In this special post, I have compiled information from a few different websites and blogs in hopes that the compilation will provide you with a complete list of ways to help the people of Haiti in this tragic time.
Let us remember the great commandment from Jesus, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
“Helping Out Haiti” :: It’s almost impossible to the watch the news, listen to talk radio, or read anything online without seeing some reference to the devastation in Haiti. The more I see the more I want to help. Last night my mind was racing thinking about all of the children who have died, all of the mother’s who are searching for their children and will never find them and all of the families who have been separated and live in fear that they may not see the rest of their family again. I’ve never experienced a pain like what the Haitains are experiencing right now. Being a photographer, who is waiting in eager anticipation for his first son, I feel like all I can do is pray. In this, I can’t help but feel the need to do something practical for those who are able to be in Haiti to help those who are hurting.
So from today until April 30, 2010
*** I will eagerly donate $100 for every client who books me for their wedding
*** I will eagerly donate $50 for every family or commercial shoot that I book
It’s me (Courtney Navey) trying to bring awareness to those around me about how great the need is in Haiti. I wish with all my heart that I could be in Haiti to bring the Gospel of Christ to those in need. I will contribute all of my donations to the American Red Cross and will keep a running tab for the blog. Help me to help those in need by spreading the word.
Helping Haiti: Supply Drives :: If you know nothing about Haiti, read a little about the poverty that already existed. If you want something not mainstream media, check out this blog of missionaries in the area.
The number one need is money, CNN put together a list of international organizations currently providing relief that are accepting donations.
One easy option text HAITI to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.
Loving Others – Near and Far :: The earthquake in Haiti has caused massive destruction and suffering. The people in Haiti need help, and many thousands are responding. I’m pleased to report that Desiring God has partnered with three organizations, Food for the Hungry, Haiti Rescue Center, and Children’s Hunger Fund, to provide some relief to the immediate suffering in the country.
We know that in this world, there will be tragedies and suffering. As Christian Hedonists, we need to stand ready to give an account for the hope and confidence we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). But if we never step out to meet others, it’s not likely we’ll ever have a chance to tell of the hope we have in God.
With this in mind, here are some practical things we can do to love our neighbors:
- If you’re able, go. Go to Haiti and serve.
- Donate to churches and ministries that are working in Haiti.
- Volunteer in your city. Help immigrants learn English. Babysit a neighbor’s kids. Buy a Coke at a local market and get to know the clerk.
- Be ready to give an account for the hope that you have. As you serve, look for chances to talk about the good news of the Gospel. Ultimately, if we truly love our neighbors, we will care not only for their immediate physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well.