Thank you all for the outpouring of support that you have shown over the past few days. Praise the Lord we were finally able to make contact with our Haitian staff briefly today. Our good friend with the UN went to visit and used his satellite phone while there for our staff to talk to our leaders in the States. Our mission compound has sustained major damage including lost solar panels, fence, water collection system, destroyed group kitchen and gallery and all windows. But there is a big praise here that all of the staff on our compound are healthy! God is working big miracles here!
Our churches and school have all lost roofs and sustained similar damage, along with the rest of the city of Jeremie. Our leaders, Mark and Marc Donald are in Port au Prince to go to Jeremie in the morning and begin assessing the damage and seeing our staff. The phone lines continue to be down as well as all means of communication except for satellite phone. We will be able to get short updates from there only through these means.
What can you do?
- Pray. Please continue to pray for the safety of our staff, students and the people of Jeremie. Pray for the travel and relief coordination efforts of our leaders.
- Donate. You can donate to the relief effort by clicking here choosing the donate button and choosing "Hurricane Matthew Relief" from the donation menu to help us in the relief effort.
- We ask that you continue to desist contacting Haitian staff and our leaders who just arrived in Haiti. It is imperative that any communication they have is with other HBM staff to coordinate relief efforts. Anyone with questions or requests can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are interested in putting together a team of specialized, skilled volunteers (electricians and carpenters) who would be willing to lead the charge next week in Haiti to help rebuild. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are an electrician or carpenter, and have the ability to come. (Photo credit for picture on the right, Tim Schandorff at Mission Aviation Fellowship)