Friends, Relatives Await Word On Hoosiers In Haiti
Indianapolis Group Says Missionaries Tried To Call Them
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The impact of a massive earthquake in Haiti, in which more than 100,000 people are believed to be dead, is being felt in Indiana.The staff and congregation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church is awaiting news about some of their own who are on a mission trip in the country.A group of five people from St. Luke's, including Associate Pastor Jamalyn Williamson, and four members of the Milroy United Methodist Church made the trip right before the quake struck, 6News' Julie Pursley reported."They have international cell phones, but we're not getting service. We keep calling, and they've tried to call us," said Pastor Kent Millard. "That's a good sign."The missionaries were planning to help an orphanage in the rural mountain village of Fondwa, about 25 miles from the epicenter of the quake."Our goal is to try to figure out how to get them home safely, but in some ways, our bigger goal is how do we help all those dozens of people who've lost loved ones?" Millard said.Taylor University student Jared King, a sophomore engineering physics major, and professor Leon Amstutz, an academic technology specialist, both escaped injury while working with Radio Lumiere near the epicenter of the quake, university officials said.Members of another Haiti missionary trip from Muncie-based CSI Ministries are safe, the organization said Wednesday.Luke Renner, and Anderson native who moved his family to a village 90 miles north of the country's capital six months ago to do missionary work, told CNN on Tuesday that he and his family are fine, and that he's counting his blessings."Our house felt like it was sitting on top of a beach ball. Everything in the world was moving," he said. "While we felt it, I'm happy to report that in the north outside of Port-au-Prince, things seem fairly calm, damage is low to none at this point."But parts of the capital city have seen complete devastation, including at an orphanage operated by Salvation Army Indiana."(They're) all accounted for. We did not lose any lives in the orphanage," said Development Director Jeff Stanger.The organization is preparing to mobilize a team of volunteers for work relief, and has donated $50,000 and 44,000 pounds of food, Stanger said.Seismologists at Indiana University said the earthquake in Haiti was two times as big as the devastating 1989 earthquake in San Francisco and 100 times stronger then the quake that struck near the Indiana-Illinois border in 2008."Unfortunately, it was right near a major urban area and, apparently, an area that was really under prepared for earthquakes," said Michael Hamburger, a professor of geological studies. "That's why we're going to see in the next few days, I think, increasing reports of damage and casualties."Anyone who has loved ones in Haiti can seek more information about their status and whereabouts by calling 888-407-4747. More Info: St. Luke's UMC | CSI Ministries | haitipoverty.org
Our Lady of Grace in Noblesville is also accepting financial donations to help those in Haiti. Checks with Haitian Relief in the memo line can be mailed to or dropped off at 9900 E. 191st Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.