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Wisconsin natives survive Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Posted at 6:58 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 21:28:39-04

More than a million people have been displaced in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew hit.

Among them is the Christensen family, Packer fans from Wisconsin who moved to Les Cayes, Haiti to conduct mission work. 

"I just thought, you know, I did everything I could," Heather Christensen said in a video chat. "I packed up my house the best I could. I brought my children to the safest place I could."

During the hurricane, the Christensen family took cover in a friend's home with a cement roof. This decision may have saved their lives.

When the Christensens returned home, the tin roof of their house had been ripped completely off and their house was flooded. 

"In Les Cayes about half of the tin roofs came off," Sean Christensen said. "You go a little further west of here and it is complete devastation."

Despite the dire circumstances the Christensens and other families face, they say the devastation has brought them closer to their Haitian neighbors. 

"Because they don't have electricity, we don't have electricity. They didn't have running water, we didn't have running water. They lost their roof, we lost our roof," Sean said.

Even though the country is dealing with power outages, lack of food, and the fear of cholera outbreak, the Christensens stay true to their mission.

"As long as we feel God has us making a contribution here then we want to stay and we are glad to stay," Sean said.

If you would like to help the Christensens, email sherry.christensen@live.com or donate to the missionary group they work with by clicking here