Local Haitians pray for family, friends

Posted January 17, 2010 5:04 p.m. EST
Updated January 19, 2010 9:58 a.m. EST

— Robert Eugene, a native of Haiti who now lives in the Triangle, said seeing the devastation in his home country has been painful.

“Words can’t express, you feel like your guts are being pulled part,” he said.

Eugene is a member of the Solid Rock First Haitian Tabernacle of Grace in Raleigh, where many Haitians gathered on Sunday to pray for family and friends still unaccounted for.

“Some of them, they disappeared. We do not know where they are,” pastor Rev. Erilus St. Sauveur said. “The communication is not so good. We cannot get in touch with our loved ones.”

St. Sauveur said the powerful quake on Tuesday killed his brother-in-law, nephew and his 12-year-old adopted son.

“One little rock, come falling on him. He was crying. He was crying, ‘Save me, help me to save my life,’” St. Saveur said of his son.

Church member Carona Simon’s sister remains missing in Haiti.

“I don’t know where she is at. I don’t know whether she died or not,” Simon said.

The images of crushed building and bodies lining the streets of her hometown are too difficult for Simon to watch.

“When I see the pictures, I can’t sleep. It makes me sad,” Simon said.

The church is also holding a candlelight vigil Sunday evening for the victim's of the earthquake.

A prayer meeting is scheduled on Tuesday to discuss plans for helping their fellow Haitians. Members of the newly formed church will meet inside the fellowship hall at Athens Drive Baptist Church.