I have not posted here about Haiti before now because several other bloggers I follow have done such a great job already. But I realize that maybe YOU have not read those posts. Maybe YOU will find out what you need to know here. Maybe God is nudging YOU to move. Right now.
First of all, my wife and I have discussed the fact that it is hard to “feel” this scale of tragedy far away unless you actively pursue being uncomfortable. Look at the destruction. That’s not your home or mine, but it is somebody’s home. Look at the broken legs and bleeding kids. Those aren’t your kids or mine, but they are somebody’s kids. This may be the most widely linked set of pictures available from the first 24 hours or so after the quake, but if you have not yet intentionally looked deeply and felt deeply, go HERE. (from Boston.com)
Secondly, there are many good ways to help. Many organizations are on the ground now, doing all they can. There’s no “best answer” here – just pick an avenue and get involved. Our church, Living Hope in St. Michael-Albertville, MN, is partnering with WorldVision, one of the first responders after the quake. Click on the banner to donate:
If not WorldVision, how about the Red Cross? Something so simple… send a text message and donate $10 automatically. Blip! Done. As of last night (January 14), the Red Cross had already raised over $6 million by text. Here’s how: text the phrase “HAITI” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross. The amount is charged to your cell phone bill.
Want to help AND do it in the name of Jesus? Text the phrase “disaster” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to through Compassion International. I included a link to Compassion earlier in this post – a big huge blue box of a link. Can’t miss it. Amy and I have sponsored a boy from Tanzania through Compassion for years. We hold them in very high regard. They have established an efficient network to get help where it is needed, minimizing administrative costs. If you choose to help through Compassion International, here’s what happens with your gift:
I’ll end with this… I drink coffee all day. I drive wherever I want. We struggle to choose which nationality of food stuff to eat for supper each evening. America is draped in comfort – even on our hardest days. That American comfort has a numbing effect on our desperation meter. Real people right now are trapped, thirsty, wounded, terrified, desperate. Don’t let your comfortable chair and the glow of your laptop lull you out of reality. Stop what you’re doing. Pray for God’s comfort and mercy. Pray for miracles. May the endless well of God’s provision and love meet the deep cries for help in Haiti. Right now. Amen.
“if not now, when? :: deep cries out to deep in haiti” by Joshua Skogerboe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.