Sadness, Fear, Joy at Haitian Church

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  • Stephanie Remy lost an aunt and cousins in the earthquake, but her husband and two young children survived.
  • A member of Ephese Seventh-day Adventist Church burries his head during Saturday's prayer service for Haiti.

Norcross, GA -- The devastation in Haiti was the focus of a special prayer service on Saturday at Ephese Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norcross.

The service was full of emotions, ranging from sadness to fear to joy.

There was joy for Stephanie Remy, who had no idea whether her husband and two young children survived the earthquake until she got a call from him Friday morning.

"And he said, `Baby.' And I was like, `Oh, my God. Jesus.'" Remy told 11Alive News. "It was such a great feeling, because I didn't eat for days. I went to school and couldn't concentrate."

For Jean-Paul Dieubeny, the unknown is unbearable.

He still hasn't heard from his brothers, his sisters or his daughter.

"I don't know what I should do," he said. "I've tried to do everything. I tried everywhere. I can't find anything from them. That's really sad for me."

Evans Dumond fears his wife and two daughters may not be safe.

They survived the quake, but his wife is worried

"She told me they're on the streets sleeping and running out of food and water," he said. "They don't know what the days ahead will bring."

So they turned out Saturday to pray, to be together, to find comfort in their faith.

"The country is devastated," said Pastor Jacques Medastin. "Our hearts are devastated, but Haiti will rise up, again. And so will we."

Ephese Seventh-day Adventist Church meets at Christ Episcopal Church in Norcross.

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