Jim Glynn is a pastor and president of Heart of God Ministries. He has spent over 27 years working in Haiti and has a tremendous heart for this country.
By the time we got going today it was already fairly late. I said, "What kind of story are you looking for? Any ideas?" George said, "I don't know, just ask Webster to go where there's lots of devastation and we'll find something." So we were driving around the Delmas area of the city, and then through a neighborhood called Nazon. We saw many offices, banks, and houses crushed. Some four story buildings looked like four big pancakes one atop another.
We saw a big pile of rubble with many rescue workers on top of it, and we decided to turn in there. Webster said, "That's a school, they must be trying to see if any students are still alive." As we turned, Webster started talking to a woman on the road. He said, "That's my supervisor. She's the boss at Coca-Cola where I worked before the earthquake. She lives right there in that house that is destroyed." I thought, "Maybe we'll get a story about this Coca-Cola boss," which really didn't sound too interesting to me."
Suddenly right past us rescue workers were running up the street. We got out of the car and followed them around a corner and down another block where a small crowd were watching workers at a crumbled house. Someone had heard the cry of a baby under the rubble, and they had run to get the workers who were down the street at that school. Recovery workers from Miami and France were working together. They had a dog that can smell live people, but the dog hadn't smelled anything. Yet they had heard the cry of a baby. While we watched, we found the young father and his brother. The father had been gone, and his 2 and 3-year-old daughters had been in the house with his mother , two nieces, and his sister-in-law. They assumed they were all dead under the rubble, and the smell of dead people was very strong. Yet one of them had heard that little cry.
We did an interview of the father, but didn't see the mother. Turns out she was in the crowd but we didn't realize it. Suddenly they confirmed that they could see the child, in a curled-up position in a space the size of a small box. It took another hour before they were able to remove more rubble, and finally they carried up the child and immediately placed her in the father's arms, then lay her down on a makeshift table for emergency medical care. I got photos as they were taking out the child, in the father's arms, and getting treatment. There was no other media but us until the child was out, and then one other cameraman appeared. Everyone was praising the Lord and saying it was an impossible miracle that the child survived for five days.
Turns out that the child was found with the dead aunt and dead grandmother; she was between them. The dog could not smell the child because she was between two dead people. In fact, when they carried out the child, she had the odor of death. She was moving but not speaking, then she started to whimper and then to cry and everyone was rejoicing.
The mother was in some kind of shock. As soon as the baby came out and the father ran to take her in his arms, the mother ran away! The Haitians said she was crazy, but some knew that she was in terrible emotional shock. I ran to get her. I talked to her gently and took her arm and gradually led her to her husband and child, but it was as though she was very frightened and it was difficult to convince her to come. I kept saying, "Please trust me, let me take your arm, let me take you to your baby girl." Who knows what was going on inside her. I talked to the uncle of the rescued baby, another young guy. I took him aside and asked him to describe his wife and the grandmother of the baby. Then I spoke to the rescue workers to be sure those were the two women found dead with the baby, which they confirmed. So I took the man aside again and told him, and held him for a moment while he very quietly wept.
It was my great privilege to be able to be there, not just to interpret but also to minister to the people, often speaking to the crowd or the family involved.
It certainly would be a greater and greater miracle if the Lord would lead us every day like He has the past two days.giving us stories of redemption in the midst of death and destruction! I'm going to pray that He gives us a theme of redemption, showing us what He is capable of doing when all looks hopeless. I know the answer to that in my mind, but here is the place where He can display that truth about Himself to everyone. And it appears that is exactly what He is doing.
Jim Glynn, President Heart of God Ministries