I've seen the tragic pictures. I've read the numbers and superficial news stories that never seem to give me as much information as I want. I want to come to you and give you a big hug because I can only imagine the kind of hurt that you are experiencing right now. You've lost so much. My heart breaks for you.
I have been inspired by the stories of those who have survived days and weeks buried beneath rubble, not allowing your hope to give out like a candle buffeted by a merciless wind. You could have given up so easily and slipped away. However, if you had, no one would have benefited from reading of your miraculous rescue and recovery . I wouldn't have. I'm so glad you didn't give in and give up.
I have been amazed by the true stories of how your churches continue to meet, you continue to pray and sing and praise God in the midst of the stench and daily reminders that your life will never be the same. I love it that you realize that no matter what happens, God will always be the same, and He will be there for you.
Please know that you have a lot of people behind you, cheering you on as you grapple for the hope to rebuild your lives. Their names are listed on the side. Their gifts to you have been added to arrive at the grand total just above that list. Their prayers go up for you. You have support. Keep fighting. Keep hoping. Keep trusting in Him who holds you in the palm of His hand and will never let you go.
Also, know that Compassion International is on your side. They are working tirelessly to provide you with transitional shelter that will come in handy when it comes time to build a more permanent shelter. Keep dry beneath these provisions in the approaching rainy season. I pray that you have enough to eat each day and that your children have clean water to drink and bathe in. I pray that your physical wounds heal and also that you will allow the love of God to heal the wounds that run deeper. I'm so sorry for all that you have been through and I know that this is only the beginning. However, I also know that God is on your side. He is just waiting to envelop you in His arms and keep you safe and secure in His love.
Just as with all illnesses and hard times, I realize that it will take time for you to recover. I want you to know that I'm committed to keep giving and praying. I don't have a lot to share financially but I can pray! I have a list of specific prayer requests posted on my wall.
Also, I will continue to share my love and my knowledge of God's love for you everywhere I go, especially since I now have a stylish t-shirt with your name on it.
I love you,