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FA L L 2011
A New Direction! A Deeper Purpose! A Higher Calling! AWMF’s shifts to permanency through the building of health care facilities for the neediest.
Haitian child in need of health care. (Below) Artist’s rendention of future pediatric healthcare facility.
Future Haiti Children’s Hospital
B y R ev. D r . M ar k J. Wade
od has placed Arise and Walk on a new path for Kingdom building. As we move into this second decade of spreading the Gospel through the provision of health care, AWMF’s focus will be on permanency through the building, administration and management of hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities throughout the developing world for God’s most needy people. Our goal is to bring the most advanced medical technologies and information systems to these facilities, along with strategic placement and resource partnerships. With each program and in each facility, the latest proven health care strategies and advances will be implemented for the treatment and care of the sick. In addition, Continued on Page 3
Future Haiti Children’s Hospital: First for AWMF purposes to make this facility “The Health Care Jewel” for Haiti’s children.
rise and Walk Ministries Foundation has been asked to assume responsibility for the staffing, service provision, and management of the only pediatric hospital in Haiti. The hospital is a 36,000 sq. ft., two-story cement building, built according to U.S. building codes, located on the property of Grace Village, the main campus of Grace International Ministries, in Carrefour, Haiti. The hospital, which was forced to open before completion of the interior because of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, did not sustain a crack to its structure, even though Carrefour was the epicenter of the quake. Doctors Without Boarders (DWB) leased the first floor of the hospital for 12 months to provide in-patient pediatric care, but left the hospital on February 28, 2011, leaving Carrefour and all of Haiti without a true children’s hospital. Grace Village was the location for the six months of medical mission care AWMF provided to the Haitian people after the earthquake. During this period, Dr. Wade and AWMF formed a tremendous relationship with Bishop Joel Jeune, the founder of Grace International, the largest Christian ministry in Haiti. Upon DWB’s notice to Bishop Jeune in February, 2010 that they where leaving Carrefour and ending their clinical services at the Grace Pediatric Hospital, Bishop Jeune immediately contacted Dr. Wade about taking over the management and provision of pediatric services at the hospital. We prayed about it and are convinced that this is of God and the service that He would have AWMF provide for the Haitian children. AWMF purposes to make this facility “The Health Care Jewel” for Haiti’s children. The hospital will have primary and specialty care pediatric clinics, a first class emergency room, dental suite, a radiology unit with X-Ray, CT, MRI and fluoroscopy suites, laboratories, a blood bank, pharmacy and chapel, all on the first floor. The second floor will host two surgical suites, recovery rooms, two special surgical procedure rooms, pediatric 2
Plans for Existing Hospital Structure
Plans for Proposed Second Hospital
intensive care unit (PICU), and in-patient pediatric rooms. A separate mirror-image hospital structure is being planned that will be built next to this existing structure, that will be the Women and Children’s Pavilion. This building will contain a delivery room, pre and post natal rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a newborn nursery, adolescent inpatient beds, physical therapy,
and the healing rooms. As you can see, God has given AWMF a great charge, and we believe that our obedience to fulfill it will dramatically increase the health and quality of life for Haitian children, significantly reduce infant morbidity and mortality, and unequivocally demonstrate that God is still in the healing business. n
Kids, Second to None! Left, Haiti Children’s Hospital before the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Below, current Haiti Children’s Hospital on the grounds of Grace Village stands as a shell.
A New Direction! A Deeper Purpose! A Higher Calling! Continued from Page 1 these medical advances will be partnered with “the Anointing” through the establishment of “healing rooms”. These healing rooms will be a place to minister to the terminally ill, those that modern medicine has “given up” on, and those who chose to forgo or supplement “traditional” medical treatment(s) with the Word of God and His promise of divine healing. AWMF has not abandoned short term medical missions, nor has it abandoned the support of and partnership with mission ministries to whom God has already joined us or
AWMF President, Dr. Mark Wade, gets “high five” from father of patient injured in earthquake.
Dr. Mayra Suero Wade examines teeth of girl outside of clinic.
God did not call AWMF to do it alone. He called you to link arms and partner with us to get the job done. will connect us with in the future. However, our focus must now be the establishment of permanent health care facilities that will meet the immediate and long term healthcare needs of the indigenous people. This is a huge call, far beyond AWMF’s current level of resources and present relationships. But God did not call AWMF to do it alone. He called you to link arms and partner with us to get the job done. AWMF knows how to do it. We know where to do it. And God has told us to DO IT! So we’ve begun, starting with Haiti, as you will read about in the following articles of this newsletter. I now ask you to hear God’s voice and obey Him in terms of your support, especially your financial support. I thank you ahead of time for your partnership. May God continue to bless you and prosper everything you put your hands to do. n 3
A CLOUD…AND ITS AWMF, in partnership with Boltcutters Ministries, endeavors to build sustainable community developments.
t’s been more than a year and a half since the 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti that killed more than 250,000 people, injured hundreds of thousands more, orphaned tens of thousands of children, and left over 1.5 million Haitians homeless, bannished to exist in “tent cities” or on the street. As a silver lining to this cloud of despair, Arise and Walk (AWMF), in partnership with Boltcutters Ministries International, Makeshift housing on the streets of Port-au-Prince.
“Haiti House” and hospital development team (L-R) Dr. John Motlock, Dr. Yvan Ducheine, Mr. Jonny Juene, Dr. Mark Wade and Mr. Scott Truex.
Inc., endeavors to, upon securing the necessary funding, build sustainable communities that will provide hurricane and earthquake proof affordable housing. The houses will be owned by its inhabitants, who will purchase their homes with their building labor (sweat equity) as the downpayment and zero interest “micro-financing” to support the mortgage. These homes will meet their own energy requirements through solar panels and the latest “green technology”, collect and purify rain water to meet its clean water needs, grow food on the home lot property to meet the family’s food needs, as well as grow food and 4
Current living conditions in “tent city” at Grace Village.
product (bamboo, rabbits, fish) to be sold at market for profit. Other structures that will be built on the “community property” will be schools, hospital, church, factories, recreation center, training facility, etc. All of the community structures will be built by the Haitian new homeowners as part of their home down-payment. The com-
munity will provide jobs, business opportunities, ownership, and self-sufficiency for all of its residents. This “Sustainable Community Development Program” has already been endorsed by the outgoing Haitian administration and will shortly be presented to the new Haitian administration and President Martelly. n
Special Thanks for your generous gift! We are grateful for every gift to Arise and Walk Ministries. Special thanks to the donors below for gifts over $5,000. Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor Community Baptist Church Pastor Arvel Givens Rhema Christian Center Rev. Dr. David Ireland Christ Church North Jersey District Missing Baptist Association James & Dorothy Brown Amazing Love Ministries Mr. & Mrs. John J. Allen, Jr. Andrew & Laurel Epstein Ms. Sheryl Fuller Obie & Natalie Mckenzie Natobie Jewels, LTD Ms. Faith R. Sharp
From top to bottom: proposed housing structure is â€œgreen friendlyâ€? with solar panels and water collection system; proposed housing community; floor plan for Haiti house.
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AWMF GALA 2010 A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR MEDICAL MISSIONS
Gospel music artist extraordinaire, Mr. Alvin Slaughter.
Haitian music icon, Wyclef Jean, receives AWMF support for Yele.
The Wade family greets the gala attendees.
2011 AWMF Honorees Bishop Joel Jeune and wife Pastor Doris Jeune.
Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor, Senior Pastor of Community Baptist Church, keynote speaker.
Sax sensation, J. Boykin, electrifies audience with his sweet gospel ballets.
Dr. Yvan Ducheine receives AWMFâ€™s support for the Assoc. of Haitian Physicians Abroad.
Stellar Award Founder and AWMF Board Member, Mr. Don Jackson, accepts AWMF Lifetime Achievement Award
2011 AWMF Honoree Mr. Stanley Neron, founder of NJ for Haiti, accepts award with his dad.
Mr. Obie McKenzie opens the evening with a prayer in song.
Rev. Dr. David Ireland, Senior Pastor of Christ Church, and his wife Minister Marlinda Ireland, accept AWMF Award.
Mrs. Natalie McKenzie accepts a special acknowledgement from AWMF.
Master of Ceremony, Rev. Dr. Clifton Davis, is always a crowd favorite.
Arise and Walk
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Saturday, November 5, 2011 VIP Reception 6:30 p.m. Concert 8:00 p.m.
VIP Reception Includes: Priotity seating, music by Violinist Kersten Stevens, hors dâ€™ oeuvres, beverages, purchase music before concert, photo op.
Community Baptist Church 224 First Street, Englewood, NJ
Tickets: $25 per person for concert $45 for VIP reception and concert Purchase tickets online at: www.awmfoundation.org CBC after Sunday services or via check, send to: AWMF P.O. Box 1814, Paramus, NJ 07653 postmark before October 25, 2011 Seating on a first come, first serve basis. Free will offering to benefit Arise and Walk. For further information contact Arise and Walk at (201) 825-3073 7
The Nigerian School Project
t is no surprise to those that know Dena Florczyk that she went to Africa and actually transformed the educational system in Tommaro, Nigeria, a river front community outside of Lagos. Mrs. Florczyk was an honoree at the Arise and Walk 2010 Thanksgiving Awards Dinner for building a high school in Nigeria through her organization, The Nigerian School Project. She is an educator in New Jersey who travelled to Africa in 2004 with the initial intent of following in her father’s footsteps of his love for photography and book design. While taking pictures of the children and talking to the people in Nigeria, she fell in love with their strength and ability to look beyond their
“. . . I could not turn my back on the situation, I chose to make a difference.” – Dena Florczyk circumstances and find joy from within. She found out that the people in Tommaro, Nigeria had no government support for secondary education (high school). She decided why not build a high school! Certainly the idea to build a school in Nigeria was noble, and many admired Mrs. Florczyk for her humanitarian efforts. She found her major supporters not to be from big corporations and big businesses, but rath8
Dena Florczyk, during one of her trips to Africa, surrounded by a group of Nigerian students. (Top left) Typical class-room conditions. (Top right) A newly renovated library is utilized by students young and old.
er from individuals of like mind, interested in improving the human condition. She used the photos that she took in Nigeria to create an awareness of the tremendous challenges the Nigerian people faced, such as the poor conditions of the schools, lack of appropriate classrooms, lack of school supplies, and lack of government support. She also showcased the amazing spirit of the people to overcome these obsacles. She states that “knowing what I saw, and the potential of what I could do, I could not turn my back on the situation, I chose to make a difference.” The Nigerian School Project organization was successful in building the first secondary education school in Tommaro, Nigeria. It has also built a library and provides school supplies, books, and scholarships. Once completed, the Tommaro School was named Light of Dawn. As a result of the school, the U.S. Navy goes every month to provide health care to that region. The first graduating class will graduate next Spring.
There is great anticipation for this graduating class. Mrs. Florczyk wants to help the valedictorian continue to pursue his/her educational endeavors by supporting their college education. Her desire is to continue to raise the bar so that young people have the opportunity to grow and to dream. Presently, Mrs. Florczyk is doing research to begin another school project somewhere else in Africa. She is looking at Uganda as a possible location because this country is recovering from war and violence. What better way to lift up the morale and vision of the next generation to come, than through the education of the children. Arise and Walk is honored to join forces with The Nigerian School Project and recognizes this selfless mom, wife, sister, teacher, and humanitarian named Dena Florczyk. For more information about The Nigerian School Project, visit their website at www.NigerianSchoolProject.org. n
A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE ON MISSIONS
B y A mber Wade
o life experience would prepare me for the devastation, sadness and distress that I came upon during the March 2010 medical mission trip to Haiti. This trip was not only to help those who were displaced and injured by the earthquake, but also to help those who were left stranded, helpless and hopeless. It was like walking through a war ravished city with buildings collapsed, people displaced, a lack of clean water, a lack of food…in essence, a lack of civilized life. People with indescribable physical, mental and spiritual needs, waiting and hoping for someone, anyone, to say “I’ll help you” and “I care”. This is what the
No matter their troubles, they always found something to smile about. Haitian people have to endure every day, even now. When my Dad (Dr. Mark Wade) said that Arise and Walk Ministries Foundation would support the people of Haiti by providing free medical care, I immediately felt like I had a duty as a Christian to give my time, love, blessings, and help to Haiti in return for all that God has blessed me with. Even though I had an initial fear of getting in the way and being useless, I ironically became one of the hardest workers in the group. I helped to lead the pharmacy department in packaging, labeling and filling prescriptions. I also assisted in taking daily inventory of supplies and medicines. I can honestly say that it was one of the hardest, as well as one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever endured. Seeing children with little to no clothing and makeshift toys, running around with overwhelming joy on their faces, has really helped me realize how truly blessed I am. To have not just one, but both of my parents, a loving and supportive family, and the simplest of all, food to eat and clothes to wear, has truly shown me that God is blessing me to levels that I can’t even comprehend. At the same time, I have also realized that “For
Amber Wade during play time with a new friend at an orphanage in Honduras.
unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” Luke 12:48. This past February 2011, instead of going skiing, having sleepovers with friends, or making “s’mores”, I spent my winter break on a mission trip to Honduras to help the children of that country. During this 11 day excursion, 7 other girls from my school, 2 chaperons, and I went to assist the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). The SSND are the benefactors and creators of
Long hours are spent helping the orphaned children.
my high school, so we are always seeking ways to give back to those who’ve given so much to us. Every day we would go to a new children’s center, and we would spend time, play games and do activities such as soccer with the kids, as well as help them with their homework. The places we served included a nutrition center for abandoned malnourished children, a tutoring center to help kids with their homework after school, and orphanages and homes for children where they would be taken care of and taught basic life skills. No matter their troubles, they always found something to smile about, especially if we were giving them candy, toothbrushes, toys or just a hug! The desire to help others will play an important role in my career selection. Even though I am not sure of my life career, I know that I want to help others and to do whatever God has planned for me. My father has always taught me that people would rather see a sermon than hear one, and I have taken this truth to heart. My commitment to the human condition, especially the less fortunate, has become a life calling that I must fulfill. n 9
AWMF Board of Trustees
Mark J. Wade, MD President/CEO Mayra Suero-Wade, DDS, MPH Vice President Mr. Kenneth B. McFarlin Art Director The New York Times AWMF Board of Advisors
Mr. James Brown* JB Associates/CBS Sports Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD* Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Johns Hopkins University Hospital Rev. Dr. Therman Evans Senior Pastor Morning Star Community Christian Center Mr. Don Jackson Chairman/CEO Central City Productions Dr. Larry Jones* Founder Feed the Children James E. McCollum, Jr., Esq. President McCollum & Associates, LLC Rev. Dr. Jacqueline McCullough Founder and Pastor Daughters of Rizpah Mr. Obie McKenzie Managing Partner, Black Rock Investments, LLC Dr. David Schroeder President Somerset Christian College *Denotes Honorary Board Member
Carnai Simpson, 2nd year medical student, examines Haitian child in AWMF makeshift clinic.
Through the Eyes of a Medical Student June 2010 Haiti Medical Mission Trip B y C arna i S impson It is early Saturday morning and the time has finally come for my aunt to take me to JFK airport and leave for Haiti after only getting 50 minutes of sleep! I am excited and anxious, thinking the entire way to the airport. Was I really ready to experience my very first medical mission trip to Haiti? Will I be able to handle all that I will be exposed to in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake? I am traveling to a developing country with a team of people of whom I do not know. Man, I am really taking a leap of faith on this one! This is so different for me. What was I thinking? What will this be like? In the midst of the many thoughts running through my mind, there was an inner peace I had in my heart. I knew without a doubt that it was meant for me go on this trip to Haiti. One of my dreams was to participate in a medical mission trip before I began my career in medicine to see if it was something I wanted to incorporate into my career. I had never heard of Arise & Walk Ministries or Dr. Mark Wade before this trip. I originally signed up with the Student National Medical Association to attend a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip was canceled and a trip to Haiti
and Ghana were the other options available. I joined the June 2010 Haiti team at the last minute and was able to raise enough money to go on the trip within 2 weeks. I had just completed the last exam of my first year of medical school the day before leaving for Haiti, and knew that God had timed it perfectly for me to attend this trip. We arrived at the Haitian airport, greeted by a small band playing music as
While riding through the unpaved streets of Port-auPrince, I was amazed at the joy and smiles on the faces of the children in the midst of chaos. we proceeded to pick up our luggage. It was a little hectic as we gathered our luggage and went through customs, but we finally made it to our buses. My luggage, with all of my essentials, was nowhere to be found at the Port-Au-Prince airport, and they were not able to track it. I wondered how I was going to make it a week in this country that is in turmoil right now without my luggage, but I was determined
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As a medical student, I was totally overjoyed and in awe at the mentorship I was receiving in such a short amount of time. I was exposed to clinical cases that I would never see in the United States and was very happy to learn medicine â€œhands-onâ€?, outside of the textbook. It is an experience and feeling that words just cannot do it justice. There are many patients I will never forget, but two stood out to me in particular. One was a little girl about 3 years old who had a firm, protruded abdomen, which is a sign of intestinal worms. Intestinal worms are a common disease in Haiti due to the lack of clean, purified water. Another patient
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Carnai Simpson, with her mentor, Dr. Mark Wade.
I distinctly remember was an infant diagnosed with scabies. The scabies covered his upper thorax and part of his extremities. I remember wishing I could do something to bring immediate relief to him, and it pained me to see him suffer like that. I returned home from my first medical mission trip confident that I would be taking more trips in the future. I was so humbled from this experience and grateful for my life in America and everything God has blessed me with. While riding through the unpaved streets of Port-au-Prince, I was amazed at the joy and smiles on the faces of the children in the midst of chaos. They were running in the street barefoot, barely having clothing on their bodies, living in open, dangerous tent cities, and were happy. It forced me to reflect on my life in America and how blessed I am to have access to simple things like hot running water, toilets with privacy that flush, and clean food. I reflected on the lifelong friendships that were established on the trip in such a short amount of time. The unity, teamwork and support from a group of individuals I had never met before were unlike anything I had ever experienced. Then, a week and a half after returning from Haiti, my mother took me to the emergency room at 4 a.m. because I was experiencing excruciating pain in my lower abdomen. The physicians ran tests and found a mass the size of a grapefruit on my left ovary. A few days later, I underwent a 5 hour surgery to remove the mass and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 25. My physician successfully removed the tumor and I was cancer-free. I spent the rest of my short summer recovering, determined to be well enough to start my second year of medical school. In December 2010, halfway through my second year, I was told the cancer had returned, but now on the right side. I was facing yet another major surgery and having to make major life decisions in a very short period of time. I did not understand why all of this was happening to me at the time. The prayers and amazing support of my family and friends helped me to completely rely on God. I had seen the Haitian people fight and persevere through their circumstances and knew that with strength from God, I would be able to fight. I too am now able to share my miraculous testimony of having yet another successful surgery that was experimental, and by the grace of God, I have been cancer-free for 7 months! I continue to pursue my medical dreams to become the physician that I have been called to be. n
not to let it ruin my trip. I knew God had something for me to get from this experience, and although I did not have a clue what it was, I knew that I could not allow missing luggage to keep me from enjoying this experience. After having an introductory meeting and organizing medication for the week, we set up clinics and saw patients on a daily basis from sunrise to sunset. We were in the scorching heat all day long, working diligently to see as many patients as we could. I worked with Dr. Wade the entire trip, gaining experience on the proper way to clinically evaluate pediatric patients and complete a physical exam. I had just completed my first year, so I only knew how to properly conduct a patient history. I remember Dr. Wade patiently showing me how to conduct a history and physical exam on pediatric patients. He then had me present the history and my findings from the physical exam to him with a differential diagnosis and plan after evaluating the patients myself.
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Arise and Walk
To Support Medical Missions
Saturday, November 5, 2011 VIP Reception 6:30 p.m. Concert 8:00 p.m. Location
Community Baptist Church 224 First Street, Englewood, NJ
VIP Reception Includes: Priotity seating, music by Violinist Kersten Stevens, hors dâ€™ oeuvres, beverages, purchase music before concert, photo op.
Vicki Yohe Seating on a first come, first serve basis. Free will offering to benefit Arise and Walk.
Tickets: $25 per person for concert $45 for VIP reception and concert Purchase tickets online at: www.awmfoundation.org CBC after Sunday services or via check, send to: AWMF P.O. Box 1814, Paramus, NJ 07653 postmark before October 25, 2011
For further information contact Arise and Walk at (201) 825-3073