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Keith Baker: Missionary To Haiti (My Dad!) September 9, 2014

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Haitian Sunset February 27, 2014

Haitian Sunset

Dad and I saw this and praised our glorious GOD!


Father’s Love February 22, 2013

IMG_1216My dad loves me…unconditionally and without reserve. He supports me, encourages me, comforts me, protects me, guides, leads, teaches, instructs, loves…

Because of the insane love that I have from my Daddy, I catch an incredible glimpse of the passionate love that our Heavenly Father has for us. I know that every girl doesn’t have the impossibly amazing father that I have, but we ALL have the opportunity to know the radical love of God – to feel His strong presence in our lives and to experience his overwhelming grace.

Through Jesus Christ we are able to approach the Creator of the Universe and have the privilege, yea, RIGHT to call Jehovah our Dad, Papa, Father. He provides, guides, protects, teaches, gives, encourages, strengthens, loves.

When this happens to you…and it will…you will be completely and utterly elated, humbled and astounded by what is available to you in Christ. Ask. Receive. Seek. Find. Knock. Open. It’s yours, for you. This is why you were created – to come to God and know his love.


Renew Your Mind #9 January 15, 2010

In pain, loss, agony, weeping…God is very near.  In Him we live and move and have our being…He’ll never leave us or forsake us…Nothing can separate us from His love…His strength is perfect…He is an ever present help in time of trouble…His grace is sufficient for us…He will supply all our need…His peace passes all understanding…His joy is our strength…His lovingkindness is better than life…His mercies are new every morning…We can do all things through Him…His rod and staff comfort us…He is a buckler and a strong tower and He CAN be trusted.


From Dorothy in Port au Prince

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Dorothy runs the home that cares for my baby, Herode:

We survived the earthquake, all of us.  PRAISE GOD!!!!!!
Amanda, Natasha and I were just arriving at Sacred Heart Hospital (CDTI) near what we think was the strongest area of the quake.   Jesula, our nanny who had been with Poutchino at the hospital, was collapsing on the ground outside, in shock.  Natasha ran inside for Poutchino.  We parked the car.  A man carried Jesula to the car.  She was frozen with fear.
Hospital patients were brought outside, injured people came in thru the gate.  All hospital personnel worked thru the night and next day with barely a break.  Amanda and I took turns holding a flashlight for a surgeon stitching wounds and gradually learned how to do more.  Natasha had to stay in the car holding Poutchino. 
Some people were beyond help:  the doctors gave them medicines for pain and treated those they could help.  I counted about 40 people who died during the 24 hours we were there, all ages.  Security manned the gate, only letting in the injured people that the doctor felt they could help.
Generators lit the parking lot.  It seemed like a scene from hell with all the moans and screams and cries for help and the ground covered with injured people and blood.  People panicked at every aftershock.  Burns were the worst injuries but thankfully few. 
Communications were cut off — no one could find out about the rest of their loved ones.  We had to try hard not to imagine the terribles thing that might have happened to our children and staff.  Rumors trickled in about the buildings that had crashed.  A rumor started that a tsunami was coming and we had to leave. 
Heroes were everywhere.   Groups of people sang and prayed and praised God for sparing so many.   Doctors and nurses barely stopped to rest thru the night and well into the next day.  Pain pills and shots were given freely.  Every injured person got a shot of ampicillin.  I gave shots, too.  The hospital emptied its shelves, giving everything they had to help people.  The strong carried the weak.  Everyone comforted everyone else.  People walked around praying for others.  Two people scoured the streets for anything that could be used as splints.  I am still amazed and glad that I had donated blood just that morning!    We saw God working in us and all around us. 
We finally were able to leave the hospital Wednesday afternoon, bring Poutchino with us.  Collapsed buildings, wrecked and crushed cars, blood and bodies were everywhere.  Coming home was such a blessing!  No one was injured, the house was intact!  Hallelujah!  sweet relief!     
Praise God we had just received new supplies of antibiotics.  We gave most of them plus a lot of gauze and tape, tylenol and ibuprofen, needles, and IV sypplies to a clinic set up in our neighborhood.  We had a little bit left over to give to Healing Hands this morning, and sent home some gauze and soap with a nanny for her injured grandmother.
Poutchino definitely had meningitis but there was no more infection by the time the CSF was tested.  Considering the chaos at the hospital we brought him home with us.  His abdominal pain is completely gone.  He can eat again. I give him 1 gram of ceftriaxone every 12 hours hoping to keep the meningitis from returning.  Infection could be hiding in his shunt.  An operation to remove the shunt would be difficult to get now.   
For those of you who know our staff, Claudia’s leg is broken and her house destroyed.  Jesula and her family are safe but their house was destroyed and they are staying here.  Leonne’s home was destroyed and she is staying here.  Eva’s house was destroyed but she has another place to stay.  Suzette’s house was destroyed:  she can’t come to work.  Rosemanie is fine. Bébé was thrown from a truck during the earthquake and was injured but is doing okay. She was on her way to work the overnight shift.  The other ladies who were here took care of everything.  They worked very very hard.  Our staff is fantastic!
Both of our usual grocery stores, Caribbean and One Stop, were destroyed.  We haven’t heard what happened to the people inside.  Those were the only places we could cash checks.  Gas stations arent open yet.  We heard that Sherrie Fausey’s building partially collapsed and one child was killed.  Sherrie and Julie are fine.  Karen Bultje and her kids are fine.  Nikki, who went to live with Roberta, was killed by a falling wall.  Roberta and all other children are okay.  Pastor CJ came by this morning to see if we were okay.  He said Pastor Leny and his family are okay.  Pastor Genada called.  They were in Port au Prince during the quake and a block fell on his daughter’s leg.  They had to go all the way back to Gonaives to get help for her.  Karen Bultje is still being an angel of mercy for as long as her diesel fuel holds out:  she brought us several cases of pop tarts so we have breakfast for a while.  Dottie was temporarily trapped in her house but is okay now.  Nickson and Ivens and their families are okay.  Deedee, the Boyers and the Olssons are okay.  Barb Lataillade’s foot was nearly amputated.  The U.S. military got her out to Jacksonville, Florida for care..  Our pediatrician called to check on us. 
Phones are starting to work again but not yet normally..  Helicopters are flying overhead all the time, and small planes.  The U.S. military is running the airport now.  Civilian flights are all canceled.  UN police are in charge of security.  Not much is seen of Haitian police, I don’t know why.  I expect, hope, that relief supplies will come in soon.  Our biggest concerns at the moment are cooking fuel and water.
We all are fighting shock, trying not to be overwhelmed with grief and horror.  I am trying to plan without being overwhelmed with worry.  PRAYER AND PRAISES REALLY WORK TO KEEP SPIRIT UP!  Remembering what God has already done in protecting and providing for us reassures me that He will continue to provide for our needs.   I am so thank Natasha and Amanda were with me at the hospital and that Natasha can stay here for a while to help.
I have heard that maybe 100,000 people died.  I can believe it based on what I have seen.  I heard that the earthquake was 7.3 on the Richter scale. We need news from outside but please keep emails strictly to news.  We have to use our precious supplies of gasoline to get online.  Since we have no place to cash checks I have to work with Christian Light Foundation to find a way to get money to us.
Please pray for all of us in Haiti and for all those sending and bringing help.


Renew Your Mind #8 January 14, 2010

Even when tragedy strikes, hearts are broken and tears stream down our faces, we know with confidence that God IS and always will be.  “I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”


News From Gonaives

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This email is from Jan Thompson in Gonaives (where my parents live):

wow ————- OK–I just got to the internet cafe and have read a few of the emails that you sent. THANKS for your prayers. We are still experiencing tremors but not as often as before. We went last nigh…t to get gas and diesel fuel and some groceries. There was no gasoline at 3 of the 4 gas stations we went to. At the last one fights were breaking out while we waited for our gas. We finally got some before it ran out. Our truck is full and our gas cans are now full. We got more water today and more food. American food will not be coming in to the grocery stores here in Gonaives because their supplier was in Port au Prince and that store was completely destroyed. In fact, everyone inside it at the time of the earthquake was killed. We shopped there every time we went to PAP. We heard on the street this morning that the main prison in PAP was destroyed and all the prisoners escaped. One of the meanest prisoners has already returned to Gonaives where he “ruled” the streets for many years before finally being arrested. He has been seen on the streets with 3 guns. His name is Chill Will. Please pray that he would be arrested soon. We desperately need cash. The banks are closed and therefore the Western Union offices can’t give out money until they open. Please be in prayer about how to get money to us. We have enough food and water and fuel to last at least a week or two. We know we have so much to be thankful for, but we are still aware our situation is serious. We pray for our friends in PAP and ask you to focus your prayers on that situation first. But also remember that the trickle-down will affect us in Gonaives and the other cities in Haiti as our supplies came from PAP. Thank you!! I am desperately trying to think of others at this time, but my fears keep creeping in!! My prayer is that Haiti will turn to THE ONLY SOURCE OF HELP–ALMIGHTY GOD!! I am trying to do that each minute of the day too!! Love you–thank you for your prayers and your concern for us. We are so blessed by all of you!! We still have no phone connections or internet connections. This keyboard is HORRIBLE so I need to quit now. Like there is not enough stress in my life…I get a LOUSY keyboard???? Love you–Jan — Jan Thompson Christopher’s Hope Ministry Gonaives, Haiti Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God”.

Manda Thompson (friend of our family in Gonaives writes:

January 12, 2010

4:52 pm: I am laying on my bed reading a book on photojournalism.

4:54pm: The bed starts shaking violently and I look out my window to see the trees swaying and my window shaking. This is not a big dump truck passing out on the street shaking the foundation of my house, this is an earthquake!

4:55pm : I run out of my room and my mom yells at my brother, sister and me to get under the tables. The whole house is swaying now. My sister is under one of the tables with my mom and is holding my dog “Hanna”. My little brother and I are under the other. My sister is screaming at me to grab her puppy “Tigger” who is hiding under a chair just out of my reach from under the table. I am to scared to move. I think the whole house is going to fall ontop of us, the swaying is getting worse, everything is rolling, shaking. It’s so loud.

4:56 pm: The power goes out. Everything is now shadowy inside my house. The swaying and shaking stops. Our bodyguard/friend Donald arrives in the truck at our gate. We all run out to look at our street. People are every where. No one knows what is happening. Everyone is scared and all talking at once.

4:57 pm: My sister trys to call her fiance in America on her cell, the network is down. I try calling a missionary kid who lives on the other side of town, to see if he is ok. Same result as my sister, no signal. There is no way to know or get any information.

4:58 pm: No power and no phone service. This is the first earthquake to ever hit Haiti. I just lived history and learned something else. Living history is scary.

9:30 pm: There are still tremors that are lasting for 3 to 4 seconds. We’ve found out the cell tower on top of the mountain is out. Now who knows when we will have our cell phones working again. I am kind of nervous to go to bed tonight, for fear I’ll be woken-up by an earthquake. This reminds me of hurricane hanna that hit us here in Gonaives, a little over a year ago. In the sense of, this a real life event where I have to know if I really trust God with my safety…with my life. Well here’s to the night and whatever it’s going to bring, He has my trust.

January 13, 2010

5:57 pm: We had several tremors all night long. I did not sleep at all, to much anxiety. We got our power back early this morning thank God. My Mom was able to go to an internet cafe and let everyone know we are ok. Port-au-prince is not though. It got hit with a 7.1 earthquake. So many buildings have collapsed. The death toll is over 100,000. Some of the phones have started working and we got calls from friends in port-au-prince letting us know they are ok, but it’s complete devastion their. Half of the Presidential Palace collapsed, many died inside. All the hospitals and univiersities have collapsed. The airport has major damage also. The last flight went out at 4:30 pm yesterday. Minutes before the earthquake was to hit. Since my mom works as a warden of Gonaives for the US Embassy, we now know that there is a Tsunami warning for Haiti, Domnican Republic, Cuba and the Bahamas. The roads to Port-au-Prince are closed. It’s mass chaos at the one remaining gas station to have gas here in Gonaives. Everyone is in a rush to buy up gas, diesel and food. The UN are out everywhere here. Since Port-au-Prince is devasted, no one knows when we will have gas or food shipped in. We are also being told there are going to be more earthquakes. I really pray that they are wrong. President Obama held a press conference this morning and promised as much USAid as was possible to go to Haiti to help the relief efforts immediately. Still no internet and my phone is not working. I hope tomorrow brings some positive change. We desperately need it.

January 14, 2010

9:30 am: There were again several tremors all night long. Still our phones aren’t working but we have power. Also found out some bad news this morning. The prison in Port-au-prince collapsed and all the prisoners escaped. The man that used to terroize Gonaives, “Chill Will” has already been seen this morning here in Gonaives, with two handguns and an AR15. Things are about to get scary and bad fast. Please keep praying.