Long Beach woman missing family in Haiti

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - For Jocelyne Williams, word of the earthquake that devastated her home country of Haiti came from Florida.

"I was sleeping and then my cell phone rang," Williams remembered. "It was my mom, and she said, 'Jo, look at the news.'"

At first, Williams said she stayed glued to the images pouring out of the country. But now the television screen, for the most part, remains black.

"I said to myself as people were passing by, I could recognize some faces, but I cannot do that [watch television] anymore," Williams said.

Williams has heard from cousins who are alive, but sleeping on the streets. She's still waiting though to hear from a missing aunt and brother.

"Now, I'm really worried because I know my brother. If he could get contact he would. He would let us know, because he knows we're going to worry," Williams said.

Praying, fasting and hoping is what she and her husband, Felix, do a lot of during this difficult time. But, instead of devoting all their attention to worry, they're focusing on what needs to be done to help the people of Haiti.

"Love is an action word. When you get finished with all the prayers, you've got to do something. You got to do something," Felix said.

Felix Williams pastors the Grace Fellowship Church in Gulfport.  He's partnering with other churches and organizations to sponsor families and communities in Haiti.  The Williams' goal is establish a more direct form of outreach so people know exactly who they're helping.

Felix said the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse, an organization with which the Williams are partnering, already has people on the ground in Haiti.

"It's about helping your sisters and helping your brothers.  Like the Bible says, you are your brothers' keepers, your sisters' keepers," Jocelyne Williams said.

The Williams are starting Project Haiti out of their church's outreach ministry.  Accounts are set up at any Bancorp South location.

They would also like to get a team prepared to go to Haiti.  Locally, the Williams are partnering with the local organization Proclaim Fellowship Ministries out of Gulfport.

Friday, January 22nd, Grace Fellowship Church is holding a prayer service for the people of Haiti at 7 p.m.

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