Friday, January 22, 2010

My Nephew in Haiti

Below is from my oldest sister about my nephew in Haiti
A note from Jared in Haiti...

Yesterday at 7:02pm
Below is an email I received from our youngest Son Jared who is now in Haiti.

Please continue to pray for him; that God will use him mightily! Jared will experience and see things he's never seen before and I know it will be life-changing. I pray that he will come to understand that the only thing in life that matters is choosing Christ and serving others.

Here is what he shared with me:

"There is an eerie feeling in the air amongst our crew tonight. Those who remained shielded on the cutter today see in the eyes of those who went ashore what a major disaster can do to a nation. I have never seen so many grown men and women with tears in their eyes. Those who did go ashore experienced first-hand the severity of the situation.

I've been shielded today only talking over the radio to those who have seen it. Never once was there a question of professionalism in their voice. I remember in boot camp being told that the U.S. Coast Guard on the right side of our chest takes priority over our name. Today the men and women who went ashore wore coveralls without their names on them. All that was visible were the letters USCG.

Today was the first day I think I've truly been more thankful to be an American. Not because of our infrastructure or the freedoms given to us, but because as a country we will be there when a country of less fortune is in need. Haiti rarely exports anything to our country. They have no oil or major cash crop we use. But as a county we will stand together and put aside our different opinions of healthcare, war, or economy and help out those in need.

Right now we are taking it hour by hour, aftershock by aftershock, every little bit helps.

I'm going to try and get some sleep, as I've already put in a solid 16 hours. Tomorrow will be longer."

V/rBM2 Cleberg

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.-Harold R. McAlindon

Always ready! A photo of Jared and his fellow USCG crew members in Alaska. Jared is on the far left with his hood up and hand on his hip.

1 comment:

  1. Tammie,
    Thanks for the report. I cannot imagine how devastating the situation is there... just can't imagine.

    My husband was USCG when we married.

    Hope you're doing well. I'm not much on the RH forums these days. I tend to spend most of my time writing on my blog. I'm currently writing on my journey into grace.

    Many blessings!
    Julie (Jewelz/Beauty from RH)