Because It’s Important

I hesitated to write this post because I didn’t want to be just another blogger adding my two cents in another post about the earthquake in Haiti. But I have to. Because this is bigger than a silly blog. This is important.

And because I’m a mom.

I love my children. I hate for them to hurt. Last week my son hit his head on the side of his bed when he was playing with his brother. I knew he was really hurt because I know what his “pain” cry sounds like. I hurried to comfort him and we got “Owie Pig” from the freezer and applied it where he hurt. Then we sat and rocked until he was ready to get up and play again.

Like many of you, I’ve been watching the news today. I hadn’t turned it on before now because, honestly, I didn’t want to see it. But not seeing it doesn’t make it not so. Today a lot of mamas have children who are hurting and there’s nothing they can about do it. They need more than “Owie Pigs” and Band-aid tattoos to fix their babies’ hurts. I just saw a video of a hurting baby whose mama can’t help him because she died in the earthquake. It’s almost too much to bear.

I can’t go to Haiti. I can’t physically be there for those children who are hurting. But I believe that as someone who says that my life’s aim is to be more like Jesus and to glorify God, I can’t sit here and watch the news and do nothing. Thankfully, there are people in Haiti who can help and I can financially support them as they get aid to as many hurting people as they can.

Unfortunately, all groups are not trustworthy. The FBI is warning of several Haiti charity scams that have popped up in the wake of this earthquake. It’s important to do your homework and know who is financially responsible and will be able to put your money to good use in a timely manner. I support two organizations who are currently in positions to help people in Haiti:

Compassion International (This information was taken directly from this post by Shaun Groves, Christian recording artist and the blog manager for CompassionBloggers.com. If you have a blog of your own, I highly recommend that you read this post.)

Why Compassion? Compassion sponsors and donors serve more than 65,000 children in Haiti. At least a third of them live in the areas that were hardest hit.

The FBI is suggesting that donations only be made to organizations monitored and rated by CharityNavigator.org and The American Institute of Philanthropy. Both organizations have given Compassion International their highest approval ranking. Compassion International is the only non-profit in its category to receive eight consecutive years of four star rating from CharityNavigator.org.

Also, in this disaster it is crucial that first responders receive support quickly. Because Compassion International ministers through local churches to meet the needs of that church’s neighbors, and because these church partners are respected aid workers in their communities, Compassion is uniquely positioned to assess and meet the needs of its sponsored children quickly. This is an advantage of their “church-based model” that has been in practice for more than 50 years.

You can click on the words Compassion International to make a donation, or you can text the word “disaster” to 90999 and send $10 to Compassion that will be added to your cellular phone bill. It takes a few minutes to get verification that your text was received, but it’s an easy process. *UPDATED TO NOTE: According to Verizon telephone company, it can take between 60 and 90 days for a charity to receive a donation from the time a wireless user texts a donation so a direct online donation is the quicker way to get financial aid to Haiti.

Samaritan’s Purse: The first Samaritan’s Purse cargo plane landed in Haiti Wednesday with emergency relief supplies for victims.  They deployed emergency teams just hours after the earthquake hit. They are already in place and are already working to meet the survival needs of the Haitians. Our church has worked closely with Samaritan’s Purse and has helped deliver Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to Amigo Fiel in Mexico. This organization is the real deal. They know what they’re doing and they do it well. Here is a link to Samaritan Purse’s statement of financial accountability.

I am sure that many other reputable organizations are doing great things in Haiti. These are the two charities that my family has chosen to support. Just do your research and make sure you’re giving your money to people who will use it wisely.

And for crying out loud, just do something. Times like these give the Church an opportunity to rise above denominational differences and work together to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that desperately needs to see Him. Of course we should pray. But we already have an answer to the question of whether or not we should get involved. In God’s Word to us, Jesus said that whatever we do to the least of these we do unto Him. I John 3:17-18 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. That’s our neighborhood, people. More than half of Haiti’s population lives on less than $1 a day. If you are reading this from the comfort of your home in the United States, you are wealthy in comparison and you can do something. It may not feel like a lot, but your little bit can do a lot. If you’ve eaten fast food or out in a restaurant in the last month, you can help. If you’ve been to Starbucks in the last month, you can help. If you are reading this from your home because you have internet service there, you can help. If you’ve been to the movies or rented a video/DVD in the last month, you can help.
If you’re a mom or a dad, imagine that your child is the one who is hurting and crying for someone to help and just do something. But you don’t have to be a parent to know that people are hurting who desperately need whatever help we can give them. Do what you can. Just do something.
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15 responses to “Because It’s Important

  1. Very well said. G and I were just talking about this.

    So sad.

  2. Amen Amy.

    I just found out our pastor’s wife’s cousins are missionaries right outside of Port au Prince and I was checking out their blog and followed their link to a local news site and the pictures overwhelmed me. There were babies laying in the backs of trucks. Did their mamas even know where they were and that they hadn’t survived?? I was bawling. We can help. With our prayers, most certainly. But also, by not renting that movie Friday night, by not going through Starbucks, by putting off buying that “needed” pair of shoes/underwear/whatever.

  3. Lisa@SliceOfLife

    I heart your passion!

    I am also a supporter of Samaritans Purse and have already donated to Haiti. I don’t even know what to pray for…it’s so overwhelming. Mostly I just pray ” Lord, HELP!!!”

  4. I think I’m going to link to your entry, if it’s all right with you, tomorrow. You seem to have a good idea of where to send people to help. I’m not as savvy on scam v. no scam, so this way, I can tell people somewhere to go where they can make a difference.

    Thanks for writing this!

  5. “blessed is he who considereth the poor”–Psalms 41:1

    Holy holy holy, is the Lord God Almighty…even through earthquakes and things our minds can hardly comprehend. Selah.

  6. It IS heartbreaking! I love your ideas of ways to sacrifice to give!
    Here is another link to provide reputable ways to give:

    The Navigators: Many organizations will raise money for Haiti — some will be legitimate and some not. Evangelical Council for Fianancial Accountablity (ECFA) has prepared a special link on their home page (www.ECFA.org) to direct potential donors to a list of ECFA member organizations providing humanitarian relief an…
    See More

    ECFA :: Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
    http://www.ECFA.org
    ECFA is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public’s trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices.

  7. And this is what we are called to come together and do. Not bad-mouth the victims of this horrific scene as some “christians” are doing, but to give sacrificially because Jesus gave to us. We could never repay His kindness, but we can sure live by His example. Love you.

  8. Joy R. Hanley

    “Whatever you shall do unto the least of these you do unto me also…” I din’t say that by the way. I paraphrased it from one of the most reliable sources out there. Great post. Valuable information. Takes away the old excuses like…”if only I knew who to trust”, and “just wish I knew where to send some support”. Thanks.

  9. Betty Boop

    Just read Deb’s e-mail before checking in and gave through the SBC’s disaster relief. So many miracle stories coming out of that sorrow. Bless the children, Lord, bless the helpless…….bless those that are helping.

  10. Very well said. I don’t have the skills to go there but I can pray and I can give some financially to give help to the disaster.

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  12. lydia harrigan

    well spoken. my husband is going down to Haiti mid-February with a local group from the Kansas City area, Crisis Response International. We already have two dear friends down there working response, search and rescue, supplies, etc. thanks for motivating!

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