A Note from the Bishop … Haiti

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Regards,

Mark Lubbock

Subject: A Note from the Bishop … Haiti

While we still grieve the loss of life, devastation, and continued health
and safety issues in Haiti as a result of the January 12 earthquake, we
can help! You can help!

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist
Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) are asking those who wish to help those so
disastrously impacted by the earthquake in Haiti to do so in four
important ways:
– Donate money. It is the quickest and most effective way to support.
– Assemble health kits to
be distributed by UMCOR.
– Plan on sending Louisiana Volunteers in Mission teams?medical,
repair/construction, other?as soon as teams are allowed into the
country.
– Continue to offer up prayers for all those impacted by the Haiti
disaster, and for those who are providing stabilizing first assistance
within the country.

WHEN DONATING MONEY:
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti
Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Please make checks out to your local
church and mark Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency in the memo line.
Checks can be put in your church’s offering plate or mailed to
Louisiana Annual Conference, 527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Those who mail checks to the conference office should indicate their
home church, if they have one.

WHEN VOLUNTEERING:
Volunteers in Mission, GBGM and UMCOR have worked together to launch a
National Database www.umrespond.org/Haiti
for volunteers wishing
to go to Haiti. There will be specific requirements that must be met
to be invited to be on a team. You will need to have Haiti
experience. From this database, teams will be formed once the
invitation is issued from the Methodist Church of Haiti. As soon as
possible, Louisiana Volunteers in Mission will be forming teams for
Haiti, but only after teams without Haiti experience have begun to be
allowed into the country. GBGM estimates this will be in two to six
months.

Please remember many UMVIM teams will be needed for years to come.
GBGM/UMCOR will advise when UMVIM teams have been invited. No doubt
you are hearing of United Methodist teams going in to Haiti. They are
not Volunteer in Mission teams approved by jurisdictional coordinators
or GBGM. While the desire to offer immediate help is universal among
Christians, please understand that at this time prayerful waiting is
the most faithful witness we can offer. Team members with the proper
credentials will be invited to join a medical team. All team members
must have Haiti experience, have been on an UMVIM team or team leader
training, the ability to speak French, Creole Haitian or Spanish will
be helpful.

Medical professionals wanting to volunteer immediately may have the
opportunity to deploy through National Disaster Medical Assistance
teams through the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
There is need for trauma surgeons, orthopedists, anesthesiologists
and others with experience in treating crush injuries. Preference will
be given to physicians who are Creole or French speakers and to those
currently credentialed through the Medical Reserve Corps in their home
state, or the Emergency Services Advanced Registration of Volunteer
Health Personnel. Contact Michala Koch at Michala.Koch@hhs.gov for
more information.

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Regards,

 

Mark Lubbock


Subject: A Note from the Bishop … Haiti

 

While we
still grieve the loss of life, devastation, and continued  health =
and
safety issues in Haiti as a result of the January 12  earthquake, =
we can
help! You can help!
 
 
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United =
Methodist 
Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) are asking those who wish to help those so
disastrously impacted by the earthquake in Haiti to do so in four 
important ways:
   – Donate money.  It is the quickest and most effective =
way to
support.
   – Assemble health
kits
to be distributed by UMCOR.
   – Plan on sending Louisiana Volunteers in Mission
teams?medical, 
repair/construction, other?as soon as teams are allowed into the  =

country.
    – Continue to offer up prayers for all those impacted =
by the
Haiti 
disaster, and for those who are providing stabilizing first =
assistance 
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WHEN DONATING MONEY:
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti  =

Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Please make checks out to your =
local 
church and mark Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency in the memo =
line. 
Checks can be put in your church’s offering plate or mailed to  =

Louisiana Annual Conference, 527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA =
70802. 
Those who mail checks to the conference office should indicate =
their 
home church, if they have one.
 
 
WHEN VOLUNTEERING:
Volunteers in Mission, GBGM and UMCOR have worked together to launch =

National Database www.umrespond.org/Haiti
for volunteers wishing 
to go to Haiti.  There will be specific requirements that must be
met 
to be invited to be on a team. You will need to have Haiti 
experience
. From this database, teams will be formed once the  =

invitation is issued from the Methodist Church of Haiti. As soon =
as 
possible, Louisiana Volunteers in Mission will be forming teams =
for 
Haiti, but only after teams without Haiti experience have begun to =
be 
allowed into the country. GBGM estimates this will be in two to =
six 
months.
 
 
Please remember many UMVIM teams will be needed for years to =
come.  
GBGM/UMCOR will advise when UMVIM teams have been invited.  No =
doubt 

you are hearing of United Methodist teams going in to Haiti. They =
are 
not Volunteer in Mission teams approved by jurisdictional =
coordinators 
or GBGM. While the desire to offer immediate help is universal =
among 
Christians, please understand that at this time prayerful waiting =
is 
the most faithful witness we can offer. Team members with the =
proper 
credentials will be invited to join a medical team. All team =
members 
must have Haiti experience, have been on an UMVIM team or team =
leader 
training, the ability to speak French, Creole Haitian or Spanish =
will 
be helpful.
 
 
Medical professionals wanting to volunteer immediately may have =
the 
opportunity to deploy through National Disaster Medical Assistance  =

teams through the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  =

 There is need for trauma surgeons, orthopedists, =
anesthesiologists 
and others with experience in treating crush injuries. Preference =
will 
be given to physicians who are Creole or French speakers and to =
those 
currently credentialed through the Medical Reserve Corps in their =
home 
state, or the Emergency Services Advanced Registration of =
Volunteer 
Health Personnel. Contact Michala Koch at Michala.Koch@hhs.gov for  =

more information.

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While we still grieve the loss of life, devastation, and continued =20
health and safety issues in Haiti as a result of the January 12 =20
earthquake, we can help! You can help!
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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist =20
Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) are asking those who wish to help those =20
so disastrously impacted by the earthquake in Haiti to do so in four =20
important ways:
=A0=A0 ~ Donate money.=A0 It is the quickest and most effective way to =
support.
=A0 ~ Assemble health kits [1]to be distributed by UMCOR.
=A0 ~ Plan on sending Louisiana Volunteers in Mission teams?medical, =20
repair/construction, other?as soon as teams are allowed into the =20
country.
=A0=A0 ~ Continue to offer up prayers for all those impacted by the =
Haiti =20
disaster, and for those who are providing stabilizing first assistance =20
within the =
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_WHEN DONATING MONEY:_
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti =20
Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Please make checks out to your local =20
church and mark ?Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency? in the memo line. =20
Checks can be put in your church’s offering plate or mailed to =20
Louisiana Annual Conference, 527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. =20
Those who mail checks to the conference office should indicate their =20
home church, if they have one.
=A0
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_WHEN VOLUNTEERING:_
Volunteers in Mission, GBGM and UMCOR have worked together to launch a =20
National Database www.umrespond.org/Haiti=A0 [2]for volunteers wishing =20
to go to Haiti.=A0 There will be specific requirements that must be met =

to be invited to be on a team. You will need to have ?Haiti =20
experience?. From this database, teams will be formed once the =20
invitation is issued from the Methodist Church of Haiti. As soon as =20
possible, Louisiana Volunteers in Mission will be forming teams for =20
Haiti, but only after teams without Haiti experience have begun to be =20
allowed into the country. GBGM estimates this will be in two to six =20
months.
=A0
=A0
Please remember many UMVIM teams will be needed for years to come.=A0 =20
GBGM/UMCOR will advise when UMVIM teams have been invited.=A0 No doubt =20
you are hearing of United Methodist teams going in to Haiti. They are =20
not Volunteer in Mission teams approved by jurisdictional coordinators =20
or GBGM. While the desire to offer immediate help is universal among =20
Christians, please understand that at this time prayerful waiting is =20
the most faithful witness we can offer. Team members with the proper =20
credentials will be invited to join a medical team. All team members =20
must have Haiti experience, have been on an UMVIM team or team leader =20
training, the ability to speak French, Creole Haitian or Spanish will =20
be helpful.
=A0
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Medical professionals wanting to volunteer immediately may have the =20
opportunity to deploy through National Disaster Medical Assistance =20
teams through the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. =20
=A0There is need for trauma surgeons, orthopedists, anesthesiologists =20
and others with experience in treating crush injuries. Preference will =20
be given to physicians who are Creole or French speakers and to those =20
currently credentialed through the Medical Reserve Corps in their home =20
state, or the Emergency Services Advanced Registration of Volunteer =20
Health Personnel. Contact Michala Koch at Michala.Koch@hhs.gov for =20
more information.

Links:
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[1] http://www.la-umc.org/docs/healthkit.doc
[2] http://www.umrespond.org/Haiti

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While we still grieve the loss
of life, devastation, and continued health and safety issues in Haiti
as a result of the January 12 earthquake, we can help! You can help!
=A0
=A0
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United
Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) are asking those who wish to
help those so disastrously impacted by the earthquake in Haiti to do so
in four important ways:
=A0=A0
~ Donate money.=A0 It is the quickest and most effective way to =
support.
=A0 ~
Assemble
health kits to
be distributed by UMCOR.
=A0 ~ Plan on sending Louisiana =
Volunteers in
Mission teams?medical,
repair/construction, other?as soon as teams are allowed into the
country.
=A0=A0
~ Continue to offer up prayers for all those impacted by the Haiti
disaster, and for those who are providing stabilizing first assistance
within the =
country.=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
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When donating money:
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti
Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Please make checks out to your local
church and mark ?Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency? in the memo line.
Checks can be put in your church’s offering plate or mailed to
Louisiana Annual Conference, 527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Those who mail checks to the conference office should indicate their
home church, if they have one.
=A0
=A0
When volunteering:
Volunteers in Mission, GBGM and UMCOR have worked together to launch a =
National
Database www.umrespond.org/Haiti=A0
for
volunteers wishing to go to Haiti.=A0 There will be specific =
requirements
that must be met to be invited to be on a team. You will need to have
?Haiti experience?. From this database, teams will be formed once the
invitation is issued from the Methodist Church of Haiti. As soon as
possible, Louisiana Volunteers in Mission will be forming teams for
Haiti, but only after teams without Haiti experience have begun to be
allowed into the country. GBGM estimates this will be in two to six
months.
=A0
=A0
Please remember many UMVIM teams will be needed for years to come.=A0
GBGM/UMCOR will advise when UMVIM teams have been invited.=A0 No doubt
you are hearing of United Methodist teams going in to Haiti. They are
not Volunteer in Mission teams approved by jurisdictional coordinators
or GBGM. While the desire to offer immediate help is universal among
Christians, please understand that at this time prayerful waiting is
the most faithful witness we can offer. Team members with the proper
credentials will be invited to join a medical team. All team members
must have Haiti experience, have been on an UMVIM team or team leader
training, the ability to speak French, Creole Haitian or Spanish will
be helpful.
=A0
=A0
Medical professionals wanting to volunteer immediately may have the
opportunity to deploy through National Disaster Medical Assistance
teams through the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. =
=A0There
is need for trauma surgeons, orthopedists, anesthesiologists and others
with experience in treating crush injuries. Preference will be given to
physicians who are Creole or French speakers and to those currently
credentialed through the Medical Reserve Corps in their home state, or
the Emergency Services Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health
Personnel. Contact Michala Koch at Michala.Koch@hhs.gov for more
information.

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