That about sums up the day for us here in Haiti. It all began this morning when a massive quake/tremor measuring 6.0 hit us again. I was awakened by Maria screaming, “Get out!! Get out!!” I knew it was going to be a long day after such a “shaky” start.
Spent the early part of the day trying to secure more supplies, but came up empty. I then spent a few hours with a group of Calvary Chapel pastors who are down here trying to formulate a plan for relief and ministry. We connected well as I took them around our community along with my missionary friend Fenel, who is a Haitian who is living with us since his home is destroyed. We showed them all the groups of people whom God has enabled us to feed and brought them around the neighborhood to see the people’s homes that have been destroyed. We prayed with the injured. We prayed with relief teams that were from other countries. We helped a family put up a tent. It was great. They are very interested in partnering with us long term to bring many mission teams here over the next year. They have their first team coming in this weekend and are hoping that we can help get that team in a place where they can be most effective.
While we were doing this, the wives were back at our home preparing bags of food to give to all the people in our community. We had gotten a list from all the people around us giving the name of the family and how many in each family so that we could know how to distribute the food accordingly.
After taking a brief moment to eat a delicious lunch that was prepared by the women of the home, we set out to distribute the food to the masses of people and prayed that things would not get crazy.
Praise the Lord that we were able to give out food to over 150 families in our community! It was hot. It was hectic. People were hungry and thirsty, but we persevered and got the food and water into their hands. We distributed bags of food to each family that is meant to last for a week, but we also distributed large amounts of spaghetti, rice and beans, and oil to the groups as a whole that the families were part of in a certain area. We will have a delegate from each group come to our gate every day and we will provide them with enough rice and beans needed for that particular day. It seems like a good system that we have in place so that the food is equally distributed among all the people.
Pray that we are able to get some tents as so many people are in need of shelter.
What a long day. God is good. I am exhausted