Galatians 6:2,9-10 (New International Reader's Version)2 Carry each other's heavy loads. If you do, you will give the law of Christ its full meaning. ...9 Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don't give up. 10 So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let us make a special point of doing good to those who belong to the family of believers.
I would like to devote today's blog to the people of Haiti. As you may well know, Haiti was hit by a major earthquake this past Tuesday, January 12th. Thousands have died, but countless millions are still in need. The capital Port-Au-Prince is home to over 6,000,000 people, and was the center of the quake. Since there had not been a major earthquake in this region in well over 200 years, most of the buildings were poorly constructed, without the support and construction practices that we enjoy. Most of the structures in the area were destroyed or damaged. The country is without a government and basic services and is in chaos. Being the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has long been a nation gripped by immense poverty, both material and spiritual, and because of this terrible natural disaster, the country can quickly fall into anarchy.
As our verse above tell us, we need to help carry the burdens of the people of Haiti. Now is the best opportunity to make a direct impact on people's lives. There have been many Christian orginizations and churches involved in helping this island for many years, and now there resources necessary to provide relief and care are extremely stretched. I would ask everyone to try to get involved as much as possible, not necessarily going there, but supporting the efforts of people already there. Doing this is simple; all you need to do is to check in with the World Vision, Child Fund, Red Cross or other organization, and ask how you can help. I have severla links to these efforts on the right handside of this page. Check also with your local church to see how memembers might be pooling resources.
A simple way to donate $10 that will go directly to organizations on the ground in Haiti is to TEXT ACLJ to 90999. A reply message will ask you to reply YES to confirm. You will be billed to you cellphone bill. These funds go to www.handsandfeetproject.org, www.conduitmission.org, and Operation Blessing.
Now is the time for God's people to get involved and give a helping hand! God Bless you!