Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Update: Disheartening News about Our Haiti Trip

To our friends and family,

Today we received terribly disappointing news from the director of the Crisis Response International informing us that the our mission trip to Haiti is canceled. We have little information to go on other than his acknowledgment of the following:

Due to circumstances out of our control we no longer have a base camp in Port au Prince. Our Rapid Training and Deployment is designed to fill the need of operating the camp in Port au Prince. At this time we are unable to accommodate the amount of responders we currently have signed up and they need to be deployed first. We currently don’t have a camp that can adequately accommodate incoming teams.

We have been working hard for the last several weeks to develop relationships in alternative locations as well as clear debris for a camp at an orphanage in Leogane. . . unfortunately at this time we feel like it would be in everyone’s best interests to cancel this training.

We are very sorry for an inconvenience this may create for anyone and we appreciate your flexibility with the complex issues that crisis brings up. A complete refund will be issued and we hope you would consider one of our training events in the future.

Les and I are frustrated and very discouraged about this setback. A lot of planning has been going into this; time has been scheduled out of the office and will be difficult to fill hours with clients. We're not sure what to do at this point in terms of this window of time, 3/27-4/13.

We appreciate your prayers and any suggestions you might have.

To those of you who have already sent us financial support we assure you that money will be returned shortly.

Please give us a few days to process all this and figure out how to make the best use of that block of time that is now open.

Grace and Peace, Steve and Les

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