PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — The Pflugerville family of five missing Americans in Haiti continue praying for their relatives’ safe return to the U.S., after Hurricane Matthew tore through the country earlier this week.
At last report Thursday night, the Howard family had received word that their loved ones were reportedly alive and safe.
Visibly emotional, Sara Howard told KXAN she is “so thankful that we’ve heard from them, that they’re alive.”
The Americans are members of a non-profit missionary organization, called “Living Water For Haiti” that works to build homes and drill water wells in the city of Jérémie.
Extended family members of the Howards were in Haiti completing a mission trip for the group and were supposed to arrive back in the U.S. on Tuesday. Instead, their flight home was cancelled due to the storm.
“Their flight was cancelled at the last minute because of the hurricane, so they didn’t make it out,” explained Sara Howard.
The latest interaction the Howard family directly received from their loved ones was Tuesday in a text message. That text message described the storm’s intensity as it made contact in Haiti.
“It was a text that said, ‘I can’t believe how long the wind has been blowing and everything is so loud, and I can’t believe how long this has been going on.’ That was the last message,” said Howard.
The entire Howard family has been worried ever since until a phone call Thursday night from someone in Haiti.
“They said that they had been in contact with our cousins and that they’re okay,” said Howard, relaying the information she received during the call. “That’s all we know.”
Although the Howards in Pflugerville have not yet personally spoken with their loved ones in Haiti, they have been told they are trying to fly to Port-au-Prince Friday morning, to make their way back home.
Their focus and attention now remains on the devastation in Haiti.
“They need everything. They needed everything before this, but now, you know, they’re going to be desperate for anything,” Howard said.