Thank you all for praying with us before Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and even while it was pounding its fierce winds and rains on the island. I know you are still kneeling in prayer as the clean-up and assessment of the damage begins. Please pray for everyone’s safety these next few days.
CAMBRY UPDATE FROM LOUIS
Here is a an update from Louis as ESMI board member and President of Give Hope Global, Roger Braswell, spoke with him last night:
“I have spoken to Pastor Louis and this is what he reported to me at approx 7:00 PM …
-First, our children weathered the night well and are safe at Cambry for now.
-High winds peaked between 3:00 and 7:00 AM but are still gusting and it continues to rain.
-The damage to trees, roofs and wooden buildings was immense.
-The streets of Les Cayes are flooded and in his words the city is “devastated”.
-Roads are impassable and covered with trees and debris.
-He has worked all day using our skid loader and 8 men with machetes to clear the road between his house and Cambry. They made lots of progress but did not make it all the way there before turning back to return home by nightfall. All this in the wind and continued steady rain, by the way.
-Pastor Darnier and Wilner are at Cambry and he has been in touch with them. They have adequate food and water for now.
-Pastor Louis believes that no ESMI orphans or staff were injured during the storm so far.
-He expects to clear the rest of the road to Cambry by mid-day tomorrow and assess the situation there. Getting a working generator for the pump on the well is the first order of business.
-He said that he spoke with many older Haitians along the way today and they all said this was the worst hurricane that had ever hit SW Haiti. He said that Les Cayes was like a desert with all the trees blown away.
-Our physician, Dr Junior Osselin has arranged for our Community Health Workers to be at Cambry (hopefully beginning tomorrow) to take charge of ensuring the best possible hygiene given the number of children there. Once Pastor Louis has opened up the road to Cambry, Dr Junior will also be traveling there from his home in Les Cayes to lead the efforts to keep the children healthy.”
FAYETON CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, GONAIVES
In a brief telephone conversation, children and care-givers are well. Praise the Lord!
Still no news from Dony or anyone in Jeremie. Will send an update as soon as I hear.
Thankful for God’s mercy through the storm and for your intercessory prayers.