It took an earthquake

Summer 2010 - Cover Story
by Carol Guthrie Heilman

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Summer 2010 - Cover Story

On January 12 at 4:53 p.m., a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, magnifying the long-time problems of an oppressed people.

Steve Revis was driving his van when the quake struck. “This huge tree up ahead started shaking, and not just a little,” says the missionary who, with wife Judy, has served in Haiti for 25 years. “It was like someone had grabbed the trunk and was violently shaking the top three or four feet back and forth. Then my van started shuddering and a power line dropped down on top of it. Fortunately, I was able to back up and get away. The next thing I saw, about a hundred feet ahead, the walls of a sixstory cement block building collapsed and the floors fell one on top of another, reduced to a pile of rubble no higher than a dump truck. Most of the people caught inside were dead or soon died.”

When Steve stopped his van, he overheard two Haitian men. One had bowed his head to pray. The other asked if he was praying to a “job” (a demon). The praying man answered, “No, Iʼm praying to God. Only God can help us.”

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