Earthquake Blog

February 19, 2010

The hospital I work at still has teams coming. We just found out an organization has 80 surgeries backed up so we will be taking some of them. We do not see much change in Port au Prince since the quake and everyone wonders where is the billions that was supposed to be given.

Our little 5 year old boy that received a head injury in the quake is doing great at our orphanage. He does so good with one arm and even helps me when I change the bandages on his head, his holes are healing nicely. If I ask him if he is happy he says and will say that his Mom, Dad and brother died in the quake. We will put him in school this Monday.
Yesterday I had to face the fact that nobody can help two paralyzed men. I hugged them and prayed with them. If Jesus wasn’t Lord of my life and I didn’t have his Word to depend on I could not be doing what I am doing. Sometimes it is very hard to handle all the sadness.

But…God has done so so much DIVINE INTERVENTION that He allows me to overcome the depression and shows me the joy here also.

We are still taking my partners big box truck for the 2 hour drive to port au prince and picking up patients. We put mattresses in the back for them to lay on.

I also have a red 1986 Nissan pick-up that I drive all the surgeons around in. I drive and they sit in the back of the truck. Last Sunday I took the new team to dinner and as we got out of the truck their pants had oil on them. Some quite a lot. They are so humble as they come here and just said “oh Annie, we have scrubs to wear, it doesn’t matter.”

So many refugees in Port au Prince. We are afraid for the rain season and the heat of summer. God is in charge I have to remember.

My son flies tomorrow on a private jet with the new team of doctors and nurses. Thank you Jesus.

American Airlines just started flying her again so this will be the last private jet.

Life is very different here and now even harder than before the quake. I have never seen so many amputations as I see as we visit the hospitals in Port au Prince. The hospitals are unlike you can imagine. Flies, old mattresses, and as many as 15 on one hospital room, even one man had mouse droppings under him as they changed his sheets. The family has to supply food and sheets. This is how third world countries are. But now worse than you can imagine. Still people haven’t had surgery since the earthquake, still waiting, still in so much pain.

Our kids and our area are fine. Everything just costs so much more now.

Please pray we can purchase land to build a new home on so we can put 60 kids in our orphanage that we have now. I know God will do it.

Feb 3, 2010

Today we went to Port au Prince and found a boy with his arm amputated and his head was injured by cement. His Mom, Dad, and brother died in the quake. We are bringing three kids back to the orphanage tomorrow.

January 28, 2010

This morning we had to get up early to go back to Port Au Prince and we got 4 more patients and took some back that were better. We are still working with the Demas 33 hospital with the Columbia and Chile Red Cross. They have so many patients we can take. The orthopedic surgeons and trauma ER doctors are very busy each day. Tomorrow this team leaves so we get another and then two new ones will go to Port Au Prince with James and I to get new patients for surgery. We may even start going to refugee camps to find some. There are thousands of homeless people living in tents or just under a canvas. They wait in lines for hours for water or food.

The military and UN is everywhere. Yesterday we saw the Palace. Crushed buildings are everywhere and sometimes the smell is so bad I cannot describe it. One disaster official told us he has traveled all over the world and has never seen anything this bad. We can see the COMFORT ship from Baltimore which is very impressive.

Please pray for my little boy Kevens. He has not seen his family since the quake. He is in the hospital with an infected leg. I want him at our orphanage. I cried when I had to leave him yesterday. A cousin must sign him over to me and I must speak with the medical director. They have my phone numbers to reach me. He is so sweet and smiles.
This is so much divine intervention, I only work with the director of the Colombian Red Cross, Sabastian, who tells us about each patient and the doctors I bring with me discuss which cases we can take. Today at our hospital they are doing surgery on a broken back of a man who cannot walk. It will take hours and we are all praying.

Our orphans at home are fine and they are sleeping inside now. We are looking for 5 disabled kids whose families died in the quake. A doctor from here told us to go to St Vincent Hospital to look for children, so we did in downtown Port Au Prince, but is was gone from the quake. We came back and told him and he was shocked and said he was sorry he didn’t know. We will find some in refugee camps or other hospitals.

January 27, 2010

Yesterday we traveled to Port Au Prince and picked up three more patients. One girl walked in the hospital that hadn’t been seen yet with a broken pelvis. We saw two with broken femurs who need surgery. Another young man with a broken back from a few days ago can be sent home now but since he doesn’t have a home, his mother and him will be living with us. We will go to Port Au Prince tomorrow to pick up four more patients that need orthopedic surgery. W will go try to find 5 children who have amputations since the earthquake and who’s parents have died in the quake to come live with us. We lay them on the back of our covered ice truck on mattresses for the 2 hour drive. The other night we were in a two hour traffic jam with a 82nd airborne ranger directing traffic. I got out and prayed with the ranger.

Refugees are in tents all over. It is so tragic, I cannot even think of words to describe this disaster. In the hospital, patients are laying on the floor or an old wooden door or on a steel gurney.

So many people coming to help from all over the world. There are orthopedic surgeons here at my hospital 60 miles north of Port Au Prince who flew in a private leer jet. They switch teams every Saturday do surgery 12 to 15 hours a day. They will be coming for at least 7 weeks that is already scheduled.

Today we saw three cancer patients. Two with cervical cancer one with oral cancer. There is No pet scans, radiation, or chemo here or anywhere in Haiti.. The Haitian orthopedic doctor here that is working with us use to work in a hospital in Port Au Prince but now it is all gone from the quake. Please pray for Haiti and our safety as we go into Port Au Prince to get more patients.

Jan 24, 2010

Ann made it safely to the orphanage and everyone there is safe.

Jan 23, 2010

Ecclisias was not allowed to come across the border to pick Ann and the others up. The medicine and supplies also did not make the flight, so they had to wait 36 hours to leave the Dominican. A man in the Dominican helped Ann to purchase a truck (that was missing a windshield) and four helmets to drive 12 hours to the orphanage. They also purchased rice, beans, and oil.

Jan 19, 2010

We will be flying into Northern Dominican Republic on January 20th and then travel west to the northern border to Cap Haitian, Haiti. We are praying my Haitian partner can find enough diesel fuel to pick us up. If not, we will find rides through public transportation. We have a lot of medicine and medical supplies. Please pray we arrive safely and are able to give peace, comfort, Jesus, and health to the Haitians. Thank you to everyone who is being a part of this with prayers and finances. Serving Him together with you with gladness, Ann Hume

Jan 18, 2010

A Prayer for Haiti…

Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU, because this morning I woke up and knew where my children were. Because this morning my home was still standing, because this morning I am not crying because my husband, my child, my brother or sister needs to be buried out from underneath a pile of concrete, because this morning I was able to drink a glass of water, because this morning I was able to turn on the light, because this morning I was able to take a shower, because this morning I was not planning a funeral, but most of all I thank You this morning because I still have life and a voice to cry out for the people of Haiti. Lord I cry out to You, the One that makes the impossible, possible, the One that turns darkness into light, I cry out that You give those mothers strength, that You give them peace that surpasses all understanding, that You may open the streets so that help can come, that You may provide doctors, nurses, food, water, and all that they need in a blink of an eye. For all those that have lost family members, give them peace, give them hope, give them courage to continue to go on! Protect the children and shield them with Your power. I pray all this in the name of Jesus.

Jan 15, 2010

Late last night my partner James was able to get through on his cell phone letting me know that the orphanage is fine. I asked about his brother Ecclisias Dalsy who works for the UN and HAD a home in Port au Prince. He then put his brother on the phone and he told me the news. He left the UN building where he worked the day of the earthquake and 16 minutes later his whole building collapsed and his friends and co workers died. He then drove to his home where his house was gone collapsed but his wife and son June age 3 were out on the street. He then drove to Montrouis to our orphanage where they still are staying.

Everyone is safe in Montrouis, our church that we have been building is fine, my Godson and his brothers got out of Port au Prince safely and are in their home in Montrouis. Gasoline right now is $11 a gallon and will continue to go up and soon run out. Food is scarce as is medicine. James and Ecclisias then asked if they take all of medicine that we have in our cabinet to the hospital/clinic where I work and of course they didn’t even need to ask. Haiti is out of even aspirin if you can imagine that.

God willing I will be in Haiti next Thursday if American Airlines can fly then. I have a ticket reserved. Our clinic/hospital is asking that we arrive and start working as soon as possible. Earthquake victims are being sent to our hospital. If you a medical person and want to assist you can do like I did and go into cidi.org then go into register offers then technical assistance and fill out an application. I spoke with them this morning and they apologized for being so slow at viewing applications and are getting more people to help. ALL emergency and relief organizations will view this site and call people as fit and needed. Please pray I can get there quickly as I do so want to be there.

All donations I will take with me as our bank is closed in Haiti. We will need your help in months to come. My husband Mark and son Adam are scheduled to come to Haiti February 1st with present reservations. They too will be carrying supplies and cash.

Any group interested in coming as I have been getting so many calls may keep looking at this web site for further information as I will know more once I arrive in Haiti. Yes, I still want to take as many people that are willing to go as soon as we can get organized.

Thank you so much for your prayers, phone calls and financial support. We are calling this the DIVINE DISASTER seeing how God can work and blessings are coming in. Knowing He is in control and in charge. You can see the faith of Haitians even on TV hearing them praying and singing to Jesus even in the midst of this worst disaster ever to hit Haiti.

May we all grow closer to HIM and let our light shine. Be bold in your faith; pray with your family and strangers, Love, Ann

Trust in the Lord with all your heart…..

Proverbs 3:5

January 13, 2010

Ann Hume just found out the earthquake did affect Montrois. We do not know how the Orphanage is, but we do know one person was killed that we know. The hospital/clinic where Ann works in Pierre Payean (which is north of Montrouis) was not harmed. Ann booked the earliest flight to Haiti for January 20, 2010, and her Husband Mark and Son Adam will be joining her February 1, 2010. Ann will be working at the hospital. We will be hand carrying all donations to Haiti since the banks are closed. Anyone who would like to donate, please send donations to the following address.

God’s Children Haiti
PO BOX 662
Oscoda, Michigan 48750

100% of donations will be hand carried to Haiti and used for Earthquake relief.