Report from Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. & Sylvia Holmes-Myers
Baptist Medical Missionaries
“And let us not be weary in well doing.”
THE MYERS FOUNDATION
201 N. George Lee Avenue P.O. Box 269
Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-3364 662-247-3374 662-247-1384 Fax
September 20, 2005
Delivery of donated items from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
to Katrina victims in Louisiana
The gracious men of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Martin Childs,
Pastor, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dropping off truck in Greenville, Mississippi.
Thank you for all your prayers, donations of money, medicine, clothes, water, can goods and other non-perishable food items. We especially thank Pastor Martin Childs and Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for loading up a 24 foot truck full of water, clothes, non-perishable food items, medicine and supplies. The church drove the truck down to Greenville, Mississippi and Sylvia and I drove it the rest of the way down to Bogalusa, Louisiana.
Rev. R. L. Palmer, Jr., Pastor - St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Bogalusa, Louisiana
Volunteers unloading supplies at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church Distribution Center
The truck was unloaded at two black churches in Bogalusa that have been designated as
official emergency distribution centers, St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Rev. R. L. Palmer, Jr., Pastor and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Atwood J. Luter, Pastor. Rev. Raymond Mims, Pastor of Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, was also on hand to help direct the unloading of needed supplies.
Rev. Raymond Mims, Pastor
Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Bogalusa, Louisiana
It is so important to get supplies directly into the hands of churches in those areas devastated by hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross and especially FEMA have not been visible in bringing needed relief in many poor, rural black communities, like Bogalusa.
This is something that we must do with direct aid ourselves to churches that are more than willing and best able to distribute these supplies to families and people most in need.
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Medical Missionary & Rev. R. L. Palmer, Jr., Pastor
St. Paul A.M.E. Church Bogalusa, Louisiana
Unfortunately, the truck broke down in the middle of the street, after all the supplies were unloaded. The truck was rented from Budget and we had to leave it in Bogalusa after waiting over 6 hours to have them send someone to fix it or to give us a replacement vehicle to return home to Mississippi. We finally did get home after someone was gracious enough to drive us all the way back to Belzoni, Mississippi.
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Medical Missionary & Rev. Atwood J. Luter, Pastor
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Bogalusa, Louisiana
We will be delivering more supplies directly to churches in two other hard hit rural communities north of New Orleans, including Folsom and Franklinton, Louisiana. People still do not have any electricity and water in parts of Bogalusa, Folsom and Franklinton. We drove through Shady Hook, Mississippi and noticed some of the serious storm damage with the roof partly blown off of the Baptist Association building. We will try to contact one of the churches there to see what we can do to assist them also.
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D & wife Sylvia Myers, Medical Missionaries
& McClurie Sampson, City Councilman-Bogalusa, Louisiana
Picture of the tree that feel on the back of Sylvia's parents house in
Bogalusa, Louisiana. They finally got their electricity restored but
phones still don't work.
I continue to work at the Delta Health Center in Greenville, Mississippi and am seeing more and more patients from New Orleans and other affected areas. Unfortunately, it looks like the benevolence of the medical community is running short and many poor evacuees no longer have access to medical care at the local shelters.
Once they are situated in homes or apartments, they began to become quite familiar to what it means to be poor, black and without health insurance, or even medicaid, and try to obtain adequate medical care in Mississippi. Pharmacies are no longer filling prescriptions for free for evacuees. Thank you so very much for those of you in the medical community who have donated much needed medicine to our ministry. They will be put to very good use.
Thank God for a job! After being forced to close all of our Christian health centers because of being victimized by a medical malpractice lynching in Mississippi (a pre-Karina tragedy for the poor in Mississippi -
http://www.sfbayview.com/122904/forcedtoclose122904.shtml) and working at the federally funded community health center, the Delta Health Center in Greenville, Mississippi, we will be able to get our roof fixed this week, just in time before any more rain comes, especially from another hurricane! Unfortunately, so many people have lost their jobs and homes because of Katrina. We have much to be thankful for everyday we are blessed with a job to go to and a home in which to live.
Thank you also for making all that we do possible with your donations of money and boxes of clothes and other supplies. The situation with the aftermath of the destruction of hurricane Katrina will impact these affected communities for many years to come. We now need to be thinking about what needs to be done in the long term.
Many of the churches in New Orleans are still under water. Pastor Alton Cotton and his family and several church members of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, who has been relocated in Greenville, Mississippi. Pastor Cotton has been in communication with many of the pastors who have lost their churches in New Orleans. They are planning to travel back to New Orleans soon to assess their situation. Many of these churches will have to be rebuilt. Many people have decided not to ever return to New Orleans to live again and have been scattered all over the country. New Orleans may never be the same.
Children have enrolled in schools in Greenville and Belzoni, Mississippi from New Orleans and other evacuated areas and are in need of school supplies, school uniforms and books.
We will continue as we always have as a ministry foe 18 years to be a blessing to those in need. Thank you for helping us make all of this possible.
Please continue to pray for us and the victims of Katrina. Let's also pray that the new hurricane threat will not be the cause of more destruction. Lord have mercy!
God bless you and your families!
- school supplies
- school books
- non perishable food items (can goods, oat meal, cereals, etc.)
- new clothing (or newly new dry cleaned items)
- medicines (especially for treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes)
- new shoes
- bed spreads, bed sheets, pillow cases, pillows
- toiletries (deodorant, tooth paste, soap, etc.)
- a 6ft by 12ft covered trailer (like one of those covered trailers at Lowe's Building Supply
to put on back of our pick up truck
to load up supplies to take to affected rural
communities in Louisiana and Mississippi instead of having to always having to
rent a trailer from U-Haul or Budget)