****Tonight we learned that the lobby of the Hotel Montana is not structurally sound enough to handle the heavy equipment to remove the rubble. Instead, workers will have to remove it all by hand, and it could take another 3 weeks to recover anyone. This is heartbreaking news for Renee, the boys and their entire family. Please keep them in your prayers.
I do not personally know Renee or David Hames, but I will never forget their story. (I learned of them through Dan's ordeal). From what I have read, David and Renee have amazing faith in God.****
Original PostJanuary 13, 2010. The day the big quake hit Haiti.
Tomorrow marks 3 weeks. Three weeks since anyone last saw David Hames, the fellow cameraman of Dan Woolley for Compassion International.
Dan Woolley was found in the rubble, 3 days later. And now, almost 3 weeks later, David Hames is still missing.
Dan and David were both together in the lobby when the quake hit. Dan's rescue helped give clues to the possible whereabouts of David.
And the search and rescue teams did find David's tripod, in one piece. And they do believe David was wearing a backpack carrying water and granola bars.
It is possible that David is alive in some pockets--maybe the floor fell through and he is in some sort of basement.
Every day I check his facebook page "Friends of David". I am one of 1,253 members, holding my breath and waiting, every day, praying that he is found.
Every day that goes by is extremely difficult for his wife Renee and their 2 boys. And David's mother is just heart broken.
Family spokesperson Melanie Dobson gives detailed reports every day. Today she says the teams at Hotel Montana are "very, very close" to where David was last seen.
I know it's been a while since I have talked about this...I was hoping to have some better news to share, but this is all that I know.