By JAMIE LYNN DROHAN
6 News Reporter
MARYVILLE (WATE) — Maryville resident Heather Lollar says her sister and brother-in-law survived the Haiti earthquake. But the missionaries are homeless, along with the orphans they care for.
Andrea and her husband, Michael, moved to Haiti this past August to work as missionaries running a small orphanage just outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince.
The couple is responsible for 22 children, ranging in age from 2 to 14.
Heather acknowledges the community where her sister lives is extremely impoverished and she worries about her.
Heather says her worst fears came true when she received a call from a family member with news of Tuesday's earthquake.
“She said there was an earthquake in Haiti. She heard it on the news and she doesn't know anything else about it, but she wanted to see if I could get a hold of Mike and Andrea,” Heather says.
After several failed attempts to touch base with her sister by cell phone, Heather logged into her Facebook account and left her chat window open.
After several hours, her sister, logged into Facebook and was able to fill Heather in on the devastating ordeal.
“She said she was upstairs holding the youngest little girl, Marilyn, the two-year-old that is very sick and she said the next thing she knew, she was in the floor. Fortunately, she still had the baby with her and she was in shock. She just didn't know what was happening,” Heather says.
Andrea, Michael and the children were able to evacuate the home.
The family is now seeking refuge in a neighbor's backyard. The only thing protecting them from the elements are sheets of tarp.
Andrea continues to communicate with Heather on Facebook, using a neighbor's Internet connection.
The family asks that donations be made to www.reachhaiti.com.