Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Quick Update Wednesday Evening

Just a fairly brief update this evening.  Thank you all for your continued prayers and words of encouragement.  We all continue to be fine here.  There have been a few more relatively minor aftershocks, but nothing major compared to yesterday.

We've been in touch with the Canadian Embassy and with Air Canada.  For the moment the airport is operating but only for aid / military flights.  We're not scheduled to depart until Tuesday though.  At this point, the flight for Tuesday is considered "on" and we're staying in touch with the airline and Embassy in case anything changes or other opportunities open up.  We're all set for supplies, etc., here so that is no problem.

We had to spend another $1500 to buy blocks for repairs to the school today, so money is becoming an issue.  We are putting the new project on hold temporarily to prioritize workers and resources on getting the school repaired and able to reopen.

We've found major cracks in the columns of the house so will have to do repairs to the house.  The walls around the compound also have many cracks, so will also have to be repaired.  This will be a considerable unanticipated expense.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. We are praying for you. Wish we could be there to help.

    Pastor Dave Wilcox

  2. Thank you for your updates - my heart goes out to all of you there in Haiti - both the ppl there .. and the volunteers from Yarmouth. Be safe - come home soon - the money we can help you raise when all of you get back safely. I know my friends from all over the world had been actively asking for everyone to donate to Unicef. God's blessing be with all of you there.

  3. Bless you guys, and thank God for keeping you safe in all of this. I've been praying that He will throw open doors for you through this disaster that might otherwise never have been opened even a crack. Take care and be safe.

  4. I can't begin to imagine all the things that are going on there. All I can do is send my best wishes and prayers to all of you folks there. To my good friend Jim Steer, keep those computers running! See you when you get back. I'll buy the coffee!!

  5. Keep strong in God's love in this most difficult time. You are all in our prayers for your safety and well being.

    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit."
    Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

  6. Hi Ben
    Have been reading the blog at least a couple of times a day
    Glad you are ok and was impressed with your poem Keep up the good work
    I pray for your safety
    Stay well
    Please say HI to my friend Brian B and tell him the Leafs are still losing

  7. Hi guys, hope you were able to rest last ngiht.

    Ben, your poem is beautiful, I think alot of us at home are feeling a call to action like never before. Wayne, Vickie and Jenn have set up a group to collect funds and supplies to send down, the first shipment is monday, I am adding my energies to where they can use me.

    Heidi and Tim, give the kids and each other , and Dad hugs for me. Tell Kate, Aidan and Erin I love them and cant wait to hear their reports!

    Dad, if anyone can get the team home safely , it you. xo

    Praying hard for you and thinking about you constantly,

    Love you and am so proud of what you are doing,

  8. Heidi and Jurgen Schenk asked me to pass on their sincerest hopes for a safe trip home for you all, they are trying to post messages to you, no luck yet, but they want you to know they are thinking of you. They send their love.

  9. Hi Leonard, I was surprised to hear you were part of the group affected by this tragedy! glad to hear you're all OK ! KEEP SAFE -

    All things for reason ( they say), I know your smile and good humour will help your fellow team mates and all those you come in contact with!

    CHIN UP ! you're all doing an amazing job there ! one that will not be forgotten by all around you and all touched by it!

    LOVE and hugs from the family

    Jean Phillips ( Saulnier) - from Toronto ONT

  10. It is wonderful that no one at HATS was injured and in many ways a God-send that you were their for the earthquake to help Karen and her staff in the aftermath - assisting with the most urgent repairs. They would be even more stretched without you.

  11. I finally figured out how to access this blog. Technologically challenged sometimes! Was wondering how far are you away from PaP and the name of the village you are in. What part of the island are you on?

    I hear donations are starting to come in around Yarmouth. Hope it will be enough.

    Wendy & George

  12. Tim

    Glad to hear you are doing ok. Keep us informed and stay safe.

    Mike D.


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