Since the Jan. 12 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, Lori Trousdale has been scrambling to send aid to her parents, who are missionaries there.

Since the Jan. 12 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, Lori Trousdale has been scrambling to send aid to her parents, who are missionaries there.

Trousdale's parents have worked 30 years as Christian missionaries in a village near Port-de-Paix, about 80 miles north of Port-au-Prince.

Trousdale works as the ministry programming director at Amazing Grace Christian Church, 2255 Quail Creek Blvd.

She also helps equip her parents' mission.

On Jan. 21, 10 busloads of refugees arrived at the mission.

Trousdale is doing everything she can to find aid to send to the mission built by her parents, Larry and Diana Owen.

"The people that come from Port-au-Prince only have the clothes on their back," Diana Owen said in an interview via e-mail.

"Some just took the first bus out of Port-au-Prince and don't even know where they are. We are trying to find those people and give them food and two or three sets of clothes.

"There is no organization in Haiti," Owen added, "but we do what we can each day."

"We're definitely being called into a greater service," Trousdale said.

"As big as this earthquake is, God is bigger."

She recalled Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose."

Trousdale said her parents started Northwest Haiti Christian Mission in 1979 in Port-de-Paix.

When the mission was built, Trousdale said her mother and father had enough resources to care for 10 children.

She said Haitian authorities brought 100 underprivileged children to the mission and her mother "had to pick 10."

Trousdale's brother and sister now operate the northwest Haiti mission while their parents started a smaller mission in Saint-Louis-du-Nord, about 10 miles east of Port-de-Paix.

Trousdale said the new mission, called Waves of Mercy, was to be her mother and father's "retirement mission."

The day of the earthquake, Larry Owen took several taxis to get to Port-au-Prince.

As he made his way back to Waves of Mercy, Owen found that authorities had sent three busloads of refugees to his mission.

"God was trying to tell you, 'I will take care of the transportation,'" Trousdale said of her father's journey.

The "retirement mission" then became a clinic for earthquake victims.

"This is like us opening a snack bar and we're surprised to make real meals," Trousdale said.

She said her parents have no medical background and administer antibiotics and other medicine the best they can.

Diana Owen said the mission is supplied with antibiotics through local pharmacies.

The pharmacies ran out and they received some medical supplies from the United States on Jan. 21, Owen said.

"People are coming to our house every day, begging for food," Owen said.

"Many of them need money in order to get to Port-au-Prince to rescue distant family members or to verify that their family lost their lives," he said.

"They can only do that by going to the actual house and seeing if it is standing. If the buildings are down, this probably means their families have died."

Trousdale said attendance at the mission's Sunday church service has increased tremendously.

"We can't offer them anything except Jesus and they're still showing up," she said.

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