Update: A video from CNN – “The earth actually split:”
Also, my co-worker offers some thoughts on the Compassion Advocates blog.
Yesterday, Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Troy and Tara Livsay are missionaries in the country; they posted the following on their blog:
The few things we can confirm – yes the four story Caribbean Market building is completely demolished. Yes it was open. Yes the National Palace collapsed. Yes Gov’t buildings nearby the Palace collapsed. Yes St Josephs Boys home is completely collapsed. Yes countless countless – countless other houses, churches, hospitals, schools, and businesses have collapsed. There are buildings that suffered almost no damage. Right next door will be a pile of rubble.
Thousands of people are currently trapped. To guess at a number would be like guessing at raindrops in the ocean. Precious lives hang in the balance. When pulled from the rubble there is no place to take them for care Haiti has an almost non existent medical care system for her people.
I cannot imagine what the next few weeks and months will be like. I am afraid for everyone. Never in my life have I seen people stronger than Haitian people. But I am afraid for them. For us.
A pastors’ tour from Compassion Canada arrived in the country about an hour before the earthquake hit.
I was supposed to be on that trip.
Not sure how to feel about that right now.
Compassion and other organizations are already assessing the damage and taking part in relief and recovery efforts. Please give to help with these efforts.
But just as importantly, please pray for the people of Haiti. I can only echo Troy and Tara’s comments, which I’ve reprinted here:
The horror has only just begun and I beg you to get on your knees – I truly mean ON YOUR KNEES and pray for the people of this country. The news might forget in a few days – but people will still be trapped alive and suffering. Pray. Pray. Pray. After that – PLEASE PRAY.