An Update from Matt Harrison, Blogging for Lutheran World Relief

January 24th, 2010 Post by

Matt Harrison has been asked to blog for Lutheran World Relief while he is in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Here is an excerpt from his post yesterday.

Last night was traumatic for the 1500 Haitians here at the medical compound.

Around 6:00 p.m. a tremor shook the area. Everyone fled for their lives into the yard in front of the buildings. There was widespread mourning and weeping, fear in the eyes of little children, and old men looking skyward and shaking their heads. All the patients had to be re-triaged because they had pulled the I.V.s from their arms.

Amputees crawled out of a makeshift recovery ward in an open-air chapel. It was pandemonium. LCMS Missionary Ted Krey (nephew of LWR Board member Phil Krey), quickly urged all of us clergy to make our way among the large crowd, comforting and praying with the people. The three languages among the people are Creole, French, and Spanish. I came upon a little girl and her mother. The child was but five or so, with a pelvic body cast that extended down both legs, as well as an arm cast. She was terrified. I reached down to touch her and bless her in the name of Jesus (it’s so important to have one’s clericals and crucifix on), and she grabbed my hand, and pulled on my arm, pleading with me. I sat with her for twenty minutes. I prayed, I tried to speak comfort to her and her mother. I sang “I am Jesus Little Lamb” and her breathing slowed. Finally Brazilian Missionary Pastor Walter chanced by in the melee. “Walther, what does she want.” “She is asking if you have
some way to take her and her mother away from here.” I did not.

But she had been cared for, her life spared. Many others have not been so fortunate.

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  1. Dutch
    January 24th, 2010 at 08:57 | #1

    Oh, how we wish we could, do, what that sweet little babe begged for! If we only could…

    I pray those there, let those sweet lambs know, we are with them, even if we can’t hold their hands, spirit them away from where they are, oh…we are with you, your brothers & sisters, are with you.

  2. C.S.
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:05 | #2

    “I reached down to touch her and bless her in the name of Jesus (it’s so important to have one’s clericals and crucifix on), and she grabbed my hand, and pulled on my arm, pleading with me.”

    What a blessed reminder that Jesus is with the suffering people of Haiti.

  3. Bubbles
    January 26th, 2010 at 09:47 | #3

    Here we have a wonderful study of styles. On the one hand, we have the man of decision, leadership, of corporate control and governance, committees, strategies, subjugation, mission statements, initiatives, and photo-ops; the man who could not make it, who would have been out of place if he had. On the other hand we have the man with a crucifix and clerical collar, sitting and singing comfort to a girl in a body cast, a girl whose language he could not speak. The contrast in the styles couldn’t be greater; it is Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim.

    What a choice for our synod!

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