All posts tagged "Haiti"

Divine Shelter Schools and John Waller!


Cross International has had the privilege of partnering with well-known Christian Recording Artist, John Waller (Fireproof Movie Soundtrack) to help raise support and awareness for the Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti. The schools provide educations and nutritious meals to devastatingly poor children. Check out some of the pictures from the trip! For more information on the Divine Shelter Schools, visit Cross International


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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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Jesus in Haiti – After the Earthquake


By John Piper of Desiring God Do you consider safety, or your health, A sign from me? I am not awed by might, nor struck by wealth, Or poverty. O, I am struck! And crushed. Buried, I wince, And dying, pray, A sympathetic Priest in Port-au-Prince, Even today. But there, in those United States the boot Is on my face. “Saul, Saul,” I ask, “Why do you persecute And not embrace?” Your King, I lift my arms to you in peace And patient grief; And summon now to Haiti enemies For my relief.


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Haiti relief supplies delivered


Below is video of Haiti relief supplies being unloaded and now being distributed to earthquake victims in Les Cayes. Because the southern seaside town has only a small harbor with a wharf that cannot accommodate large vessels, small boats were used to transport the relief supplies to shore. Loading the 20-foot containers on the little boats was quite a feat! Your worship team can make a difference for the poor in Haiti and around the world with free Harmony of Hearts materials. Click here to find out how. (courtesy of the Cross International Field blog)


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Creative fund-raising for Haiti


From the WSJ: Acts of homespun ingenuity characterize much of the Haiti fund raising. Jeff Winton, a seventh-generation North Harmony, N.Y., dairy farmer, says he sold four cows and two bull calves and donated the proceeds, $4,000, to the Coalition for Haitian-American Empowerment, a New Jersey nonprofit. “The more we sat in front of the TV, the more we realized we needed to do something,” he says. Below is a photo of Sister Jane Meyer making a 14,000-foot skydive, capping an $88,000 fundraising for St. Agnes Academy in Houston. If you would like to do something less risky but effective, please consider presenting a song with your church worship team on behalf of the poor. Photo cred:  Wall Street Journal


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Coming together for Haiti


Michael W. Smith gets it. So do a lot of other Christian artists. Click above or here to view video. Lyrics: There is hurt there is trouble – there are tears on the ground from the ash and the rubble – there’s a cry ringing out you’ve been shaken by loss; you’ve been by shattered by fear Give me eyes that can see it – Give me ears that can hear When you hurt I’m hurting – when you’re bleeding I bleed When you cry I’m crying; I am down on my knees. When there’s nothing left standing, and there’s no reason why Lets go walking on the water to reach the other side Stretch your arms and help the brokenhearted Say a pray that change will come We will fight for the children who were hurting Lets stand as one and come together now. Be the light in the darkness – be the peace in the storm Be a shelter for someone when the rain starts to pour. Be the hands that bring healing and the hands that provide Let’s go walking on the water to reach the other side. Stretch your arm and help the broken hearted Say a pray that change will come We will fight for the children who were hurting Lets stand as one and come together now. It won’t be long – keep holding on Hold your head high; hold your head high Keep standing strong – you’re not alone now Hold your head high; hold your head high ~~~~~~ Download the song here ($1.29 via itTunes) or click on banner below.


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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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