Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wishing our Walk had already begun!

The USGS has called the earthquake from January 12, 2010 the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti. We join forces and pray for the people of this country and pray that god will send his workers to help those in need. This is a country that Zach and I hold dearly to our hearts. A country that we were being called to before this earthquake. Seeing the people of this country in such pain breaks our hearts. This was already a very poor country and this earthquake have obviously devastated the people, infrastructure  and government, but the one thing you will find is it hasn't devastated the spirit of the Haitian people!

• The quake struck on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

• The 7.0 magnitude quake's epicenter hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince and its 2 million inhabitants

• 3 million people in need of emergency aid after major earthquake

• The major quake sent 33 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.2 to 5.9

• The Red Cross dispatched a relief team from Geneva and the UN's World Food Program is flying in two planes with emergency food aid.

• The Inter-American Development Bank said it was immediately approving a $200,000 grant for emergency aid.

• Some 9,000 peacekeepers have been in Haiti since 2004, including 1,266 Brazilians.

• Haiti has no real construction standards.

. Some 220,000 dead from the quake and millions with out homes to live in.

. Prequake there was 300,000 orphans now this number is feared to grow.

Some Facts about Haiti

. Discovered by Columbus in 1492.

• Haiti won its independence from France on January 1, 1804.

• Population of nearly 10 million people.

• Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

• 80% of the population in Haiti is living under the poverty line.

• Most Haitians live on less than $2 a day.

• More than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.

• Haiti is slightly smaller than Maryland.

• The Haiti telecommunications infrastructure is among the least developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

• Haiti has 14 airports; 4 have paved runways.

• Haiti’s capital is Porte-au-Prince, a coastal city with about 2 million inhabitants.

Praying for this country our heart goes out to them in there time of need. We are wishing our walk in this country had already started. We know to trust god and believe that he knows the reason for everything. We are being patient with him and waiting till the right time to walk in this country on a new journey that we are sure is to come.

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