Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Morning After - Earthquake Haiti 2010


The sun is about to come up. The aftershocks continue. Some more noticeable than others. There is no way to even begin to share the things we’ve heard and seen since 5pm yesterday. To do so would take hours that we don’t have to give right now. Some of them feel wrong to share - Like only God should know these personal horrible tragedies.
The few things we can confirm – yes the four story Caribbean Market building is completely demolished. Yes it was open. Yes the National Palace collapsed. Yes government buildings nearby the Palace collapsed. Yes St. Josephs Boys home is completely collapsed. Yes countless countless - countless other houses, churches, hospitals, schools, and businesses have collapsed. There are buildings that suffered almost no damage. Right next door will be a pile of rubble.
Thousands of people are currently trapped. To guess at a number would be like guessing at raindrops in the ocean. Precious lives hang in the balance. When pulled from the rubble there is no place to take them for care Haiti has an almost non existent medical care system for her people.
I cannot imagine what the next few weeks and months will be like. I am afraid for everyone. Never in my life have I seen people stronger than Haitian people. But I am afraid for them. For us.
When the quake hit it took many seconds to even process what was happening. The house was rocking back and forth in a way that I cannot even begin to describe. It felt fake. It felt like a movie. Things were crashing down all over the house. It felt like the world was ending. I do not know why my house stands and my children all lie sleeping in their beds right now. It defies logic that my babies were spared while thousands of others were not.
There are friends and co-workers that are missing. People whom no-one can account for. People we work with and love. There are more than I can name, but in particular we wait on one single friend who lived near the Hotel Montana – which has reportedly collapsed.
The horror has only just begun and I beg you to get on your knees – I truly mean ON YOUR KNEES and pray for the people of this country. The news might forget in a few days - but people will still be trapped alive and people will still be suffering. Pray. Pray. Pray. After that - PLEASE PRAY.
Tara for all of us

PS- We will try to find out answers to many questions, but please know we are doing our best – we do not take your concerns lightly. I cannot guarantee we will find all the answers to things being asked. If you asked about a person and you learn they are safe. Please take the time to report back so we don’t waste or double energy or efforts.

98 comments:

T & T Livesay said...

We will not be posting photos here. We have limited time and internet and we cannot and will not disrespect suffering people. Imagine the worst - you have your picture.

danashem said...

Thank you, thank you so much for your updates. I am finding it hard to sit here and not rush down to help. But I will pray.

Lindsey said...

Still have not heard from my parents or word of them. Tom and Bev Brumbley (Delmas 40-A; 7th bldg on lft before bridge; 3-story mission; white and blue)

Thank you for keeping us posted....

Fernanda Prates said...

Hello. I work for a brazilian newspaper and I'm glad for all the information you're sharing.

In Brazil, we've been blessed by nature, considering we don't have natural disasters of any kind.

Even though poverty and criminality provide us with disrupting images everyday, I can only imagine how it must be like to actually witness such devastating natural fury.

I work for a big brazilian newspaper, and we want to know how we can do our part and help raise awareness in our country. It would be amazing if we could have a quick word with you to let people know what's going on and how they can help to bring some sort of relief to this horrible situation.

My e-mail adress is fernanda.prates@jb.com.br , if you could please get in touch with me.

Thank you,
Fernanda Prates

Anonymous said...

We are praying, and will keep praying.

Love,
The Schroeders

K said...

Our thoughts are with you and all the people of Haiti.

I too experienced a large natural disaster almost 30 years ago and know the destruction and suffering (although not the magnitude I am sure Haiti is currently experiencing)...please know that strength comes out of these events. Both individual as well as community. Humans are amazingly resilient and in the days to come this will become evident.

In the beginning the pain and destruction overwhelms...but remain open to the hope and promise of what is to come.

Janet said...

If you hear any news of Petites Angles on Delmas will you please post. No one has heard any news about our kids at the Orphange. It is right across the street from Walls Guest House.

Praying for Haiti
Janet

Ryan said...

Tara,

My heart is breaking. I can't peel myself from the television. I am so glad for your family and prayed for you guys the moment I heard.

sarah said...

Tara and Troy,
I know that you are busy and trying to do the best you can to get ahold of people and help. We are trying to find out information about Wolf's family...we are most worried about his sister...if phones start to work can you call her 34430082. She was at school at the time of the quake.

We will let you know if we hear anything.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for all of you.

-Jessica

Carmen said...

praying

Recovering Sociopath said...

I have never met you, only read your blog, which I found through Christine Moers' blog. I am trying to find to words to explain what is happening to my 5yo son. I am not sure how much he understands, but he does understand prayer. Just this morning he asked me if God was big enough to carry me. I told him God is big enough to carry everyone all at once.

We are going to pray that He will carry the people of Haiti in His arms in the coming days and weeks and months.

kwack said...

Thank you for the updates and your support.
We are praying for all of you.

a west indies girl in France

UKZoe said...

Praying and just dropping in to let you know troy was quoted on BBC news website today
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8455735.stm

Jeremy Hoffman said...

Hello,

my brother and his wife, Joel and Rachel Hoffman were in there apartment building when it collapsed. they work with MCC in Port Au Prince. After a few hours they made their way out of the rubble with only minor injuries. i don't know how well you know them, if even at all, but you were linked to their blog. thank you for the updates. we will keep praying.

Katie said...

Praying for you and the people of Haiti!

Katie

Anonymous said...

Praying, words cannot display my sorrow.

Jonathan Hunt said...

Praying for you in the UK.

fanny said...

Persons has news of the " foyer NEW LIFE " to Pétionville ???

Keren Riley said...

Thank God you are okay. Crying for everybody there, and praying. Much love Keren xxx

HMK said...

I am praying!

Anonymous said...

Praying that God will give you the bravery and compassion you need.

--Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Prayers and thoughts for you all
and for all the precious people of Haiti in such a difficult and painful time

Patricia , from Paris , France

Rebecca said...

I saw on Hannah's blog Cultivating Home that she posted about you all and I am praying for you all! I don't even know you, but I love the Lord Our God and I know He is with you all too! praying!

Mike Silliman said...

Praying for you all as you navigate through this. God is at the helm!

Audrey Ann said...

We are praying.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I know your time is precious and limited, but if possible could you please keep your ears open for any news on the town of Bon Repos. My 18 year old daughter was there on a missionary trip at the House of Compassion. She was scheduled to come home today. Any news would be so greatly appreciated! My email is vondabasks@aol.com

kayder1996 said...

Praying, praying, praying...my heart and mind cannot fathom all of this.

Anonymous said...

Romans 8:26-27



“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (weakness or lack of strength) for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit according to the will of God.”



I could not begin to know how to pray. I will be praying for peace, wisdom, and that our GOD, who can do more than we can think or imagine will bring comfort to your souls, hearts, and minds. Beyond that, I am praying that our omniscient God intercede for me through the Holy Spirit for the needs I cannot begin to imagine.

God Bless you, your family, your friends. May this terrible tragedy turn to bring glory to God.

Prayers with you

Meredith
Oklahoma, USA

dmalwitz said...

will be praying today from NY. Do you know Daniel Jean and if his family and orphanage ministry is safe after the quake?? We know of them through Bryn Gillette. Thanks.

russ said...

Be well and strong in the coming days. Thank you for your words.

Megan said...

Praying for the people of Haiti and those who serve them. Please let Jeronne and Tipap know that we are praying for good news from their families.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your strength and safety in the days and weeks ahead. My heart is broken for the poor people of Haiti. May the Lord work in mighty ways in your nation.

Laura Lu said...

Tara, I will not stop praying for your precious family and the people you are helping around you. Day or Night, I'm responding in obedience as the Holy Spirit places specific needs on my heart for you. You are not alone, we will not stop praying for you my sweet friend!

Jenna said...

Will be praying for all. I can't even imagine what y'all are feeling.

Charlotte said...

Hi Troy and Tara,

Haiti is in our prayers here in the United States. May the Lord bless you keep everyone safe and may HE provide you with enough food, water, medical attention and help.

The Haiti people are strong and they will get through this one day at a time.

Over the summer I read a novel about woman doctor sent to help people after a major earthquake had struck. If I learned anything from this story it was that one of your biggest concerns is that your gonna need face masks and gloves for safety reasons so that you don't get sick over the next couple of weeks. May that tiny bit of information help you in some small way.


Blessings in HIS Holy name and I will link to your blog so that others can follow your posts and updates as your needs and conerns arise.

Neil Schori said...

Just found your blog which was linked to Pastor Matt Chandler's Twitter site.

I'm praying for you and all of the beautiful Haitian people. I have new friends who run the Matthew 25 Guest House in Port-au-Prince and friends in Jeremie and Marfranc.

Praying that you would sense Emmanuel more than ever right now.

Our Family said...

Still not much word on Sisters of Charity 31 Delmas...got a quick text about Rebecca Rose(from MN) but nothing much else.

Continuing to pray as you scurry around. REMEMBER to take some moments to pray and BE STILL. That really helped after 9-11!

Peace to you!
Lisa Rose

Karen said...

Oh, Will be praying for you and your family, i live in DR and i cannot even imagine the magnitude of this devastation, sharing the same Island DR just felt the quake, so is like we were far away from Haiti physically, but in Spirit we are right there with your people and your family, this is a tremendous sad event, praying for God's caring and mercy. Thanks for the updates, i can realize how difficult is to find a moment and a place to type all this words.
Love and Courage brethren

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah." Psalm 46:1-3

Debbie said...

Tara/Troy -

If the phones ever work, the cell number at Mephibosheth is 3778-3793

Who knows if they can keep them charged (they have access to solar power). There are also students and a church in Delmas but I don't have the exact address.

I'll let you know if I hear anything.

Anything you do for anyone is truly a blessing. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Debbie

Mike and Sara Carlson said...

T & T those around you are blessed ot have you in their midst. You are people of great courage and strong faith, two things that will greatly be needed in the days ahead. We wish we could do more but we trust that our prayers right now will be enough.

To those who have children and family in Haiti we are lifting up prayers of comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Blessings Friends,

Mike and Sara Carlson

Ginger Murray said...

Praying...

A Stone Gatherer said...

Praying continuously!!!!

Ericka said...

Tara,
I just heard on the Today show that Al/Ann are on their way to report. I can only pray that more eyes will see the devastation in Haiti and want to help. True help from the US is long overdue. May hope arise from this unbearable tragedy.
Prayer for your family and all suffering in Haiti, our hearts are completely broken open.

Bob, Carie, Taylor, Opie and Friday said...

Troy and Tara (and family) you are in our thoughts! I was (and still am) so worried about all of you and kept in close contact with Tina all night making sure you were all safe and sound. If there is ANYTHING I, we can do to help we are here for you and for Haiti.

T & T Livesay said...

Jeremy Hoffman - THANK YOU For letting us know Rachel and Joel are alive. If you know more please tell us. Are Matt and Esther okay? Lexi and Ben? Kurt? Also wondering about the Bentrott Family. Troy will try to get to report back to me so I can let you all know but we do not have phones so it will take time. When our batteries die we will not have internet anymore.

Anonymous said...

praying in wisconsin

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family as you begin to work through the aftermath of the Eartquake as well as praying for all of the citizens of Hati!! May God Bless you today and always

~Amy Bogan~

Mr. Johnson said...

Hello Troy and Tara I want to say we are thinking of all the people there. We will check back for updates. Thank you so much. From Elk River High School, Elk River, MN

Anonymous said...

Suzanne? Do you know if she is safe? Her brother, Charles, in Washington still has no word.

Kris Meadows

Angela said...

On my knees...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us up to date. I've been checking this blog since last night. Can you check on any of these people? Doris Barthelemy (my mother who was visiting), Vivi Michel, Ferrer Andre, Ruelle Nord Alexis? Or this place (Rue des Lauriers #8 tel: 39146865 tel:34313576) Any news would be welcome, we're still trying to make some contact. Please keep yourselves safe, and you and everyone else in haiti are in my families prayers.

Sarah said...

We are praying. Praying that somehow God will show His goodness through all of this.
Jesus, please have mercy on the people of Haiti.

Lindsey said...

Tom and Bev Brumbley are okay....thank you for putting them on the list!! We are still praying for so many!! Our hearts our with you as you reach out the people.

Katie said...

Praying HARD in Houston, TX

Katy said...

I am PRAYING FOR every one of you. I praise God that my little girl is safe at her orphanage, For His Glory in PAP. There were several injured and damages, and no communication now, so I continue to worry about aftershocks. I can't imagine being there....I am scheduled to meet with the judge in Haiti in less than two weeks. Katy

Katherine said...

Praying for you all as you will minister in the days & months ahead through this tragedy; praying for all those still trapped, those who are suffering, those who are grieving, & those who are searching. I pray that you will be able to locate your friends & they are safe. I pray an extra measure of God's peace & comfort & that many will come to know Him through this. May God be with you all...I cannot even imagine the magnitude, but I know God can.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could get any info on the town of Bon Repos? My 18 year old daughter is there on a missionary trip. She is at the House of Compassion. Her name is Liberty Henegar. The House of Compassion is ran by Americans, David & Aleesa Lloyd. Please, Please see if there's any info on anyone from there. They have a church and a school there also. Any news would be greatly appreciated. My email is vondabasks@aol.com Thanks

Melissa said...

Found your blog via Facebook/KLove...My heart is breaking for all...I've been on my knees for all of you. Praying for peace in midst of all of the chaos. May God bless and protect each of you.

valentin said...

Do have any news about the Wings of hope?

Anonymous said...

we are looking for a family at delmas 40b on rue gerard #14. what is the condition in that area . we have not been able to get any word or hear from anyone.

http://www.ehow.com/members/stevemar2-articles.html said...

The situation looks horrible from what I have been reading online and listening to on the news. I hope other countries as well as the United States do anything possible to help the Haitian people.

Chris MacDonald said...

We are looking for our mission team from Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown NJ. They were to be overnight in Bon Repos last night at teh Light and Peace Mission, My Fathers House Orphanage and supposed to stay in a hotel with a pool in that area. We would welcome any news you can provide on the area of Bon Repos or these missions they were supposed to be at yesterday. The head of the group is the pastor- Dr. Frank Fowler. My mom is Ginny Mitchell.

Thanks so much, our prayers are with all of you there.

Manis said...

What's the word on the airport...are flights still coming in?

darci said...

on my knees adn praying.

Sarah said...

Looking for any information on Veneil Jean who runs Walls International Guest House Delmas 19, Rue Mackendal #8. There are reports that there is damage to the building and that an American who was staying there for a medical mission sent a text to her family that she was trapped under the rubble. Veneil and his wife and children (including a 10 day old infant) have not been heard from.

Jan Orga said...

Praying in Nashville, TN...will pass this along to gather more prayer warriors.

Lady Caustic Lace said...

Thank you for your updates,
I found your blog on a web search
and hope you can tell anything about The Bienné family, they are my relatives and I have no way to communicate with them.
Thank you for any help you can provide me.

Anonymous said...

Trinity Methodist mission members from New Jersey, USA are safe and at airport. Departure details uncertain.

Amanda said...

My heart is broken for Haiti. I am praying for the country and for you.

Jeremy Hoffman said...

Troy

I have heard that everyone from MCC has been accounted for and are safe, which I believe includes many of the other names you asked about.... we continue to pray.

From the Jungle to the Vineyard said...

As I can only watch the television reports with tears from so many miles away, please know that our family is praying for you and all the people affected by this catastrophic earthquake.
May God help you all and may the power of prayer around the world be felt in your hearts and in your people. And may God shine his healing light on those that are injured or have lost their loved ones.
Juanita Viale
Nice, France

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info. We are praying for Haiti

Banksie said...

Troy & Tara,

I'm writing from Jamaica and we are all trying to figure out the best and fastest way to help you guys.

You are continually in our thoughts. Keep strong and keep the faith.

Joanna B

winnsangels said...

Prayers from Sask, Canada.
Angels be with you.

Sarah said...

Tory, Tara & family,

We are praying. We wish we could hop on a plane and be there to help now. My husband is upset that his current military position is not one that will send him to help. For now we will keep praying.

Love,
John & Sarah

Óscar Cabral said...

Guys,

From Portugal I send you all the support you need facing this big disaster.
It's not easy to say a word when mother nature comes up with catastrophes like this, so keep your good job.

Here in Portugal we already heard about you guys and your efforts in helping people.

I just can say: our minds are with you.

Debra said...

As distant as most are from the beautiful country of Haiti and its people, this tragedy brings us all closer. We are also looking for family, Joe & Kara Grooms, residing in Bon Repos. As most here in the states, we've heard nothing from our family. We pray they are safe, and would appreciate any information should anyone know them or have heard from them.

Grandma Cyndi said...

Started praying the moment I heard, have not stopped. So surprised when I ran to check your blog that you could POST! It may seem forever, but the US is sending help. A large search and rescue team from the Los Angeles area complete with dogs who only seek and find living people burried in rubble are on the way as well as supplies and aid. The flood of help will start with a trickle and become a torrent in a few days, hope it reaches you soon. We will not forget you in a few days. Praying for strenght for each of you, so thankful you survived the initial shock. It was many times stronger than the Northridge quake of 94, must have been so frightening, thinking of you constantly

Anonymous said...

Praying to God who is merciful and kind, and only He knows the "Why?". Joyce, from KS.

Angi said...

Troy & Tara,
God bless you for all you're doing to provide worried families with some peace of mind.
My husband and his sisters and brother have not heard anything from their parents. Nicole and Mews Midy. They live in Bon Repos Lizon & Santos3 but they work in Port Au Prince. Im trying to comfort them but it's difficult. If you happen to hear their name or hear from them directly, please, please, please let me know. iamgigi2977@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

First rescue team from Iceland arrived 5 hours ago by flight in Port au Prince, setting up communication and air traffic control at the airport. Will assist US team and others in landing.

Our prayers are with you.

Dave said...

We work with MCC (just arrived last summer) and live 45 minutes from the epicenter of the 1998 Wenchuan earthquake in China. Our hearts feel terribly for you and all in Haiti, and we will now be trying to coordinate some relief money from the students and people we know here. Our prayers and thoughts and love - Jane Zawadowski and David Wells

Juniper said...

This from the United Church of Christ web page: "Global Ministries personnel, Kim, Patrick and Solomon Bentrott have reported in that they are safe."

Sending prayers and money and prayers....

Elmers Brother said...

praying for you in Arizona...got a link from Jungle Mom

Anonymous said...

We're praying in Iowa

Nikki said...

Troy and Tara,

I have just found your website while searching for information on Bon Repos. I live in the Dominican Republic and have wonderful Haitian lady working for me. Her two children, parents and two sisters and living in Bon Repos and she has been able to contact them. If you have any information that I can give her about that area I would really appreciate it. Their names are Ytelene Altidor, Jean Dorneus Dor Altidor, Helene Altidor, Dieula Altidor, Naika Cendy Pierre and Fristy Pierre.

Thank you for all you do.

Kipp said...

KRISTEN HOWERTON!! (or anyone with her at Heartline) We have a possible flight for you tommorrow (Thursday) on a cargo plane with MFI Missionary Flights! They are leaving Port-au-Prince Airport between 4-6pm eastern. Get there early to find them!! We will have final confirmation Thurday am that there is a seat for you and Karis...! Please check back if possible. IF ANY OF KRISTEN'S FRIENDS KNOW HOW TO CONTACT ANYONE AT HEARTLINE MINISTIRES TO GET THIS MESSAGE TO HER...... PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COPY AND PASTE ON ANYONE'S PAGE, TWITTER, ETC. You may not be able to bring luggage.... not sure

Jewels of My Heart said...

I am so so sorry.....
I am praying................

wet wipes said...

I found your blog on Google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

Carol said...

Abba Father,
Cup these precious people in your hands. Let them feel the beat of your heart. Protect them, Abba. Keep them safe. Meet their needs. Help them to know the height and breadth and depth of your Love and your Goodness in new and amazing ways.

Debra said...

Joey & Kara Grooms FOUND!! Our thoughts & prayers to Jehovah are with all the people in Haiti as they search for family and cope with this horrible tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Dear Friends of Haiti,

I heard about the bad news that happened.Im a student from Michigan.I feel so sorry for you and your family.You lost the people that you really love and care about.I just need to let you know that I have you in my heart.Im praying for you and your family. God loves you.Just remember that your not by yourself.You have so many people in the United States that care about you.

Sincerly,
Yani

Amanda Kane said...

Hi Livesays,

I heard about you from my friends Robyn and Shae Adams (former YWAMers). I am an RN headed to Haiti Feb 11th for a short 10 day trip that was planned prior to the earthquake. Now I would really like to stay longer, would even wish I could come this moment to offer my nurse experience however I can. If you know how I can do that will you please let me know? Thanks! Praying by the hour, even dreaming I am there helping when I sleep-literally! The Lord's peace to you, Amanda Kane

Carin said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the people in Haiti.

Brian said...

Just found your blog through the 24-7 website news on Haiti. Just to let you know that you are being prayed for from churches here in Egypt. God bless you protect you and strengthen you as you serve Him there. With love in His precious name.

Deborah said...

We are praying for you and your precious people. Thank you for taking the time to post. Please continue to keep us updated if at all possible. You are in our hearts and prayers.

jlevatin said...

I am writing to follow up on Wall's Guest House. There were a couple of questions in the posts about how Veniel, his family, and staff are doing. Has anyone heard anything?
thanks,
Janet, who stayed there a couple years ago.