Disaster Field Reports

Haiti Earthquake  January 2010

Vessels of Mercy International, emergency relief supplies will be arriving soon to help disaster victims. We are currently evaluating and assessing the disaster so that we may have a strategic response that will be effective. Teams may be deployed. If you are trained in the medical field, disaster relief or have experience and are interested in going please visit our website and complete a disaster relief application www.vesselsofmercy.org. More information about future deployments will be available soon.

The initial shipment of emergency relief items will include medical supplies, tarp material for shelter, and hygiene items.

“The damage is staggering; the people of Haiti need our help. Being able to help people in a time of need demonstrates Christ’s love,” Vessels of Mercy International CEO Bev. Gibson said.

REPORT FROM THE FIELD

Several organization and ministries that we are in touch with report severe damage throughout the area. Power is out, and there is no water. “The needs are overwhelming, said one worker. “At one of the local hospitals patients are lining the floor. It’s just unbelievable the amount of people that are lined up trying to get basic medical care.”

The massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake was the strongest to hit the country in 200 years and was felt as far away as Cuba. The tremor sparked widespread panic as it brought down buildings including the presidential palace, hotels, a hospital, and the UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince.

The city “is flattened,” said Haiti’s consul general to the U.N., Felix Augustin, who said he believed more than 100,000 people were dead. Haitian senator Youri Latortue said the final figure could reach half a million.

Thousands of people gathered in public squares late into the night Tuesday, singing hymns and weeping. Many gravely injured people sat in the streets, pleading for doctors.

“Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken,” Henry Bahn, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official visiting Haiti told the Associated Press. “The sky is just gray with dust.”

The earthquake was centered about 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Some panicked residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled from their shaking homes.

Join with us in helping the survivors of this quake. Visit our website to make on-line donations to the relief efforts. www.vesselsofmercy.org


Virginia Tornado Relief  2008

Vessels of Mercy International is responding!April 29, 2008 — Three separate tornadoes touched down in Central and Southern Virginia leaving behind a path of destruction.More than 200 people were injured and property damage is widespread including homes and buildings torn apart and overturned cars. The local hospital also suffered damage but remains functional.Vessels of Mercy International is currently assessing the damage and the current needs and is ready to respond to those displaced by the tornadoes.According to the National Weather Service, winds of 86 to 100 mph ripped through three areas: Suffolk, Colonial Heights and Brunswick County Monday afternoon. Gov. Timothy Kaine declared a state of emergency for all areas damaged by tornadoes.The storm’s path started in North Carolina and made its way up through Virginia, finally breaking up as it passed over the heart of Hampton Roads.Vessels of Mercy International is standing by to work with other relief agencies to help bring aid to those affected by the storm. In addition, construction loaders will be on-site later this week helping families clean up and remove debris.*Associated Press contributed to this report.HOW YOU CAN HELPBe a part of Vessels of Mercy International disaster relief efforts to those affected by the recent tornadoes by making an on-line donation today. With your support, Vessels of Mercy International can continue to bring emergency food, water and medical care to those recovering from these deadly storms.


Hurricane Katrina Relief  August 29,2005

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast area destroying thousands of homes and lives. Vessels of Mercy International has been there from the beginning helping the survivors and we are still there. Although a lot has been done, it seems that in the New Orleans area little has changed since that dreadful day. Thousands of homes and businesses still sit destroyed with all of the homeowners’ belongings and store merchandise still inside, wet, molding and rotting. Worst of all, Hope seems to be gone.

In March 2007, this six member women’s team brought Hope to New Orleans on a Disaster Relief Ministry Project. The team spent time working in the food distribution center, talking with the local residents and preparing homes for the rebuilding process by stripping out the flooring, insulation, drywall and doing mold remediation. Many of the people feel so hopeless and depressed as they try to survive in this area of disaster with no jobs. Many areas still have no running sewer or water. There are no simple answers to the numerous problems that New Orleans faces. The best thing that we can leave them with to help them rebuild not only their homes, but, their lives is the hope found only in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we continue to help restore lives and hope here in our homeland.

If you would like join our Disaster Relief Team, download and complete an application so you will be ready to respond when He says “GO!”

Your donations are also appreciated for our Disaster Relief Ministry, it helps us to be able to respond quickly to those in need.


Tsunami Relief

Imagine in a moments’ time losing everything you’ve ever owned, your family members, your friends, your house, your job, your ability to provide for yourself and your family. This is exactly what happened to the people living in South India when the Tsunami hit on Dec. 26, 2004.

We have launched our long-term efforts to get boats back into the communities. To date we have been able to provide 8 medium boats back into some of the areas hit the hardest, but we need more.  We are in this for the long haul and  committed to helping people rebuild their lives!  Will you help us by sponsoring a boat? Maybe your workplace or Bible study group would like to become a sponsor.One medium boat cost $800. (8 families back to work)One larger boat cost $1600. (12-14 families back to work)Send your gift today and help the victims get on the road to a better future.Because of your help we were able to purchase 28 Medium boats helping 224 families.  We were also able to purchase 8 large boats helping 112 families.


Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Vessels of Mercy International Responds…offering Hope in the midst of crisis!When disaster strikes…we respond! Thanks to your support we were able to reach out to the Pakistan earthquake victims by shipping in a container of relief supplies. The container was full of winter coats, shoes, clothes, tarps, hygiene items and other essentials.


Sudan Relief

The ongoing conflict in Sudan has resulted in the deaths of more than 400,000 people since 2003. The refugee count is more than 2.5 million people and rising. Malnutrition is rampant among the children and they cannot survive without outside assistance.We are reaching into areas affected by the genocide in Sudan and reaching the children. We cannot stand by and watch an entire generation be wiped out. The children, these little ones need our help. WILL YOU STAND WITH ME TODAY? I need your support.We are collecting children’s multivitamins, general antibiotics, topical antibiotic creams and ointments such as Neosporin and hydrocortisone, children’s pain medicines (liquid and chewable) and worm medicines. We have teams that will be attending to their medical needs throughout the year in undisclosed locations due to safety.Please drop off all donations at our office located at 12081 Gayton Road or at West End Assembly of God (if dropping off at WEAG, please mark all donations “Vessels of Mercy”). Your financial donation is also welcomed.Thank you in advance for standing with us and His little ones! Together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Sudanese children. Donate Online Now!


See our “Hope in Action” page for a list of all of our Disaster Relief Responses.