Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday

I don't know how long the internet will hold up. Follow Troy's tweets for information.

Many roads are blocked by fallen buildings. MANY people walking around with open and serious wounds. It is hard to travel freely to the areas you've asked us to check, that is why we don't have that information for you.

The deceased are being dragged to the side of roads, covered in sheets and left. We don't live in the hardest hit areas but even so there are many bodies.

Everything in Haiti (PRE earthquake) runs on generators and inverters and batteries == sometimes (pre earthquake) we get a city power current. Now there is no city current. Right now the Internet companies need to use diesel and generators to offer us service. It won't likely last ... and will come and go. We'll do our best to stay in touch. Diesel is going to go fast and will be needed for any sort of communication.

Pray.

tara

EDIT-
You are asking what you can do ... we are going to need Diesel, Water, Food ... things you cannot really easily do. SO - give money. The two organizations Troy and I work with and for both need help and are both reputable. The giant organizations are fine too if that is what you prefer. Money is the number one need (and ability to purchase the supplies) and MEDICAL PERSONNEL. Coming down if you are not willing to risk and get in and clean out horrific wounds would just tax an already taxed place. Medical professionals should contact organizations with the ability to coordinate efforts and try to get here. It won't help to have more non-medical people to feed and house. Hope that does not sound harsh - but it is truth.

44 comments:

Kristie Cerling said...

Praying for you all! I am friends with the Pierres and the Coblentz.

Carmen said...

praying

Lindsey said...

We are still praying....God bless you guys!!

stephanie said...

Tara -

I can't even imagine what you are going through - please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.

Stephanie

ali said...

NO it does NOT sound harsh, and if it does, too bad. its so true, and the reason i am staying here. i dont have enough medical knowledge for that. Yogi would like to come down and help rebuild, when the time comes. we hope he can.

Andy Bowen said...

Hi, Troy and Tara. Thanks for your updates. I am Ruth Hersey's brother. Have you seen them? Our understanding is that they are well. Please let them know we love them and many are praying for them and for you.

The Williamson Clan said...

Thank you Tara...that is what we needed to know. Many prayers still headed your way.

Sue said...

Prayers are coming your way. Another organization to give to would be - Partners in Health. The people leaving the city will be going to their rural clinics.
http://pih.org/inforesources/news/Haiti_Earthquake.html

T & T Livesay said...

I have not seen the Hersey family - I hear they are okay. I have not seen the Ackermans I hear they are okay.

I have heard PAC orphanage is okay and Dr B. -- I have not heard about others being listed.

Bill and Christina said...

Have you heard anything about Maison des Enfants de Dieu Delmas 31 No.32. Last we heard Pierre and the children were okay, a nanny was injured and we don't know about Kiki. We cannot contact them. We are praying!

Christina

Anonymous said...

It doesn't sound harsh... there is a human desire to help, but adding more bodies that need food and water and supplies if they aren't trained to do what needs to be done would not be a help. Those of us here can pray, that is what everyone is capable of doing!
Thankyou for keeping us updated. I can't imagine what this is all like for you.

Heather said...

Praying and donating and praying some more. Your family and your kids are in our CONSTANT prayers. We are spreading the word that you just need money right now. Can't imagine how you are holding up under such horror and overwhelming need. Prayers, prayers and more prayers.

Jungle Mom said...

Sending many prayers and hope you do not mind if I post this to my blog.

Grenade said...

I don't want to give to an organisation. Have you a paypal account we can contribute to directly?

tracidixon said...

tara, we've never met - my husband is aaron ivey's cousin. just wanted you to know that we are on our knees here lifting you guys up during this time. may the Lord give you all the strength you need to endure.

Brenda said...

CNN reported this morning that one man was rescued from the UN building. A rescue team with dogs and equipment arrived yesterday and are hard at work.
Still praying for Haiti.

jeff said...

love you

Jennifer said...

Our prayers are with you. Take care. Help all you can. We are sending as much money as we can and are trying to mobilize our friends to do the same. Thanks for being honest about what you need and what you don't. People want to help, but you're only helping if you're helping.
Jennifer, Lowesville, Va. USA

ManyBlessings said...

Tara,
Thank-you for being dead honest. I think so many are struggling with wanting to come, but when I watched CNN last night I saw what the search and rescue teams headed that way are made of. They are completely self-sufficient, meaning that they have no need of water, food, or power from the host country. They said exactly what you are saying, that their one main concern is not to put a strain on any country they were supposed to be helping.

So thank-you for your honesty. Hang in there. We love you. We have been and will continue to pray non-stop. Our tears are falling before the Throne on your behalf.

Our Family said...

Tara and Troy,
We had the same overwhelming problem with donations...praying your own tenaicty will hold strong. Dont be ashamed to tell others what you need. We had wierd things donated after 9-11 that sat there for months and some things we had to throw away because people didnt listen...

From a former disaster worker FOLKS---SEND MONEY!!! They can get supplies for the long term clean up (and this will be LONG TERM).
I am sure they dont want things to pile up and be wasted that wasnt needed. They are being good stewards!!

Be sure and rest when you can!

badgerdoc said...

Tara,

I don't know if you got my post, Dr. Thom Carlson here. I am wondering if you could use the help of a facia plastic surgeon there. I have searched high and low for an organization to go with, but no luck. I understand your organization does flights. I could pull together instruments, suture and dressing supplies and a nurse and come down, but I don't know where to start. any suggestions. Maybe we could set up a minor procedure room at your facility and make a difference.

T & T Livesay said...

Thom -- Contact WOrld Wide Village and ask if the team they are putting together could add you to their list - Dr Josh WHite and Dr Chris Bueresh lead that charge. WWV is linked on the left side of this blog. Talk to Pat Mortensen.

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Jacquie said...

thank you Troy and Tara, glad you are back online even if it's only for a little bit. To those asking about the Herseys, they are fine and Steve has even updated his facebook page. From what I understand, Steve was at QCS when the quake hit and heard about the collapse at Caribbean Market, and took a team of QCS staff up and were able to pull 34 people out. The Herseys are fine - Ackermans too and they have Internet back at their house now.

Jacquie Ackerman

Melissa said...

Hi, Just incase people come to you for answers to the question: I am a doctor or nurse and am ready to help, who can I contact?
Team Canada Healing Hands (www.tchh.org) and Healing hands for Haiti (www.healinghandsforhaiti.org) are preparing medical teams. We have a medical clinic on John Brown Ave in PaP (which may be unoperable as there was damage to the entrance) and a guesthouse that is still standing.

Cresanna said...

Orphanage updates and a safe list of some American citizens is available at http://haitiearthquakesurvivors.blogspot.com/

Cindi Campbell said...

No it's not harsh ; we went through something similiar here in New Orleans in Katrina those first few days. Praying for you guys, the children and all hurting in Haiti.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Thank you for your honesty. Will be praying and helping in any way we can.
God's healing, provisions, and peace...
Daleea

Jose Garcia said...

We pray for all of you....god bless you all.

alan said...

Can you move your donation button up, and make it bigger on your page. It was really hard to find. I know God wants to use this moment to draw those who were once far near to Him. I'll be praying for the gospel to spread rapidly in Haiti

ketch22 said...

We sent financial help as will continue to pray for your famiy and those you are reaching for Christ. Thank you for all you do to glorify God. You may keep us in your prayers for continued generosity.

Melanie said...

I am going to send you a donation tonight. I hope that you can get water and what you need with it. It is not much but I hope it will help. I am a RN and I wish I could come. I am praying.

Melanie

Kim said...

We will continue praying for you all. Donations have been made and will continue as we can. Thank you for continuing to do God's work under these unimaginable circumstances.

Mark said...

Keep your spirits up and stay positive, the victims will need your strength!!

Freddy said...

Get your hands a SAT phone and inverters. Bless

P-Y said...

Praying for you in Japan.
Stay strong

Brian Francis Hume said...

I've been reading your blog since the beginning when a friend posted it on his FB page. I'm trying to encourage those in the medical profession to consider making a trip to Haiti to serve those suffering. Thank you for your TESTIMONY of God's grace and compassion during this difficult ordeal. Know that you're in our prayer and we'll continue to spread the word concerning your ministy. God bless you!

Brian Francis Hume, Haymarket, Virginia

Jenn said...

I saw a section of your blog on CNN and visited your site; thanks for the honesty about what is needed most. I've been thinking I want to go there and help, but I don't work in the medical field and I understand what you're saying. So I made a large donation online to Bill Clinton's Haiti fund just now. You and your family, and every one suffering over there, are in my prayers. God Bless.

Christy said...

We are praying for you right now.
-Isaiah 40:31

Lisa Buffaloe said...

I just found your site through a search engine. I am praying for you, your family, and those in Haiti.

May God's tender arms enfold you in His care.

Sandra's Latest... said...

I agree, it is not harsh.
It is hard for people who want to help to realize they can also be a burden. And in the end, that's the last thing people would want.
Thanks for being honest.
Hoping the right help gets to the Haitians quickly.
Blessings.

LUIGI HERNANDEZ said...

Troy how we can supply to you solar panels and inverters? so you can light up your place? let me know
Luigi
Puerto Rico

www.hermetikasolar.com

Jessica said...

Found you via CNN. Your family is amazing and we are praying for you and all the children of Haiti.

Jacky said...

my prayers to all of you