(This post is written by Keziah's mother on Tuesday, Jan. 19)
When I spoke to Keziah early this morning, she sadly reported that she would be distributing the last three cans of baby formula today and that she had nearly depleted her stock of medical supplies. No aid had arrived; there was no word of any help forthcoming. What would she say tomorrow when the mothers held up their hungry babies? What would happen to those who needed fresh bandaging? I heard fear and despair in her voice. There was nothing I could say except "Keziah, everyone is praying and I know help is on its way."
I called again at 5:00 pm -- Prayer had prevailed and help had arrived!! Keziah's friend, Commander Dave Strong (Chief Liaison Mission Officer with the US Embassy) had come to check on her, bringing with him medical supplies, soap, shampoo, sanitary pads -- and a warm hug & good cheer. It was the most happy of reunions, giving Kez a much needed psychological boost, not to mention enough medical supplies to keep her nursing for another day.
Then, her friend Michael came over. "Kez, look what I just found in one of our rooms. Could you use some baby formula?" Keziah estimates that it's enough to get them thru the next three days. (Some for Dorothy's orphans and the rest for Kez's neighborhood babies.) Baby formula! More precious than gold!
Finally, with money given to her, Kez was able to buy enough pasta and corn (at a local outdoor market) to feed her 300 in the field. The food was cooked, distributed on plates, and gratefully and peacefully received. At the same time, Kez and her helpers were able to provide clean water to the people using a water purification system given by Bill Nathan's friend.
It is no wonder that the Haitian people continue in all this to praise God, singing, praying, and preaching even as their world has crumbled around them. And no wonder that Keziah wants to be there with them.