Hope Emerges From Haiti Rubble
On Monday, January 18, hope was slim for finding survivors underneath the collapsed buildings in Port au Prince, 6 days after a 7.0 earthquake devastated the city.
But YWAM rescue teams have an unending supply of hope, and when they came upon a group of survivors seeking help, they sprang into action. A four-month old baby girl was discovered pinned under a building. She was removed from the rubble and rushed to a makeshift hospital with a large cut on her head. Local people said that the infant's mother was still under the building, but presumed dead. Undeterred, the YWAM team began digging to find her. To everyone's surprise, she was found alive - extremely dehydrated and in need of hospital care, but alive and expected to recover!
YWAM National director, Terry Snow, pleads for prayer for the children of Haiti as teams of church and agency leaders form strategies to cope with the crisis around them. "One of our volunteers spoke with one young boy that was actually thought to be dead!" reports Terry. "He had already been placed in the morgue in a closed room...morgue workers heard knocking on the door and were shocked to see that this young boy was still alive!"
A doctor at a makeshift hospital in the province of St.Marc, where YWAM is setting up refugee camps, asked YWAM to take charge of a group of orphans left without family or caretakers. Terry goes on to say that their biggest need right now is financial aid and prayer. YWAM International has raised over US $50 000 through our global online donations for YWAM Haiti relief efforts, with more generous giving and donations of supplies through local centres around the world.