Earthquakes scare me. I've never experienced one...just seen the devastation from the big ones on television.
Hurricanes destroy and devastate...but they come with warnings. Even with tornadoes, you see the storm clouds on the horizon.
But earthquakes are sneaky. There can be a blue sky overhead...no warnings flashing on the television or sirens going off...then wham! In just a few seconds your life...if you've survived...has changed.
My heart is breaking for the people in Haiti. From my sheltered, comfortable living room, I can't imagine experiencing that kind of catastrophe.
I will be praying for the survivors and for those who have rushed to their aid. But as a friend pointed out, it's a time for more than prayers. We are all called to action.
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." - Edmund Everett Hale
I can't jump on a plane for Haiti...I can't send a lot of money...but even with bills piled on my desk waiting to be paid, I can send something. It's God's money, anyway, not mine; I know he'll provide for my needs and he's giving me a chance to help others.
"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have." - Leonard Nimoy
Please join me. Here are some sites to go to for ways to help:
Shelter Box http://www.shelterbox.org/index2.php
The American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/
Operation USA http://www.opusa.org/
Please say a prayer for the people involved with Embrace Haiti, an organization that a friend of mine is involved with. They are committed to helping the people of Haiti all the time...for example, digging wells to provide water for villages, and last I heard, there has been no contact with them since the earthquake.
"We can do great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa
My friend Scott with one of his new friends in Haiti on a mission trip last year. Yesterday Scott reported "Our friends in the northeast of Haiti were far from the quake so it is our prayer that they are OK, however we have not received any communication from the missionaries. Please join us in our work! You can save lives and change yours in the process."