Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
I read this today from the AP. Speechless.
Trapped beneath the remains of her home, a nine-year-old girl could be heard begging for rescue yesterday as neighbours clawed at sand and debris with their bare hands.
It had been two days since the earthquake collapsed the cinderblock home in Port-au-Prince, trapping Haryssa Keem Clerge inside the basement. Friends and neighbours braved aftershocks to climb over the rubble, one of hundreds of toppled structures teetering on the side of a ravine.
The city is full of people desperate for more help than neighbours can muster, and it never came for Haryssa.
Just hours after her screams renewed the hopes of rescuers yesterday, her lifeless body was finally pulled from the mass of concrete and twisted metal. It was wrapped in a green bath towel and placed in a drawer. There was nowhere to take it, so the body was then left on the bonnet of a battered Isuzu Trooper.
"There are no police, no anybody," said Haryssa's despairing godmother, Kettely Clerge. Neighbours had to hold her back as she wailed: "I want to see her."
A day earlier, the child's mother, Lauranie Jean, was pulled from the rubble of the house. She lay moaning in a tent as volunteers rubbed ointment into her wounds.
The family has now taken refuge in a dirt playground, one of hundreds of open spaces across Port-au-Prince that are filled each night by people trying to avoid aftershocks.
Haitians living in the capital's growing tent cities say they do not expect help to come soon. "People are waiting for someone to take care of them," said Michel Reau, 27, who brought his wife and infant child to the park after their home collapsed. "We are out of food. We are out of water." Haryssa's godmother had doted on her, according to a neighbour, Bellefleur Jean Heber. She raised her as though she were her own daughter and walked her to school in their Petionville district every day.
As word spread yesterday that the child was still alive, more than a dozen people came to help. Inside the cramped basement, Haryssa was trapped by a partially collapsed roof. Rescuers got close enough to pass her water but they could not get food to her before she died. Heber said nobody expected help from the authorities. "Haiti is an abandoned country," he said. "People are relying on themselves."
Across Port-au-Prince, similar tragedies unfolded yesterday. At the St Gerard school, Cindy Terasme broke into sobs when she caught sight of the feet of her 14-year-old brother, Jean Gaelle Dersmorne, protruding from the rubble. The child was dead. So was another schoolgirl known only as Ruth, whose dust-covered legs dangled lifelessly from a collapsed wall.
There was at least one encouraging tale. Spanish rescuers pulled a two-year-old boy from a collapsed home last night. Dirty and teary-eyed, Redjeson Hausteen Claude appeared to smile at his ecstatic mother as he was carried from the rubble.
An unknown number of people remain buried after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit on Tuesday, collapsing houses, office buildings and a children's hospital. Haitians used sledgehammers and their bare hands to search for survivors or bodies, piling the dead up at roadsides across the city.
Associated Press, guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 January 2010 12.21 GMT
Thursday, January 14, 2010
January 14, 2010
I was humbled by a blog that one of my good friends Cheryl Smith wrote. She posted it yesterday and it concerns World Help's efforts in Haiti. I wanted to share it with you.
Earthquake in Haiti Shakes My Morning
This morning I had an early meeting scheduled with Rusty Goodwin and Noel Yeatts at World Help to discuss their Twitter strategy. World Help is a nondenominational Christian organization that was founded to meet the spiritual and physical needs of hurting people around the world. They are taking seriously the call of Christ to minister to “the least of these.”
Last night, Rusty asked if we could meet a bit later because he needed to talk about Haiti with Founder and President, Vernon Brewer. Vernon is a man of great vision. Because he has spent a lifetime in obedience to the call of God on his life, World Help has been ministering in Haiti for ten years. There are several hundred children who are being sponsored by the gifts of everyday people like you and me.
As I was driving to the meeting with a cupajoe for Rusty, he called to see if we could reschedule. They were all slammed trying to figure out how to minister effectively in Haiti. I completely understood! I offered to drop off the coffee, pray for them and then leave so they could get to work. I’m glad I did because here is what I learned:
God is About Positioning
- For ten years, World Help has been building in Haiti. Building feeding centers. Building churches. Building relationships.
- World Help has established relationships with partners in Haiti and elsewhere, thus positioned for expedient help. World Help staff will make an impact. Quickly, while time is of the essence.
- Before there was even an earthquake, World Help was preparing. Three days ago two containers with $2.5 million dollars in medical supplies, medicine and shoes arrived at the wharf in Port-Au-Prince, simply waiting to be unloaded. There, ready before anyone even knew about an earthquake. Except God.
- Vision goes beyond crisis. Vernon’s ultimate vision is for World Help to provide clean water to people who need it most. Once the need for humanitarian aid is met, clean water will be an ongoing need in Haiti. Through Causelife.org, World Help will continue to meet the needs of people in Haiti, and around the world.
I’m blown away by the hand of God in using Vernon and World Help to minister to the people of Haiti. Perhaps this is a picture of one life, several lives, yielded to God.
Be Found Faithful
Friday, January 1, 2010
Tom and Diane were a part of the original core team that launched Watershed over 4 years ago. They have been like surrogate family for the O'Neil's, including us in on Holiday gatherings and family events when we first arrived here in Charlotte. They are like family. As much as his health would allow, Tom has been in Threshold, been a part of blocs and served in cafe' throughout the past four years. He's an wonderful man, a good friend and a lover of Jesus.
Please pray for Diane, Tom's children and of course Scott, Nels, Brian and their prospective spouses and kids. In my conversation with Scott this morning he and his family have asked that on one visit at this time and that any prayers or encouraging words be emailed to he or his mom. Diane's email is email@example.com. Thanks.