Thinking About Our Sister. . .


Many people may not know that Saint-Marc, Haiti and Lake Worth are sister cities.

Here is a map of Haiti showing were Saint-Marc is and the location of Port-au-Prince.  The two cities are separated by about 50 miles.

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Naturally while we are all worried about the welfare of all of Haiti following the earthquake, Saint-Marc is of particular concern to many here in Lake Worth.

Information from Haiti is understandably sketchy at this point, however there is news of a group of missionaries from Tyler, Texas who were in Saint-Marc when the earthquake hit. It appears that, while shaken, Saint-Marc may have escaped serious damage:

Tyler Morning Telegraph
Tyler, Texas

Area Missionaries In Haiti Describe Devastating Event

By PATRICK BUTLER
Religion Editor

There was screaming Tuesday afternoon when buildings started to rock in Saint-Marc, Haiti, and the electricity went out. Workers with Youth With A Mission in that city could hear panic in the voices of families nearby who could not take shelter from an earthquake that devastated Port au Prince, the nation’s capital.

Located north of the capital, Saint-Marc escaped major damage said YWAM’s national leader, Terry Snow, during a phone message to YWAM directors in Tyler on Wednesday. Snow, of Granbury, received his missions training at YWAM Tyler before moving to Haiti 19 years ago.

“Terry said the people were very scared, but that there was no significant damage in the city that he had seen,” said Debbie Lascelles, who is in the leadership of YWAM Tyler. “By Wednesday morning he turned his attention to mobilizing assessment teams to Port au Prince to see where aid from YWAM Tyler could be best used.”

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