Posted: January 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
Quick Update
All the children are fine.
They and the night workers and the Tlucek clan stayed at the home of
the Buxmans last night.  They stayed in the yard due to the many aftershocks that we had.
The main damage that we sustained was to the walls around the
houses.  The wall on all four sides of the boys’ house has collapsed. 
There is significant damage to the wall on two sides of the girls’
house and at the women’s cenetr and at my house.
We. of course, have no city power and no water due to broken pipes.
The inside of all the houses are littered with broken glass, and whatever was on the shelves now is on the floor.
This morning at 1:30 I accompanied Troy Livesay to bring two of
our medical people and some medical supplies to a friends place who had
set up a clinic in the street to help the many, many who were injured
due to falling cement blocks and debris.
Along the route so much seemed normal and then we would hit
stretches of severe damage and of houses and businesses completely
destroyed.  We saw car on the side of road crushed by falling debris. 
The three story police station which is about three miles from our
house is completely destroyed. 
People were told not to sleep inside so the strrets were packed
with people sleeping and sitting.  It at times was difficult to get by
We have started cleanup by piling up the falling walls to make
some kind of security wall around the houses.  I have hired some of the
local guys to help with this.
Our plan is to at least get then girls’ house secure and have all
the kids stay there. But the nannies at this point are saying that they
will not sleep inside.  It is possible that all will spend another
night in the Buxmans’ yard.
We will work on securing food drinking water for  the children. 
Heartline and its people have been blessed to have sustained
relatively minor damage, especially compared to  others who have
suffered the loss of homes and others who ave been injured and other
who have lost loved and others their lives.
I understand that Port au Prince and the surrounding areas have in
many places been destroyed.  The picture of the damaged national palace
perhaps is indicative of the condition of the country 
Our greatest need is for money to rebuild the walls to secure the
homes and to make various repairs.  I know that this seems so minor
compared to he loss that others have suffered.

The aftershocks continue and the nannies refuse to go back to the children’s home.  So the front yard of the Buxmans has become the temporary home of Maranatha Children’s Home.  We were able to find several packets of pasta and a couple of jars of sauce in the Tlucek’s food pantry and it will be cooked at the Buxmans.

Don and his boys are working to clean stuff up at the the crèches.

I have received dozens of e-mails from those expressing concern and wanting to help and several others from people asking if I can go and try to find their loved ones.  As soon as I send this blog, I will be hopping on the motorcycle and checking on the parents of our daughter Morgans best friend here in Haiti.  It has been said that the mom is in the hospital and that the father is buried in rubble.

I have no news about the dozens of women in the women’s program as we have no cell phone communication

I won’t be sending pictures of the devastation and will concentrate on what is happening at Heartline.  I know that you can go online to see pictures of the devastation.

Your prayer are greatly needed.
I will update later today when I have a chance to use the internet of others that work with us.  Our internet is done.


Two house next to the boys’ house were level along with our wall

Back wall at boys’ house

Office in Tlucek’s House

Broken Walls

  1. Kimberly says:

    John, if you could relay a message to Kristen Howerton. This is her sister, Kim from FL. We are scheduling a flight out for Kristen and Karis on a friend\’s supply plane for Thurs @ 4pm out of Port-au-Prince airport. The pilot believes he will be able to carry their weight. I have given them their information and they are in the process of getting approved for the flight docket. She would be flying on MFI Missionary Flights @ 4pm and arriving in Ft. Pierce, FL. She may not be able to bring her luggage due to weight restrictions as it is not a commercial plane. We will have confirmation of the flight approval by 9am Thursday am. and will try to make contact again to confirm. Please try and relay this to her as soon as possible, I know there is no internet connection and you may get this too late, but we appreciate any efforts. If she is able to get to the airport for thursdays flight and you are able to, please let us know she is boarding so we can make arrangements to get her here in the US. My email is or you can post something on Mark\’s wall on facebook so he can see it. Thanks!!

  2. Dawn says:

    I was so glad to read this, and know you are ok, Be safe. Love Dawn Mendonca

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