Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Broken Heart

Poor Haiti. As if the situation there wasn't bad enough. Now, in a matter of minutes earlier today, the fragile condition of the tiny, struggling island was exploited by a vicious earthquake centered just outside of Port au Prince. Walls came tumbling down. Bodies are laying in the streets. Others are buried under rubble that won't be removed for days or even weeks. One thing that I noticed during my visit to Haiti is that the infrastructure - buildings, roads, etc., were crumbling and in desperate need of repair. It was also painfully obvious that things had been that way for decades and would most likely stay that way for decades to come. I was amazed at the resourcefulness of the people and how they were surviving with so little. The "so little" that I saw two years ago has now been even further reduced. I'm not sure how much more the people can take.

Noah's orphanage has apparently been damaged, but there were no major injuries or fatalities there. We recently began sponsorship of a little girl who comes from the village near the orphanage and attends the school there. Her name is Gayana and she is one month younger than Adam. I have no idea how long it will be before we know if she's okay. Even if she's not physically hurt, I can only imagine how terrified and sad she must be tonight. I'm praying for her, for Noah's birth family, for all those left homeless, for all those who lost their lives and for those who lost loved ones, and for those who are left to, once again, clean up the mess in Haiti.

My heart is broken.


mj said...

oh, julie. so sad. i thought of you and noah when ryan told me today.

one of the missionaries serving in our ward is from haiti. i think his immediate family is in florida right now, but i'm sure he knows some who have been impacted.

we'll keep gayana in our prayers.

Carrie said...

I thought of your family today too. Our prayers are with you, Gaya, Noah's family members still there, and the people of Haiti.

Lydia said...

It is so sad that often the poorest area's getting no relief.

Ging said...

I am so sorry. It is difficult to imagine this kind of devastation on top of a fairly devastating way of life, but to know and be connected directly to those affected is heart breaking. We of course will remember each in our prayers.

Mom said...

I'm reading this after I talked to you today. You hadn't mentioned Gayana. We didn't know yet if you got a girl or boy. Bless you and Phil for what you are doing. Of course she will be in our prayers, along with you and all of the people of Haiti. Just so glad we have Noah here with us. Love you dear.