Knoxville ministry waiting to hear from Haiti partners after Hurricane Matthew

A civil protection worker, left, asks residents to evacuate the area near the Grise river, prior the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Tabarre, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The center of Hurricane Matthew is expected to pass near or over southwestern Haiti on Tuesday, but the area is already experiencing rain from the outer bands of the storm. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville ministry that serves Haiti is still waiting anxiously to hear from some of its ministry partners after Hurricane Matthew blew through.

Harvest Field Ministries is based in Knoxville and has worked to aid the people of Haiti for several years. They worked through the devastation left behind after the earthquake in 2010 and since to improve lives there.

“It’s a ministry that seeks to serve the most needy, and we had found a community called Les Anglais several years ago that really was out of touch with the rest of what people were doing to support Haiti and help it to rebuild after the earthquake, and we had some friends who actually grew up in the area so we started making trips there on a quarterly basis,” said Dr. Greg Blackmon.

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The ministry helps operate schools, an orphanage, medical clinics and more, but this week Les Anglais ended up right in the path of category four Hurricane Matthew.

Some members watched from Knoxville as the storm spun toward the small nation. They prepared their friends.

“When we heard that the hurricane was going to hit there it was fear, and how can we help, how can we organize. So Harvest Field contacted our friends that were there and said can we get our widows to safe places. We tried to get them up in the mountains. Our hotel that sponsors us when we do mission trips, we said we will pay for people to come into the hotel,” said Dr. Blackmon.

As the storm hit all communication was lost.

“Anxiety due to lack of communication. We have friends and people we love in that community who we can’t communicate with,” said Dr. Blackmon.

Harvest Field Ministries still waiting to hear from their partners and planning for what is next.

“Right now it’s really just trying to assess the needs and then form a plan and go and do the best good,” said Dr. Blackmon.

Harvest Field Ministries is a non-profit that relies on donations to help those in need. If you want to help, you can find more information on their website.

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