January 16, 2010
Haiti seems a whole lot closer when someone you know is being pulled out of the rubble. Even if that someone you know is just a twitter friend.
That guy up there is Dan Woolley, a Compassion International worker from the Colorado Springs area, and I know him as @webguydan (he's at about the 1:30 part of the French news video if you click the image above). He's a Christian, a father, a husband, a compassionate guy who was in Haiti to help mothers and children in impoverished conditions. There are a lot of folks who care about others from afar, but very few who actually leave the comfort of home to go and serve them. He's that guy. I can't imagine what his wife and kids are going through worrying about him.
I can't understand French, but it looks like the hotel where Dan was staying collapsed on him. After searching a bit online, I found this great update to his whereabouts on Shaun Groves' website: "Dan Woolley/David Hames". Dan was saved by being in an elevator shaft at the hotel - a miracle from the Lord.
Unfortunately David, his team-member, hasn't been found yet. Please pray for his safety!
I have no idea how Dan is doing now, or if he has severe injuries. I hope not. I wanted to post this to request prayer on his and his team's behalf. There are a lot of people in Haiti that need our prayers right now. Please continue to pray.
If you are able to give up your daily latte or a meal out to donate it towards the relief effort, I know Dan would tell you to give it to Compassion. They were already there when the quake hit. They were already serving the folks in Haiti.
Please prayerfully consider donating a little towards those suffering. Maybe we can't all be like Dan - leaving our families behind to go and serve the less fortunate - but we can all do SOMETHING.