Most all of us here in Jacmel have spent the day wandering around in this still dazed and confused manner. I spent the 1st part of the day driving around town to survey the damage. There was destruction like I have never seen before, but I am certain that it is nothing compared to the destruction throughout Port au Prince. I just saw pictures on the web for the first time since the quake hit Port au Prince and I am in complete shock. This death toll will be in the many thousands. We are getting tremors at this very moment and have been experiencing them all throughout the day.
CNN and other news stations have been contacting some missionaries here trying to get info for their stories. I have been contacted also by a news reporter in the states trying to do a story. I just haven’t had time to write back because we want to focus our concern on helping people around us.
So, today we praise the Lord that we were able to feed 75 people who have suffered great loss. It is a group of several families around my neighborhood. We had a few of the women come to our home to cook a humongous pot of rice and beans. Then I went out and bought several cases of water to give out as well. We brought the food and water over to the people and they were so happy. I told them that the very first thing that we need to do is to pray and give thanks to our God, the Lord and King of the universe for preserving our lives so that we can be here today. After we prayed, the food was given out and I can’t tell you the joy that was brought to my heart when I saw so many people with smiles on their faces because their bellies had been filled with food. They were so happy and were all giving thanks to God. When I told them in Creole that we are going to come back again tomorrow and do the same thing, Lord willing, they all erupted into clapping and praising God.
We are thankful that God has preserved our family and our home so that we can focus on ministering to the needs of those around us who are looking for anything to hold onto hope. It is for this purpose that we have come to share with them the greatest hope that we can ever have, and that is a hope in a sovereign and good God.
Tomorrow I told them that I will bring my guitar and we will not only pray and give thanks to God, but we will sing and lift our voices to Him acknowledging His care and love for us. They are very excited for this. We have one family who has lost their home who will be staying with us for however long needed. He is my good friend Fenel, who is supposed to be my language teacher starting this week. We may have another family as well. Well, things will probably get put on hold until this smoke clears.
I will try to put up some pics that I took today that show the enormity of the damage here in Jacmel. Prayers are needed all throughout Haiti. This is not over yet. We are still getting tremors constantly.