The first two times Photojournalist Lee Jenkins and I traveled to Haiti we followed a group of Lehigh Valley doctors and members of LifeChurch. We stayed at the Rescue Childrens Orphanage, which though independent, was sponsored by LifeChurch. That same group created LifeClinic a few blocks away from the orphanage.
Before the earthquake, many of the 10 thousand non-governmental agencies now operating in Haiti were specialized. They focused on feeding, or on shelter, or on literacy, etc. After the earthquake, the needs of the country were so great, these NGO's started doing everything. In some cases these new directions caused fractures in the organization because of different opinions on how to accomplish all the new goals. So new groups were formed. This is what has happened to the group of folks Lee and I have been following.
Pastor Ramon Crespo and his wife Luz now run the orphanage and clinic known as Mercy Village. LifeChurch has focused its attention on another area of great need in Carrefour, about two hours north of Port-au-Prince. The great thing of it is that members from the medical staff and the church continue to interact at Mercy Village and the new site to make sure they are doing all they can to help Haiti. I haven't had a chance to go check out the new site for LifeChurch, but I am hoping to do so later this week. It will be nice to see all the wonderful things they are up to and the new challenges they are meeting.