A Word from Nicole:
Thank you to all who continue to support Marilyn in her valuable work creating and strengthening connections to our friends in Haiti. World Partners has been in continued contact with how our global partners like those in GDN continue to respond to Covid-19 with hope-filled resilience. Please consider praying for their ongoing perseverance to respond to their governments, provide education to their communities, and pray for the sick trusting God for healing. We have marked projects like support for the GDN Health Centre with a sash that showcases how partners are providing Covid-19 support, enabling them to the make the best decisions to respond to the needs in their communities. Please visit our website here and you can make a donation to R&D 114 “Haiti: Gens de Nantes Health Centre” should you feel led. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Marilyn and members of the global church as they live lives of blessing and care for others. Grace and peace,
Nicole Jones-Qandah Assistant Director, World Partners
May 20, 2020
Hello once again from my home in Elmira, Ontario. Grab a coffee, tea or even a hot cocoa! Let’s get caught up. It has been about 2 months since we last chatted. That time has just flown by for me. How about you?
We are definitely living in a new season. I have been working with Public Health in the Region of Waterloo since late March. I was trained on the job with the respiratory team that is responsible for 57 long-term care and retirement homes in the region. I was working 4 – 5 days per week for the first 6 weeks. It has been intense. Thanks for praying.
As I stated in my last newsletter, “I have always trained team members when we travel with EMCC WP, that it is important to be F.A.T. (flexible and faithful, available and adaptable and teachable, trainable).” I myself have been put to the test many times. Again, your prayers – appreciated. I have also been reminded of how important for me is the global focus that I value with World Partners. It has been wonderful to become acquainted and work with a new team of nurses and managers, medical officers of health and the huge support team. Whew. My region is just one example of what has been happening across our nation. But I have really missed the global aspect and so I have tried to keep in touch with Haiti as well. In fact, even as I worked at the Region, several of us believers, representing Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica, would meet for 15 minutes each morning to pray for our local situation as well as our “other” home countries. That has been a huge blessing. Thanks Ivelis and Tanisha.
Starting in May, I moved to 3 days per week and this week to 2 days. Many more staff persons have been recruited during these weeks including many that came out of retirement to work in this crisis time. I am grateful to EMCC World Partners for the opportunity and blessing to help out with COVID 19 in Waterloo Region.
I am glad to be connecting regularly with Haiti where the virus is now beginning to significantly impact the nation. The first case was diagnosed March 24. April 15, I received some COVID stats for Haiti – 0 cases in Gens de Nantes (GDN), 2 in Ouanaminthe (OAN), 22 in Port au Prince … Well, today I went online to check new details – 596 confirmed in Haiti, 21 have recovered and 22 have died. Cases jumped from 108 to 219 in a week, then have more than doubled again. Of course these are the cases that are reported. “I’ve lived through the AIDS epidemic, TB, cholera, malaria, Zika, Chikungunya,” says 73-year-old Dr. Jean “Bill” Pape (Haiti), “Yet this is the most difficult. Yes, this is the most difficult epidemic we’ve had to deal with.”
Just today I spoke with Mme Herlynda Philogene, the EMCC World Partners Representative in Haiti. She said that the GDN Health Centre saw its first suspect case of COVID yesterday; a woman in her 40’s from GDN, with difficulty breathing and asthma-like symptoms but no history of asthma. She was referred to the hospital in Ouanaminthe.
We at EMCC World Partners are working to facilitate funding for purchase of PPE for the GDN Health Centre. There will likely also be a need for more staff to be hired on a contract basis as cases spread within the community.
You can help us. Donations can be sent:
- Online https://www.emcc.ca/emcc-home/engage/give/support-a-global-project/relief-and-development-projects/gens-de-nantes-health-center-rd-114/
- Cheque: EMCC World Partners, 214 Highland Road E, Kitchener ON N2M 3W2. Include a note with your cheque indicating that it is for response to COVID19 Haiti
- Phone EMCC – 1 877 375 7600 x 223
Thank you for your prayers during these ever-changing days. Please send me a note or an email. I would love to hear from you. During this COVID season I have been spending time in the Psalms.
Today I have come to Psalm 28: NIV
“1 To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me …
2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place …
6 Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.”
Thank you Father God. I choose to give thanks to you, Father God, in song. Join with me:
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“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
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