All posts in "Disaster relief"

Send aid to Japan


  Cross International is channeling support for Japan through our global partners that have relationships with Christian churches and ministries working in Japan. We typically rely on our trusted partners to direct our emergency aid in areas where Cross doesn’t support ongoing projects, such as Japan. We will humbly accept the charitable donation the Lord places on your heart for Japan, and we will see that your gift is channeled through our global partners directly to those existing ministries that are in the most dire need. Click here to donate now.  


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How bad is the Pakistan flooding?


According to a Red Cross disaster relief worker, the situation is both similar and different to the Haiti earthquake: I was in Haiti as part of the relief efforts in February of this year, and I do find some differences and I find also some similarities. What is similar, for instance, is that both the natural disasters [are] affecting extremely poor populations. In Pakistan when you go to the countryside, those people are extremely poor. If we speak about the regions away from the urban areas, those people really have nothing to live with. And then on top of it, if you put the flood; it’s really hard to imagine the people who have survived, whether they were poor like this before the flood or as a consequence of the flood. As in Haiti, the effect on the population is even worse because those people had nothing to begin with and therefore an even less position to really respond to the disaster or even be prepared for this kind of thing. If your worship team or choir would like to help support efforts like these, please contact me and ask about how to present a song for the poor.


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Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him


Here is a powerful example (stream audio) of God’s Kingdom breaking out…this time in the midst of incredible suffering from the Haiti earthquake. Here’s the description from the Miami NPR station’s website: This piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince.  In it, four medical professionals from South Florida recount their experience landing in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and struggling to meet a desperate need for medical help. One describes the situation as “a war zone.” Another describes a feeling of worthlessness, given the scale of the catastrophe. But then something happens that surprises them: a man begins to play a guitar in the corner of the tent, and patients begin to sing.  Soon every Haitian in the tent is singing or clapping or dancing.  The song: “Jesus, thank you for loving us.” Stay with the story to get the full impact. Project Medishare is one of the efforts Cross International assist post-earthquake, but all the glory goes to God here.


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Island Time – This American Life


Island Time is one of the best radio pieces to illustrate what is going on in Haiti and worth 60 minutes of your time (especially if you like good radio). Here’s the promo blurb: Unprecedented amounts of money have been pledged to Haitian relief in the last few months. American households have given over $1 billion and in March, 120 countries pledged over $9 billion(!) to rebuild. The only problem is that – historically – blanketing a country in aid and money has never really worked so well. Is there a chance this time things could be different?


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Haiti benefit concert – North Florida


Celebration Baptist of Macclenney, FL is holding a benefit concert for Haiti on Saturday, February 13. The Celebration Worship Team will perform along with bluegrass artists Southern Reign. Celebration Baptist is 30 miles west of Jacksonville, just off I-10.  For a map, click here. Thanks to Chet and Rosina Gray of Celebration Baptist for putting this together. If your church would like to hold a benefit concert, contact me @ 1-800-391-8545 ext. 174 or via email.


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Good report on Haiti by Mark Driscoll


Good overview below and here by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church/Seattle on the damage done by the Haitian earthquake. He and pastor James McDonald from Chicago spent 32 hours after the quake on-the-ground. This provides a good, broad historical background on Haiti for those not familiar with Haiti.  He describes not only how devastating this earthquake was to the people, but also how and why the work of churches is essential to the recovery and rebuilding of Haiti. If you’re looking for a fairly short (about an hour) overview of the Haiti earthquake and how the church is responding and why this response is essential, this is excellent. Please share broadly. View on YouTube here.


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Adoption caution, part 2: More than good intentions


Here’s a follow-up from an earlier post, illustrating that compassion and good intentions are not sufficient elements in helping the poor: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A group of 10 American Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital Sunday after trying to take 33 children out of Haiti. The church group, most of them from Idaho, allegedly lacked the proper documents when they were arrested Friday night in a bus along with children from 2 months to 12 years old who had survived the catastrophic earthquake. The group say they were setting up an orphanage across the border in the Dominican Republic. Full AP story (via OneNewsNow) here. Cross International has many years of ministry experience in Haiti, and works with churches and missions (and orphanages) already on-the-ground. For more about our efforts, go here.


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Adoption caution: Haitian orphans


Good word here from Together for Adoption about Haitian orphan adoption: Given the current situation in Haiti, here is my question to those who are interested in adopting a child from Haiti: “How long are you willing to wait to give a Haitian orphan a home?” My concern is that our compassion for Haiti’s orphans, our desire to give them a home, won’t have the necessary patience (endurance) to see it through. What Haiti’s orphans need once adoption opens back up is Christians who have gospel-endurance. Also see the very fine book When Helping Hurts (Moody). Wisdom should guide our compassion and actions, all of which should bathed in prayer and washed in God’s Word.


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