BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Sister Martha Abshire said she couldn’t help but feel those same feelings she had experienced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but this time feeling helpless knowing her sisters are there.
Sister Abshire said they found out by way of France that the sisters were okay.
“Their exact words to us were, ‘we were in the truck, that’s what saved us,’” said Sister Abshire.
Sister Abshire said their small hospital for malnourished infants and children was destroyed during the earthquake.
She recalls the 2010 earthquake, “I thought a helicopter was trying to land on the house… and then there was this wave that went through the house and lifted the chair,” said Sister Abshire.
Now she is trying to secure help for her sisters, who she said are currently living out of a truck and sleeping outside until they know that it is safe to go back in the house.
Sister Abshire said the main concern is finding somewhere for the sisters to live while the damage of their home is assessed.
“The roads are barricaded by the gangs, they actually said they would not allow the humanitarian aid to go through the barricades, “said Sister Abshire.
Because of the current roadblocks, Sister Abshire said the only way to help right now is through monetary donations.
As she waits for roads to open back up, she wants the people of Haiti to keep the faith.
“Frè m ‘sèm yo kenbe, pa lagè Bondye bon, Bondye toujou bon, nou renmen ou anpil, nou pa pral bliye ou, nou pa pral lagè. Nou la,” said Sister Abshire
Translation: “Brothers and sisters, hold on and don’t let go, God is good, God is always good. We love you so much and we will not forget you, or let go, we are here.”
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