January 16, 2010 Haiti
Over 200,000 bodies were picked up today and hauled away in dump trucks to be buried in mass graves. People are walking the streets in shock because the aftershocks continue to come. This morning there was another 6.0 aftershock. Unbelievable when you think you can begin to relax a little. Many have died of heart attacks and extreme exhaustion.
The rescue crews have not even stepped foot in our area yet. Dead bodies are stinking. No food relief has arrived in Carrefour. Gas shortages have caused prices to increase to over $200 per gallon. Fear and reports of looting have brought people clutching to each other, sleeping wherever there is an open space that looks somewhat safe.
Over 200 people came to our yard yesterday, looking for water, food, shelter. We are scrounging for rice and beans to feed them one meal per day.
Reports are coming in from our sister-church in Leogane. From what we hear, Pastor Milien has lost the 2-storey church building plus 3-storey school building, accommodating 2500 students and his house in Carrefour. We will learn more of this situation soon.
Today, a friend of ours who went to Haiti many years ago, called. I had not heard from her for a long time. Our conversation was one of joy and she knew my need for help in the office… and was sitting at my desk two hours later! We got so much done. Judy is committed to help us through this crisis. She came qualified and we got so much accomplished! GOD IS GOOD! She will come again tomorrow morning. Today we heard from so people we have not heard from in many years. What a joy to re-connect!
Money is beginning to come in. You can be assured that we will stretch every dollar that arrives. We are overwhelmed with how much people love us and our precious Haitian people.
To God be the glory! No good thing will he withhold to them who walk uprightly! We are tired, but rejoicing!
Continue to pray for safety, wisdom, direction and peace. Dispatch the angels! Terry is flying in today. He needs to be able to assess the situation and make a plan for restoration among our church members first, then the community. He must be able to focus. Pray that he can rest among all the chaos.