I can’t wipe the images from my mind. Lifeless limbs strewn in the street. Dust covered women sitting on the pulverized sidewalks in shock. Tear-streaked children peering out at the crumpled world. The surreal is reality – Haiti is broken. I keep listening to news reports, reading online news feeds, and checking with various aid agencies for some sense of the relief efforts that are mobilizing. President Clinton urges people to donate money for water and first aid. President Obama has pledged millions to help. People who can are flying over there to provide support. The whole world is focused on this poor, tiny nation just miles off the Florida coast.
The devastation in Haiti hits close to home for me. A good percentage of my family is from there and some relatives remain. We’ve heard scant reports from some distant relatives assuring us that some family is safe, but it will be a while before we know for sure. All I can do is wait, hope, pray, and send resources. As the end of this world draws near, we will see devastation like this occurring with frequency and on a larger scale. There’s hope on the other end, but the work of relieving suffering is ever present. No matter how little we can give, let’s give something.
Ways to help:
ADRA is on the ground: ADRA Haiti Earthquake Response Fund
“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.” – Mark 13:7,8