BRANDON, Miss. (WJTV) – The world is watching as Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti.
A Brandon couple is in the impoverished country right now, doing mission work.
They were set to return to the states but chose to extend their mission work to help the country recover from the storm.
Tony and Mickie West are two of four full-time missionaries from But God Ministries based in Ridgeland.
The group sends hundreds of people to Haiti each year.
“We have been waiting to see if we can get a little Internet to show you what’s going on here,” Mickie West said via Facebook LIVE. “We’ve got really heavy rain and winds blowing our big, big papaya tree in our backyard just blew down. It hit our fence, and it is lying across the yard.”
The organization has two ministry centers there, along with an orphanage and several churches.
The Wests are members of Crossgates Church, however, they live in a mission home provided by First Baptist Church in Brandon.
“We are in communication with them. Mickey has been very good about posting updates on social media and contacting us. We don’t know at this point what her service at this point is,” First Baptist Mission Minister, Mark Bowman said.
Their Internet is down and she has been able to update recently I was just in the past few hours over social media.
The couple has hundreds of messages from supporters back home.
People offering prayers, encouragement, and some even offering to help.
In Haiti, leaders have set up emergency centers and have encouraged citizens to evacuate their homes.
The couple was set to be back in the metro area but realized their ministry was not done when they got word of the storm.
“They will be here eventually but they chose to stay down and ride out the storm, and probably just to assess the damage, And see what kind of work needs to be done afterward minister to the people. The needs are just so substantial that they feel like they need to be there and they love the people so much that it was kind of a no-brainer when I saw A hurricane I knew that they were going to stay,” Bowman said.