I was going to write about deodorant today, but that seems real dumb when their was a huge earthquake in Haiti yesterday. (Writing about deodorant may be dumb any day, but especially today.)
If you're like me and have a hard time staying up to date about current events, hopefully this will help you to be informed today. I remember thinking, "The news should totally stream below Sesame Street or Blues Clues. Then I'd know that huge things were going on outside of my insulated existence."
From BBC's website:
The extent of the devastation from a huge quake in Haiti is slowly emerging, with President Rene Preval saying thousands of people are feared dead.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the head of the UN mission in Haiti and his deputy were among more than 100 staff missing.
The 7.0-magnitude quake, Haiti's worst in two centuries, struck south of the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Tuesday.
The Red Cross says up to 3m people have been affected. Port-au-Prince's Roman Catholic archbishop is reported killed.
A priest at the Saint Jacques Missionary Centre in western France told Associated Press news agency Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot had been found dead in his office by fellow missionaries.
Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed
Haitian President Rene Preval
In his first interview since the earthquake, President Preval told the Miami Herald newspaper in the US he feared thousands of his people had died.
Describing the scene in the capital as "unimaginable", he said: "Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed.
"There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them."
Read the full story here.
Haiti is the second poorest country in the world. An earthquake obviously adds insult to injury.
Many of you who come here are connected in some way to ministries in Haiti. Many of you know missionaries there. Will you please keep us updated on how our brothers and sisters are doing in Haiti as you get word? Will you let us know specifically how to pray and how to help?
I'm thankful for the church at times like this. Watching the news this morning and seeing the pictures my heart is heavy. How can I help? What can I do? Thankfully God has already placed brothers and sisters in Christ right in the middle of this situation. They are already there. They know the needs and know the people.
I'm guessing they are going to need our prayers and our money.
Let's all pray and talk to our spouses (if you have one) about how we can help.
One great way to give is through Compassion International.
Meredith, a girl who goes to church with us is very involved with Compassion.
She received this email from the Compassion staff:
How can you help?
*Please be in prayer for our staff, Compassion-assisted children and families in Haiti. We currently partner with 230 local churches, reaching out to more than 65,000 children and their families…2200 CSP moms & babies, and almost 100 LDP students in this country! Pray that God protects them from harm. Also pray for the government and leadership in Haiti as they respond to this disaster.
*A gift of $35 will help one family receive emergency supplies of food and clean water for about one week…$350 will help 10 families, and so on."
Go here to pay online through Compassion International. It's $35. We can all do this.
Meredith also mentioned that a family is designing some t-shirts to help raise money for Haiti. I'll pass along that information once I get more details.
What a great opportunity to grab our kids and a globe. Show them where Haiti is, and pray with our children for the people of this devastated country.
Just found out the Red Cross building is totally destroyed.