A MOTHER’S GRIEF

Posted: January 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
8:33 PM

A MOTHER’S GRIEF

I arrived home this morning at about 9:00 and found the woman pictured above standing in front of our gate.  We have known her for over ten years as we helped to have one of her children adopted to a family in the States.  I had seen her last Monday when I had given her the equivalent of $500.00 sent by the adoptive family in the States to pay her yearly rent. 
When I got out of the truck, I could see that she was in deep distress, but before I could ask her what was wrong she in tears told me that her house had been destroyed in the earthquake and that two of her children who were in the house were in the hospital after being able to climb out from the rubble.  But her other two children were still buried underneath the fallen house and presumed dead.  They have not responded to cries out to them.  She asked if I could come and dig her children out from the rubble and if I could find her a place to live and if I could help her children in the hospital.
I wish that there was something that we could do to dig out the bodies of her dead children, but at this time we are extremely busy trying to help the survivors.
I did tell her to come back and see me and we will try to help with her children in the hospital and with her housing.  She received the money from me on Monday and on Tuesday and at  9:00 in the morning she paid the yearly rent for the house that she rents in the slum Cite Soley, and at 5:00 PM the earthquake hit and she lost the house and can not expect to receive the rent money back.
Multiply this perhaps tens of thousands of time and you can have an idea of the enormous suffering that so many are going through.  Heartline is committed to help those like the lady pictured above.
Your donations will make a difference. 
Donate here.


INJURED BUT ALIVE

Today several of us did a walk through in a ghetto area once known as a haven for gangs and kidnappers, where we saw the 28 year old woman pictured above.  She had abrasions on her face, legs, back and deep cuts that had been stitched up after being hit by falling debris. This is the same place that the Heartline midwives go monthly to minister to the pregnant ladies.  I have been going here for years and often hear by name being called out by as I walk through the area.  We went there to determine if there was a need for us to open a clinic at the Women’s Center to treat those who have yet to see a doctor and those with major infections.  All that went were 100% in agreement that there is a need for Heartline to start this clinic. 
We will use our recently purchased group truck to bring from this area up to 40 people at a time.  There are very few taxis and taptaps on the road and it would be impossible for many that we would see to walk the six or so miles to the Women’s Center. 
This clinic is an enormous undertaking and I must admit that I several times a day wonder how we can do it.  The logistics of getting medical personnel here and medical supplies and finding gasoline and diesel for the generators and a zillion other details seem overwhelming.  Yet as the scripture teaches that it is when we are weak that we are strong, as we recognize that this won’t happen without God.
 Your financial donation will help.  One of our main concern is having a supply of fuel to run the generators.  We have not had city power sine the earthquake hit on Tuesday and we are low on fuel.  Now and then a gas station will open but we do not have the time to wait in what is loosely called a line for several hours in the hope of getting some fuel.  We can buy gasoline on the street from those that are reselling it at about 12 dollars after buying it for about 3 dollars.  We must have fuel to run the generators and for the vehicles.  We tomorrow will begin to buy gasoline from these street sellers. 
Your giving will enable us to treat, with compassion and love, those who have suffered so much.
Please donate here.


SUPPLIES

We have already started to gather supplies as seen above.  These medical supplies were given by dear missionary friends here in Haiti.  We  will use the women’s center’s supplies and those coming in during the next few days will also bring supplies.  If you have contacts in Haiti where we can get medicines and supplies, please e-mail me at: <john.mchoul@heartlineministries.org>

BETH IS STILL TRYING TO GET HERE

Beth has been out of the country since running in the Disney 2010 Marathon with the other Heartline Runners.  She desperately wants to be back in Haiti and it, in fact, looks as if she and several others will be coming in tomorrow morning on a chartered place.  They, I am told, will have a lot of supplies with them and that I should pick them up in the group truck.
Pray that Beth and the others are able to get here.

CORPORATE GIVING

We have a generous donation offer from a couple of corporations that would like to help.  If you represent a corporation and would like more information on how you can join with these corporations, please e-mail Tom White at: <tom.white@heartlineministries.org> or Bob Coughlin at <bob.coughlin@heartlineministries.org>

Please remember to pray for the people of Haiti!

John McHoul
Port au Prince, Haiti

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Comments
  1. Unknown says:

    In the 10 days since you took the leap of faith and prayed that prayer, it is amazing to see what God has done. Thank you for your willingness, thank you for your "Yes". What an encouragement to hear the stories of hope and resurrection being birthed out of this disaster… We are praying for you every day and SO wish we could be there to love on you all… "I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this. The unfailing love of the never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hop in him!" Lamentations 3:20-24 Bondye beni ou. Sarah

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