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Wisconsin natives survive Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Janesville family lives in Haiti for missionary work

Wisconsin family survives Hurricane Matthew

MADISON, Wis. - Even thousands of miles away, the Christensen's are staying true to their roots. The avid Packer fans are Wisconsin transplants. They are originally from Janesville and now live in Les Cayes, Haiti, where they do missionary work.

News 3's Keely Arthur spoke to Sean Christensen's parents, Sherry and Daryl Christensen, earlier this month right after Hurricane Matthew hit. This Sunday, Sean, his wife, Heather, and their four kids were finally able to connect with us via video chat, and described their experience when the hurricane hit.

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

The decision to take cover in a friend's home with a cement roof may have saved their lives. When the Christensens returned to their home the tin roof was ripped off leaving their home completely flooded.

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

More than a million people have been displaced. While the Christensens and the rest of the country deal with power outages, lack of food, and the fear of cholera outbreak, the Wisconsin families said the  devastation has also 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.

It's a situation that further proves the Christensens bond to Haiti and their calling to serve God is much stronger than a storm.

"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'd like to help the Christensens, email or donate to, the missionary group the Christensen's work with.

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