Things are starting to get a little scary. We realize that the destruction in Jacmel is more than we first thought. I just found out that there are still hundreds of people here in Jacmel trapped under the rubble. You can smell the dead people in the downtown area where much damage occurred. I guess I haven’t been to some of these places yet, so I thought that it wasn’t as bad as it really is. I will go down there today to see what is going on.
Today is a day for me to take stock of what my family will need to stay safe, protected, and provided for. This is where it is getting a little scary. I was just able to cash a check for $2,000 so that I have money for food and supplies for the long-term. The only problem seems to be the issue of availability of these supplies. We will need lots of gas for our generator. I have spent the whole morning fighting a massive crowd at the only open gas station in the area. After several hours of trying to get my truck in line, I was finally forced to drive away…empty. I hope to be able to get some today, but only the Lord knows.
The other question is the issue of water. Will it run out soon? Will we be able to have access anywhere to clean safe water? I don’t know. Again, I went to get water today at the same place as we tried to get gas. We were told that there is water, but that the machine had been broken by somebody on the outside and that we would have to come back later to get water. So, we hope to be able to fill our 5 gallon jugs. We only have 4 of these jugs. It would be nice if we had 40. But I don’t even know where we may be able to buy these.
What about food? I don’t know. With the extremely limited food resources here in Jacmel, I am pretty sure that food supplies will soon be gone. All of us in Jacmel usually drive to Port au Prince about once a month to buy our groceries and supplies. We usually go to the Caribbean Market in Port au Prince…but now the Caribbean is in a pile of rubble. So, even when we get road access to Port au Prince, where will we go? Port au Prince will be a complete war zone, and probably unsafe in so many places.
Right now, we have food which should last us for about 3 weeks or so. But after that…I don’t know.
We also will need water in our cistern and tank so that we can wash clothes and bathe. Right now, we have our tank about half full, which will only last us maybe 2 more days. After that, I am praying that the water trucks will be back up and running.
So, there is just so much uncertainty right now, and that can certainly make things a little scary. We trust in the Lord completely, but we are also called to use wisdom and discernment. Right now, I need to focus my attention on getting my family safe.
Yes, we will still reach out and try to care for the hurting and suffering, but please know that we will not be foolish and not think about the safety of our family. I have 2 little girls who need to be protected from all of this. We are praying and discussing what to do. We want to use wisdom and not just react out of sheer panic.
Please be in prayer for me and my family. Thanks