Thursday, January 14, 2010

Praying for Haiti

I know many of you have posts on this horrible earthquake situation in Haiti. Many of you have personal ties with the country either from past trips, knowing people there now or possibly supporting a missionary in that country. I'm in the last category. I grew up in Ohio and my parents church supports Miss Beth Newton - she works as a nurse/dr's assistant in Haiti. In June of 2008 my parents and several others from the church were able to fly down and help the people of Haiti build a church building, expand their hospital and bring TONS of hospital type things (pain relievers, syringes, towels). Carrie Swartz was able to take many pics of the location they worked in and I wanted to share them with you - let them break your heart for a country living below the poverty line. To your right is a typical street market - notice the produce on the ground, probably on burlap sacks. Do you see the shanty type buildings? There are children and animals and cars everywhere all at once.

The heat is overwhelming.

The smell is overwhelming. I've heard it described many ways... waste, fleshy, sour. And this is their typical day. Trying to make a living however they can.

Notice their homes. Yep, homes. This lady's kitchen is that green counter top behind her. The poverty is extreme. This picture is a family that isn't doing, "too bad".

My husband mentioned to me yesterday that as he sat at work and watched the story unfold on the news - he cried. The pictures they are posting are just total devastation. And, we feel helpless. But, we can pray. We can trust God. We can financially support those who can physically GO and do something about it.
God has called us to care for the "least of these". Pray for the people of Haiti. Pray for our military men and women who will go to do search and rescue - but in reality will probably just be searching. They will see things that will change them...forever. What can our churches do? What can we do?

1 comment:

The Sneaky Mommy said...

I keep thinking of Pastor and Linda--the missions trip they took there several years ago. This must be breaking their hearts as they recognize things from firsthand experience. Cody posted a link on our church website to donate money to a reputable source for Haiti. I was so happy to see your brother was going to help--it feels like someone we "know" and can specifically pray for. Praying that God will use him and protect him!