Friday, April 3, 2015

Russian Lady Burn Victim Update


Monday, March 30, 2015

Dear Friends,

This is a medical news release which has been provided to us for publication concerning Elena the woman who was burned over 80% of her body.  Missionary Kevin Jones is working with her at this time as part of his good ministry to Siberia.

Dr. Phil Organ, a doctor who recently made contact with ORH, was one of the people who received the plea for guidance published by ORH on Wednesday, March 25, 2014.  He is a wound care doctor, and has contacted sources which can help Elena, if she can be helped.

Below is an approved update by Dr. Organ and the company that has the ability to help.  Please read this and pray for God’s will to be done.

”News Release:

Thirty-six year old KEP was admitted to a Siberia, Russia, Resuscitation Department on July 7, 2-14 with burns covering 80% of her body.   Currently, her burn wounds have healed leaving 20% still open.  They are infected and not responding well to antibiotics.  Her condition is grave and stable. 

Operation Renewed Hope has reached out for help.  Dr. Philip Organ, a former program and medical director of a local wound center in Naples, Florida has suggested several strategies.  He is on the advisory board of a company currently investigating a novel therapy intended for use in infected skin and soft tissue wounds and burns that is seeking regulatory approval in the US and Europe.  He is working with the company’s management to secure compassionate use in Russia.

Organogenesis, a US company that produces a laboratory grown human skin substitute has been asked to support the effort with their skin substitute.  A number of local home care nursing companies are being solicited for dressing supplies.  Dr. Organ hopes to bring these technologies to Siberia in an effort to assist in the care of the patient.  Operation Renewed Hope, a major sponsor of medical missions, is the primary organizational and logistical support organization.”

Our God is so great that He can put these things in motion.  Pray for Elena that her body will continue to respond to the current antibiotic.  Pray that we can get the “novel therapy” to Elena in time.   Pray that the companies who are producing the needed “skin substitute” will be able to help.  Pray for Dr. Organ that he will be able to orchestrate this effort for God’s glory.

I am always amazed as I watch God work through all of his marvelously trained people.  We also want to thank Dr. Elizabeth Drum for her efforts to check on a traveling surgical team.

God bless all who are praying.

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072

Russia, Lebanon, Chuuk


Friday, April 3, 2015

Dear Friends,

HE IS RISEN!  Hallelujah!  He is risen, indeed!

Russia
Dr. Phil Organ sent the following communication concerning Elena, burn victim.  Kevin Jones, Siberian missionary, sent the appeal for this woman’s desperate needs.

“Good Afternoon Jan,  As expected though regretted, things are moving very slowly.  At this point I am waiting for an update on the availability of the plasma device.  Apparently there is one in Krasnoyarsk but getting it to the hospital will be a challenge.  I'll push the principal involved tomorrow - I'm giving him today to see what he accomplished before I pester him.  He is also asking Elena's physician some questions that I've posed but there is a translation problem.  So we will have to see how he fares.  Also, I've asked him to get photographs of the wounds and that seems a difficult task.

On another front, I am in contact with the company rep in Krasnoyarsk.  I hope to secure a specialty bed/mattress used specifically for burn patients.  Again, I'lll pester her more, tomorrow.

Finally, I've been talking with the Organogenesis rep about tissue substitutes and I'll check back with him tomorrow.

If things fall into place, I would expect to go to Russia next week.  If they do not fall into place, I leave it up to you as to my going.  Also, I have a wound nurse who has expressed willingness to accompany me and there too, I leave it up to you as far as sending her.

For now, thanks for your support and prayers.  Phil”

Pray Dr. Organ’s efforts are successful for the testimony of Christ.

Lebanon
Pastor Karim Dahdah has faithfully helped the Syrian Refugees in Zahle.  In a new effort, his church will be sponsoring a medical clinic July 27-30, 2015.  Due to security issues Operation Renewed Hope will not be sending a full team to Lebanon.  Instead, we will be funding a clinic provided by Lebanese doctors and one dentist who are friends and acquaintances of Pastor Dahdah.

Pastor Dahdah will preach to gospel at 12 noon each day of the clinic.  The doctors will provide care and dental services from 1 pm to 5 pm each day.  Operation Renewed Hope will fund the clinic so these people will hear the gospel and receive care for their physical needs.

The compassion of Christ can change the lives of people both physically and spiritually.  Please pray our efforts will be successful.

Chuuk
Operation Renewed Hope has been made aware of a great need in the Chuuk and Yapp Islands after a major Typhoon struck the islands.  Missionary Paul Zimmer has indicated that there was great damage experienced by churches, pastors, and individuals.

ORH wishes to help these Islanders with assistance in basic needs of survival and rebuilding efforts.   Grace Dental and Medical is a sister organization lead by Dr. Jack Mitchell.  Dr. Mitchell, a long time friend, has led efforts to these Islands in the past and is totally familiar with their needs.  He will be sending his staff led by Brian Bell to determine the needs and requirements to help continue sending the gospel from this devastated area.

ORH would like to cooperate with this wonderful sister organization which we have known for years.  If you would like to help please contact ORH.  Please read the message below.

“This just came in from missionary Mark Zimmer:  We flew over Federai, Mogmog, and Asor and took aerial footage.  We then landed in Falalop.  Taxiing down the runway, our first sight of the island was coconut trees broken in half like tooth picks.  The devastation was breathtaking from start to finish.  The cleanup will be a huge effort. 
James and Masency were in good spirits and were trusting the Lord through this incredible trial.  James' house is rubble as are the majority of all the homes on Ulithi.  I was able to radio Rollence in Fais and heard the same is true in Fais.  When I asked James and the Chief what they needed the most right now, they both said they need help cleaning up the mess.  Many of those we talked to were wondering if God had punished them for something they had done.  I believe that the door is opening for James and Masency to share the love of Christ with these needy people!”

If you can help with the cost of any of these efforts mentioned above please contact Operation Renewed Hope.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please, go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose “Network for Good.”  Designate the gift for “International Relief.”

If you would like to give by check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC  28309.  Designate the gift for “International Relief.”

May God make your celebration of His resurrection a blessed event.

God bless,

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
orhus@aol.com
www.operationrenewedhope.org

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Russian Lady Burned and in Danger of Death


Operation Renewed Hope
P.O. Box 43242
Fayetteville, NC 28309

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dear Friends,

Pastor Dave Greear from Raleigh, NC, Cornerstone Baptist Church brought this need to the attention of Operation Renewed Hope.  We are seeking to gather information about this situation so we can answer the need, if possible.  If you have any suggestions, please, contact ORH immediately.

This is a communication sent to ORH by Missionary Kevin Jones, ministering in Siberia.

“Elena is a 36-year-old mother of a 6 year-old son.  She is a pharmacologist by profession, and finished university magna cum laude and had started her post-grad doctoral work.  She was working three jobs to support herself and son. She worked second shift and finished at midnight on July 7, 2014.  On the way home, the pedestrian bridge that she was supposed to cross had been hit by a semi and was closed.  Her mistake was to try to cross the viaduct using a different route.  She was hit with 27000 volts of electricity which ignited some flammable fluids on the ground around her, resulting in 3rd & 4th degree burns over 80% of her body.  She has been treated in the Krasnoyarsk burn unit since that time.  They have been able to treat the burned areas, but 20% remain in need of grafts using lab-produced skin.  Her sister has donated as much skin as is possible, as has the patient herself.  Russia does not have any facilities that can provide her with the medical treatments that will save her life.  There are only 3 antibiotics that can treat the bacteria that frequently infects exposed burn areas.  This bacteria has become resistant to one of the three, so she has now started the second type.  One real danger is that this bacteria may not be eliminated and that it will become resistant to all 3 types of antibiotic.  If this occurs, she will die.  If she does not receive the skin grafts needed, she will die.”

Kevin is a missionary through Heartland Baptist Missions of Pensacola, FL.

“Kevin and Jessica Jones have been working in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia for over 11 years. During this time, they have been instrumental in the founding of Krasnoyarsk Baptist Church. Kevin is now the pastor of the church and they have seen much growth in the past several years. For more information, please visit the Jones’ website at www.siberianjones.com”

If you have any suggestions, ideas, connections, or abilities to help us with this great need, please, let us know immediately.

God bless,

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
orhus@aol.com

Vanuatu Update 1


Monday, March 16, 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Vanuatu

Dear Friends,

The email below came through Pastor Lloyd Donica of Bethel Baptist Church in Hampton, VA.  He received this message from Steve Gibbs.  On Sunday, we first heard of Steve through Fellowship Bible Church of Lancaster, SC, where Pastor Mills is the pastor.

Please read this information so your church can know the needs of the brothers and sisters on Vanuatu. 

“Dear Friends,  We have just been able to get through on the phone to Jimmy Kalo in Vanuatu.  The best news is that everyone on their property survived the cyclone.  They still have no water and no electricity, and the outdoor kitchen where they do their cooking has blown across the street and down the road.  During the night while Pam was passing over, the men had to block the door with their bodies to keep it from blowing in.  Much water came in the house but mercifully their roof stayed on.  You can imagine that everyone is in shock.  There is no one who has not been affected by the ravages of the cyclone.  Many ministries and businesses and families will be rebuilding from basically nothing.  Photos of Port Vila show uprooted trees, mangled buildings, shipping containers displaced in the road.  What kind of wind can blow a shipping container around?  Extensive flooding has also caused a lot of damage to buildings and infrastructure. Boats are splintered and washed up on shore.  Power lines are down everywhere and roads and bridges washed away.   Many pictures of the devastation in Port Vila have been posted on Facebook.  It’s a sobering journey to see the devastation.  As yet there is no word from the outer islands.  We cannot imagine how people in bush housing have managed to survive. Vanuatu will be a long time in recovery from this major storm, the South Pacific equivalent of Haiyan or Katrina.  Thanks for praying.  We will let you know when structures are in place to receive donations to help the victims.

It will be many weeks, perhaps months, before children can return to school, gardens will once again produce food and life will be begin to take on some semblance of normalcy.  We ask you to pray for us that we will have wisdom and insight as to what is the best way to help those whose lives have been radically changed by natural disaster.
Steve and Jane”

Operation Renewed Hope will commit $2000.00 immediately for this work as it is needed.

If you would like to participate by debit or credit card go to Operation Renewed Hope and choose “Network for Good.”  Please designate the gift for “International Relief.”

If you would like to participate by check, please, send the check to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC, 28309.  Please designate the check for “International Relief.”

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
orhus@aol.com

Syrian Refugee Update 5


Monday, March 23, 2015

Dear friends,

ORH received this latest report from Pastor Dahdah of Gospel Baptist Church in Zahle, Lebanon.  He is accounting for the latest funds of $2000 sent for the welfare of the Syrian refugees ministered to by his church.  Pastor Dahdah tells us that he is ministering to the people through his church services.

“Dear Brother Jan Milton,
Here is the report and some pictures of the last aid for the Syrian refugees , $ 2000
$ 1000 Fuel Oil    1000  /  $ 50  =  20 families; $ 850  Snow boots   850  :  $ 17 =  50 persons
$ 150 Church expenses + money transfer; Thank you very much for your help.
May God bless your efforts; In His Service, Pastor karim Dahdah”

Please continue to pray for this ministry.  We are planning an evangelistic clinic in Pastor Dahdah’s church in Zahle.  Pray we can raise the $5000.00 to make this evangelistic effort a reality.  The security of a large group of Americans is very questionable.  However, we have access to 4 Lebanese medical care givers who could conduct the clinic while Pastor Dahdah preaches the gospel prior to the clinic day.  Pray this will be a reality.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose “Network for Good.”  Designate the gift for “International Relief.”

If you would like to give by check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC  28309.  Designate the check for “International Relief.”

Please, take time to look at the most recent pictures which we have received in the attached PDF.

God bless,

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
orhus@aol.com
www.operationrenewedhope.org

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cambodia 2015 Clinic Update



Cambodia 2015

      Our first team of 2015 was in Cambodia with Dr. Tom Johnson.  The following is a message he sent to ORH.
     “Dear Jan:  Thank you sooooooooo much for coming back to Cambodia! It was the best team we have ever had. I miss working with the docs, already!  Dr. Dersch, Daniel, and Dr. Gibson were particularly awesome. I would love to join you in the Philippines, if the Lord works it all out! Your messages were wonderful and I cherish them; I will try to review them often-especially the one about walking in Jesus' foot steps-wow, that was powerful!!
     Anna and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the $500 gift at the Saturday dinner. That was an unexpected blessing and very much needed. Thank you for being so generous….  There are 2 new areas that we want to do clinics that I feel will produce to two new churches-one in Gom Pueng Speu province and another in Prey Veng province. Please try to remember us in your prayers; and we will try to do the same.  Love, Tom and Anna”
     The trip went to the southern areas of Cambodia.  We worked in Kampot village for three days and finally moved to Kampong Speu for one day which was a new church start completely.  Dr. Johnson had a marvelous team of Cambodians who worked with us.  Over 940 patients attended the clinics and national evangelists preached the gospel each day.  Dr. Johnson and his team of evangelist were able to lead 235 people to Christ.
     When Dr. Johnson first began the work in Kampot, those who agreed to sell the land originally reneged and demanded more money.  After two years in court, Dr. Johnson finally was able to hold the people to their original agreement.  At the close of the clinic in this very strongly Kamer Rouge province, these same people expressed their gratitude for his work in their community.  Although they were very angry in the beginning, they experienced the good hand of our God, and their hearts were softened.
     The Gospel and good works are a powerful force.
     We thank God for the opportunity to be a part of Dr. Johnson’s ongoing efforts to  win the lost.

Jan Milton
9109875072

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Syrian Refugees Update 4


Thursday February 5, 2015

Dear Friends,

These are further messages from Pastor Dahdah of Gospel Baptist Church in Zahle, Lebanon.  To date, ORH has been able to help the Syrian Refugees with a total of $8000.00 for which Pastor Dahdah has very meticulously accounted.  ORH is thankful for him, and his love for Christ.  Please read his latest report.

Dear Bro. Jan, Thanks very much for helping the Syrians with Diesel for heating .  we helped each family with $ 50 = 100 liters of Diesel and we helped 75 families 75 * 50= 3750 $ plus $ 250 for Money transfer + church expenses .  $ 3750 + $ 250 = $ 4000
during these snowy weather and low temperature , these 100 liters will stay for only 20-25 days . and in moderate weather will stay longer .  last 20 days , we got 3 successive snow storms , and the Bekaa Valey got from 40cm - 60 cm of snow we couldn't held our meetings for 10 days .
find attached 35 photos out of 75 families holding each 2 coupons .
If you have any questions , don't hesitate to ask .
May God Bless you .
In His Service
pastor Karim Dahdah

ORH also thanks Sam Stricklin who untiringly and many times at the jeopardy of his life has ministered to the wonderful believers in our Islamic nations.  ORH’s admiration, respect, and trust for this man is great.

ORH wanted to take a group from the United States to do a medical clinic, but the current tensions prevented this.  A great friend and original ORH worker, Joe Crane, out of his vast knowledge of security issues warned ORH away.  He was correct, and ORH thanks him for his wisdom and love for ORH.

There is a strong possibility that doctors from Lebanon can be hired to go to Gospel Baptist Church for one week and offer their services to the Syrian people.  Pray for this endeavor.  It will be fraught with potential and real problems, but the people must be reached while they are in Lebanon.  It is an open door opportunity to take a bad thing and make it a help physically and spiritually to the Syrians fleeing form ISIS.

If you would like to donate by credit or debit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose “Network for Good.”

If you would like to donate by check, please send your checks to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the checks “International Relief.”

Pray ORH will be able to do a clinic in Lebanon.  Pray that many will come and receive the compassion of Christ physically and spiritually.  They must hear that Jesus Saves!

Please download the PDF, which is too large to put inside an email, to see each person who received the fuel coupons.  Use these pictures as prayer cards for the people.  Pray for ORH to be able to send at least $2000.00 more to help during this time.  Also, pray ORH would have the funds to do a medical clinic at Gospel Baptist Church in Zahle, Lebanon, for the Syrian refugees.

God bless,
Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072