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New Vision for Honduras Eye Clinic
November 2, 2015

NEW VISION FOR HONDURAS

To be established in Spring 2016, the New Vision for Honduras Eye Clinic is a partnership among Providence Presbytery, Dr. Joe Oliver and other optometrists and organizations seeking to improve eye health and vision for the people of Honduras. While we have a clinic location and the equipment is fully funded, we are currently accepting donations to pay shipping costs and other setup costs to get the clinic started.

Dr. Oliver and his colleagues have already identified over 100 people needing cataract surgery in the region of the clinic.

If you are looking for a ministry to join where you can really impact the lives of people in need, this is your ministry. Join us today!

Mail checks made out to Providence Presbytery with New Vision for Honduras on the memo line to:

Providence Presbytery

New Vision for Honduras

515 Oakland Avenue

Rock Hill, SC 29732

Want more information? Check out our flyer or contact barbara@providencepres.org for more information.

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Greetings from NJ 11.5.12
November 5, 2012

Continued Posting from Doug Macdonald, a member of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church and PDA first responder deployed to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

Subject: Greetings from NJ 11.5.12

Sue is making things painless for me as she writes for our report appropriate things to pass on to you.  This is our church visit yesterday.  David and Mark went to churches south of us.

 

This morning First Pres, Manasquan had one 11 am service instead of its usual three. The sanctuary was filled with jacket-clad, scarf wrapped worshippers, all snuggling against their neighbors to ward off the chill. No power, no lights, no water (thus, no flushing). The “mucking team” was introduced and stood for a round of appreciative applause. These folks have been out helping neighbors tackle the initial dig out of sand and muck. They are a pretty sizable group. We learn that FPM also has — with some other churches — a well-established food bank. They distribute to about 500 people a month. During prayer/praise time we learned that schools are closed “indefinitely.” A former school teacher volunteered to help create a caring place for the kids to gather…that one woman’s neighbor needs help. A volunteer spoke up to take on the assignment. Clearly this is a can-do church committed to praising God and serving their neighbors.

After church the deacons met to divide the list of names of folks in the congregation who probably need visits and assistance. Then they left to check on the flock.

A group appears to be forming, as well, which will start meeting each morning at 9 to review lists of folks in the community in need. Then at 10 am volunteers will arrive and receive their assignments to go help as they are able.

IN ADDITION, the active youth group (The Liquid Church) gathered with their pastor for work assignments. They were anxious to hit the road and do stuff!

This is an engaged and energetic church, one which could probably be developed for Longterm work if that need becomes apparent down the road.

 

Just an aside about the sanctuary. As the pastor stands at the pulpit, he faces the back wall which is a beautiful stained glass mural, Jesus the centerpiece. In the dimness of the unlit church, Pastor Morrison urged us all to turn to the back. What did we see. The outside sun was pouring through the window, lighting the fact and robes of Jesus. Did anyone need any other reminder of our hope and our light?

 

We will move to the Best Western Motel today.  David and Mark will join us from their hotel in Philidelphia.  It will be good to have the team together.  I believe I will miss the comfort of Wendy and Dwayne Bailey’s home.  They are magnificent hosts.

 

We will begin the week meeting with more churches and pastors an quickly move toward getting the presbytery organized.

 

Things are progressing.  As of midnight Saturday/Sunday there were still 1,000,000+ locations with out power and 5000+ in shelters.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Doug

Douglas P. Macdonald
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
National Response Team
2559 Kingston Drive
Florence, SC 29505-6424

Greetings from New Jersey!
November 5, 2012

Doug Macdonald, a member of our Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church is a PDA First Responder.  He has been deployed to help with Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and is offering us updates on the conditions there.

Subject: Re: Doug Macdonald – Greetings from New Jersey Hurricane Sandy

On Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM, Doug Macdonald <dpmacdonald@yahoo.com> wrote:

 

Greetings from New Jersey.

 

I am deployed for Hurricane Sandy leading a team covering essentially the Jersey Shore north of Atlantic City. There are other teams covering Atlantic City south, the northern part of the state and the New York area.

 

I have never before done emails for a first deployment following a disaster but this one needs your prayers. So therefore I email you. I will not promise to maintain the consistency of communications I have done from the villages as the work load is much more intense for this type of deployment.

 

I arrived in the Trenton area with teammate Sue on Thursday with hotel reservations only to find out that we had no reservations and there are no rooms to be found. Sue and I are staying with the Presbytery Executive and her husband. David and Mark flew into Philadelphia Thursday evening and we were able to get a hotel for them there. They are electing to commute the 45 minutes. Sue and I each have a bedroom and share a bathroom and our hosts are wonderful.

 

Power outages are a problem around Trenton and to the east. We are blessed to have power. Flooding along the coast has made many homes inhabitable. The barrier islands are not accessible and I believe there will be significant total destruction of homes.

 

The reports I am getting from FEMA and National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and my personal observations are that this event is on the order of magnitude of Katrina. It is different in that there is not the obvious total destruction but the flooding damage seems to go on forever.

 

Yesterday, Sue, Executive Windy and I visited north to south along the Shore. David, Mark and a Presbytery member visited south to north. We will pick up our visits again today. We saw the flood damage, lots of tired and surprisingly upbeat people and tired pastors.

 

Pray for the pastors. The hurt of each member of their congregations seem to pile on them. Pray for the survivors. They are tired now and recovery will be slow.

 

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Doug

Douglas P. Macdonald
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
National Response Team
2559 Kingston Drive
Florence, SC 29505-6424

Saturday- 9/10 5:34 pm
September 10, 2011

Hey all!

We’re all back safe and sound from Guatemala ready to tell you all our adventures and the way God has moved us in the past week!

We got through customs and immigration fairly quickly but got to the gate to find the flight delayed for 1/2 an hour. I’ll send another note just before we actually take off from Houston.

All of us are anxious to see or families and sleep in our own beds.

Friday- 9/9
September 9, 2011

Antigua was lovely, but it was a very fast visit. They visited the Carmelite convent (1721), followed by lunch and about 2 hours to shop in the local market. After a nap, they are enjoying a sumptuous meal at Hacienda Real, a Guatemalan steakhouse.
The flight tomorrow leaves around 11:30 and Sally says everyone is looking forward to coming back home – seeing their loved ones and sleeping in their own beds!

Thursday – 9/8/2011
September 8, 2011

Today has been a long day of labor at Palencia Elementary and the travelers are working into the evening.
The construction team has spent the day working to expand basic services – wiring lights and outlets indoors and installing a rain barrel and irrigation system for the garden.
The teaching team was busy this morning with approximately 170 students in bible school. They taught the 23rd psalm, made crafts, and lead music and recreation. In the afternoon, they met with the faculty of the school and held a teacher symposium.
After a delicious meal (carrot cake for dessert?), they are back at work testing the wiring and finishing up other projects. Gay says it’s been a long day and not over yet. Tomorrow folks will travel to Antigua for a day of site seeing and shopping.

Wednesday_ 9/7/2011
September 8, 2011

Today was mostly spent in travel. They had a smooth trip with lots of beautiful scenery. When the team arrived in Palencia just before dark, they immediately got to work at the local school with Randy leading the charge in constructing some much needed storage units.
When I spoke to them about 15 minutes ago, they had just gotten out of a wonderful worship service and were about to sit down to dinner. Everyone is well and sends their regards.

Guatemala Travelers Report 4 – 9/5/2011
September 6, 2011

Text from Fred this evening:

“We had a great breakfast al fresco (all 22 of us) next to the winding river pool complex at Amatique Bay resort before piling in the trucks to go to work. We stopped at a bunch of hardware stores looking for plywood — never could find what we needed. They were interesting: completely open to the street with stools pulled up to the counter so shoppers could have their wares brought to them.

The teachers group hosted 5 Guatemalan elementary school teachers from the three rural neighborhood schools for a teaching symposium. One of the biggest problems right now is the 40 day long teachers stile and the lack of support for rural education. We will continue to meet tomorrow to share ideas. We’re really excited because our Guatemalan colleagues have promised to teach us the Mayan numbering system as well as how to multiply and divide using the pre-Columbian Mayan method.

“The construction team has been doing all kinds of electrical tasks. Mike is chuffed because he learned to wire an electrical box all by himself! All of the light switches are done. 75% of the wiring is completed. We’re going to work on crafting shutters tomorrow to protect the work until windows and grilles can be installed.”

Guatemala Travelers – Report 3 – 9/4/2011
September 6, 2011

Today was a full and exciting day for everyone. Fred says he and 8 others had to ride in the back of a truck holding on to the side for dear life as they sped over the unpaved mountain roads. They were thankful at least they weren’t perched on top of the construction equipment on the cab of the other truck like 4 of the Guatemalan group!

Once they arrived in La Sarita village, they split into several groups to begin work. The construction team worked on the electrical system for a health clinic. They installed a circuit box, ran conduit for the building, and began the process of wiring lighting and outlets. Ralph says he is working hard but having a great time.

A second team worked with approximately 60 children in bible school, teaching them about the 23rd psalm and making crafts. The pipe-cleaner sheep were a big hit.

The final group worked in the dental clinic filling and cleaning teeth. Angela has found her new career as a top-notch dental assistant!

When I spoke to them tonight, they were enjoying a gourmet meal of roasted pork, yucca, potatoes, and veggies. Everyone was tired but enjoying the food.

Please let me know if I can pass along any information for you.

Guatemala Travelers Report 2 – 9/3/2011
September 6, 2011

Sorry, folks. I’m a little late in corresponding tonight. The team was on the road most of the day. They left at 7:00 am and traveled in a convoy of 2 4×4 trucks and a very full 15 passenger van down the carriterra de el atlantico (central american hwy 9). They have been joined by 10 Guatemalans – a dentist, a doctor, several translators, and some high school students from the Latin American school. Tonight they are in the Amatique Bay Resort overlooking the ocean and enjoying a delicious meal. Tomorrow they leave at 7:45 for the villages in the Rio Dulce area to work on the electrical system for a health clinic, train local teachers, and conduct a bible school for children. Please let me know if I can pass along any information for you.