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  • 1-12-10: Avon's Hope Christian Church Helps Haiti

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    32625 Detroit Road

    Avon, OH 44011

    Phone: (440) 937-9602

    FAX: (440) 937-5721

    Website: Hope Christian Church

    E-mail: Office@HopeChristianChurch.com

    Our Staff:

    Tim Hanze, Minister

    Rolland Bryar, Associate Minister

    Becky Hetrick, Music Director

    Terri Martin, Children's Director

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    Avon's Hope Christian Church Helps Haiti

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    Source: ens@usgs.gov Wed Jan 13 2010

    Region: HAITI

    Geographic coordinates: 18.451N, 72.445W

    Magnitude: 7.0 Mw

    Depth: 10 km

    Eastern standard time: 12 Jan 2010 21:53:09

    Location with respect to nearby cities:

    9 km (6 miles) SSW (197 degrees) of Carrefour, Ouest, Haiti

    16 km (10 miles) SW (227 degrees) of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

    18 km (11 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of Pétionville, Ouest, Haiti

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 1-15-10, By KELLY METZ, kmetz@MorningJournal.com

    ``Hope Christian Church Senior Minister Rev. Tim Hanze talks about the welfare of the mission group Christianville that the church supports in Gressier, Haiti which is within miles of the epi-center of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The staff there suffered no casualties and the mission is being used as a temporary treatment center. Many of the building there were damaged ...

    AVON -- Nine years ago this week, Senior Minister Tim Hanze, of Hope Christian Church, was walking down the streets of a town in Haiti where he said even "under normal circumstances, words can't describe the conditions."

    In the aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that destroyed parts of the poorest country in the Northern Hemisphere, he said he can't imagine what it's like there now.

    The Hope Christian Church, 32625 Detroit Road, Avon, is one of many sponsors of the Christianville compound, located roughly two miles from the epicenter of the earthquake and 12 miles from capital city, Port-au-Prince.

    It is feared tens of thousands are dead in the country and even more are injured. Hanze said when he first saw the news he looked at his wife and said, "That's where Christianville is."

    "Christianville was two miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, and because most people here support the ministry there, we feel a kinship with them ... In that area, most of the schools are rubble, everything is damaged, some homes of our missionaries are still standing, but it is hardly a place to live with no water, no electricity and everything is in ruins," he said.

    Hanze said the compound has a church, clinic, university, several homes and a fish hatchery that provides at least one meal a day to residents. He said when he saw the devastation on the news, he wondered about his friends and wanted to know if they were OK. It wasn't until he received what he described as an "eerie" e-mail from a missionary that he knew the conditions.

    "All missionaries are fine," missionary Ed Gilspach wrote on Wednesday from Gressier, Haiti, home of the compound. "High school, eye clinic collapsed. All other buildings serious damage. People starting to come in that have been dug out of buildings, many hurt, many dead. PLEASE PRAY. Don't know what to expect tomorrow."

    Hanze said the American people can't fathom what kind of poverty the country has, along with the nicest people ...

    The church on the compound was stable enough to be used as a hospital triage, Hanze said, but he is still uncertain about the condition of the whole community.

    He said security was always an issue, and now he hears about looters and rioting, and he thinks to himself "haven't they been through enough." The people had to scavenge for food before, and now they have contamination and disease spread through death and despair, he said.

    He added at Christmas he and his 500-member congregation started a fundraiser to sponsor Haitian children by offering $25 a month to feed and provide education to one child in Christianville. Although the money will still be going with that original intention, he said things have changed and the money will be going for survival.

    "There are four words from that e-mail that I can only think of how to describe what's happening," he said. "'Many hurt, many dead.' That's it. That's all you need to know." ...

    Hanze said while they can't go to Haiti directly, the church plans to host fundraisers and special offerings for Christianville and the Haiti relief in general. He added the American response and the millions of dollars donated is a joy to see ...

    Millions of dollars have been raised by people texting "HAITI" to 90999. A $10 charge will be added to a cell phone bill, and the money will be given to the International Red Cross. Checks can also be made to a local Red Cross and earmarked for Haiti relief in the memo area ...

    Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon, and other bishops in the United States, are asking pastors to takeup a special, second collection Saturday and Sunday for Haitian earthquake relief. The funds will support the Catholic Relief Services ... Checks can be made to Catholic Relief Services.''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Associated Press, 1-15-10

    ``PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Aid workers hoping to distribute food, water and other supplies to a shattered Port-au-Prince are warning their efforts may need more security Friday as Haitians grow increasingly desperate and impatient for help.

    The U.N. World Food Program [WFP] reported Friday that its warehouses in the Haitian capital had been looted since Tuesday's cataclysmic earthquake. It didn't know how much of its pre-quake stockpile of 15,000 tons of food aid remained.

    A spokeswoman for the Geneva-based agency, Emilia Casella, noted that regular food stores in the city also had been emptied by looters.

    Casella said the WFP was preparing shipments of enough ready-to-eat meals to feed 2 million Haitians for a month.

    The international Red Cross estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in the quake Tuesday, based on information from the Haitian Red Cross and government officials.

    Hundreds of bodies were stacked outside the city morgue, and limbs of the dead protruded from the rubble of crushed schools and homes. A few workers were able to free people who had been trapped under the rubble for days, but others attended to the grim task of using bulldozers to transport loads of bodies ...

    From Europe, Asia and the Americas, more than 20 governments, the U.N. and private aid groups were sending planeloads of high-energy biscuits and other food, tons of water, tents, blankets, water-purification gear, heavy equipment for removing debris, helicopters and other transport. Hundreds of search-and-rescue, medical and other specialists also headed to Haiti.

    The WFP began organizing distribution centers for food and water Thursday, said Kim Bolduc, acting chief of the large U.N. mission in this desperately poor country. She said that "the risk of having social unrest very soon" made it important to move quickly.

    Governments and government agencies have pledged about $400 million worth of aid, including $100 million from the United States.

    But into the third day following the 7.0-magnitude quake, the global helping hand was slowed by a damaged seaport and an airport that turned away civilian aid planes for eight hours Thursday because of a lack of space and fuel.

    Aid workers have been blocked by debris on inadequate roads and by survivors gathered in the open out of fear of aftershocks and re-entering unstable buildings.

    "The physical destruction is so great that physically getting from point A to B with the supplies is not an easy task," Casella, the WFP spokeswoman in Geneva, said at a news conference ...

    Small groups could be seen burying dead by roadsides. Other dust-covered bodies were being dragged down streets, toward hospitals where relatives hoped to leave them. Countless dead remained unburied, some in piles. Outside one pharmacy, the body of a woman was covered by a sheet, a small bundle atop her, a tiny foot poking from its covering.

    Aid worker Fevil Dubien said some people were almost fighting over the water he distributed from a truck in a northern Port-au-Prince neighborhood.

    Elsewhere, about 50 Haitians yearning for food and water rushed toward two employees wearing "Food For The Poor" T-shirts as they entered the international agency's damaged building ...

    Engineers from the U.N. mission have begun clearing some main roads, and law-and-order duties have fallen completely to the mission's 3,000 international troops and police. About 5,500 U.S. soldiers and Marines were expected to be in Haiti by Monday. Their efforts will include providing security, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said ...

    Batista, the Food For The Poor project manager, went back to the Dominican Republic late Thursday and awaited the arrival of 100 shipping containers loaded with rice, canned goods and building supplies.

    "I don't think that a word has been invented for what is happening in Haiti," he said. "It is total disaster."''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 1-16-10, by Cindy Leise

    ``AVON -- A missionary community called Christianville supported by Hope Christian Church in Avon has become a refuge in Haiti despite massive damage to its compound, according to missionary Ed Gilsbach.

    "We treated hundreds of Haitians at our makeshift clinic between 5:30 Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday, when we ran out of supplies," Gilsbach wrote in an e-mail Friday night.

    "We had many severely injured patients, a few that died en route or during treatment and three babies born," he told The Chronicle-Telegram.

    "All eleven full time and 15 visiting missionaries are safe and unhurt despite one couple jumping from their second floor apartment as it collapsed," Gilsbach wrote. "We have six buildings completely destroyed, another five to six with moderate damage and eight with minor damage.

    "Funds are desperately needed to rebuild and care for our Haitian neighbors," he wrote.

    Gilsbach's call for help is being heard in Northeast Ohio, said Christianville Foundation board members Jim Liberatore and Jim Cooperider.

    The photographs on Christianville's Facebook account are truly disturbing, Liberatore said.

    In one photo, a woman's lower leg laid beside her, detached, as she waited for help. In another, the calf muscles of a boy about 10 years old were shredded, showing the bone in his leg.

    Liberatore, president of the SportsTime Ohio television network, said people are donating.

    On Friday, he opened $10,000 worth of checks from individuals. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans each donated another $5,000, while Interstate Batteries is shipping batteries and flashlights to the Christian compound, 12 miles from Port-au-Prince.

    Cooperider, a retired human resources manager from North Olmsted, said the compound normally feeds 1,200 people a day, but its tilapia ponds used to make fish jerky for protein are damaged and need repair.

    "This was an oasis in the middle of a lot of misery," Cooperider said. "It's going to be very difficult to rebuild, but virtually every penny donated to Christianville goes to help Haitians."

    Bodies were left outside the gates of Christianville, two miles from the epicenter of the earthquake that rocked Haiti, according to e-mails from another missionary, Stewart Kelly. Kelly, who arrived in Haiti on Monday before the quake hit shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, described the scene:

    "Lasted several seconds, violent and ongoing. MANY aftershocks. Tremors ongoing. I watched collapse of old school and high school. Had to hold onto fence to keep standing. Clinics and schools had just emptied.

    "All medical people, interns, staff and visitors worked 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to treat quake victims. New baby born at gate, two bodies laid just outside gate, Haitian neighbors stayed inside Christianville for safety. Clinic set up Wednesday in church to see remaining victims and regular patients. No clinic Thursday, all meds and supplies exhausted."

    In Avon, members of Hope Christian Church are doing what they can for Christianville, said the Rev. Tim Hanze, senior minister. In addition to sending money, Hanze asked for prayers for the community fighting to survive ...

    Hanze received an e-mail detailing how a Christianville doctor, Jim Wilkins and his wife, Sandy, escaped their building:

    Having finished a typical day at the clinic, the Wilkinses were getting supper together in the kitchen of their second floor apartment. Because their main generator was broken, they had just turned a new generator on when the house started to vibrate with increasing magnitude, and Sandy thought the generator was exploding. By the time everything was falling out of shelves, she figured out that it was an earthquake. The walls were cracking, ceiling tiles falling, and the floor started to drop. As Sandy was yelling, "Jesus save us," Jim was urging, "Sandy we have to get out."

    When the first trembling stopped, they headed to the front door. The staircase had fallen. They hurried to the back door and found a huge hole in the wall, which they crawled through. Men nearby working on the broken generator thought Jim and Sandy had been killed inside but ran to help as they came out on the back balcony. The Wilkinses jumped the remaining distance to the ground with the men's help. Their injuries were minor.

    In the next 36 hours, they worked all but two hours, when they attempted to sleep.

    People with horrible lacerations and fractures arrived. Five died at the compound, mostly children. One boy was burned badly, two young girls were paralyzed, three babies were born and delivered by missionary staff. News reports said that no hospitals were functional initially. All are mostly destroyed except the Argentinian hospital in Port-au-Prince. Doctors Without Borders are working but buildings are damaged.

    The medical ministry will need at least $500,000 to rebuild, according to the e-mail.

    Contact Cindy Leise at cleise@chroniclet.com.''

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