We’re all sharing in what we can do for the suffering people of Haiti following the earthquake. How difficult it is to want to help and not know what we can do when we are so far away.

We are supporters of the MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). It is a long-established organization that has been working in Haiti and other third-world countries for years.

I’d like to share some enlightening news from our friends with MAF. Our MAF correspondent, John Hook, has given me permission to print his latest update of their work in Haiti.

From Jan. 20, 12:31a.m. “To just pray is the most important thing that we can do. MAF is sending down more people and aircraft this week. MAF has also set up a SAT dish to get communications going and there are over 16 relief agencies using our dish for the long haul, so we will be doing this for months. MAF has grass airstrips where we can get the food to the people and we are doing this day after day. ...”

From Jan. 21, 6:43p.m. “We are getting the food and meds out to the people so well that the U.S. military is pulling their C-130 right up to our hangar and unloading for us to fly out. They saw us working so hard that they brought us a make-shift shower. ... MAF, also this week, has evacuated people to orphanages and set up tents and brought in doctors. We are only getting started! Pray for all the guys there and for their safety in their flights each day. ...”

I say “amen” to all of this work and love and dedication by fellow Americans. I hope to exemplify the same qualities of what an American stands for.

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— Judith and Kenneth Maguire

642 Erin St.

Read the full letter in the Jan. 28, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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