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Tropical storm threatens Haitian ministry with Lubbock ties

Provided by Operation HOPE

As Tropical Storm Isaac moves through the Caribbean, it threatens a Haitian ministry with strong Lubbock ties. Operation HOPE is the primary sponsor of New Vision Ministry in Montrouis Haiti.

"Through New Vision Ministry, Operation HOPE provides meals each day for 1,500 Haitian children," said John P. Thomas, MD, Lubbock Surgeon and Operation HOPE founder.

In addition to providing meals, New Vision Ministry and Operation HOPE also provide educational classes and clothing for the children.

"The recovery from the 2010 earthquake is far from complete. Rains from a tropical storm can cause mud-slides and flooding which would pose an immediate danger to Haiti and threaten New Vision Ministry operations," Thomas added.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates 421,000 people are in camps in and around Port-au-Prince Haiti. Current forecasts show Isaac crossing Haiti as a tropical storm with winds under 74 mph.

"While the immediate danger of the storm is significant, I am far more concerned with post storm challenges," Thomas said. "with flooding, there is danger of cross contamination of water which results in water born disease. Illnesses we seldom consider here in the states, such as dysentery, are very real and very dangerous in Haiti."

Dr. Thomas has completed six medical missions to Haiti in since the 2010 earthquake and Operation HOPE has sponsored 18 mission trips to Montrouis and New Vision Ministry.

"there are huge needs in haiti, from food and clothing to shelter and medical care. we appreciate the generous support the lubbock community has given operation hope," thomas said.

Montrouis, Haiti is a coastal town in western Haiti. It is located on the Cotes des Arcadins, one of Haiti's longest stretches of pure white sand beaches. It is also an exceptional place for sailing and fishing.

Operation HOPE, through the support of our partners, is able to effectively be the hands and feet of Christ to people in need the world over. Currently, our focus is on the nations of Haiti and Iraq. Through the prayerful generosity of supporters and volunteers, Operation HOPE is making a difference every day in the lives of people who may never have had a chance to experience the love and hope of Christ.

To donate or find more information, visit operationhopeusa.org

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