O.C. missionaries e-mail that they’re OK in Haiti – OCRegister
MISSION VIEJO – Members of a Mission Viejo church that lost contact with a group of its missionaries after the Haiti quake say that an e-mail late Wednesday confirmed that they are OK.
An e-mail sent by Jim Duggan, team leader of the missionary team, confirmed they were all right.
“We are all safe and healthy. So are all of our MdL friends except one girl with a broken leg.Damages to the houses was extensive but they are livable. The boy’s home turned into a 24 hour emergency clinic within minutes of the quake. We don’t know when we will get out for sure. It has been incredible to see the response of volunteers that have come forward, the response of all of the MdL family, the friends from Port au Prince Fellowship and the community. It has been overwhelming to see the devastation, damage, and injuries. Supplies for the clinic have depleted and been replenished over and over again. Its almost like the loaves and fish. Multiple trained professionals have showed up and volunteered many, many hours. The children have been awesome workers. God has enabled the team to make a major impact.We are very grateful that God allowed us to be here to be of service and to see Him work.Please pray and fast if the Lord is leading you to do so. Please pray that more doctors and nurses will come. Please pray that the Lord would multiply food and clean drinking water. Please pray for the Lord to heal. More to come. We want to make sure that we get this out while we still have a connection.”
The e-mail calmed earlier fears from family members and friends who stayed behind.
Earlier Wednesday, church officials got a Twitter message giving them hope.
“We have unconfirmed reports from a missionary on Twitter who believes our orphanage is OK,” Mary Okida, communications director for Mission Viejo Christian Church, said Wednesday morning. “It is our hope and prayer that he is right. We have had no direct contact with our missionaries.”
The 10-member missionary team left for Port-au-Prince on Friday night to do work at an orphanage that the church has supported for four years. Church officials lost phone contact with them since the earthquake struck Tuesday but sent out Twitter messages asking for any information on missionaries associated with the Maison de Lemiere orphanage.
There are more than 50 orphanages in that area and church officials hoped that the Twitter messages from @troylivesay were accurate.
The team is made up of nine adults and a 15-year-old. The orphanage is run by the church’s former worship pastor, Bill Mannassero, and his wife, Suzette, who are part of Christian Hope International. In addition to the 10-member team, another Mission Viejo resident, Cindy Ahrentzen, had moved to Port-au-Prince three weeks ago to become a teacher at the orphanage.
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