2 Rockwood missionaries survive Haiti earthquake

2 Rockwood missionaries survive Haiti earthquake


6 News Reporter

ROCKWOOD (WATE) -- Two missionaries from Rockwood survived this week's earthquake in Haiti.

Attorney Mark Foster, 30, and Rockwood High School senior James Cooley, 18, left for Haiti just days before the quake hit. They were part of a 12 member group on a missionary trip.

The group was helping the poverty stricken people of Haiti when the 7.0 earthquake struck.  

"It's a moment that I hope nobody ever has to feel," says Foster's wife, Kara.

She says she was paralyzed with panic and fear, but she soon learned through the grapevine that her husband and Cooley were alive.

Kara calls it a miracle. "They had been in a store and they stepped out into the streets when the earthquake happened and the building they were just in collapsed in seconds," Kara says.

Their guest house also crumbled.

"I was so relieved to hear that they were okay, but I couldn't talk to them and that's scary, too. I didn't know where they were or what they were doing," Kara says.

Since then, Kara's had one brief conversation with her husband. She says Foster and Cooley have spent the last two days sleeping outside.

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince with little food or water.

Cooley's latest Facebook post says, "Thank God, my entire group got out alive with nothing more than bruises, sore joints and horrible images and experiences. May God have mercy on the Haitian people."

Foster and Cooley are on their way home on Friday and expected to land in Nashville by midnight.

Kara says the first thing Kara she'll say to her husband is, "I love you. Yeah, that's what I will say."

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