Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quick update from Sarah ..

I don't have a whole lot of time - but I'll try and give a quick update.

No matter what you've watched on the news, it cannot begin to show how things really are here.
House after house is completely smashed - so many people have died. They will never be able to know the real number.
I literally have not met one person who didn't have a direct family die. A lot of people had multiple children die as well as their wives or husbands. But they're so strong. They don't feel sorry for themselves at all - because they know everyone else is suffering too.

Port-au-Prince is a huge city. There's not ANY businesses open. Most of them were destroyed, but even those that are still standing aren't open. It's like a wierd ghost town, but with people. No one is in any buildings. They're afraid.

I can understand now. Our very first morning in PAP, there was a tremor that was a 6.1. We were sleeping in our friends house. I've never been so scared in my life. I can't imagine what they went through.
Now we're sleeping a driveway. Away from the house and walls, in case they collaspe.

We've been trying like crazy to get food into these people. We finally got some yesterday and we drive 3 hours this morning to get a load in Jacmel. We'll be taking it back tomorrow.

There are thousands upon thousands that are still very wounded. We were able to help some of them yesterday.

My plan in the next couple of days is to take a bag of bandage supplies into some of the camps of homeless people. They all need their old bandages changed - or they still their wounds treated for the first time.

We were able to get to adopted boys out to the states earlier in the week. We had to spend two straight days at the U.S. Embassy - but we finally did it.

Julia and I tried our best to get a man with his two kids out to the states. His wife and two other children died. Now he has a 9 year old and 2 yr old and no home and no job.

We weren't able to do anything though...we went and saw their house...I can't imagine driving up to that and finding out my wife and kids were inside. They found the 2 yr old inside - God saved him. The 9 yr old was on the porch and was able to jump off.

A lot of people are literally starving to death - we're trying to get to them...but there's so many.

Keep praying! God's doing amazing things. Thank you all for all your prayers.

There's way more to tell than I can write right now.

Talk to you soon,

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for all you are doing. You and the people of Haiti are in our prayers. We look forward to reading about your work. Please stay safe. Love, Tracey, Mikey & Ahna Valach