A Wilmington native who has relocated to Haiti managed to escape experiencing the deadly earthquake. Debbie Mathis flew back to the United States January 1 to visit family. She was planning on returning to Haiti on Jan. 21, but plans have changed, and now she's trying to hop the first flight back to the country.
Mathis is a missionary from College Acres Baptist Church in Wilmington and calls Haiti home. For the past eight months she has lived and worked there teaching the word of God and providing hot meals and water to at least 600 children every week.
Mathis says thousands of Haitians live without a roof over their head. They have no bathrooms, no running water and no electricity. After a disaster like this, Mathis along with hundreds of thousands Haitians and other Americans living in the country, have lost everything they once owned.
"I thought of the children," Mathis said. "I thought of God your hand is on the country and whatever you're doing we're just gonna look to you. It's devastating because they have nothing I mean they have nothing to begin with."
Mathis plans to fly to haiti once they start letting people back into the country. Mathis's church has set up an earthquake relief fund. Once Mathis gets back to Haiti the church will send her the money to help the relief effort. To learn more about helping out call the church at 799-3773.