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An Update on and Prayer for David Hames

Last week, we published a story about two Compassion International volunteers who were in Haiti when the earthquake hit. They each were only separated by a couple of feet when the earthquake hit, but only one of them, Dan Woolley, has been recovered from the rubble of the Hotel Montana. Woolley’s story was widely covered because of his use of the iPhone app, Jive Media Pocket First Aid and CPR, which he used to nurse his wounds while he was under the rubble. The other volunteer, David Hames, a husband and father of two, is still trapped under the rubble. His wife, Renee, has been graciously speaking with media, drawing near to God, family and friends in her hour of need and we are honored to share this statement she released.


More than two weeks ago my husband (David Hames) was trapped in the lobby at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. My heart aches terribly as the days go by, but my faith tells me anything is possible–including that David is alive.

David was last seen about twenty feet from the elevator shaft where Dan Woolley was rescued, and two days ago they recovered the tripod he had been carrying when the earthquake began. The tripod is dusty but not broken.

Along with his tripod, we know David was carrying his backpack, and his pack probably had water and granola bars inside. We also know the rescue teams are still finding voids in the hotel. The ground opened up around Dan and David at the time of the quake, but even though they’ve rescued Dan and found David’s tripod, we still don’t know where my husband is. My hope and prayer is that he is in one of these pockets in the basement, using his resources to survive.


David Hames is my soul mate. He is kind and funny and his love for his family is unstoppable. David’s heart is filled with joy for our two young boys, and they think the world of the man who gets down on the floor with them to wrestle, play tag, and play Star Wars. Our boys and I can’t fathom life without David in it, and the other families waiting for word on their loved ones at the Hotel Montana can’t fathom life either without their husband, wife, or child.

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” He is our God who provides beauty and joy even in the midst of devastation, and no matter what happens, my faith in Him will not be shaken. Still I am asking government officials to continue searching the area where my husband’s tripod was found to be certain that he is not trapped alive in a void. And I beg these officials to continue the rescue at the Hotel Montana until every missing person has been found.


Hames pastor, Kelly Williams, said that it isn’t our job to speculate whether he is dead or alive, it is our job to support Renee and pray for a miracle. Today, I entreat anyone who may come across this post to do just that. Please join me in prayer and share your prayers for Renee, David, their two sons and the entire extended family and friends of David Hames.


davidhamesandfamily.jpgHeavenly Father,
We thank you first and foremost for being a sovereign God. One who is bigger than all our problems and every situation. We stand firm on our faith in you because that is all we have. You asked us to be still and know that you are God and so we are being still. We pray that you would give Renee the ability to be still in your midst, and to never lose faith in you. We thank you that you have strengthened her a great deal for this moment and I pray you would continue to strengthen her for not only her children’s sake but for all of the wives and mothers whose husbands, sons, and daughters have gone missing as a result of the earthquake. We thank you for the love that you have created between Renee and David, the kind of love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all thing. It is that established love that will carry them through this moment onto higher ground. It is also your love, which casts out all fear that will bring Renee, her children and their family and friends to divine peace in you. I do pray, that if it is your will, David will be recovered from the rubble and reunited with Renee and his children. You have proved that all things are possible the last few weeks of the search and recovery process in Haiti. So give search teams and relief workers a new burst of energy to be not weary in their well doing so that they may reap a harvest because they did not faint. Clear the paths that need to be cleared so that people may see their way through the rubble and recover more lives. Open the eyes and hearts that need to be opened so that all may see your way and continue to do your will. Meet Renee and her family at the point of their need and and attend to every concern of their hearts.
In Jesus’ Name,

  • Teressia Ward-Zack

    My husband, Scott, and I have been friends with David Hames for over 20 years. We join you in this beautiful prayer for Renee and the children. We also pray that God will find a way to answer our prayers in such a way as to bring Him all the Glory! Hallelujah! Praying for miracles in Rockford, TN.

  • Lola

    I connected to this link through Sandy Almashie Benson. I don’t know David or Renee but I’m overwhelmed with a desire to pray for your family. Oh Lord Jesus, please provide for this family. I pray that you will sustain David and that he would be found soon. Please give your peace to Renee.
    In Jesus Name AMEN!

  • Deeana Bennett

    The Hames family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for strength, courage and unshakable faith for them and to know that God is in Control and beauty can come from difficulty.
    God Bless

  • Gretchen Loskutoff

    Dear Heavenly Father Lord God,
    We ask that you surround Daid’s family with loving arms holding them close and steadfast in your hope, glory and utmost care. We pray your will be done, and in your will, will come understanding & all honor & glory unto you. We know sometimes the valleys you lead us into are for us to fully rely upon you. Give this family the strength & serentity to totally surrender their will unto you Lord. We know also that David may be with you Lord as he was being an obedient servant unto you Lord. Surround this family with relatives and angels, and even strangers that truely care. Into your hands we commit our selves Lord. God Bless your family. Gretchen L.

  • Jasmine Holloway

    I am so moved by this beautiful prayer for the Hames family. I pray in Jesus’ name that David will find the strength and grace to survive and be rescued and that Renee will stand strong in her faith and trust in God, knowing that we serve a good God. My prayers are with you both. In Jesus name,


    We are praying for David’s safety and the Strength of GOD to his wife Ranee and children.
    With prayers from India.

  • Your Name

    I am keeping you and your family in my prayers and I hope they will not give up the search for David and he gets home to Renee and his 2 sons I pray GOD will let seachers find him alive. Jesus you know the hearts of his family and friends that are praying without ceasing to bring David out of the rubble. We pray this in Jesus name

  • Rev. Chandrashekhar Ronald Gier India

    Renee, May the good Lord grant to you the desire of your heart. Dear God You are gracious we know . But we also know that you are a sovereign God and your decisions are final. We commit this event in to your mighty hands. You can do any and all things in your great powers. Let you ber glorified in every thing.
    We humbly pray to you for David, Renee and kids.For Christ sake. Amen.

  • Sonja

    This is such a moving statement from Renee and prayer for this wonderful family. There is no task too big for our Great Big God! Find comfort in knowing God hears all and knows all. This test is the pathway to an enormous testimony. I will keep my sibling in Christ in my prayers and stand in unity with your faith that God’s going to make it all right.

  • Ricardo McAfee

    Renee, we have prayed for David, you and your children. Now we stand together by faith, that “what good father if a son ask for bread would give him a stone”. We know that our God is able. So we pray for evidence to the un-believer that our God is able. In the name of Jesus we ask Devine Grace, Amen
    God Bless you, my sister.

  • Maria Hernandez

    At this moment ,May the arms of the Angel who brought you to this world give you strength and peace so you can hold on to his arms,move that big rock and help you get on your feet safe and thanking God for his deed .Fill your thoughts with love and that you will bring with you an Angel smile and for all the
    good that you have gave and all the good you still have.May the Angels bring you back home safe and with a lot love for the angels that wait at home.With a little message to the ones you love.May the Angel of mercy be with you and share a saying for you to say.AMEN
    With all my most sincere thoughts I wish miracles for all.

  • Your Name

    Dios Bendiga a la familia.
    God is good, I know he has the power to move mountains, Even if the storm comes our way, trust the Lord he is there, even if the sun darkens and will no longer shine i will trust in the lord he will put his powerful hand over us.
    In Jesus name,

  • Therese

    On behalf o my fellow prayer warriors, I humbly ask, Dear God, to please help the rescuers find David; that he be still alive; that he be returned to his family and friends; that his family maintain strong FAITH in our Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen!

  • Sandra Edwards

    I am praying for your family

  • Ruth E.

    I just read the story about your husband and I prayed for you and your husband and children right away. It’s heartbreaking to hear of such things, but I can tell you that your should just keep on believing God will help you. I will continue to pray for all of you.
    Ruth E.

  • Your Name

    I most certainly will keep you and your boys in prayer, especially for your husband (David) that God will keep him until his is rescue. Also, I will pray that God gives you love and peace to accept whatever is the outcome beacuse God doesn’t put too much on us than we can bear. That comes from his words and God has never been found a liar. May God bless your family greatly in this diffcult time.

  • Roberto G.

    I pray that God will honor your faith and love for Him. In Jesus name I pray. !Amen!

  • Tina

    May God give you comfort in all things. Trust in him and he will guide your family through this. My prayers and love I send your way. God bless

  • Toni Polyak

    I pray for you and your family.

  • Wthdove

    I stand in agreement with all here praying for this precious Family. Lord, you are the Great I AM!!! nothing is impossible with you. I pray that David becomes another miracle and they find him alive and well. I pray that God give the Family the peace and comfort they need to see them through this most difficult time…
    In Jesus name

  • Maralee

    I pray to God that the fear and anxiety you feel will be turned to peace and that you can put it on God’s shoulders. David is a wonderful man and we cannot fathom why this terrible loss to the world has happened.
    to you and you boys, and David, may God bring his blessings down upon you and give you peace. amen

  • Paulal Kooren

    Dear lord, Be with this family. I have never been in this position but you know Lord what each person can take. Big Faith means Big Risks and the man of this family has big Faith. May the rescuers hear something that will make them dig deep and dig fast to rescue this family man. Amen.

  • Your Name

    I can only imagine what you are going through. I’m praying for your continued strength in the Lord. I know that it’s hard to be strong for yourself and your two boys, but know that God is a comforter. I pray that your will for your husband’s recovery is Gods will. Keep strong and don’t let the enemy deter you from your belief. May God Bless You and Keep You.

  • Your Name

    I’m praying for you and your family and the peace that God can grant you. My prayers are with David and I’ve ask God to place angels around him for comfort and warmth until he is recovered.
    The name of Jesus can move mountains.
    God bless you and your family.

  • Your Name

    Good Afternoon Renee,
    I prayer that you will see yor husband again soon.I ask “GOD “, to be with your family and perform a miracle,and bring David home to you and your boys,In “JESUS”,name I pray !!
    The Scooterlady,
    Pinellas Park,Florida
    33781(Tampabay Area)

  • Christine Loudon

    Heavenly Father:
    Please cover this family in your blanket of love and keep your hedge of protection around David. We know your will is always greater than ours, but Father, this family needs David with them. I pray that his family can rest in your arms and know that your perfect will can be done. We will diligently be praying for the safe return of David and know that wherever he is, God is with him. In Christ’s love, Christine

  • Your Name

    I Will pray for you and your family and david to keep him safe and pray that they find him soon. hope that he is fine, the lord will whatch over him. My heart goes out to you and your family. MAY the LORD be with you and your family.I hope and pray when they find him he will be fine. The lord will be with him.

  • Katherine Mcreynolds

    Dear Renee,
    I am so very sorry of the heartache you must be going thru. First off I know that you serve a Great and Careing God and that He always has His hands on His children. We never know what may come and go in our walk with the Lord, but He said that He would never leave us or forsake us no matter what comes and goes He’s always there to see us thru. People can’t always comfort the heart hurt we feel but our Loving savior can. I pray that He keeps you wrapped in His loving arms and helps you thru these trying days and keeps His hands on your chilren. I pray this for all the families that are going thru the terrible pain and heataches in Haiti, that God sees everyone thru, I can’t do much, but I can pray for all those who maybe can’t do so for themselves right now.
    God Bless and keep you and yours.
    A Sister In Christ;Katherner



  • Your Name

    See the above article and please pray that this man is still alive.
    In Jesus name. AMEN

  • JaMarcus Thomas

    Jehovah, our Heavenly Father, I pray that you sustain David’s family and relatives in indescribable peace, and that you will sustain David with the strengh to not give up and to fight to the rescue of him. In Jsus’ name I pray, Amen.

  • Your Name

    Dear Lord look over these people in their time of need.

  • Dianna Buehler

    We can’t even imagine what you are going through, but we can all pray for a miracle, and miracles come in many ways. Keep strong and trust in God.

  • Your Name

    God Bless you and your whole family. My heart aches as I lost a child and know what heartache is. God takes us through everything with purpose. My prayers go out for you.

  • Dianna

    Dear Lord, Please be with them all, & meet their needs, for you what they are my Lord & we trust you to handle this the way you see best… May your will be done.. My heart goes out to you. you are in my prayers… Renee, keep your faith, cuz when prayers go up, blessings come down.. May God be with you & yours always :) im sending you a few angels to hopefully bring a smile your way….. ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^
    God Bless

  • Your Name

    Dear Renee, I will keep you, David, and your boys in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Your Name

    There is no unerstanding anyone can offer this Sister and their sons
    who are so young…..But my heart screams with Sisterand oh yes,
    He’s Able!!!!!

  • Nena

    May the Lord keep you in his hands and bring you forth from all your trials and tribulations. God Bless You :)

  • Carine

    Dear Renee,
    Please stay close to the Lord, He will always provide for you. I am a haitian, leaving in Haiti. I came across your message today! You are a dear strong woman. It is the firts time that i hear about your husband, i am sure he has done much for our country and i thank him for that. I pray that the Lord will hear your prayers and keep you and your lovely boys under His wings.
    I am sending all the positive thoughts to you and your family.
    Be blessed
    in the name of Jesus

  • Theresa

    I have prayed for a safe return and have sent my two special angels to help David at his time of need and to stay with him until he found. I hope that he is not suffering and that most of all he is found soon.
    God Bless him and your family at this critical time.
    Theresa M

  • jimmy duke

    Dear Lord,
    Please bring light in this time of darkness in the lives of David,Renee,their sons and their entire community of friends and loved ones.
    God Bless

  • Laura

    Dear Lord,
    I pray for the safe return of the this young father and husband David.
    Please keep the family and friends in strength and close to you in prayer.
    God Bless.

  • Drew Riner

    Im agreeing with you in prayer for your husband. With GOD NOTHING shall be impossible. GOD Bless you Drew.

  • Pastor Doug

    Amos 1:1 says two years before the earthquake. God knew about it.
    Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

  • Your Name

    Dear lord I ask you to bless mr David as he followed his heart to be where he felt to go where needed.Lord i askyou to bring him home safe and sound lord i ask that you send your angels to guard him to guide him lord rap your loving arms around him and all the others thats there to help.Bless us all the we will come together and be there for one another.In jesus name amen.

  • mattie johnson

    I yjust pray too GOD Renee will be united with her husband



  • Ana Rivera

    The Blood of Jesus Please bring her husband home safely. Amen.

  • Bill Gray

    Father of all creation I pray You protect this man David just as You did with David against Goliath. Your miracles are as everlasting as Your love and whatever Your Will may be I pray You also lift Renee and her loved ones with the courage and belief that no matter what happens Your love gives us the peace of understanding that when our earthly time is done we will dwell with You eternally in Paradise.

  • Sharrilane

    I pray for David that God would wrap His arms around him and so many others that have not been found….to be able to not be afraid because the Lord is with them. I would like to pray for the families for all that have felt the grief of loved ones lost, hurt, waiting for word….it has to take strength to wait for the word of the unknown. Father, my prayers are for all the ones hurting, scared, alone, that you be with all. Please give me guidance and to all others of what we can do as a body of humble servants. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

  • Sue Ruff

    Father God,
    I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I thank You that You and You alone are God and there is no other. I thank You that You are more than able to show the searching crews just where David Hames is at. There is nothing hidden from You and there is nothing impossible for You. So I thank You right now for directing the crews to the exact place to find David. Give them Godly wisdom and Godly direction.
    And Father I ask that You also bless his family and give them Your peace that passes all understanding. Give them Your comfort and strengthen their faith in these trying times.
    Father again I thank You right now that You hear and answer our prayers. You said if we ask anything in Jesus name according to Your will that we can know that we have it so I thank You and Praise You that You Perfect will shall be done.
    In Jesus Name I Pray,

  • thomas lynch

    Oh Jesus our savior come quickly to his aid and save family from further grief. Only you Lord can do this we know and you are thier hope . Thank You in advance , Tom

  • Angie

    I read the prayer and said one of my own. You have a beautiful family. May God bless you all to be together again.With Love.

  • Your Name

    I pray that you would be with the family during this tough time. I ask that you would give comfort to David his familyand his friends. Lord as you said in Psalm 55:22 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. Lord watch over the family and David.

  • Miriam Greenwald

    May David Hames be miraculously rescued from the rubble like Darlene Etienne.

  • Serli

    Amen, we pray for you and the people of Haiti. A friend from Iran.

  • Linda

    Keep on keeping on. God is an impossible God. Don’t give up! Hold on to His Word and believe. Faith can move mountains. It has in my life. Keep that faith coming forth through your lips. God formed the whole universe with just His Words, and His Word says only believe!

  • Cheryl

    You and your family are in my prayers for the safe return of your husband and your childrens’ father! Keep the faith!

  • Antonia Moses,

    Show us a miracle Lord by restoring David back to the family-fold so that the world may praise you and rejoice that all your promises, Father are indeed ‘yea’and ‘Amen’.

  • Your Name

    my heart go out to you all and i belive my lord and savoir jesus will talk to god the Father(almighty god), that you need help and i would love for him to help you all rescue david and give him strenght to deal with what he going through now…. May my lord be given the praise for all those who survive this earth quate…i know god have his hand on those who survive and lord give renee peace within her heart know you watching over her and her children and david and all other that is traped…praise you lord jesus for the help you give and praise god almighty for being the father of all born again and may we give god the praise for helping us all out of the time of need we all are in…. From my heart i pray this..

  • William Underwood

    Father forgive me for the things I have done that have not brought glory to You. Forgive me for not giving You praise with every breath.
    Guide my every thought and keep me in Your hand forever.
    Keep my eyes clear Father so that I my see the path You have laid for me. Allow my ears to hear so that I might do those things You have given me to do.
    Give me peace in my heart Father so that I may obey You and bring glory to Your name and that I might sacrifice unto You all that You have given unto me as Your faithful steward. Allow me to pour out these blessings onto those you have chosen before the beginning.

  • Lisa Allen

    Remember that with GOD all things are possible.

  • Jamila

    Renee I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Susanne

    Dear Jesus,
    I pray that You will accept my prayer of recovery for David Hames. Envelope Renee and his children in Your love and give them strength to carry on. In Your Name I ask. Amen.

  • Deborah


  • Hector Colon Sr.

    Father God, we praise and glorify your Holy name and we thank you for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and for the precious Holy Spirit who lives and dwells in your chidren. Now I beseech you on behalf of this loving family who needs you desperately now. I make this my need as well and believe for a miracle and ask that you intercede and make a way where there seems to be know way. I ask that you glorify your name by lifting this man from satans grasp, for what he has meant for evil you will most certainly turn around for good. I ask believing that no matter what the circumstances are in this life that you raise another Lazaras for this generation to believe in your sovereignty and your goodness toward us_’the apple of your eye’. Precious Lord I thank you and I pray for everyone involved in this desperate our of need and I lift up your church Lord that they do all they can for your glory and the souls of all Haitian families. Show them how much you love them and even now you are in their midst.
    Amen! My Lord! In the precious and Holy name of Jesus!

  • greg

    I will pray for David and his Family.

  • Your Name

    The Lord will take care of David, Renee, where ever he is right now. Hold on to your faith for all things are possible to those who believe. You and your family, David and all missing persons, and all the other families waiting with you are in my prayers.

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  • Kim34HALEY

    I would like to propose not to wait until you earn enough amount of money to order goods! You should just get the loan or just college loan and feel free

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