Dear Hugh Hewitt,
I am writing to say thank-you for interviewing my pastor, Kelly Brady on your show yesterday. In addition to the interview, you also passed along the name Team Rubicon, a humanitarian group on the ground in Haiti. As you know, our church has made a request to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton for the evacuation of 50 orphans who as of yesterday had gone 13 days without food.
I contacted Team Rubicon today and by noon today a plane was ready for us to begin evacuation. Because we did not have the legal permission we had to refuse the offer. (Although I considered going to prison for a good few seconds.) Instead, and due to the tremendous need to get food to the children,
Team Rubicon passed our names and situation to the U.S. Military.
I’m not sure about everything that transpired after this, but mid-way through the afternoon I received an email from a woman named Cathy, employed at the Good Samaritan orphanage a mile away from Maranatha. Cathy had gotten my name from an Air Calvalry pilot named Brock, who had gotten it either from Rubicon or the military.
Cathy asked me how we were doing and I apprised her of what I knew. It wasn’t until our third email exchange that Cathy realized she was under a misconception. She thought I was on the ground in Haiti! I told her “No! I’m just a guy in Illinois doing whatever I can to get food to these kids.” Cathy reported to me what she had heard about Maranatha’s devastation from the Air Calvalry pilot.
What Cathy didn’t know is that I was posting her emails to me to Facebook as a way of updating our congregation about the situation. As I copied this last email to my status, Kristen, a woman from our church posted a comment, “LUKE!!!!! I know Brock! He went to Wheaton College with me! He married my room mate of 3 years!!!!!!”
A few seconds later Kristen posts a new message “I’m on the phone with him right now.”
In a matter of minutes a plan was formed. Cathy at the Good Samaritan contacted Shelterbox who is showing up to the orphanage tomorrow with tents and water filtration systems. Brock is going to make a food drop. In addition to that, the founder of the Maranatha Orphanage, Mike Fedele and a member of our church are arriving in the DR tomorrow. Though their original plan was to rent a car and drive to Haiti, they will now be flown in.
Mike found many of these kids, homeless and scavenging on the streets of Cite Solei and Port-au-Prince. He took them in under his care and gave them a home. His visit tomorrow will be a surprise.
God’s good works are truly amazing.
Read more about our church’s mission at orphanevac.com.