Here is the latest from Haiti:
At about 5:00 PM as I was almost ready to send this e-letter, the house began to sway and I could hear the sound of breaking glass and of walls falling.
Haiti had just been hit by a major 7.0 earthquake. All the Heartline people are fine but the houses.especially the walls have sustained major damage. The wall at the boys' house is 75% gone as well as a major portion of the girls' house. In my house a good portion of the front wall is gone and a portion of the back wall.
We are running off of batteries power and have no running water due to the pipes breaking.
The people filled the streets running to somewhere. We do not really know the damage sustained throughout the rest of the city.
All the children at the homes and the nannies and the Tlucek kids and visitors are sleeping outside tonight in the Buxman's yard due to several after shocks.
There are people sitting in the streets as they are afraid to go in their homes due to aftershocks. Even s I typed that sentence we just had a strong aftershock.
I am able to send this bu using the internet at a friends house that lives nearby. Our service has been knocked out.
"John Mchoul" - Founder of Heartline Ministries www.heartlineministries.org
"Just experienced a MAJOR earthquake here in Port au Prince - walls were falling down. - we are ALL fine - pray for those in the slums" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at 5:24 p.m. ET
"Phones and internet are mostly out - we don't have either at home - radio says the Palace fell down and buildings fell down all along Delmas" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 7:28 p.m. ET
"I can't imagine the devastation this has caused to such an overly stressed city - I think it will be suffering for quite some time" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 7:31 p.m. ET
"In our area mostly exterior walls fallen - people afraid to re-enter their homes..." -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 8:20 p.m. ET
"Tipap made it home from Carrefour - saw many dead bodies and injured along the way - said most buidings w/more than one story are down" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 8:22 p.m. ET
On a personal note:
Please pray for our sons, Gino and Sammy, and all the children at Heartline's Children's home. Reports are that all the children, nannies, and Heartline personal are unharmed. However, the buildings are not livable at the moment and they are staying outside for the night. Pray for the adoptive parents, some of whom are in Haiti now visiting their kids. Pray for those that live, love, and minister in Haiti...the Livesays, Tluceks, Mangines, Mchouls, Buxmans, Brittany, and my friend Gina's family...the list goes on and on.
Tim and I plan to travel to Haiti, Lord willing, on Monday to bring aid and stay on to help with any immediate relief and rebuilding efforts. Please consider making a donation to Heartline. They need it now more than ever!!