My Heart Bleeds for the Haitian Community
This week I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing. Even though there are so many topic ideas for each of my blogs swimming around in my head, the international events of this past Tuesday have overtaken my thoughts and my heart.
You know, I remember a few years back when the Asian Tsunami ripped through the Indian Ocean wiping out coastal areas of Indonesia and several other countries surrounding the Ocean. And let us not forget what happened in our own country along the coast of Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans just a few months later. It was like WHAM and BAM, wasn’t it?
But, as awful as each of those events were, nothing compares to the devastation that was caused on one of the poorest nation’s of the Western Hemisphere, if not the world – the small country that is Haiti.
My heart bleeds for the people down there, for the natives of the country, the relief workers, and the countless missionaries in residence, many of whom have lost their lives in the Earthquake that came upon them just this past week. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away.
Yet, I know and am so thankful that we have a God that loves us so very much. He will not let us handle anything more than we possibly can. The Haitian people will prevail, relief and aid workers are there now and will remain in some way, shape, or form for years to come, and missionaries will continue to return to the nation to do their part to help improve the conditions in the country. While there is no doubt it will be a rough road, the city & surrounding areas of Port-Au-Prince will bounce back.
If you’ve been thinking about how you can help, first – pray. Second, what’s most in need right now – cash & medical supplies. So, give to any of the reputable charities associated with the recovery effort. No amount is too small. No amount. See this link for more information – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/01/13/haiti.earthquake.how.to.help/index.html.
Probably the fastest way to help – if you have a cell phone, text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross relief effort. Standard text message rates apply but most carriers are involved with this effort. So, what are you waiting for? Make that $10 difference today!
My thoughts and prayers continue for everyone associated with the relief efforts. May God BLESS every effort abundantly.
Top image of the Haitian coastline courtesy of Destination 360. Middle image courtesy of Christopher Mitchell (via @marvinady on Twitter).