I understand the numbing effect caused by surreal photographs cycling on CNN as if on horrific repeat.
I understand the feelings of distance and separation caused not only by the fact that the disaster seems to be happening on another planet, but also because it looks like something out of an Armageddon movie.
I get all that.
But I've also seen the power of a multitude of individuals who each chip in a little bit to bring about real and lasting hope. I've seen it in the work that we do here. We can make a difference.
Apathy doesn't have to win.
The people of Haiti need our love, support, and prayers. And in the midst of a crisis, love and support speaks most loudly when it comes in the form of a clean drink of water, a new tarp for a tent, and a slice of bread for an empty belly. Someone should take away Pat Robertson's microphone and instead put it in the hands of the believers who respond to crisis with pure love... people like Troy and Tara.
They're normal people - just like you and me - who happen to live in Haiti. They aren't saints, but they are getting their hands dirty for the Kingdom. If you're looking for a way to get involved in the Haitian relief effort, might I recommend World Wide Village? Troy and Tara are the in-country directors, and I know they will handle gifts with dignity and love.
This seems oddly inappropriate linked to this post, but I didn't want to make a separate post about this. Tanya over at Acorns and Cherry Blossoms is hosting a Scarlet Threads giveaway of her own!