ESCAPING TRAGEDY: Milourdes Richars points to where she was sitting seconds before part of the ceiling of the Adventist Bible Auditorium fell when the earthquake hit Haiti January 12.“I was sitting there,” she pointed at the pew near the back of the church where chunks of the cement roof still lie on the floor. “I was compelled to move closer to the group as we were about to kneel to pray. We began to pray and we felt and heard the church shake. We kept saying, ‘Jesus, Jesus, save us,’ and asked the Holy Spirit to be near us.”
ALL HE CAN DO IS SERVE: Jacque St. Vil (left) focuses on bringing comfort to others, even after his house collapsed—killing his wife and son—during the January earthquake. Elie Henry (right), a vice president for the church in Inter-America, translates his story.Her house destroyed, she now lives on the grounds of the church along with nearly 1,000 others who take shelter there. She offers words of encouragement to those around her. She is active in the worship services held daily and every Sabbath.