Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 2: evening

It has been a remarkable first day. We visited many Episcopal
missions: four school, medical clinic, hospital, countless churches.
As we entered into Noe's home town, almost completely destroyed by the
earthquake, we stopped to see his mother. She can't walk, we found her
selling in her street front store. She survived the earthquake only
because she was in her store and not her house (20 feet away). The
house collapsed and killed two of Noe's cousins. Her House has not
been rebuilt and his mom refuses to sleep in a house (out of fear). We
passed a huge school being built by the Roman Catholic Church - all of
it at once. Usually we see one room at a time being built.
Soon we came to another Episcopal school (900 students all in
temporary classrooms) being rebuilt by a NGO and the small medical
clinic which was in full operation. Over and over we saw the
Episcopal Church at the center of rebuilding community and providing
hope. All with very little resources or human capital. The hospital in
the center of town (which survived the earthquake) was funded by the
Presbyterian Church (USA) even though it is owned by the Episcopal
Church today. In fact, it appears that a huge amount of the actual
funding seems to come from other denominations and NGOs.

Is the Episcopal Church (USA) unable to raise the funds necessary to
care for our sisters and brothers in need - while other denominations
are able to? Even if only half true: The question before us is then
obvious - why? And can this change?

Below: Noe and his mother in her store.

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