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Your Support Needed as Hurricane Irma Relief Underway

A symbol of hope post-hurricane at Warner University.

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Hurricane Irma Disaster Assessment Begins

Warner University students safe in their shelter (credit: David Hoag).

By Carl Stagner

More than six million people in Florida remain without power today as the remnants of Hurricane Irma batter much of the southeastern United States. What once was a Category Five storm has been downgraded to tropical storm status, but not without leaving behind damage across much of the state of Florida and utter devastation on some Caribbean islands. Residents in much of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are not yet out of the woods. At last count, Irma’s wrath has claimed nearly forty lives across the Caribbean and some reports suggest up to 95 percent of buildings on the island of Barbuda. As of Monday, September 11, assessment is ongoing. Continue reading

Hospital Expansion to Promote Physical, Spiritual Healing in Haiti

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Photo: Mark Fulton offering physical and spiritual hope and healing.

By Carl Stagner

For more than half a century, the Church of God has enjoyed an incredible history in Haiti. From church planting to the establishment of schools, God continues to be on the move in the Caribbean nation, which unfortunately has become associated with natural disasters over the past several years—even the past few weeks. While Haiti continues cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and grieves the loss of more than a thousand of their own, there is good news coming out of the community of St. Ard. The Church of God hospital, which has seen more than 100,000 different patients since it opened its doors in July 2005, is setting its sights on expanding. God has given the ministry, which is currently open five days a week, the exciting vision to become a 24-7 hospital and further promote physical and spiritual healing in Haiti. Continue reading

Disease Wreaks Havoc on Post-Hurricane Haiti; Plea for Help

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By Carl Stagner

With peak wind gusts of nearly 160 miles per hour and up to forty inches of rainfall, Hurricane Matthew left behind a serious problem beyond the devastation to homes, businesses, and crops. If an estimated one thousand casualties in Haiti wasn’t bad enough, a breakout of cholera and dysentery is likely over the next few months. Underfunded government-run hospitals and limited access to 21st-century medicine amounts to a potential health crisis. Thankfully, Mark and Kathy Fulton, Global Strategy missionaries to Haiti, bring with them decades of experience in medical missions. But they’ve already had to deplete their emergency resources in response to the surge of needs since Hurricane Matthew struck. They need your help. Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Update

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By Stephen Lewis and Carl Stagner

As Hurricane Matthew continues its slow move up the East Coast of the United States after crossing the Caribbean, Church of God people on the ground are beginning to assess damage and to minister to those who have been devastated, particularly in Haiti. Over the coming days, we will continue to monitor the path of the hurricane as its makes landfall, speaking with state pastors and others on the ground. Continue reading

Longtime Missionaries to Haiti Retire, Leave Behind Legacy of Compassion

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Photo: Jodie and John Ackerman

By Carl Stagner

One of the most devastating earthquakes of the century struck the land, and they were there. When political and economic upheaval ensued, they were there. When crime didn’t decline, and poverty remained, they remained, too. Facing busy schedules and fatigue, they nevertheless lent a hand when other missionaries and ex-pats were in need. Exemplary Church of God missionaries to Haiti for the last thirty years, John and Jodie Ackerman let the compassion of Christ flow through them to the “least of these” under less-than-ideal conditions. Though they’ll soon be retiring from career missionary service, a legacy of compassion will no doubt carry on. Continue reading

Zika Virus: Insights from Haiti

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By Carl Stagner

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global health emergency. Within a week of the announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated a Level One alert, the same level of heightened preparedness and around-the-clock attention given to the Ebola outbreak of 2014, the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2007. But what does it all mean for you and me? Though mosquito-borne Zika cases have not yet been reported in the United States, international travelers have contracted the virus. Many of our brothers and sisters in the Church of God live, work, and do ministry in countries where transmission of the virus is ongoing. Haiti is one of those countries. Global Strategy missionary Mark Fulton offers some on-the-ground perspective on the Zika virus, cuts through some of the media hype, and suggests ways we can best pray. Continue reading

CHOG Hospital in Haiti: A Miracle-Working Witness

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By Carl Stagner

Five years ago, life forever changed for more than a million Haitians. In January 2010, a catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake claimed lives, property and, in many cases, hope itself. The Church of God was one of many faith groups and organizations to step in and offer hope and healing. The hospital in Saintard, completed in 2005, offered countless earthquake victims not only physical treatment, but also the Balm of Gilead. Under the leadership of Church of God missionaries Mark and Kathy Fulton, the hospital continues to serve the people of Haiti, many of whom are still displaced, five years post-quake. Continue reading

Heroes in Haiti: Harsh Realities, Heavenly Rewards

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Photo: Pastor St. Dieu

By Carl Stagner

“We don’t realize what can happen to us in a flash.” Phyllis Newby’s words echo the harsh reality of conducting day-to-day ministry in Haiti. While pastors in the United States spend much of their week casting vision, strategizing mission, and preparing sermons—all important tasks—pastors in Haiti work through multiple uncertainties, and often face dangerous conditions as the hands and feet of Christ. One Haitian hero of the faith, who has learned to overcome unpredictable challenges, is Pastor St. Dieu. After last year’s floodwaters had receded, St. Dieu and his team began working their way across a river to deliver emergency supplies to the needy. What happened next may send chills down your spine. Continue reading

Introducing Missionaries Elect Mark and Kathy Fulton

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Photo: Kathy and Mark Fulton

NAME: Mark & Kathy Fulton

COUNTRY: Haiti

ASSIGNMENT: Mark will oversee and improve business operations at the
outpatient clinic in Haiti. Mark will coordinate and lead short-term medical trips to provide medical services not otherwise available in the St. Ard area.

Kathy will identify and train Haitian personnel to perform bookkeeping and accounting duties compliant with Haitian and U.S. government standards. Kathy will provide speech therapy services at English-speaking Haitian schools.
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