Friday, January 22, 2010

Rat on a Hot Tin Roof

Day 4: a good day. Saw tons of sick and injured. Our second wave of help and
supplies arrived yesterday. The third tomorrow. We are glad for the help. Can
definitely see some fatigue starting to set in, me included.

Several tremors occurred again today, ensuring that no one forgets. It's
working. Most people are still sleeping outside at night, afraid of another

I passed some serious earthquake cracks on my way to find that family yesterday.
Took some pictures. And I must admit, it has prompted some weighty thinking.
There is something unsettling about looking at a big crack in the very place on
the planet on which you stand... A crack they say is 20 miles or more deep. (It
is tremoring RIGHT NOW as I type on my Blackberry). RIGHT NOW, for example, I
try to wrap my brain around what is happening on our planet just underneath me.

And I too quake... knowing I'm tiny. And brief. Strangely, I'm at peace with it,
though. Oh don't get me wrong... That quake yesterday scared the crap out of me.
(I've still got a wrenched neck to prove it). But I have peace. Scared yet at
peace...sounds oxymoronic. I don't know... Maybe it's just that I need to be
scared out my mind now and again to be reminded that I am not I'm not such a hot

Well, a rat just ran across the roof overhead. Sounded like a horse. Think I'll turn the Blackberry
off for tonight.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments and prayers. I AM receiving them
through my email. (I am really starting to sort of dig this blogging thing).

Keep praying for Haiti


Anonymous said...

Steve, thank you for keeping us informed of what your team is doing and painting us a picture of the distruction. You don't know me but I'm a friend of Janice Cotrone and pray, pray for Haiti and your team everyday. You guys are doing a tremendous work. Celia Vila

Anonymous said...

Dr. Ed:

The Eilar family wants you to know that although you are just one man, you are a good man & a God send to people like my Mom & me and to each person you help in each little starfish. Thank you for all you do.
--Lisa & Sally

Marilyn Cudahy said...

Thank you for sharing the sights of Haiti. My heart just breaks. Praise God for those that are using their skills for His glory!

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.


timminbenaaron said...

Found your blogsite off of Joel Hills FB. Thank you for keeping us up to date.
I pray for you as you work.
Thank you so much for your insight of our frailness also.
Michele S

Beth Hendrick said...

We are praying for you and the people of Haiti. So glad the supplies are coming your way.

"When we touch the sick and needy,we touch the suffering body of Christ." Mother Teresa

vvanbeek said...

We praise God that you are using the skills you have to help a very needy people. We are thankful for your willingness to do this. May God bless the efforts of yourself and the many others that are there with you. We will continue to uphold you and the other people who are helping tend the sick and suffering in our daily prayers. And we also pray for the "sick and suffering" there that they may be helped and comforted by your good deeds of mercy. God Bless You!

Dave and Vonda VanBeek

Tammy Kruyswyk said...

Steve... your story (blog) is amazing! We continue to think about you and others that are over there feverously helping the ill. I was worried when Carl said that the strong aftershock was near where you are and we didn't hear from you. Continue the awesome work-it is a blessing to have people such as you. Take care...

Tammy Kruyswyk

Mary Trotman said...

Dear favorite doctor of ours:

Word is spreading about your blog. What a blessing that you are personalizing this for those of us who cannot be there.

What do you recommend that we send? What is most needed? (other than the prayers we are sending up for your team and the Haitian people.)

God bless you and your family and team.

Mary T. Trotman, Chelsea and Teddy