We've got some news from the Lloyds in Haiti.
"An update from David and Alicia’s family:
Since Tuesday’s earthquake, David and Alicia have had limited contact with their friends and family in the US, but we have been able to ascertain that everyone is safe, though the wall around the perimeter of their property has collapsed. We have also heard that one of their school buildings has collapsed, but we are unsure which one.
David was on the phone with Wanda McCrate , Alicia’s mother in Claremore, OK, right after the earthquake struck and before the phones went dead. Alicia was able to get a call out Wednesday morning on an internet phone with very poor connection.
This is what we know:
Everyone who lives at the House of Compassion is safe; there were no injuries. Alicia’s brother Travis and his wife, along with a couple of others from their home church, were holding a children’s crusade at the time the earthquake struck. All of the children were in the church and that building suffered NO damage. Praise the Lord! It is a good thing to be safely in the Ark at the time of disaster. David and Samuel were in the house and as soon as they felt the quake David grabbed Sam and got out. As most of you are aware, the church building is a steel structure and the House of Compassion is concrete and block. The night of the earthquake everyone stayed in the church until examination for structural damage could be done.
It is to our understanding that the perimeter wall around the House of Compassion has collapsed. This may sound like a small thing, but the wall is very important for a number of reasons. Safety is always a concern both for person and property. With so many children living at House of Compassion, it is also a good way to keep a safe watch on the younger ones and to prevent anyone from gaining access to them as well as to keep them from wandering into harm’s way.
We have also heard that one of the schools operated by Missions in Haiti has collapsed. We are uncertain if it is the one in Port-Au-Prince or the one in the area of House of Compassion. We do not believe it was the one in Thomazeau. If it was the one in the area of House of Compassion, then it would also involve Good Hope Boys Home that is on the same property. Again, to our knowledge there were no injuries reported.
This is what you can do:
Since the disaster struck, our phone has rung almost constantly with friends and family wanting to know about the safety of our family and what they can do to help. Right now the most important thing anyone can do is to pray. This disaster will never be understood to the extent of the loss of property. Worse than the loss of property is the loss of life and the injuries to those that survived.
As always the needs are great, but after prayer the next thing needed is finances. It will take money to rebuild and money will be the easiest thing to get into Haiti right now. What a wonderful opportunity to extend a helping hand in the name of Jesus Christ. Let’s enable the Christian ministry of Missions in Haiti to evaluate and to meet the needs of those close to House of Compassion. With the church and the school in the community, the lives of so many people may be touched as their personal needs are met. As horrible as this disaster is, we can all help to make it a time of outreach.
You can do your part by contributing to Missions in Haiti—just note your gift as being for disaster relief.
We hope to be able to regain contact with David and Alicia in the very near future and will update this page with more information as soon as we learn something new.
Thank you, and may the Lord bless you for your prayers and for your giving...."