MOVING DAY

Posted: July 30, 2010 in Uncategorized
On January 12th, the three story cement building in which this family lived in two small rooms on the second floor came crashing down when the earth shook and crushed to death three of their four children. 


EMMANUEL’S MOTHER GOING THROUGH THE DEBRIS OF THEIR COLLAPSED HOUSE

Several weeks after the earthquake we brought Emmanuel’s mother back to the house where she had lived and which now entombed three of her four children.  It was an emotional time as she endeavored to fathom the death of her children and how much her life had changed on January 12th, 2010 when the earth shook for about 43 seconds.


EMMANUEL

Three year old Emmanuel, their lone child to survive, sustained serious facial injuries although he is looking pretty good now as seen by this picture taken just this week.  It is hard for me to describe the extent of his injuries so let me just say that when he came from the USNS Comfort Ship on February 24th, his nose was not where it should have been and was sort of under his right eye.  He returned to the Comfort ship for several surgeries and still has more coming in the future.

Emmanuel and his mama have been a wonderful part of our field hospital community.  But since the day, over five months ago that they arrived we have been working toward the day that they would leave.  Yesterday was that day.

Last month Heartline bought a good size piece of land for Emmanuel and his mama and papa in the southern town of TiGoave.  Paige Porter raised money for houses by running a half marathon and Maxima a company here in Haiti run by friends is building thousands of temporary house like the one seen above.  And for every one we buy we get one free. 
Last week, we transported the pieces of the house that we would be putting up for this family out to TiGoave and partnered with Nate Yonkers and his crew to build the foundation and the house.


EMMANUEL AND MAMA AT THE GOING AWAY DINNER THAT WE HAD FOR THEM


MAMA, PAPA and EMMANUEL STANDING IN FRONT OF THEIR OWN HOUSE ON THEIR OWN LAND

Yesterday morning at 6:00, twelve of us left on our group truck to go with Emmanuel and his mama to their new home in TiGoave.  We were loaded with supplies that Heartline gave to the family which among other things included two beds and we as well gave them $320.00 USD to help buy supplies for the house. 
It was an emotional trip as they have been a part of our community for over five months and for them, it was a tad scary as now they, so to speak, would be on their own.  This family that lost all their earthy possessions in the earthquake and of course three of their four children have found a family in Heartline.  I do not just mean Heartline in Haiti, but the Heartline family that has generously made it possible for us to pay for the expenses of running a field hospital that at one point had about 100 people staying with us each night.
I could see in mama’s face that she was was a tad frightened about making the move and so I spoke to her about God being with her and even waiting for her to arrive.  We spent about an hour with them and then we all went inside the home where our group and Nate’s group gathered to pray for this family and for the house. People cried and people rejoiced and we all praised God as we left them in their own house on their own land.

We are so thrilled to be making a difference here in Haiti.  Thank you for making a difference.  Go to our home page and donate and make a difference as we still have more houses to put up.

John McHoul

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