Like you, I’ve been following Haiti in the aftermath of so much devastation and destruction. I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful for current technology that brings us information in seconds. I check twitter every morning, hoping and praying that our Bishops will report that our missionaries will all be accounted for. I also get updates from our media relations guy Andy as he flew in to the Dominican Republic and crossed the border in to Haiti.
But at the same time, in the same way I can instantly see and get information, I can’t respond in that same way. I can’t zap medical supplies and blankets to Haiti, as quickly as I can receive information. I wish we had technology like that don’t you? Sometimes it feels like our prayers aren’t really doing anything. But they are! I know they are, because I felt your prayers a few years ago when I was sitting in the chemo room, or when I lay in pain under the radiation machine. I felt them, and they comforted me. Feeling that someone cared for me and was petitioning God on behalf for me was incredibly comforting. I reported a study a while back that showed that people who were ill fared better if they knew they were being prayed for, more so than those who did not know they were being prayed for.
So I urge you to pray. Hopefully down the road we can help in more tangible ways. But right now, the best thing we can do is pray and send money to responsible charities.
I want to share a few people and organizations I’m connected with that need our prayers. Maybe you’ll want to follow them with me.
Here is a friend from my days at seminary in Kentucky who teaches in Haiti at a Christian School down there. Her family is fine, although her facebook reports sound like she is very tired and afraid. There continue to be tremors in the night and she hasn’t gotten much sleep. The last report is that she flew with her children back to the states but her husband is staying to help. I will look forward to reading reports of how she is doing and her husband is doing in Haiti.
There are lots of great places to give, but this site through the Free Methodist Church gives 100% of the donations towards work in Haiti. We had a new hospital that is gone now. Lots of rebuilding for good works going on in Haiti.
As for comments made in the days following the earthquake by people who have a platform for good and who are abusing it, who shall remain nameless, but I’ll give you a hint….his initials are P.R. Just so we’re all on the same page. I refuse to give him any more publicity, because my feeling is, this is what he wants. He’s like a 2 year old wanting attention. When my two year old whines to get attention, I usually ignore him. I don’t respond till he can talk to me in a normal voice. And so, my thoughts are the same with PR. Let’s ignore him and maybe he’ll grow up. He doesn’t deserve our attention.
The Haitians were already a country with extremely low literacy rates, more than half did not have fresh water before this. So if there is any goodness to come from this, my sincere prayer is simply that we might give Haiti the attention and help that they desperately needed before this earthquake but are virtually hopeless without at this point. They need to know we are praying, they need to know we will help and they need to know Jesus is weeping with them.