Sunday, January 17, 2010

Here we go

Just a few hours now before departure. Have worked hard all day with logistics, team planning, yada yada. The most stressful, yet significant thing I was able to do today was to facilitate the evacuation of 10 Americans who have been stranded since the earthquake. The plane we arrive in will be able to get them out of Haiti and back home to their stressed out families. Worth all the effort.

My emotions right about now are an amalgam of excitement, terror, anticipation, wonder. Wonder..... what in the world am I doing? Wonder..... how my wife puts up with me. Wonder... how I'm functioning on so little sleep. Wonder..... at how God has orchestrated such a thing in just 48 hours.

More tomorrow, from precious Haiti.



Anonymous said...

I woke up about the time you were leaving and prayed hard for you! I know that God will provide the strength and wisdom you will need for this trip. I'm sure you will see a lot of horrible things but God has given you a skill that is so desperately needed at this time. I applaud you for your heart and courage and to listening to that small voise that makes your heart so big for Haiti. Praing for you and look forward to hearing the ways that God will use you.


Steven said...

Woke up this morning about an hour before your schedule arrival time at PAP and thought about how all of this has been brought together in such a small amount of time. Just letting you know how amazed Renee and I are at how incredibly God has pulled everything together for you and your team. I'm incredibly proud of your efforts and resolve and will continue to pray for a smooth and successful trip.
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Steve, We are not at all surprised that you are joining the efforts in Haiti. We know your heart is there. We'll be praying for physical, emotional and spiritual strength. It is going to be a tiring experience, yet we know God's presence will go before you and stay with you. We'll be watching prayerfully for your posts. Carol

Annie Voorhees said...

Larry clued me into your blog.

Sending lots of energy and courage to you during your trip to Haiti.

Thank you for doing such a kind and wonderful thing.

~Ann Voorhees
(Christiancy through MHS '74)

John K Renn said...

Hello Doctor!
I have been keeping my 7th grade Social Studies classes at Portland Middle School informed about your trip to Haiti. They are truly in awe at your willingness to subject yourself to possible dangers to help others. We all wish you the best of luck, be safe, and rest easy in the knowledge that a great many people back in MI are watching, praying, and thanking you for your incredible work!
John Renn

Anonymous said...

So proud of you...and praying God will bless your work in helping the people of Haiti. Anxiously waiting for your posts. Love you - your sister Karen

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time on Sat. So wishing we could go but the only thing we can do is pray for your safety and not to lose your glasses!!!! Fasted and prayed today for you everytime I was hungry to be reminded to pray for you and every single person in Haiti
Thanks for being Gods vessel!!!
Lorie L

Anonymous said...

Dr. Ed:
Thank you for putting into action what many of us feel & think. Bless you for walking the walk instead of just talking the talk. You have, and continue to, positively impact & change for the better the lives of many at home and have impacted my life & touched my heart. May God bless you & keep you safe, healthy & strong.
-- Lisa Eilar

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve. Thank you for following the Lord's work. He found His perfect person to give comfort and aid. You my friend are in my thoughts & prayers. Thank you and God Bless You.
Linda G.

chopchop83 said...

steve, how are your living conditions? since you're working out of a MASH unit now, do we get to refer to you as 'hawkeye' edmondson now? ed rutowski

Anonymous said...

Didn't surprise me, in the least, that you were going. I didn't donate any money anywhere because I was waiting to hear, Sunday, if you were going. I quickly wrote out my check, when I heard, and dropped it in the offering. I have been praying for you, and your team, constantly. I have also been watching, closely, on the news to see if you are shown. Also waiting to see if you are able to post any updates. I am proud to say I know you. You are the most brilliant, sincere, and caring man I know. And I don't say that lightly. May The Lord Bless You And Keep You Safe!
Sheryl Smith