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Photo by Tim Schandorff courtesy of MAF—Haiti CATEGORY 4 MERCY ! He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy (Job 37:13). Early on Tuesday morning October 4, 2016, the world monitored graphics on their television screens and over the internet of Hurricane Matthew as the hurricane force winds around the eye began to lash out at the southern peninsula of Haiti. The early morning sun rays were replaced with the 145 mph winds from this Category 4 hurricane. By 11:00 a.m. the winds around the eye had demolished the southern peninsula of Haiti and were in the Gulf of Gonave. By 5 p.m. the hurricane had moved to the Windward Passage (50 miles wide between Cuba and Northwestern Haiti) and it was bearing down on Cuba. Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 185 miles, affecting the entire country to some degree. 12 Hard-blowing wind and whipping rain pelted all in the path of Hurricane Matthew as the storm moved forward filling every low spot quickly and changing streams into swollen rivers. Rivers became huge bodies of fast moving muddy, debris-filled water, taking down everything in their paths. Hundreds of people (officials are still adding) lost their lives. Houses, gardens, church buildings, school buildings, and businesses were utterly destroyed. Thousands of livestock were drug to their deaths by the passage of the front wall of Hurricane Matthew and the “tail” of water that came behind it. For rural people, livestock are Islander – November 2016