Haiti Earthquake-Livesay’s Info and other stuff.

Today a 7.0 earthquake occurred in Haiti as  documented in a Star Tribune article.  Earthquake statistics/details can be found at a government website. It is already clear of the serious need for prayer as a hospital in Petionville collapsed.  According to Troy Livesay, prayer particularly needed for those in the slums.  This earthquake will create further difficulties for what is already an extremely poor country.  Apparently, aftershocks are occurring about every ten minutes. 

 This blog has previously written an article on the Livesay money when Tara ran the Twin Cities marathon to raise money for Medika Mamba . The Livesay family and members of Heartline Ministries.   Their blog   found at  http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/ and they also are affilliated with World Wide Village.   The people on staff with the ministries were all reported safe.  They still had varied ministries to check in on and phone useage is minimal as cell towers overloaded.   There is concern about a possible tsunami follow-up, so keep them all in your prayers and God’s wisdom and protection. 

Note that in Mark 13:8 the Bible indicates “there shall be earthquakes in diverse places.”   Pray for the people in this country to even more turn to the source of true peace and true riches, which is Jesus and the Kingdom of God.  Also remember that everywhere there are people hurting and in desperate situations. Sometimes desperate situations become more desperate over the travails of life.  Some people question the goodness of God related to such tragic events.  The argument is a loving God would not let anyone face such suffering.  Yet, suffering exists do to man’s separation from God. One day, God will restore all things, but waits so that more may come into the Kingdom. God gives each person a chance to listen and follow Him, and turn from self.    So  pray for folks in Hati and elsewhere that have not yet turned to God from self, that this situation will turn them to the source of true wholeness and peace. 

Updates from Livesay’s as posted: 

6:32 Central time update from Troy ‘ Facebook: Troy Livesay Phones and internet are mostly out – we don’t have either at home – radio says the Palace fell down and buildings fell down all along Delmas.  Troy Livesay most people are staying outside in our area – aftershocks are still continuing…a neighbor was in a school that collapsedTroy Livesay most people are staying outside in our area – aftershocks are still continuing…a neighbor was in a school that collapsed Troy Livesay I can’t imagine the devastation this has caused to such an overly stressed city – I think it will be suffering for quite some time. 

9:21 pm:   

Troy Livesay Tipap made it home from Carrefour – saw many dead bodies and injured along the way – said most buidings w/more than one story are down 

Troy Livesay All the visitors and children from heartline are staying at the Buxman’s house and ours. 

Here is an intersting thing out of this.  Not much information is coming out of Hati.  Troy’s tweets, facebook, and blog information is about it.  God’s is amazing to draw attention to those serving Him in Haiti and giving attention and voice.  Apparently the tweets from Troy LIVE-say were even read on Larry King. 

Damage report:  Hotel Montana destroyed. Many government buildings damaged including as indicated presidential palace. 

10:34 pm cst  written by one of Livesay’s kids: Troy Livesay For Three Angels Parents … Troy and Megan left at 9:45pm Eastern to try to get up there to see your kids. We are running on batteries and will eventually not have this way to communicate. We are trying to answer your questions. The news on the radios is saying most of the city has collapsed … I cannot talk to Troy so I do not know how true that is. 

10:45 Tara Porter-Livesay: Tara Porter-Livesay 

That is on the radio. Please know that we have not seen that with our own eyes yet. I will tell you that there are NO building codes in Haiti. Not enforced.
Recent tweets from troylivesay on twitter:
  •   The Haitian people are out praying together — aftershock happening right now.
  • For those that don’t know – Haiti does not enforce building codes. 

  • The worst damage is in Carrfour (South of Port, near the Palace) we are hearing that many two and three story buildings did not make it.
  • Injured person being carried off in Haiti.

    Per comcast news article:


    Felix Augustin, Haiti’s consul general in New York, said a portion of the National Palace had disintegrated. 

    “Buildings collapsed all over the place,” he said. “We have lives that are destroyed. … It will take at least two or three days for people to know what’s going on.” 

    An Associated Press videographer saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, a hillside Port-au-Prince district that is home to many diplomats and wealthy Haitians, as well as many poor people. Elsewhere in the capital, a U.S. government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine. 

    Kenson Calixte of Boston spoke to an uncle and cousin in Port-au-Prince shortly after the earthquake by phone. He could hear screaming in the background as his relatives described the frantic scene in the streets. His uncle told him that a small hotel near their home had collapsed, with people inside. 

    “They told me it was total chaos, a lot of devastation,” he said. 

    Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Joseph, said from his Washington office that he spoke to President Rene Preval’s chief of staff, Fritz Longchamp, just after the quake hit. He said Longchamp told him that “buildings were crumbling right and left” near the National Palace. The envoy said he had not been able to get back in contact with officials. 

    With phones down, some of the only communication came from social media such as Twitter. Richard Morse, a well-known musician who manages the famed Olafson Hotel, kept up a stream of dispatches on the aftershocks and damage reports. The news, based mostly on second-hand reports and photos, was disturbing, with people screaming in fear and roads blocked with debris. Belair, a slum even in the best of times, was said to be “a broken mess.” 

    Please go read newest post at Livesay blog:  http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/2010/01/god-help-us-all.html

    Okay, am going to stop updating in this thread as Livesay’s are going quiet for now.  Keep them and Haiti in our prayers and for hearts and minds be drawn to the King of Kings in this disaster.   Pray for even those that had recent plans to visit Haiti to offer service, as probably those flights and trips will be cancelled.  God is in control.

    Few more  Troylivesay twitters:

  • Heading back up to delmas 75 area with some nurses and supplies to help a makeshift clinic in the street. 23 minutes ago from web

  • …covered in dust and debris…we saw a few bodies that had been pulled out of the rubble laying dead in the sidewalk…many others injured 23 minutes ago from web

  • …trying to sleep, pulling people out of the buildings that fell, standing in the middle of the road looking shocked – many walking around 24 minutes ago from web

  • St. Joseph’s home for boys is demolished but the boys got out safely. Carbbean market appears to be destroyed. People are out in the streets 25 minutes ago from web 

  • Corrigan and Shelly Clay are doing well, the Manassero’s and all of their children are ok – just one broken leg in their group. 27 minutes ago from web
  • Please stop by and read the Livesay’s most recent update: http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/2010/01/morning-after-earthquake-haiti-2010.html. Will post a new   post with any additional information  this evening. Thankfully there was no tsunami as the earthquake did plenty of damage on its own.


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