Written by Sherry
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 12:37
Team Rubicon was born out of the Haitian earthquake. Within 24 hours of the quake, it had already begun to take shape. Because this group couldn't just stand by and do nothing.
Team Rubicon is a self-financed, all-volunteer, rapid response, vanguard style medical rescue team that operates in the supposed 'denied' areas of post earthquake Port au Prince. The former Marines, soldiers, firefighters/EMTs, medics, RNs, and PAs of Team Rubicon are unpaid.
Their blog is chock a block with unedited pictures and stories and gives a vivid account of the realities of the last two weeks and what they have learned and is worth visiting. They've gotten a fair bit of MSM coverage but I hadn't seen anything around St. Blog's hence this post.
Jesuit Brother Jim Boynton is part of Team Rubicon. On January 23, he wrote this harrowing description of a single hour in Haiti:
"One woman of about 60 years old had infected wounds in her legs that allowed me to see the bones. Our doctors dressed the wounds and she bravely endured and hour long ordeal of scraping and removing flesh. I held her, we prayed, and I listened to her scream. To keep her mind off the pain I started singing the few songs in Creole that I know. A crowd formed and joined in with me. We all sang at the top of our lungs to keep the poor women distracted from the tremendous pain. She cried, held on tight, and sang. When it was over she said she will never forget us. When it was over she went back to living under the stars in a crowded park with open sewage."
On january 24, this news reached the team:
Two nights ago Brother Jim advised us that he learned through Jesuit channels that the man himself, el Popa, was aware of our team and verbally passed on his blessing.
Brother Jim leads team members in this version of St. Ignatius' famous prayer morning and evening:
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.