Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Haiti - One Year Later

Today, my heart is thinking about Haiti.

It's been one year since the earthquake struck!  It seems like Haiti has been forgotten by the world, including by me!  You know that saying: "Out of sight, out of mind!"  Because the media has been so quiet about Haiti, those of us here in North America have also forgotten!  Sadly, the reality is that Haiti is still in dire need.

This past Sunday, my kids and I watched, via webcast, Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham... LIVE from Haiti!  It was a great reminder to our family that, indeed, Haiti still needs our help.  I have a feeling that they still will for a very long time... :-(

It truly impressed me that Samaritan's Purse is still actively working on the ground in Haiti one year later!  While many other international relief organizations have packed up and left, they are still persevering.

One of the things they are working hard to provide for the Haitian people right now are shelters.  These semi-permanent shelters are definitely a step up from the tents created out of cardboard, bedsheets and sticks that the Haitian people had before.

Here's a short video about how Samaritan's Purse is providing these shelters and how important they are for the Haitian people:

Please pause the Playlist on the sidebar of this blog as you watch this video.

Did you know that $1200 can provide a Haitian family with one of these shelters?  If you would like to donate towards one of these shelters, you can do so by clicking on this link.  Our family is thrilled to have been introduced to this opportunity --- we will definitely be joining hands with Samaritan’s Purse to bring a home to a Haitian family by donating funds.

Another thing our family has decided to do on this one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti is to sponsor a little Haitian boy through Compassion Canada!  So, without further ado... please meet Bell Bradley Pierre!

He is four years old and has the same birthday as my son!  How cool is that!!!  Our family is very much looking forward to start corresponding with Bell.

He will be our 5th Compassion child... we said goodbye to our first one, Annu from India, because she moved away from the Compassion community. We then sponsored a little girl, Florianlyn, from the Philippines in place of Annu.  By the way, we just received the information package on Florianlyn and found out that she lives on an island just north of where hubby and I were born and raised.  Very cool indeed!

We also correspond with two Compassion children from Honduras, Geydi and Junior, on behalf of their sponsors who don't or are unable to correspond with them.  Thus, making Bell the fifth Compassion child for our family.

So... these are a few ways that our family is choosing to practice Micah 6:8 and also to keep Haiti in the forefront of our thoughts and in our prayers!

Would you please join us in remembering?
Unwrapping more of His love in this world.
Act justly.  Love mercy.  Walk humbly with God!

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