TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Wabash Valley family hoping to bring one of their membershome--a member they've only seen in person twice.
The massive relief effort continues to mobilize to help inHaiti, a country devastated by an earthquake earlier this week.Possibly as many as 200,000 are feared dead, including 15Americans.
"This was a very clear message from God that this was ourchild," said Amy Mason.
Amy and her husband Floyd Mason felt that message almost twoyears ago on a missions trip to the Rivers of Hope orphanageoutside Port-au-Prince. The first time they saw Joshua, he just 8weeks old and his biological parents were dropping him off becausethey too poor to take care of him.
"It was just something, we were called, basically, that we wasleft on our doorstep," said Floyd. "We decided pretty much then hewas going to be ours."
The Masons got a text Tuesday after the earthquake hit. Forthree hours, they didn't know if the orphanage was still standingor if Joshua was even alive.
"I was sick, just sick," said Amy. "I couldn't imagine if thathad happened, what we would have done."
Since finding out Joshua's okay, the next worry is how theearthquake affected the adoption process. They don't know how thedisaster affected the Social service building with their paperworkinside.
The Mason's older child, Ross, 8, just said he badly wantedJoshua home badly.
Floyd will get a chance to check in on Joshua in about 10 days,when he plans to travel with a relief team down to Haiti. But hewill have to leave Joshua behind.
"We will continue to wait," said Amy. "Continue to be here,ready for him."
Ready and waiting, but no one knows just how long the wait willlast.
The Masons were hoping the Joshua may be cleared to come toTerre Haute this fall. They ask for prayers for all the childrennewly orphaned in Haiti.
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