Wednesday, January 13, 2010

7.0 Earthquake Rips through Haiti

I do not have the mind nor the focus to sit down and write what I wish I could... Nathan Ledford reported it very well. Here is the gist of what is going on and how YOU can HELP HAITI and BE A VOICE for them in this time of need:

Reported by: Nathan Ledford
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @08:11pm CST

Here in the Ark-La-Miss, a Twin Cities group is now on a mission to get people in the U.S. involved in helping out those who have been devastated by the earthquake.

Just five days ago a group from the Twin Cities returned home after a mission trip to Haiti.

Little did they know a massive earthquake would rip through the country just days after their departure.

Now the group is trying to build awareness to help Haitian residents that are now in desperate need of assistance.

Haiti is a pile of rubble…buildings flattened like pancakes.

"Can you imagine a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hitting the most chaotic country that you've ever been to,” said Monroe Resident Jessica Williamson.

Jessica Williamson and seven others from the twin cities just returned from a mission trip in Haiti Friday.

Just four days before one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the Caribbean ripped through the country.

A country that was ranked the most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International in 2006.

"In poverty and it's consistently that way number one or number two in poverty,” said Williamson.

The mission group from the twin cities spent 11 days in Haiti assisting a group called Heartline Ministries.

Heartline helps educate and bring hope to Haitian families who may not otherwise get it.

"To see them educating moms that can't read or write but they can learn how to take care of their babies,” said Williamson.

The members of the Twin Cities group say they are glad to be back, but are now on a mission to get people here involved to help out groups like Heartline.

Brandon Broussard saw first hand the devastation in Haiti before the earthquake.

Now he says this disaster is a huge setback.

"The hospital's gone and you say the hospital for two million people and we've got several in this one town for 80 thousand or whatever,” said Broussard.

Since the earthquake, Broussard says he's communicated with Heartline missionaries in Haiti who are actually building makeshift hospitals in the street.

"These guys need to rebuild their walls fast so they can continue what they were doing and help the people that are hurting even more,” said Broussard.

The group says, while they may be happy to be safe at home, they hope to return to help their Haitian friends.

"If your family and friends had one of the worst days in the history of their lives you would want to be with them,” said Williamson.

How to help Heartline help people in Haiti.:

Go to

You can make monetary donations through PayPal directly on Heartline’s website.

Also North Monroe Baptist Church is collecting money that will be sent to help Heartline.

Send Checks with “Heartline for Haiti” in the memo box to:

North Monroe Baptist Church

210 Hideaway Rd.-Monroe, LA, 71203

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