Haiti’s devastating earthquake on Tuesday afternoon is our crisis, too.

Haiti’s devastating earthquake on Tuesday afternoon is our crisis, too. As I sit here and write the next morning, initial reports from Port-au-Prince indicate that much of the capital city of nearly 1.5 million residents lies buried beneath collapsed rubble, as the result of the 7.0 magnitude record-breaking temblor. The Parliament building, the presidential palace, the United Nations mission headquarters, hospitals, schools, churches and untold numbers of apartments, houses and tenement buildings have been flattened. How many lives have been lost in this epic disaster no one, of course, yet knows. Some already fear untold thousands of casualties.

The scale of this human tragedy would be large enough had it occurred in a more developed nation on earth. But the crisis reality is that Haiti ranks as the most impoverished nation in the western hemisphere. Already dirt poor, the vast majority of this island country now face a withering and nearly hopeless immediate future. As it would happen, over the holidays I read Mountains Beyond Mountains, the moving story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard Medical School graduate, who as a young adult plunged his life into the Creole countryside of Haiti, tackling and treating rampant tuberculosis and AIDS in the central plains. I can only imagine his thoughts today in the wake of this disaster.

But the crisis is not utterly hopeless. And that’s where you and I come in. We slept last night in homes heated and comfortable. We eat today at tables laden with bountiful food. But how would our King have us to respond? “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:40, 35, 36 TNIV).

What can we do? Beyond joining a recovery team right now or an emergency aid team over spring break here at the university, we can give. May I suggest an emergency donation to ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency)? ADRA is our faith community’s rapid-deployment emergency response organization, and with the monumental need for food, clothing and water in Haiti, our contributions are essential. Giving is as simple as going to www.ADRA.org and clicking on to the “Donate Now” icon. “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for Me.” Jesus is spending overtime in Haiti right now. Wouldn’t you like to join him in an earthquake of compassion?

Comments

Dear brother Nelson, I fully agree it is our Christian duty to show our compassion with those who are suffering from the earthquake in Haiti now in whichever way we can. However, I have difficulty with your statement that "Jesus is spending overtime in Haiti right now": He might as well have prevented this disaster happening in the first place, couldn't He? So, why would Jesus now be spending overtime on a disaster He would have been able to avoid? Dirk.

Please pray for our Advenitst Orphanage in Haiti. Over the next weeks they will no doubt be discovered by some of the desperate people who fled the earthquake on foot, who are reportedly terrorizing the surrounding countryside. There are reports that many crimes are taking place, due to the level of desperation and the evil that prevails. Prisoners as well as bandits, without supervision or law enforcement...Charles and GiGi's Adventist orphanage is called Eden Garden Orphanage. They left Virginia and arrived at the orphanage two days prior to the quake. Jean Claude (orphanage director in Haiti) and Charles/GiGi sent text messages to say that they are alive and the children are safe. Adventist orphanage: www.edengardenorphanage.info. Please gather together and pray for these dedicated Adventists, who provide; housing, education, food, clean water, medical care, and the love of Christ, to the most vulnerable children in Haiti. God bless you and thank you for your prayers.

Amen Dwight! As I took in some of the pictures that have been coming in it gave me great pause and the immediate desire to help ADRA as they are already there on the ground and responding to this disaster. As I watches the scenes through my technology my thoughts and prayer went like this........ As I watch this I wonder why only a trickle of tears runs down only one cheek. I wonder why my stomach doesn't turn in more knots then it does. It feels like it should. Why can I not cry a river of tears for the death, separation, brokenness, and loss Our earthquake closed our mall for a few days Theirs closed the future of countless ones forever Why such a poor nation, who were struggling for just a little Why not Manhattan with all it's excesses and resources If these are the beginning of "Sorrows" I can't imagine the ending of them. Is this what Leviathon is all about Is this what I ultimately say yes to every time I cast my gaze away from You When I loose my temper or protect my time and resources Why would I add to such a kingdom as this? Could I have a heart like yours, Oh Father? So I can feel like you do, to the degree you do So I can cry the river of tears that you do when you gaze upon each one Trapped, crushed, maimed, suffocated, expunged. Or do you protect me from this and bear the magnitude of this pain alone too? You are the barer of pain, but not the author of it. Giver and relinquisher of life you are. A paradox that is only describe by a four letter word Help me to see, to feel, to give, to relinquish as you do To add to Your Kingdom and to hasten the end of earthquakes, pain, loss and Your river of tears.

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