Have you seen this one yet? If so, my apologies for re hashing. Curious what you think. Trying to get my blood pressure down right now, so will check in to see what you think.
Firstly, thank you for your loving concern n prayers! We are about 75
At the branch right now n everyone is FINE--right now busy as bees
Preparing food n clothing, etc for the many brothers that are homeless,
N injured n in a bad state!.
We have had reports of brothers slightly injured, seriously injured n
Dead n missing in the heavily populated areas of PAP--PAP as you may
Have seen on CNN is reduced to dust n ruins. Our immediate area n
Cr-de-Bouquet seems to have weathered it pretty good. Have had no
Reports of death in our neighbourhood--I haven't seen any houses in dust
On the ground--a few fences have fallen--but is about all on our
Street. However, on the road to Cr-d-Bouquets--a new bldg that was 3
Stories high is now zero stories high.
When the earthquake hit--I was in the laundry throwing in clothes in a
Washer--when a deafening roar surrounded us--then the floor literally
Heaved like waves n the washing machines swayed to the right n left--at
First the whole bldg swayed n with us grasping things to stand upright n
Run--3 of us were there n I screamed for them to run out n stand in the
Doorways--than when it stopped moving--which seemed forever--we ran out
On the grass in the courtyard--the sister standing next to me was
Shaking like a leaf--I just hung to her for awhile till she stopped.
John was in the office--thrown to the floor spread eagle and couldn't
Get up--crawled up to the doorway n managed to get up n hang on--as did
Robin n Daniel.
Some lighter moments too--Eveyln Thibodeau was watering plants n trees
Down by the old Kitchen n our watch dog Wally started shaking all over n
Become extremely agitated--she was trying to calm him down when it
Hit--then all of sudden she saw frantic students streaming out from the
Dormitory--stark naked--as they were showering for supper. It was a
Terrifying moment for all!!
Terrifying is not adequate to described the fear--Paul Rozon ran outside
The kitchen area in time to see the entire structure sway to the right n
Left. Amazingly--the following day--the bldg was inspected n there were
No cracks!! Hurray for Design/Bld who insisted on all that steel--PAP
Is in total ruins--haven't been out but the reports are bad--on
Delmas--City Bank reduced to the ground n so many others.
Had reports this morning from all our missionaries n foreign special
Pioneers from Guadeloupe/Martinque n they are fine--if not a look shook
Up. Wilburns in Leogane had part of their missionary home destroyed--so
They arrived at Bethel last night. Yakibonges n Grooms are find--about
3 miles from Bethel--Sabrina Y was able to phone home to Italy this
Afternoon n reassure her mother (not in the Truth) that they were fine.
Her mother already had time to phone Bethel n the army!
At present we have the 13th MTS school going n those from Carrefour n
Heavy populated areas have had deaths either the in the family or cong.
Some have not been accounted for--Br Phillippeaux over in Bon Repos lost
His only son--at university--haven't found the body--so the parents are
In deep mourning! Relief supplies arrived from DR this morning n by 2
P.m. Trucks were ready to make deliveries to Pouplard n Delmas Nord.
We suspect not a few of our young brothers and sisters attending
Universities may have died when those buildings crashed to the grounds
With everyone in them. One nice experience--one sister was scheduled to
Attend a lecture on pyschology n she decided she did not want to hear
That stuff. As soon as she got outside the entire structure collapsed
before her eyes!
Visible proof where 'higher learning' takes you--right into the
ground!! Now if any want to attend university--they will have to move
to another country--as all their bldgs crashed to the ground!! And
believe me--their parents will work to send them there--that is the god
they have confidence in--Jehovah is kinda of a sideline one.
Very sad moments--Robin buried a 14 year old sister last night--she
considered him like her father as her parents are divorced--the sister's
only child. He had to run around n find a casket n she was buried last
night. We cannot even imagine the parents' anguish nor loss. We have
had many sessions of tears--we will be grieving until the New World!!
Her mother was a trooper through it all!!
Bottom line is Haiti is FINISHED--received its final death knell--this
literally killed the country. However, our brotherhood is as strong as
ever--had 3 deliveries already from the DR Branch--they sent us a doctor
n a emergency clinic has been set up in the class room behind the
Jehovah really does take care of us!! Monday we had propane n diesel
deliveries--without the usual paper transaction, cheques n requisitions,
etc. (which they usually adamantly demand!--providing Bethel with a
Also, we had a 40' container come in with lit on Monday n it was quite a
challenge for the driver to maneuver that load in our little
driveway--we suddenly realize our little Bethel is growing into a major
Tuesday afternoon John had me taking pictures on the marks on the lawn
where the truck last week had to go up over the curbs n lawn to drive
out of the yard. Said to do the same thing on the following day as that
is when it was scheduled to be picked up. About an hour later the truck
showed up n he drove the trailer out of the yard around 3:30 pm. At 5
p.m two hours later--the earthquake hit n had that container been here
it most like would have caused major damage n turned over, etc. Most of
the family n students n volunteers spent the nite camped out on that
driveway. Happily for us it didn't rain!!
We have our Construction Overseer from Brkln here along with his
wife--Charles n Jennifer Snyder--plus great const workers--from
Canada--Rozons, Bellerives (Lisa n Sylvain) Thibodeeault's, etc. We
have all the PRACTICAL people on hand! Some 'accident'why they are here
at such a critical moment--why we know Jehovah n his angels are running
this work!!Another light moment.
One Canadian couple arrived from Canada--International Volunteers--a
tile layer as we are presently doing renos in the old residence. After
Terrie West showed him the their room in the new Extension they were
enthralled. Brother said it was the best accommodations they have ever
had doing IV work. About two minutes later--the whole flippin' bldg was
shaken to n fro--as the earthquake hit. Nonetheless, undetered--said
they were happy to here n help out! Only Jehovah's people respond like
Afterwards--I was so keyed up--I worked till 2 a.m. n then crashed in
our bed--at that point was so exhausted didn't care about anything--said
if I'm gonna die--gonna do it comfortably it our own bed. Earlier John
tried to convince me to sleep upstairs then his office--but I refused.
He slept in the office. But Charles Snyder reassured me that the bldg
was safe n could certainly withstand any aftershocks--which by the way
we are still experiencing n are still nerve wracking!!
So that is about it folks! As soon as possible shall fire some photos
off to you!! Telephones are off n on--we have an Internet service--so
that is wonderful as don't think we would be able to communicate otherwise.
Warmest love n hugs to you all.
John n Inez
PS Susan may have forwarded this already--but this evening 3 more
doctors arrived DR--I do believe quite a number of brothers have died or
are 'missing' from Carrefour--a very densely populated part of
PAP--sadly--many young ones at schools oruniversities!