Updates on Hurricane Matthew from Mission Haiti
[October 5, 2016 at 11:00 PM]
Paul said everyone is doing well. Luckily it was dry there today. Paul said any additional rain is just like salt in the wound.
Today (Wednesday, October 5), the team delivered some rice meals to people in need in our village. Tomorrow (Thursday, October 6) they plan on trying to get to some of our surrounding villages to evaluate the damage, check on our schools and deliver some meals there as well.
There are several of our "youth guys" sleeping at our property because their homes have been damaged or completely destroyed. I was very saddened to find out tonight that Madam Dominique, our long time friend and cook for our teams, lost her home. Paul said he has heard reports that almost every one of our partner schools received extensive damage. One small miracle is that our new Christian academy (JAK) received fairly minimal damage.
Paul reiterated tonight that it will be weeks before anyone can make it to Ti-Riviere. He said he tried to drive to St. Jean today and had to turn around due to debris on the road. He said the only way to get there was by motorcycle. That is usually a quick 15 minute ride. The 5 hour ride to Port-A-Prince is impossible right now.
Paul spoke with some serious passion about getting help for the people in our community. He said they need building supplies and basic necessities like food and water. I asked Paul, "How can we help you the most right now?" and he said to collect financial donations so he and the team there in Haiti can start helping people as soon as possible.
Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti. Pray for all our Mission Haiti staff and missionaries as they work to spread the love of Christ in our Ti-Riviere community.
[October 4, 2016 3:00 PM]
Talked to Paul at 3:00 PM today. He said the winds and rain have really slowed down now. He was just now able to go out and see some of the damage in our area. Here are a few things he saw:
- Trees are down everywhere. He said he can see the ocean very clearly from our patio on top of the mission house (normally all you see is trees).
- The ocean level has gone back to fairly normal levels.
- On our property - the roofs are off on the boys house in our orphanage, the teachers house, the wedding depot and Ronald's house.
- Every tin roof on our property has some tin missing.
- The large mango tree in the middle of our property is split in half.
- Our tent in the middle of our property is completely down.
- The kitchen/eating area in our orphanage has completely collapsed.
Paul said he has not heard of anyone losing their life in our area, but he also said it was too early to say that for sure. He said the Mission Haiti team has plenty of food and water to last them a long time, so no worries there. He thinks it will be a long time before all the roads will be cleared for people to come down due to all the downed trees.
Please continue to pray for the tens of thousands of people in Haiti who are homeless tonight.
[October 4, 2016 12:45 PM]
Just got off the phone with Paul. Our connection was terrible and we had to re-dial several times, but he said everyone is safe and everyone is dry. He didn't have time to say much else but he wanted everyone to know that they were safe.
I didn't get any updates on further damage because our call cut out. I did give Paul an update on where the storm was at. I told him the eye of the storm was just past their area but that they still had a rough afternoonahead. He said he was going to spread the word to as many people as he could about continuing to stay inside and staying safe.
Please continue to pray for safety and protection this afternoon. Pray for everyone in Haiti and especially for those who have lost family members, those who are injured, those who are wet and hungry, those who have lost homes and personal possessions.
[October 4, 2016 8:43 AM]
As of this morning, everyone on our property is fine and no one is injured.
The reception was very poor and we had to re-dial about a dozen times but everyone with Mission Haiti is okay and doing well. The orphanage children are all together in the girls home and all the missionaries are together in the bottom level of the teacher house. Paul said there was a little break in the storm and he just went around to check on everyone and everyone is fine.
As of 8:00 AM, there is extensive damage to our property. The tin roofs on the following buildings are completely blown off: teacher house, boys house in the orphanage, Ronald's house (building by the gate) and the wedding depot. Also, a tree has fallen on Lubben and Renard's house and caused extensive damage. There are parts of our wall surrounding our property that are blown over.
Paul said that the lower level of the teacher house is holding up great and the girls house at the orphanage is also holding up great. As of now the cement buildings on our property are holding up fine (walls). Everyone is safe and dry.
Please continue to pray for the country of Haiti today. We are still in the middle of this storm.
[October 3, 2016 7:12 PM]
The team is really appreciative of all the prayers coming from their friends and family in the USA.
They said the rain was really starting to come down this afternoon. Forecasts have called for massive amounts of rain and serious flooding. Please pray for relief from the heavy rain and pray for minimal flooding. We know this storm is going to cause hardship for everyone and especially for those who don't have adequate housing. Homes and material possessions can be replaced but please pray for physical protection and minimal loss of human life.
1 Timothy 4: 9&10 - This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
They said that the rain has been pretty off-and-on all day and it has been windy. However, they said it hasn't really been that bad yet but they are prepared for a long night. They have been hearing of some flooding in Les Cayes but they don't believe there is any damage or major flooding in our area yet.
Thank you for your continued prayers!
[October 3, 2016 9:47 AM]
As most of you know, Haiti is under a hurricane warning. Hurricane Matthew is a category 4/5 hurricane that has extreme winds and heavy rain fall. Both of which can cause a lot of damage and hardship in Haiti.
We anticipate losing contact with our team in Haiti sometime today due to the weather. As some of you know, our WiFi router is on a tall pole on our property to get as much signal as possible, they will be taking that pole down today for safety reasons.
Right now things are good. The team is in good spirits. Throughout the night they received heavy rain and wind but nothing too serious. The real storm will hit there late this afternoon and into Tuesday.
The team in Haiti has taken every precaution that we know how to take. Everyone living on the MH property will be riding out the storm together in the safest buildings we have, they have bought extra supplies, they have cut down some trees that might be an issue with extreme winds and they have worked to secure and keep as many things dry and out of the weather as possible.
Please, please, please spend time in prayer for the people of Haiti today.