Saturday, January 16, 2010

Short Stories

This will weave and jump around, I apologize.

- At the US Embassy there was a woman with three children. She and one child held USA passports. Two of her children had passports from some other Caribbean nation. (I don't remember which one.) She thought I was an Embassy employee and pleaded her case to me. I explained what I knew and that anyone leaving at this time had to have a valid US Passport. She then asked me if I would take her two kids so she and the one child could leave.

- After I left the Embassy a young man helped me get the bags our kids had to leave behind out of the gate and into the car. He then accepted a fair amount of money for his help and we asked him if he wanted a baby stroller that was left behind (just the wheels and not the car-seat part - the car seat part was given away in the night) -- you have never seen anyone so thankful to be given a little cart with four wheels. Troy got in the car and cried based on that man's gratitude for such a tiny little thing.

- A phone call came that a man had been walking since Tuesday night from the south part of the island. They asked if he could come to us for medical help or help getting to the US Embassy. They said he had been vomiting and walking for days without much rest. He never showed up here.

- Mass graves are being used, the bodies are seen stacked in trucks and around town. Many people will be buried without their families ever knowing where they were when they died.

- Plans are underway to open a clinic to serve our area. We need prayers that the plane is allowed to land with our people and supplies. They are supposed to be able to get in in the next 36 hours but we pray that it actually comes to pass. We cannot begin without them.

- Water purification in the form of a safe chlorine product is being made around the clock and will be distributed for people to add to their dirty water source and be able to make it safe to drink.

- Logistically speaking - things are beyond imaginable. We are considering things like "where do we put medical waste, amputated parts, etc.? "Where do people who need IV's around the clock to kill bad infection need to be housed?" We know the world is praying and we thank you and ask you to continue to do so for weeks and months to come.

- There will be people specifically in place to pray with and comfort the dying. Once I know who is doing that I will ask you to pray for them by name. That task is of incredible importance.

With love and gratitude for the support,


Beverly said...

We continue to pray, pray and PRAY!!!

Bev & Marco

The Zimmerman's said...

Still praying, with such heavy hearts. Sending money as well. Obama, Bush, Clinton did a press conference this am and told us all that we need to send CASH. We will, have heart, it's coming. I'm praying the compassion of American's will be UNLEASHED in cash and that Haitian's will experience Christ's love through this tragedy. Lifting you and your family up Tara. And of course the precious people of Haiti.

Your Sister,
Madison, WI

smiles4u said...

We haven't stopped praying and will not stop. As I read all of this I kept praying for strength and resiliency for you and your husband as you carry all these things. XX Lori

Rose Anne said...

Praying continually!
Thank You for keeping things updated.
People have ask me at work where to go to help i tell them to donate to the World wide village or get in touch with Randy if they know of people with Medical kknowlege.
God Bless,
Rose Anne

Laura Lu said...

thank you, tara, you are dearly loved and prayed for.

Heather said...

We will not stop praying. Please let us know specific names and issues to pray for. I will take them to my church family for coverage. Especially those comforting the dying - that they can point them to the foot of the throne. Around the clock tears and prayers for you all.

MaryAnn M said...

thank you for your updates...we will surely stay tuned to your blog and pray hard. that Jesus be seen and felt by many...

sea salt MOSAIC said...


I commented to Licia these words this morning and my soul has been burdened again to pray this for you and Troy and the rest of the Heartline staff.

"I am praying so much that God can take all of the death and destruction and chaos that surrounds you to stir your heart and strengthen you. To build your endurance and create in you such compassion and tenderness and loyalty that those who are suffering great loss and grieving so deeply around you will look upon you with awe and wonder because they no longer see the person they once knew, but rather, they see Christ ever so clearly."

Take up strength from the LORD - we are praying for all of you.

ajnrileysmommy said...

praying without ceasing!

FaerieMama said...

Fasting and praying continuously for you, your family, the children..

Thank you for keeping us informed.

Sending all I can financially, and praying that the Peace that surpasses understanding envelpoes you both in the days, weks and months to come.

With Love, Keri

Sarah said...

My prayers, thoughts, and resources to you in these days. God is with you.

Carmen said...


Michael said...

Thanks for what you are doing in Hait and for walking the walk!

Nikster said...

Glued to your blog. Praying for strength for you. Will commit now to praying for and with your dying-comforters. Inspired by you both. As a worship leader here in Norway have been imagining and praying through your service tomorrow and will continue to. "[God]You hold my world in the palm of your hand and I am yours for ever"

the*4*of*us said...

i cannot imagine...thank you for your updates. I have found myself praying for specifics today and I am grateful for the privilege of doing that.

jen said...

praying for you all, especially for the days to come. I can't even imagine being where you are right now.

Kathy said...

Praying, crying, blogging and sending cash. When it is time to send goods of any kind, let us know and we will. If you have specific prayer needs, post them and we will.

Bless you - Kathy

Shana said...

Following along and praying from afar.

Dan said...

We read about your amazing blog in one of the newspapers here in Israel. You're doing an amazing job, both with those poor people and here on the blog.
Keep on the good work and stay safe.
We're all Praying for you here in the holy land.

Lisa Zuhlke said...

Jamie and ALi are all out of water, can Troy get them some?

Our Family said...

The prayer thing for the dying is a great thing. We had prayer teams at the morgue after 9-11-01 to pray for the workers and families having to identify the bodies. That is a precious ministry.
Praying for you all to have clear heads and sleep when you need it! God is beside you all the way....

peacebringer7 said...

Well been continuing to pray for provision. Spent time in 1 Kings 17 and wrote a blog article with thoughts. Can be found at:

Also think ministry to the dying and those with people dying is critical. May God guide you and grant you wisdom and direction.

Our Four Kids said...

I have no idea how I first came across your blog, but I've also been glued to it the last few days. Thank you for helping us realize just how real the situation is's not just another news story. My heart is aching for the people of Haiti and we are praying, for sure. My husband works for World Vision and thankfully, they are making a difference - as much as they can right now anyways! Thank you for keeping us informed. Praying!

Lou Mindar said...

Troy & Tara -- Is there any way you can get to the BRESMA orphanage? Staff and 150 kids are out of water and need help.

You and your family will be in my prayers.

Kenbe fem,

Lou said...

Everybody should help for this disastrous. To make more donation call ever body should sign up on

Tom, Steph, Jeremy and Nick said...

We have lots of supplies and are praying to be able to fly in and have clinic in Chambrun running by Thursday. Praying for all medical personnel to get in and aid to flow.

denie heppner said...

following your blog, praying, and believing you are all in an esther moment. don't forget to eat and drink yourselves as you can't minister effectively if you are not strong. (i know this from experience) blessings from fellow missionaries (in the Philippines. )

Herb Allison said...

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sea salt MOSAIC said...

Tara -

hoping you get this or my email!


thank you for praying!!

T & T Livesay said...


Troy and Jamie have direct contact. She told him she was okay. He told her to call him the minute she was not okay. She has not called and we cannot risk two hours on the road based on news coming from the USA -- if Jamie needs water she only needs to call or text Troy by Digicel phone. We cannot tell if you guys in the USA have old or new news so we have to hear it from people on the ground in Haiti. Thanks for understanding.

with love

@eloh said...

We are praying. Adding you to all prayer lists including DOK.

God be with you all.

Enchanted Oak said...

Prayers for your ministry being raised here in my home in California. We lived through the quake in '94 -- near epicenter. Know a little of what you're going through, so prayers about the water purification, the search and rescue personnel, the diesel fuel, the orgainization and calmness of aid workers, especially God's sustaining you and Troy. We're sending you as much money as we can through the Pay Pal donation on your blog. The blog world is learning about your site. I'll help to broadcast.
Chris and Joe in California

Lou Mindar said...

T&T -- Thank you for news on Ali & Jamie. I've passed on your thoughts to Virginia Montanez, who is acting as a contact between the Center of Life (Ali & Jamie's church) and the public.

God speed,


Larissa said...

Hi T & T,

I read about your blog in a newspaper and couldn't stop reading it ever since.
I'm also following Troy on twitter now.
Thank you all so much about the wonderful job you are doing there in Haiti. All my prayers are with you and Haiti people now.
Hope to read better news from you soon!
Best regards,
Larissa Boechat(from Brazil).

ab said...


amywb said...

thank you for all that you are doing. we are praying and praying.

kb said...

Do you have recent reports of water, etc. reaching Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Delmas 31, #32) today? One child needs IV fluid. (as of this afternoon) Outer walls down; looters coming.

Our friend, Guyteau Pierre, is alive! Still wondering about Price Auguste (works in IBESR).

"When I said, 'My foot is slipping', Your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:18, 19

Praying for the Lord's continued support and comfort for you and your family.

Brazenlilly said...

Tara & Troy, your blog & twitter are so helpful. We check frequently to hear more and alter our prayers accordingly. We know you are just beginning long, and DIFFICULT road. You will be covered in prayer!

Jan said...

Thank you for giving us an update and glimpse into what is happening in Haiti. We are praying for God's mercy and provision on that people. Be assured the world is praying, and weeping as well. Almost every church I know of is taking up an offering tomorrow for Haiti. I hope that is encouraging to you.

We had a meeting and discussed whether or not to go to Haiti (not this moment, but at a later time) or just send money. Your comment about having people be there ministering to the dying - and to those who have been left behind - reminded me of why I hope to be able to one day come and work, to minister, to show love to people who must be broken beyond belief. We will be looking for opportunities in the days to come.

Jenny said...

Brian Francis Hume said...

Isaiah 61:4

Isaiah 61:1-4
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

Bless you guys.
Brian Francis Hume, Virginia

The Christ Stumbler said...

Thank you for your updates. Thank you more for serving. The prayers haven't stopped.

In Him,

Austin, TX

THREADS said...

We have been following your blog. We may have a way to get you relief, supplies, etc. We need your email or contact info in country as well as your hq in states. We are in Miami. Blessings to you. Kenbe fem.

Erika Philip

Ashley Julian said...

Livesay family...I just love you all. I hope that doesn't offend you because I know I don't know you, but I know I would love you even AFTER knowing you. I am praying for you...I really am.
I keep thinking about destiny and about how God knew all along he would be using your family in such a way at this very moment....about how God loves the Haitians so much that he would send them the Livesay famliy (and others like you)...and about how God love's your family so much that he is protecting and guiding you and raising up people the world over to pray for you. I can't possibly imagine what your going through right now, but I am so thankful for you and trust that God will see to your needs.
I really hope that I can meet you someday.

theslatefive said...

Hi Tara,
My name is also Tara and my family is living and serving in Ireland. I read your name in a newspaper on Friday and it was as God often does . . . he set your name in my heart to pray for you all and for Haiti ever since. God is calling up his people to intercede. He is not weary . . . lean into him.

The Slate Family

John Bent said...


Thank you for your recent updated, it is a tragic time for brothers and sisters of Haiti, We have also working on collecting donations for this purpose we have built a small website which provides links to all donation websites online like Red Cross, Unicef etc You Can Help Haiti! Keep updating Thanks, Prayers.

lulu and family said...

thanks for the updates. we are praying!

MP said...

Continuing to pray! Desperate for the trapped to be at peace. Praying for the flood gates of heaven to be opened and the money to 'pour' in. Praying for protection of the little ones. Praying for....all that Haitis needs.
p.s. praying for the lifting of the Livesays hearts!

La Familia Garcia said...

Hi Troy and Tara, Please know that you are not alone right now. May the Grace of God be sufficient as we come together to pray

First Things First said...

Weeping for you, with you...I cannot sleep. Just heard of the 6.0 "aftershocks" and begging God for His mercy for you and those you serve...

--Heather Baker

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Gillian said...

Hi, Troy and Hi, Tara! I don't mean to be rude by calling you two by your first names, but, I've got to say, your blog is amazing and just super inspiring!
You wouldn't mind if I print this out for my French homework, would you? I need to find something about Haiti and it needs to be factual, and your blog just puts it all out there! Don't worry, I'm going to print the actual page out, so my teacher can see who made it and where it's from.
Questions: I would like to know, because I don't know much, about the lady in the start of the story.. what happened to her two kids? Are they alright?
That's all.
Oh, and I would like to thank you, for just inspiring and encouraging everyone in the world to want to help you and others so badly. Even if I'm only in high school, and I can't donate money without my parents, I will continue to tell others this story and remind them that you need our support. I hope I'm not too late on this, though!

Good Luck & God Bless,
Gillian & Family

We will continue to pray for you all!

P.S. The URL given to you is my profile for a website. I will have my email posted on there just in case you need to contact me. Thanks!