Tropical Storm Isaac
This past weekend, Haiti unfortunately experienced another natural disaster as Tropical Storm Isaac hit the nation. This storm hit especially hard on the coastal city of Jacmel and the greater Port-Au-Prince area. Damaging winds, torrential rains, and extreme flooding characterized Isaac as it rolled across the country. Praying Pelican Missions has been in contact with our partnership pastors and local Haitian staff. Although the situation has been very difficult, reports have been that they are pulling through, relying on God as their "refuge and strength” as found in Psalm 46. Below are updates from our pastors and ministry partners on the ground.
Pastor Samson reports that the church and school staff are doing ok. They are hearing reports back from church members as well. The biggest issues have resulted from the flooding and high winds. Heavy wind and rain began hit the Cote Plage area as Isaac passed over.
Life is Hope Orphanage, Shiloh Evangelical Assocation-Pastor Jean (Shilo Evangelical Association President)
Pastor Jean reported back today that the kids and staff are all safe. They weathered the storm and stayed safe within the orphanage building. The biggest damage to the buildings was a few broken windows. Please continue to pray for them as some of the kids are shaken up. As of now, the kids have food and a dry place to sleep.
Pastor Valco reports that Mariani has received extensive flooding. The church prepared for the storm by taking down the large tent on the property. Currently, the road to the church is not easily accessible. The main road through Mariani is also very difficult to pass do to washouts and mud and rocks in the road. Many church members experienced flooding during the high winds and rains.
Pastor Samson reports similar stories at Gressier, Bertin, and Bwadjout churches. Flooding and strong winds have proved to be the biggest burdens. Please continue to pray for the people of these communities.
Jacmel appears to have been hit the hardest by the storm based on the reports from the local staff. Trees and power lines are down in the streets and throughout the city. Some homes lost their roofs, and extreme flooding occurred. The power is expected to be out for days.
Pastor Emile reports that for the most part, the worst of the storm missed Les Cayes. Rain and winds occurred, but the city faired well. Our families of local staff members, Jean Delcy and Fritzner Dunois are safe. Pastor Emile did ask for continued prayer for the many churches within the MEBSH that were directly affected by Topical Storm Isaac.