Haiti holds an indescribable place in my heart. This is because I know and love Michelle McMartin, my best friend. Jon and I were able to go with Michelle to visit her parents, Bruce and Cindy in Haiti in December 2005. Last night on my way home I heard about the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti around 4pm. I called Michelle immediately to find out if she knew whether or not her parents were alive. Later that evening I received a phone call from her telling me that they were safe, but that the city of Port-au-Prince is in shambles.
Then, this morning I just got to work and I turned on KLOVE, because I knew that they would be talking about Haiti. Then they read a letter from Cindy McMartin (Michelle's Mom), that I have copied from The Morning Shows blog and posted here for you to read.
Please read this field report from Cindy McMartin and Phyllis Schmid at Bolosse in Port-au-Prince, Missonary Flights (missionaryflights.org):
"This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to let you know that we are all safe here at Bolosse. We were hit hard, though. The Bible School building collapsed all over the attic and the office floors. Students were in classes. Bruce, David and a bunch of students are still working trying to get the last two students out; haven’t heard noises from them recently so we’re not sure they’re alive. We don’t have the equipment for this. We’ve heard horrible rumors of the damage around the city. Students are all up here sitting around on the lawns, will probably sleep here tonight all of us outside. I’m typing this without my glasses so can’t see to find periods and hyphens, etc. Just wanted to let someone know out there that we’re alive so that if you get calls you can respond. We’ll try to email family now, too. Telephones are out of course, we've turned off water, gas, electric, etc. It was a terrifying experience and I know there are many dead outside and around."
Please continue to pray for the McMartin's and Haiti as a country. As this moving letter describes they desperately need some hope in the midst of the devastation.
Bruce and Cindy McMartin