Eleven missionaries from the Mission Viejo Christian Church were in Haiti when the 7.0 earthquake struck. Members of the church have been volunteering at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince for nearly six years. The orphanage itself did not collapse. Missionaries quickly turned the structure into a triage center for the injured.
"I knew quickly we were in trouble, because I could see buildings pancaking and falling all around us, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt god was right there with me on the rooftop. I felt his presence at my side and I just stayed there. I just stayed in his presence until it stopped," said Judy Beltis, one of the missionaries.
The church hopes to return to Haiti and their orphanage as soon as things settle down.