Sunday, February 3, 2008

The most intense month of my life

Gosh, I don't even know where to start. It's 7:30 am and I'm living on very little sleep. I just got news that Jeremiah has finally been evacuated from a hotel in the capital city in Chad, Africa and is safer than he has been in 2 days. They got caught in the middle of rebel attacks on the city and their hotel was attacked. The survived by huddling in the kitchen with other guests. They were missed during the first evacuation because of a "miscommunication" with the embassy and there was no hope to get them out because of the escalating battles. Their journey began on January 16th.

He went to Chad with Stop Genocide Now to bring relief and hope to the Darfurian refugees at various camps. They met remarkable people and did remarkable things while there. They were the only eyewitnesses with the ability to communicate to the U.S. from inside ground zero. After much harassment to the French Military from the State Department and to the State Department from us, they, and all the remaining foreigners, were transported out of the battle zone. I pray for those people left behind. I am grateful to live in a country where no matter where you go, you know they are watching your back and doing what they can to protect you. Not very many people on this earth have that comfort. Definitely not our friends in Africa.

There were travel warnings to Chad, but they went anyway more concerned about helping bring aid and hope to the refugees. I'm grateful for their courage and love of humankind and grateful for their safe return.

I'm way to tired to write any more, but all the details have been video taped and written on the charity website www.stopgenocidenow.org.

This quote says it all!

"A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race" (Joseph Smith, Jr 1840)

7 comments:

kim.clapp said...

I am soo happy that he if finally safe! I'm praying for your family! XOXO

Nadine said...

I've been praying for Miah, and your family. Let me know when he gets home. It's times like this when I wish I was still in LA! I miss you lots!

Erin and Steffon said...

Jess- You guys have been in our prayers...I'm glad that he is finally safe! What an amazing/crazy experience. I can't wait for him to get home and for you to be able to hug him! Keep us posted! Love ya!

Ann Marie said...

I cannot even fathom what you have been going through. So grateful that he is coming home safe to you tomorrow! I have been praying for you all - thanks for sharing with me over the phone, it is always great to chat with you!

Tasha said...

I am so glad he is safe and on his way home. I can't wait to get together and hear the stories 1st hand, after of course you all have some one on one time and R&R. Love you guys.

Debbie said...

I love you girl! I am so glad he is back home. Home is such a wonderful place, isn't it!?!

Jennifer said...

I had no idea any of this was going on, I feel like a terrible friend. I am glad things are looking better, call if you need anything!