Steve and Faith Leach, missionaries with International Missionary Fellowship in Florida, happened to be in Port-Au-Prince on Tuesday to pick up supplies and medication. Steve Leach is a former resident of Miller and son of Doris Leach, of Miller, and Faith is a former Pierce City resident and daughter of Marvin and Laura Vore, of Pierce City.
The Leaches home is located in Bombardopolis, Haiti, where they have been missionaries for approximately 15 years.
Laura Vore reported that her daughter and son-in-law were in Port-Au-Prince to pick up supplies when the earthquake hit. They normally stay at a Christian guest home, but that building was totalled and the couple is currently sleeping outside. Vore stated that at this time they do not know when the Leaches can leave the area.
The Leaches' son, Jacob, was not with them at the time. He remained in Bombardopolis but has received word that his parents are fine.
Faith Leach described the aftermath of the earthquake to her mother as "just terrible devastation."
The Leaches work as administrators of a 14-bed hospital in Bombardopolis. Services offered at the hospital include general consultations, obstetric and gynecological services, a vaccination program, a pharmacy and a laboratory. The couple have four children and have lived in Haiti since 1996.
Haiti's capital of Port-Au-Prince, which is home to about two million people, was hit by a 7.0-magnitude tremor on Tuesday afternoon, toppling thousands of structures and trapping untold numbers in the rubble. The earthquake was the strongest to ever hit the Caribbean island nation in more than 200 years.
At presstime, it was still impossible for authorites to determine how many were dead as international relief efforts begin in earnest.