This is Casey, Licia’s brother, updating her blog from Seattle.
I assume the satellite internet is not currently available. Licia asked me to update her blog as I received information, until she was able to get back online herself.
She is able to update the RHFH twitter account via SMS messages on her cell phone.
You can follow us on twitter @realhope4haiti
We are thankful that the hurricane did not appear to directly hit Haiti, however, sustained rain can mean real problems with flash flooding, due to deforestation. A few years ago when Lori and Charlie’s home flooded, they had not received significant rainfall in Cazale, but did up in the mountains.
This morning, via the twitter page, Licia reported that there was virtually no wind in Cazale and light rain. We are grateful for this initial report, but realize that communities closer to the west/ northern coast of Haiti may not have fared so well. Your continued prayers are coveted.
The disaster of cholera is still waging its war on the Haitian people as the potential disaster of Tomas passes over. Licia also reported today that there has been 40 new cases and 15 deaths due to cholera in the community of Sodo, which is a community located far up in the mountains. The RHFH clinic has served many patients over the years from the village of Sodo. Please pray for the people of this community, for a special measure of God’s mercy.
We are extremely grateful to have friends and partners such as yourself, who give generously and pray faithfully for the Haitian people and the work God is doing among them. The Haitian people are an incredible, resilient, and strong people. Our hope is that throughout sharing our work with you, you are able to see their beauty.