shelter in my house out of the storm. I had a real bathroom to use. I had shoes that were sturdy and not full if holes. I have food for a number of days in my house. I have a loving husband of seventeen years. I have hope and a future….because if supporters like you, we have the incredible privilege of becoming Jesus with skin on to weary souls and bodies! Thank you!”

~Darlene