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The week in quotes – Jan. 18-22

January 22, 2010


Here are a selection of voices and reflections shared by MCC workers over the past week:

“Most of the rescues that have happened have been by Haitians pulling their neighbors out of the rubble …A lot of the people who have been working don’t have simple things like hammers, saws and picks, but they’ve pulled a lot of people out alive.” –MCC worker Ben Depp, of Waxhaw, N.C., from “Compassion more widespread than violence in Haiti.”
“If we can find some rice or some water, or whatever, we bring them all together and share. We are not alone. We are a group. We are together. Every single thing we have we share together, food and water…” –MCC worker Michel Garly, of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on how he is sharing with the 50 people who have come to his home, from “Onsite: Sharing food, giving thanks.”
“It’s not just a matter of sending in more resources; Haiti’s getting a lot of that. What’s really needed is…asking church leaders: ‘How do they see themselves responding to this? How can we help them?’ Rather than, ‘Here’s what we can do and can you help us.’” –Ron Flaming, MCC director of international programs, as quoted in a Christianity Today blog.
“One of the things we're trying to emphasize is doing disaster relief in a way that preserves the dignity of the earthquake survivors. It will be a challenge. Even on a good day, rivers of aid flowed into Haiti, leaving a too-prevalent mentality that all good things come from outside the island. … Now we have an unimaginable disaster... The question many of us are asking: ‘How can we give food and goods to the people who desperately need them in a way that builds their dignity?’ I don't know, I wish I did. May the question stay right there in front of us – in big, bold letters.” –Daryl Yoder-Bontrager, director of MCC programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, from “Onsite: The depth of destruction.”
“We so appreciate the prayers and e-mails of support that we have been received. Thanks so much. Each day is a new challenge, with highs and lows, but we feel we are making progress in coordinating MCC's response to the many in need.” –MCC worker Kathy Troyer, of Orrville, Ohio, a regional disaster coordinator who came to Haiti from Honduras, from “Onsite: Painstaking efforts to do normal tasks in Haiti.”