Friday, January 15, 2010

Update from Haiti

We have received an updated report from First Year student Ernst, who pastors a church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, of God's miraculous protection of his family:

"This is the information that I have from Haiti. The church has collapsed with people inside and are still in. The ladies' group had a regular meeting when the earthquake hit the church; up to now, no one can count the number of dead people inside the church.

Concerning my family, I had the chance of talking to my family members today. The way it was explained, it was a miracle. My house collapsed with everyone inside, but God got them out at the right time.

My wife was inside the bedroom getting ready to go to church, but for some reason, there was a delay in looking for an item, which explains the reason she was not in the church at the time the church collapsed. At the moment she decided to leave the room to go outside, the roof caved in on her bed. She ran to help the others but could not.

The house collapsed with my children inside, but our God is the God of miracles. God created a way for the children that were upstairs. I cannot explain that. When the roof upstairs fell, it created a hole on the second floor and the kids fell inside the hole created by the roof of the second floor. Believe it or not, they fell right on their feet. Some of my children were hurt, but they are all fine. The house is gone, but God is going to do something different.

I have not been to Haiti to look at the damages, but based on what I was told, there is nothing left; we have to start from nothing to build. We will need all the help necessary to help the people." (Edited for grammar)

We continue to lift up the nation and people of Haiti in prayer.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Prayer for Haiti

Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti hits close to home for Pinecrest. Ernst, a first year student who pastors a church of 2,000 in Port-au-Prince, had returned from Haiti two days earlier for the start of Third Quarter. Now, with his family believed safe but his church and home destroyed, he is returning to Haiti.

Today, classes were postponed as students met in the Chapel to pray for Ernst and the nation of Haiti. They joined in singing “It Is Well with My Soul,” declaring the faithfulness of God in the midst of tragedy.

An offering was taken to support Ernst, his family and church. For those who would like to contribute to this fund, please contact the Business Office at 315-429-8521.