Nudgings [June 2011]

Nudgings June 2011
Because you asked …….

 

DNS Relief Fellowship was established to help ease the poverty in Third World countries. The name was chosen from Rom.12:13 – Distributing to the Necessity of Saints. DNS is governed by a Board of Directors

(see www.dnsrelief.org) and is registered as Charitable Organization No.8881-23573-RR0001. Revenue Canada has granted permission to DNS to issue Income Tax Receipts to donors.

 

The main office is 301-34 Swansea Rd. Unionville, ON, Canada, L3R 0W3. Tel. 905-948-9972.

Email: adamsdns@rogers.com or john@dnsrelief.org.

DNS has a USA affiliate which the I.R.S. recognizes. DNS, Philip Kazen,4611 – 109th Pl. NE, Marysville, WA, 98271.

 

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Because of HIV/AIDS, TB, cholera, malaria, typhoid fever, malnutrition, etc., 25% of the Haitians die before they reach 40. Very few live past 50 years of age. Due to the devastating earthquake 16 months ago one million people are still living under tarps and old, dirty bed sheets supported by four corner sticks cut from trees. That is the only “home” they will likely ever have. There is no underground sewage system in Haiti!!

 

Hoping to build some shattered lives, DNS has joined with believers in the Dominican Republic, and is sending relief across the border into Haiti. The Haitians clamor for Creole Bibles, bottled water, tarps, medicines, food, etc.

 

On Jan.12th, last year, the Lord spoke loudly to the Haitian people in the earthquake that claimed 300,000 lives. One result was that thousands turned from voodooism, the national religion of the country, and have accepted the Christ of their Creole Bibles. There are mini-revivals breaking out in towns and villages throughout the country. Satan is losing his grip and God is being glorified. P.T.L. The medical clinic is still a beacon in the northeast corner of Haiti. Two assemblies have been formed as a result of that Gospel outreach.

 

Another of our interests is Zambia in Central Africa. Like Jacob, Zambia has “the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.” DNS has had the privilege of sharing in the work of drilling wells for the hospitals and schools in that needy country. Ken Wagler and a team of men from Ontario have made frequent trips to Zambia, working hard and long so that it will no longer be necessary to carry buckets from the crocodile-infested Zambezi River. Many, both children and adults, have been snatched away by crocodiles. Through the interests of a Christian manufacturer of solar products in Markham, Ontario, some of the wells are equipped with solar pumps. Thank God for the sun.

 

Although we assist in the work of sending containers of supplies to Zambia, one of the greatest needs today is for workers – nurses, teachers, etc. The plane flies doctors and emergency patients to the large hospital in Chitokoloki and other mission hospitals and has been the means of saving many lives; however, a resident pilot is needed – a pilot and an aircraft engine mechanic. There’s another item for your prayer list.

 

PRAY also for the struggling believers in the mountains of Honduras who are almost as poor as the Haitians but they have a warm, compassionate heart for their unsaved neighbors. Most have very little of this world’s goods and are living on $2 a day, yet they have a deep love for the Lord they read about in their Spanish Bibles. It’s a long and very hazardous mule ride up the mountain to carry Bibles, food and medical supplies to the remote mountain people in Honduras but they come under the mandate to “distribute to the necessity of saints”.

John H. Adams

NS Relief Fellowship
Romans 12:13
301 34 Swansea Rd., Unionville, ON L3R 0W3 Phil Kazen, 4611-109th PL. NE
Tel. 905-948-9972 john@dnsrelief.org Marysville, WA 98271 USA

 

 

Nudgings [May 2010]

Good News from Haiti May 2010

 

It certainly was not good news when, on January 12th, the message was sent around the world that a major earthquake had hit the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, leaving 300,000 dead, 400,000 injured, 4000 large schools destroyed and over two million homeless. And all in 35 seconds.
Thousands of homes and other buildings in the Port-au-Prince area were flattened. The government reported that it will be six months before all the concrete slabs,rubble and debris can be removed so the many hundreds of bodies that are entombed under the devastated buildings can be buried. With the rainy season approaching it is feared that there will be an increase of TB, typhoid, malaria, cholera and HIV/AIDS.

 

Six days after the earthquake, a nurse (Omairis), accompanied by other nurses from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, went to the Haitian capital and set up a tent triage right across from the badly damaged President’s Palace and inside the headquarters of the Secret Police. Weekly she will diagnose, oversee and care for 3500 injured and hungry Haitians.
Omairis will dispense 1200 food bags, 20,000 bottles of water, plus 1,000 tarps and 250 tents. All this work is a typical week but the actual statistics were for the first week of March. The sick are cared for by volunteer doctors and nurses from the Dominican Republic and the U.S.A.
When the busload of workers from assemblies in Santo Domingo arrived, along with a truck carrying rice, beans, sardines, baloney, pasta, tarps and tents, Omairis could hardly contain her joy. Once again the Lord had answered her prayer, for the previous night she had prayed, Lord, we have only one doctor, could more please come. In the bus were Bibles, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and Christian workers ready to do anything necessary to aid the hungry, suffering and homeless Haitians who were crying out for help.
The good news from Haiti is that Christian workers are reporting that mini-revivals are breaking out all through the country. There’s a recognition of the Lord they had never seen before. Haitians are saying, “We don’t care how much the earth shakes, our trust is now in God.” Also, the Secret Police building beside the triage is abandoned for fear of it collapsing (they too are living in tents) but the Chief of Police has given permission for the nurses to stay for at least one year. This is in recognition and appreciation of the aid that is being given when many relief organizations left for Chile because of the earthquake there. This will give safety and police protection for Omaris and her crew, as well as to the doctors and others who will continue to take in food and medicines from the Dominican Republic.
Al Adams from Tampa who went to Port au Prince along with the other workers, reported that thousands of homeless Haitians are squatting under old bed sheets or tarps, supported only by corner poles. Their shacks were flattened by the earthquake and because of the rampant disease and poverty of the country many will never have any other home. Although the medical clinic and the multi-purpose building at Ouanaminthe in the northeast corner of the country, and across the river from the Dominican Republic did not suffer any earthquake damage, the daily medical work at the clinic has been temporarily suspended.
Because of the present anarchy and gang violence, we have been unable to persuade doctors to stay more than just a few weeks. However, teams of nurses and other workers from the Dominican Republic are visiting the clinic as they are able (a five hour bus ride) and are giving aid to the serious cases.
Earlier, Dr. Peter Aceti of Sault Ste. Marie and Al Adams (Tampa) took supplies to the medical clinic. They reported that there are over 80 in the assembly there. A larger group meets in an old, abandoned theatre in the city. Believers who were saved as a result of the clinic outreach preach the Gospel and teach the Word of God to fellow Haitians so there have been many baptisms. The Christian school beside the clinic is growing.
Work in Zambia
DNS Relief Fellowship has also been working in Zambia. Ken Wagler and Tom Browning from Ontario have made two trips to Chitokoloki. On their last visit, with the aid of Robert Clark of Sault Ste. Marie and some Zambian labourers, they drilled four successful water wells: one close to the hospitals, one beside the high school, one at the former leper colony and another close to one of the mission houses. Prior to their visit, DNS and MSC had shipped to Chitokoloki the well-driller along with a farm tractor to haul it from site to site.
At the same time, another part of the Ontario team, (Don McKay, Murray Riddolls and John Ellison, along with Ed Miller and Steve Adams), also worked steadily until they had completely wired the new hospital and re-wired the old one. That was a mammoth task that no one thought could be finished before the men had to return to Canada, but it was. Both buildings now have 24 hour electricity; thanks to the sun and the solar panels the men installed.
US News
From the U.S.A. West Coast: Phil Kazen reports that funds have been sent to Tony Flett in Nicaragua to assist with Mirta’s brain tumor surgery and recovery. Mirta has been attending the meetings and is really impressed with the kindness shown to her. Pray for Mirta. The radiation she must have is available only in Costa Rica a big expense. Tony has completed the hall in El Panama, a remote area where 40 professed to be saved. Eleven were baptized. Both electricity and clean water are non-existent. Now, if we could only ship our well-driller from Zambia!
John H. Adams
DNS Relief Fellowship
Romans 12:13
301 34 Swansea Rd., Unionville, ON L3R 0W3 Phil Kazen, 4611-109th PL. NE
Tel. 905-948-9972 john@dnsrelief.org Marysville, WA 98271 USA

 

 

Nudgings [August 2009]

DNS RELIEF FELLOWSHIP

Distributing to the Necessity of Saints
Romans 12:13

August 2009

Nudgings

Sent forth with the hope that someone will feel the nudge to
keep praying, keep trusting, & keep going
_________________________________________________________________

 

A statement in a book I was reading recently caught my eye & my attention. It was a comment on Gen.12:1. It said, “Abraham did not know for sure where he was going but he knew for sure with whom he was going.” How true! You will recall that Moses expressed the same confidence in the Lord when he said, “Is it not that thou goeth with us.” The felt presence of the Lord made all the difference.

We didn’t know for sure where we were going when we teamed up with a group from Florida and built the medical clinic in Haiti. We had no idea that a Gospel outreach from that clinic and the multi-purpose building beside it would result in a host of Haitians being saved and two assemblies being established. We did, however, have the confidence that HE was going with us. After all, it is HIS work, not ours. We don’t see a soon recovery of the economic situation in Haiti, but we do see the hand of the Lord working through the converts there and it is all with the purpose of bringing glory to His own name. Do you know of anything more important? I don’t.

Zambia, and particularly the tiring (maybe exhausting) labors of the missionaries in the different hospitals there, has been our focus lately. The four-wheel well driller that was sent from Ontario has been a great blessing and recently a brother who is in charge of that project purchased a used farm tractor to haul the unit from site to site. At this writing it is on the high seas on its way to the hospital in Chitokoloki.

A host of stories have come from Chitokoloki recently telling of native Zambians being transported by old, rickety, antiquated ambulances for five hours over indescribable bush trails. One mother was driven from another mission hospital and passed away at the entrance of the Chit hospital as she was being lifted from the ambulance. This was very upsetting to the nurses who were confident they could have saved her had she arrived sooner. That five hour ride could have been made in 25 minutes had a plane been available. A life would have been saved.

Two friends of DNS recently spent a month in Zambia evaluating the need there. They are now speaking out boldly, “We simply must find an airplane and pilot for the Chitokoloki hospital.”

As our readers know, NUDGINGS has never been sent out as a plea for funds but as a prayer request. This issue is asking for definite prayer that the Lord would supply a very-much-needed small plane and a pilot for the use of Chitokoloki and other mission hospitals. I still believe that it is the effectual, fervent prayer of righteous ones that avails much (Jas.5:16).

And our interest in Cuba has not waned. A trio of brethren from Ontario and Florida will be spending a week in Cuba next month. They are not only taking aid to the Christians there but will be assessing the need in view of further funds being made available. Another item for your prayer list.

John H. Adams

Nudgings [May 2009]

DNS RELIEF FELLOWSHIP

Distributing to the Necessity of Saints
Romans 12:13

Nudgings * May 2009

 

When I sat down to write this newsletter, a verse from Proverbs 24 kept coming to my mind. I wanted to share two changes with you two changes that we thought worthwhile, but that verse! I said to myself, “Surely that verse doesn’t apply to every change. After all, the Lord changed His plan for Nineveh, didn’t He? And Paul changed his itinerary because he decided that instead of going to Bithynia he would go to Philippi. Perhaps the verse, ‘Meddle not with them that are given to change,’ does not apply to all changes.”

DNS Relief Fellowship has not changed its interest and concern for Haiti and the deep poverty there. It is still much on our hearts. I mentioned before the multi-purpose building beside the medical clinic in Ouanaminthe. The walls are up, the metal roof is on and cement shipped from the U.S. will soon make possible a cement floor – something new for that north-east corner of Haiti. It should be virtually termite proof. Both the assembly and the Christian school will use that building.

No, DNS is not changing its focus, it is just responding to another area of need, Central Africa. You will understand how vitally important it is to have clean water in the hospitals in Africa and we are concerned.

At Chitokoloki, the Zambians haul their water for drinking, bathing, washing, cleaning, cooking, etc. from the Zambezi River. The missionaries at Chit have lost count of the number of both children and adults who have been ruthlessly snatched from the river bank by crocodiles, never to be seen again.

All hospitals must have sterile water, not Zambezi River water. Clean water is being trucked in but that is both expensive and inconvenient.

As well as caring for those who are hospitalized because of malnutrition, TB, malaria, leprosy, HIV/AIDS, cholera, accidents and many other very serious conditions, in one month the staff at Chitokoloki performs over 100 surgeries and welcomes more than 60 newborn babies.

That is why DNS is involved in sending equipment and is backing the manpower needed to drill wells in Zambia. Workers from Western Ontario, using a well driller shipped from Canada, are freely giving their time to drill deep wells in Africa. They are missionaries indeed because, through interpreters, they share the Gospel with the local people who
excitedly express their thanks for the Christian love shown to them. There is always a grateful audience at the well-drilling sites, always a thankful group eager to hear of the Water of Life and God’s simple plan of salvation.

It goes without saying that we crave your prayers. You are deeply appreciated. It is still the effectual, fervent prayer of righteous ones that avails much. (Jas. 5:16).

Please note: We have changed the home address of DNS from Suite 307 – 34 Swansea Road to Suite 301. We have also added www.dnsrelief.org. Many of you are computer literate and will be able to bring up that website on your computer. Two worthwhile changes.

John H. Adams

Nudgings [ December 2008]

NUDGINGS

      How do you explain the desperate poverty in Haiti? Why would God allow 2,000+ Haitians to lose their lives during the recent hurricane and flooding there? There is really only one answer to those questions. Jesus said, “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight”. (Matt. 11:26).

Let us not forget that God is never obligated to explain why He does anything, but there is a day coming when we are going to be asked what we did to alleviate the suffering we knew about.

You won’t read about it in the newspapers but I have learned that anarchy reigns in Haiti. The corrupt army and the ruthless police-force are in control. There is no restraint; no authorities to see that laws are obeyed.

Did you read about the government soldier who ordered a distraught mother to silence her crying baby? She pleaded, “I can’t stop him. He’s thirsty and I have no milk or water to give him.” The soldier roughly grabbed the baby from his mother’s arms and threw him into the river. “There! now he’ll have lots of water to drink.” To her dying day that mother will grieve for her son. Atrocities even worse than that are happening every day in Haiti.

The latest news is that, as a result of the hurricane and flooding, more than 2,000 are dead and 1,000,000 are left homeless. Of that number, 300,000 are children. Stop a moment and consider – 300,000 boys and girls will not have a roof over their heads tonight and many of them will search for days for their fathers and mothers who loved them dearly. That’s enough to melt the hardest heart.

DNS Relief Fellowship and other groups are providing the necessary funding so that both believers and nonbelievers will have at least one meal a day. Because of poor nutrition and rampant diseases (HIV/ AIDS, cholera, malaria, TB, etc.) very few Haitians live past fifty years of age. Borrowing the question of Jeremiah, (Lam. l:12). “Is it nothing to you?” It meant something to the Good Samaritan on the Jericho road.

In response to the command of the Lord to love their neighbor as themselves, a group of doctors, surgeons, nurses, hygienists, carpenters and other tradesmen are making trips to Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic. They are taking medicines, clothes, mattresses and food to the devastated Gonaives district which was the hardest hit area of Haiti. This is made possible through the kindness of Christians in the U.S.A. and Canada.

Some years ago a large group of native Haitians moved across the border to obtain work in the Dominican Republic. It was there that they first heard the good news of the Gospel. They realized that Voodooism, and not Roman Catholicism, was the recognized national religion of the country and most of their relatives had never learned of God’s simple plan of salvation. One by one the Lord nudged them to return home to Haiti and through their personal testimonies many were saved. It was they who lost everything in the flooding. It was they who, like the early believers, “took joyfully the spoiling of their goods.” Heb. 10:34.

Most readers will know that DNS is taken from Rom. 12:13: Distributing to the Necessity of the Saints.” This registered non-profitable organization commenced by assisting poverty stricken saints but is now also distributing to the necessity of sinners.

John H Adams  –   December 2008

DNS, c/o Philip Kazen,

4611-109th Place NE,

Marysville, WA. U.S.A., 98271.