Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Post: Meet the CHRISTUS Team in Haiti, Pt. 3

As Dr. Royer is in Haiti with the CHRISTUS team, updates on the team’s work there will be posted by the CHRISTUS Communications team in Dallas.

Each day this week, we will post photos and biographies of members of the CHRISTUS team in Haiti, as well as a prayer to offer on their behalf.

John Cunningham, MD, is an Anesthesiologist at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has 28 years of clinical experience. Dr. Cunningham is married to Leslie Cunningham, MD, a psychiatrist, and has a son, Alex, who is 23, a daughter, Sofie, who is 19, and two cats and a dog. He has been on mission trips to Guatemala, Nicaragua and Cambodia.

Jordan Post, MD, currently serves as an orthopaedic surgeon at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels, Texas. His focus is in orthopaedics and hand surgery, and he has been out of fellowship since 2004. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Amy, and enjoys playing with their four young children. This is his first mission trip since medical school.

Molly Hagen, RN, is an Operating Room Nurse at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has 22 years of Operating Room experience and two years of Obstetrics/Gynecology experience. Her current focus is heart surgery and OR Charge Nurse. Molly is married to Terry, and they have 3 adult children and 2 dogs. She has not been on mission trip before, but is really looking forward to this one.

Rae Shelia Thigpen, RN, MS, is the Regional Compliance Manager at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. She has 27 years of OR experience, including 20 years of experience at CHRISTUS St. Michael. Her focus in the Operating Room has been in the areas of open heart, inservice education, and OR management. She is single and has several godchildren who love her dearly. Rae has spent the past 13 years as a medical missionary to San Raymundo, Guatemala, and was asked to serve as Director/Charge Nurse of the OR during this trip to Haiti. The team has already heard rave reviews about her leadership and organizational experience.

Please join the CHRISTUS family in praying for our team in Haiti and their work there, as well as all those affected by the earthquake:

Scripture Reading: Psalm 91: 1-12 (The psalm may be prayed by the group by
alternating verses between Side 1 and Side 2)

Side 1: You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, say to the lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

Side 2: For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence. With his pinions he will cover you, and under his wings you shall take refuge; his faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.

Side 1: You shall not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day. Not the pestilence that roams the darkness or the devastating plague at noon.

Side 2: Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right side, near you it shall not come.

Side 1: Rather with your eyes you shall see the defeat of evil, because you have the Lord for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold.

Side 2: No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to his angels he has given a command to guard you in all of your ways. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Prayers of the Faithful

Reader: Lord we pray for the people of Haiti. May they feel your strength and hope, and the loving embrace of the world community, we pray…

All: Deliver your people, O Lord!

Reader: For those still in need of medical care, for those who are recuperating and rehabilitating from surgery; and for the emotional healing of all survivors, we pray…

ALL: Deliver your people, O Lord!

Reader: For the safety of all who are volunteering to bring relief and comfort to the people of Haiti, especially for our co-workers from CHRISTUS Health, we pray…

ALL: Deliver your people, O Lord!

Reader: That the Lord will use the gifts and skills of our CHRISTUS co-workers this day to bring healing, compassion and love. We especially remember today: Dr. John Cunningham, Dr. Jordan Post, Molly Hagen, and Rae Thigpen, we pray…

ALL: Deliver your people, O Lord!

Reader: For all those who have died, may they experience the transforming power of your resurrection. And for their loved ones who mourn their loss, may they receive comfort and peace, we pray…

ALL: Deliver your people, O Lord!

ALL: God of Hope and Deliverance, you promised to be with your faithful when they are surrounded by death, plagues and darkness. Hear the cry of your children in Haiti. Protect them and give them the assurance of your Love and Presence.

Help us recognize the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters. Give protection and strength to those who are serving in Haiti, and continue to move our hearts to respond with generosity. We ask this in the power of your name. Amen.

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