Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday Afternoon Update

Well, this morning everyone was kept busy organizing and loading a pickup truck with relief supplies for Port-au-Prince.  We had a lot of clothes and shoes that had been donated from Canada, as well as food aid supplies used for the meal program at the school.  We were able to prepare packaged meals for approximately 200 people, as well as at least 100 individual packages with clothing or shoes and many plastic water packets.  Luckner, Karen, a police officer, and a couple of others loaded Luckner's pickup and departed at about noon time to distribute the aid to those in need.  Please pray for their safe return late tonight, and that the aid will reach those who need it.

We've been in touch with Canadian Foreign Affairs as well as Air Canada and are checking in regularly.  At this point we've been advised to just sit tight for at least the new few days while things are organized.  For now our flight is still scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, provided the airport is reopened to commercial traffic.

Work continues on the new apartment.  The Haitian work crew is doing most of that work at the moment, and making good progress.  The walls are complete and much of the basic form for pouring the roof (framework and plywood sheeting) is taking shape.

While that is going on, we've started working on some of the repairs to the school.  The newest part of the school had one wall crack significantly, so we've knocked one section down and started rebuilding and reinforcing it.

We're thankful that the compound escaped major damage.  The main residence, however, has sustained a number of cracks in the walls and/or supports.  The water supply for much of the compound, 4 large 500+ gallon storage tanks, is on the roof of the building.  As a result, although we use the building during the day, at night we've relocated our tents and mattresses to a single storey dining hall and some of the grounds just to play it safe:


  1. Thank you so much for your updates. We are checking the blog several times during the day to see the latest. We are so very thankful that God has placed you all there at this time and place. There is definitely a reason you are there to be Gods' hands to Karen, the children and the staff at the compound, as well as for the supplies and meals you have helped to prepare to be distributed to the people in PAP. Please know we are keeping you all, your families here and the people of Haiti in our prayers each day. May God continue to use you for His purposes. Love to you all...God Bless!! Cindy Power

  2. Glad to hear of your help for those in PaP today. Please let us know when they arrive back tonight. I will not sleep until I know they are back safely!
    Thanks for the photos and keep up the good work.
    Love to you all

  3. hello heidi, tim , and the kids and papa
    glad to hear you all are safe
    love you all
    and miss you ♥
    love kiersten ,

  4. Thankfull for the updates. Hopefully have you all home soon. Praying for the team.
    Nancy Goodwin

  5. Quick update- the truck just returned safely from Port-au-Prince. No details yet, just coming in the door.

  6. Really happy the truck returned safely. Thank you so much for the pictures, it was great to see everyone!!! God Bless you all!
    Love and Prayers,
    The Roberts Crew
    Gramp, Hailey was very sad she missed her turn, she was acting up a little (I know you find that hard to believe, heehee), she will be on first thing tomorrow ready to babble away! All the kids are missing you lots, love you lots!!

  7. thanks for all the updates. Hoping that you all stay safe.
    Hugs to Uncle Leonard.


  8. Thanks for the updates. It is a wonderful way to keep in touch with the Haiti team and know that everyone is safe. We have been checking the blog everyday to keep current on what damage the earthquake did the school and surrounding areas. We are praying for all of you.
    Brad and Cathy d'Entremont
    Weslyan Church

  9. I'm glad to hear the truck is safely back. You've been quiet today, Heidi, and it was a bit worrisome.

    Russell told me about the rooster song and I had a good chuckle.

    Praying for your team and for all that's going on in Haiti,

    Janet Sketchley (Russell and the boys too)


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