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Humanity Outreach Partners Enterprises HOPE

Serving in Community Together.

Hurricane Katrina team f eeds 40,000 in one week

Dear friends and family, I just wanted to take the time to share my most recent trip to D'Iberville, Mississippi a suburb of Biloxi. Our team of 18, led by Charlie Hodges and myself, worked in a relief center providing hot meals, groceries and medical care. The relief center consisted of 2 large tents and an old grocery store, which served as a warehouse where supplies came in from churches, individuals and businesses all over

the United States. Inside the tents was a medical area where people could get shots for Tetnus, Hep A etc., and receive medical treatment. In the same tent was a kitchen where an average of 3,500 hot meals were served 3 times each day. In the other tent there was a food pantry where 4,500 families received groceries each day. People would line up and groceries would be given out for hours. Between hot meals and groceries, our team fed 40,000 people in one week! I was personally alarmed by the homelessness; thousands of people are living in tents, under bridges and out of their automobiles. The locals depend on the food services provided by faith based organizations like, The Goodness Project

and Hands and Feet Ministries. However, The Goodness Project would not be operational without its volunteers. Most of the volunteers come from faith based organizations. Currently it is the volunteers that are providing all the management services for the ministries in and around Biloxi. It is the volunteers from the Faith communities who are doing the best job at feeding and providing medical care and counseling for the locals, not the government and in my observation, not other non-profits. But possibly more important than meeting the physical provisions, volunteers are offering spiritual provisions such as hope, compassion and the love of Christ. Gael Orr , Co-founder HOPE

Donations Your tax free donation is greatly appreciated.

HOPE

is a non-profit organization that is working in impoverished areas throughout the world and we invite you to help us in our endeavors. Currently we focusing on hurricane relief efforts in Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, LA . We need your financial contribution to help us in our efforts. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so online at: www.HopeUnites.org or you may send a check made out to: HOPE, 5776 Joy Rd., Conesus, NY 14435. If you would like to volunteer, we welcome you to do so, you may log onto our website and read about opportunities in the South and throughout the world.

Guest Speaking

Gael Orr is available to guest speak at your special event, workshop, outreach initiative or church function. To schedule, email: [email protected] or phone: 585-346-3310. Honorariums and reimbursement of travel expenses are appreciated.

Anonymous donors Adam Bakus Aldersgate UMC Amerherst Christ View UMC Barb McClain Betty Rhodes and Robert Rhodes Beverly Davies Canadice UMC Carlos Rosa Carol Creswell Cathy M Dewey Christ United Methodist Church Christine and Rick Cole Conesus United Church David and Jackie Beare Deb and Art Page Dick and Jane Dimmick Erna Hawk George and Mary Stoltman Grace UMC Greg Forrester Hosanna Junction UMC Iglesia Metodista Unida Emmuanuel Jane Hilbert Janet Woods Jason Runfola Jim Oleksyn Joan Hardy Joanne Vineyard and George Vineyard Joyce Wester Judy Patrick Kathleen Sweet Kevin Ewert Kim Billyard Kristin and Mark Randall Linda Reed Marcy and Dan Winslow Marcy Lapenna Martin and Bonnie Brennan Mary Inglese Neal Thomas Family Peg Billyard Peggy Vanhorn Peggy Vanhorn and Martha F. Conesus UMC Methodist Aid Work Roger Billyard Rosa Laguer Steve Zeh United Methodist WNY Conference United Methodist Woman Christ Church Sherrill, NY United Methodist Women from First United Methdodist Church

Special Thanks to our donors: Costa Rica

This past August a HOPE team of 11 went to Costa Rica and built a school. Our team led by Gael Orr and Charlie Hodges, worked with United Methodist Career Missionary, Charlie Strong. Our team built a school, we hand poured the foundation of the school, erected the walls and put the trusses up. In addition our team fixed the school's computers and put a roof on a neighbor's house. While in Costa Rica, we got to see a volcano erupt and we were able to tour a bird sanctuary. But, better than all of that, was when our team enjoyed taking communion together on a Thursday evening. Christ's presence was tangible and the sacrament came alive in ways that many of us had not experienced before. Charlie Strong has been in Costa Rica for 5 years coordinating incoming mission teams and assisting the locals by rebuilding homes, building schools, churches and working in urban and medical ministries. If you would like to support the work he is doing, you may do so on the HOPE website at weblink: http://www.hopeunites.org/Missionaries.html

Mission Central

T her e is just so much happening this year, it's difficult to cram it all into one newsletter . HOPE sent 2 gr oups to Mission Central in Pennsylvania to work in the United Methodist warehouse. We sent a 16 memb er adult team this past August and a 20 memb er youth team in July. T he youth team got to enjoy going to Her shey Par k. Mission Central is a way-station for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). T he gr oups assembled kits for national and inter national disaster s.

Methodist Economic Ministr y

Last June HOPE sent a team of 16, fr om Wester n New Yor k led by Joan and Howar d McGlauflin, fr om New Hampshir e to Norther n Appalachia to wor k at the United Methodist Economic Ministr ies in Salem, Maine. T he team had a gr eat time and wor ked har d to help those in need in an impover ished and forgotten ar ea.

Hur ricane Katrina

Our team went to "ground zero" right where the hurricane directly hit Mississippi. Many believe New Orleans is where the hurricane hit, but that is not the case, New Orleans was flooded because of the hurricane, but did not take the direct impact from the storm. The homelessness in MS created by Hurricane Katrina was overwhelming. I heard one of the Pastors we worked with say, "The word "OK" will never be the same for me again." It seemed as though everyone that came into the relief center would say, "I've lost everything, but I'm ok." I reflected upon how often I've heard someone say to me, "How are you today, Gael?" and my response would be, "I'm ok, how about you?" I never realized that the word ok meant, "I'm surviving." Kelly, a local, took me down Race Track St. in D'Iberville, MS, she told me that they were still pulling bodies out of the debris, and this was 3 weeks after the hurricane first hit! She pointed to a woman standing next to a dump truck and explained the city was paying her to look for body parts as the workers shoveled debris, that is, what was left of people's homes, into the truck. Just to give you an idea of how great the devastation was, that when we traveled 100 miles north of Biloxi, we passed through Laurel where 70 tornados had spun off of the hurricane and struck that one community. Our team was a relief team, not a recovery team. A relief team goes in and provides immediate needs, food, shelter, medicine, and water. A recovery team goes in and mucks people's homes, tarp roofs and does home repair. After a disaster, recovery work is a much longer phase of disaster response work, and it is much more difficult to get volunteers to help in that phase as the media has left and people are not informed as to the continuing need. Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts will need volunteers for the next 5-years or longer. When our team arrived, we expected to do recovery work yet were told we would not be putting tarps on roofs and mucking out homes because the flooding was so bad that even the few houses left standing would most likely be condemned because of the mold and bacteria issues. We were told that most of the communities would simply be bulldozed over and rebuilt. Instead our team worked and managed the relief center for The Goodness Project, my job was specifically to engage in volunteer management. Our team of 18 took the place of the departing team of 46. I was told the kitchen alone took 25 people to man-

age it. I told our team, we need to start praying that God sends us more volunteers. That same day "Sometimes you'd see a home and a team of 18 came think, that doesn't look too bad, in from Michigan and a team of about then you'd realize it had been 20 young adults moved 100' from its foundation." called, Youth Storm arrived from the New England states. That evening around 8:30 a 3rd team arrived from an Assembly of God church in Rochester, NY. As our team was praising God for his provision, I spied a Red Cross worker enter our facility it was nearly 9:00. I approached him and asked what I could do for him. He explained in a soft raspy whisper that he had a respiratory infection and was seeking out our medical tent. As it was late in the evening, the medical tent had closed. As I looked at this young man, I could see he was trembling and weak. It was clear he was dehydrated, which was easy to do in the 105 degree weather we had that day, and I asked him if he had eaten. He told me he didn't have time for that as he too had been caring for thousands that day. Not knowing what to do for him other than to give him food and water, I asked him if I could pray for healing for him. His eyes brightened and he was surprised that I'd ask that and responded by saying, "Yes, if you would like to, I would really like that." I laid hands on him and 2 men who seemed to come out of nowhere did the same. When the prayer was over, I led the man to one of the numerous tables and got a meal for him. The prayer seemed to restore his hope. The 2 men who prayed with me sat on both sides of him. I recognized the 2 men from the newest team that had just arrived, they were the men from Rochester, NY. That is when it was revealed that they were a medical team! The two men I prayed with over the Red Cross worker were both doctors!!! I'll never forget the joy that I felt in that moment, and the look of relief that was on the Red Cross worker's face. It is in moments like that one, that I get so excited and exuberant that I'm a Christian. Gael J. B. Orr

Peru Mission

Sandy Rowland led a team for HOPE in partnership with Volunteers In Mission, this is an article that she wrote about her HOPE experience. A year ago I witnessed a presentation at one of our Conference Volunteers In Mission (VIM) Rallies. Pictures of a trip to Peru were shown. I viewed the snakes, alligators and the sweltering heat that rolled down the faces of those on the screen and heard some amazing stories. I shared I am never going there! A caution, never say never. I have found in what I do as soon as I say no, God Says Go! I was asked to lead a team to Iquitos , Peru. I said, "Let me Pray about it". Soon plans were made and off we went a team of 8 from all over. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in spite of some challenges. Peru is a country full of culture and adventure. The journey proved to provide them all. Our project was to help build a bathroom, the old fashion way and work with children. They came from all over the village where we stayed. Two Doctors on our team did a children's clinic as well. After a morning of digging and carrying blocks we would travel by boat back to our, home away from home, the Tucan Lodge. It was a place for tourists but also a refuge for children to come and learn English, do artwork, sing and have fun. I was so amazed as I always am when I travel to other places, just how people survive. Many special people touched my heart on this journey, a little girl named Glayds who just ran beside of me and smiled and then slipped her hand in mine and we would just walk together and smile. A boat owner who so humbly and gently washed my muddy feet before boarding his boat. Moises and Willy two young men who are trying to help

make the world a better place by helping kids and others in the village with very little funds, but lots of spunk, joy and love. I can't leave out the great team of people who along with me endured and cared for each other and just shared their gifts and talents, sometimes limited with people of a different place. Our time of devotions in the eve"...a little girl named Glayds who nings brought out why we came and just ran beside of me and smiled how we love the and then slipped her hand in mine living God who and we would just walk together calls us to Go. One of our motto's is if and smile." Sandy Rowland you don't go you won't know. A great hightlight of the trip was a visit Macchu Picchu a discovered Inca n City high in the mountains of Cusco. Such history , a beautiful place, you just wonder how they built it. It was awesome. When you feel an uneasyness about something, give it over to God and see where he directs you. It just may be the time when you say NO and He is calling you to Go! Get involved and see what great adventures can come your way. There are many hurting, hungry people out there just waiting for someone to bring them some HOPE! maybe you are the one to do it. Consider signing up for a VIM Experience! Sandy Rowland HOPE Team Leader and VIM Coordinator for the Baltimore/Washington United Methodist Churches. Submitted by Sandy Rowland. This Volunteers In Mission team was put together, coordinated and organized by HOPE.

Gael Orr from HOPE is leading a team of 25 to Nicaragua out of the Hosanna Junction United Methodist Church. If you would like to support Gael, contributions ma y be made to HOPE c/o Nicaragua, 5776 Joy Road, Conesus, NY 14435.

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HOPE Working in Disaster Response

HOPE works in partnership with agencies, ministries, non-profits and for profit organizations. We provide support services through training, volunteer management and recruitment for organizations that are already working in disaster areas. We put together teams with qualified team leaders who have been through extensive disaster response training. join one of our response teams: www.HopeUnites.org. Participants will go through a 3 hour training seminar and interview process.

Page 5 port, and then returned A team composed of people from 3 jurisdictions came toto Iquitos ­ gether in June to bring health care to some of the people in only to find a the Amazon rain forest of Peru. The trip was initiated by a general transfamily practice physician, Dr. William Bailey, from the portation Iowa Conference in the North Central Jurisdiction. He was strike had accompanied by 2 other family physicians, one a veteran closed the VIM'er (Volunteers In Mission), the other a 3rd year resiairport. As dent who had not been on a mission team before. A teacher driving out from Nebraska Conference, South Central Jurisdiction, was not an who had been on a prior trip with Dr. Bailey joined the option, we Midwestern contingent. Two physicians from North Cenfound a place tral New York Conference and two college students from to stay for 2 Western New York Conference in the Northeastern Jurisadditional diction completed the team. nights until the airport reAfter an awesome introduction to the mountainous area "For the next 2 days we saw of Cusco and Machu Pichu, the group flew to Iquitos, a city opened and we could make our way back to patients ­ about 600 of them. The of 500,000 deep in the Amazon basin, accessible only by Lima and then to Mi- patients were fairly evenly split plane or boat ­ a fact that would become important at the end of the trip. There 2 boats were loaded with people and ami. That rule about between adults and children..." supplies and the team was taken to the village of Orellana ­ flexibility on VIM Dr. Sylvia Riemer a 3 hour trip down the Amazon and Napo Rivers, arriving trips was operative! about 10 pm. The mayor of the village, who also owns the For me (Sylvia only hotel, not only arranged for the team to stay in the ho- Reimer) being reminded of the unity of God's family on tel at no charge, but also kept the generator working an ex- this earth was one of the best parts of the trip, and this tra couple of hours to allow supplies to be unloaded, mos- came most forcefully before the rest of the team arrived in quito nets hung, and people settled in. Peru. Being in Lima a couple of days early, we had the For the next 2 days we saw patients ­ about 600 of them. good fortune to be introduced to Jonathon Lopez, a missionary working there with the evangelical Camina de Vida The patients were fairly evenly split between adults and children, and had the usual complaints ­ fatigue, aches and Church. He and his family warmly welcomed us into their home and introduced us to Jordan Durso, who coordinates pains, parasites, and malnutrition. The most outstanding "pick up" was a 7 month old seen for failure to thrive, and medical mission teams over the country. He and his wife were very instrumental in helping us obtain medications to found to have a congenital heart defect. Since we were working with the Peruvian physician from that district, we take to Orellana. This was important for the project, but more important for us was the fellowship with 2 families were able to be refer the child to specialty care in Iquitos where we hope he can have this corrected. As always, there with whom we probably have theological differences, but were still people hoping to be seen when we had to pack up with whom we were completely at ease and together in and leave; we were able to leave a large amount of antibiot- grace. Truly God was and is at work in this place! Thanks be to God! Submitted by Dr. Sylvia Riemer. ics and anti-parasite medications for the use of the health team there. This Volunteers In Mission team was put together, coordinated and organized by HOPE. Returning from Orellana the team stopped overnight at Tucan Lodge, which could well be the focus of another re-

Amazon Medical Missi on

Kenya Go? Africa

HOPE is putting together a team headed for Kenya to work with children and widows, if you would like to go, you may register online at: www.HopeUnites.org click on the "Global Teams" link.

Ecuador Update With the c ivil is sues in Portovie jo, our shipment to Ecuador was dela yed. We are now fina ll y ab le to ship our 40 foot container filled wit h hospita l supplies to Ecuador. With the new fuel hikes, we ma y have to pa y more for the freight, but we are so excited it is fina ll y on its wa y!

Humanity Outreach Partners Enterprises: HOPE is a facilitating organization for humanitarian agencies. We are headquartered in the Fingerlakes region of Upstate New York and are a not-for-profit corporation driven to address issues of poverty and global injustices by working directly, as well as, equipping and resourcing our humanitarian partners. Humanity Outreach Partners Enterprises has an 8 member board of directors and was co-founded by Gael Orr. We work with individuals and organizations nationally and internationally such as: · · · · · · ·

communities non-profit organizations clubs, i.e. Rotary ecumenical [churches] partners seminaries and colleges businesses and hospitals governmental agencies to bring about positive changes and relief in places where there is human suffering. We do this by responding to national and international outreach/mission opportunities for service by providing training and education in leadership development, volunteer management, emergency response coordination, team leadership, visioning for community outreach, international and national mission and outreach opportunities for service, short/long-term recovery. We have developed our own programs but also work in tandem with your current programs, or help your organization to design outreach programs, providing added support services. Our services include: turn-key mission projects, consulting, training, team leadership development, outreach opportunities and volunteer management. Through our commitment, experience, and expertise, Humanity Outreach Partners Enterprises has established quality programs and services, worldwide networks and management capabilities that will help you and your organization make a positive difference by improving lives throughout the world.

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