Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1 month after

Hi Everyone,

Well as one month has passed since the earthquake in Haiti, news reports are going to begin tapering off, but the restoration work carries on. Not only that, the recent news I've gotten from people still working in the country has been quite positive. Last weekend, at the one-month mark, the president called for prayer and fasting, and a considerable amount of worship rose up to heaven during those days. The attached photo is of people worshiping in the streets.

I hope you've been able to keep following the news coming out of Haiti. I have not had time to post everything I come across, but I've been pouring over reports nearly every day. MAF is still very actively involved, as well as the QCS school and a number of friends and coworkers there. To anyone who was able to give, and pray, THANK you so much! Below I've attached a summary of the supplies that were sent by the Nampa/Treasure Valley area through MAF and Hands of Hope:

Thank you for your partnership in collecting relief supplies to send to Haiti!

One week after the earthquake in Haiti the idea was proposed to invite the people of the Treasure Valley in Idaho to collect and deliver relief supplies to the people of Haiti. In 15 days the Treasure Valley collected over 45,000 pounds of medical, food, tents/blankets, personal and infant care items. MAF has partnered with Hands of Hope in Nampa to sort, box and palletize the donations.

On Friday February 19th a C-130 will fly the cargo into Port au Prince, Haiti from Fort Pierce, Florida where it will be off loaded and given to World Concern to distribute to the people of Haiti. World Concern works directly with local hospitals and three medical relief teams: MAP International, Northwest Medical Teams and World Medical Mission (Samaritan’s Purse). I will be leaving for Haiti on Wednesday February 17th. I have the privilege to welcome the plane with all of the donations on Friday morning and to follow through with the distribution of the supplies.

The individuals, churches, schools and businesses of the Treasure Valley in Idaho have given generously and given in abundance to meet and exceed our goals for supporting the people of Haiti. We are grateful for the part that each person has played in this project.

73 pallets (average size 40x48x45)
  • 45,107 pounds (22.5 tons)
  • $470,180 estimated value of the supplies
  • 950 estimated hours of volunteer time

Of the 73 pallets:
  • 36 – Medical Supplies
  • 16 – Food
  • 13 – Tents/Blankets
  • 8 – Personal/Infant Care

grace and peace,
Becky Lee
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Manager of Volunteer Ministries

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Lots of Parties to choose from

It's been quite a noisy day today. You'd think there was some huge, important sports game going on. Well, somewhere in the world there may be, but here in Costa Rica, it's election day.

Which means major media coverage for the past few days of the 4 main candidates running for presidency. But most interestingly, it means the streets around my house have been swarming with activity from all over the place. Cars fill the streets, slowing down to honk on every corner, where people are sitting with the colors of their party (or whichever party gave them free flags), screaming and waving back at that cars. There are colors everywhere - flags, banners, bumper stickers. And a crazy amount of noise. The voting location for this precinct or district is a school 2 blocks away. Which is why I've been serenaded since yesterday afternoon with honking and yelling and an inordinate amount of cars parked on my street. And now the fireworks start.

Everyone seems pretty psyched about these elections. Even the kids get to give it a practice run. I have yet to understand why a single car sports the colors of all four political parties. Perhaps you can vote for whoever you want, but the more flags you have the cooler and more politically active you are. I personally have a yellow and red flag that proudly trailed behind me on my bicycle. I'm not sure who it is for, but it fell off of someone's car and I decided it matched the colors of my bicycle nicely.

I was pleased that one of the candidates had a rather honest campaign slogan - "the lesser evil." Besides being truthful, it's pretty catchy. I would suggest more presidential candidates adopt similar slogans, but unfortunately that guy didn't do too well. Judging from the word on the street and the quantity of green and white flags, I think by tomorrow Costa Rica will have its first woman president, Laura Chinchilla.