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After the aftershocks

January 24, 2010

The scenes from Haiti have been horrific since the earthquake on January 16th.  This country was a mess before the earthquake ever struck: failed government, environmental devastation, starvation, widespread poverty, a culture defined by receiving aid from others but never learning to fish for themselves.  And now this.

It’s a helpless feeling to watch it all go down.  And I find it frustrating that I can give money and it might feed a hungry person or buy some clothes for someone who’s lost everything, but in a few hours that person will be hungry again, and in not much longer the clothes will be dirty and stained and worn.  What do I do then?  Throwing money at the problem is clearly a bandaid over a gushing, gaping wound.

Enter one of my favorite missions ministries ever, a local ministry founded and run by people I personally know who operate with a high level of integrity and a heart to care for “the least of these”.   Heart of the Bride  has an orphanage in Haiti where the children are being raised up to be leaders and providers, an unknown concept in Haiti.  Heart of the Bride will be sending a container of food, clothing, and medical supplies to Haiti.  The supplies have been acquired and will be sent by private charter to an airport other than Port Au Prince.  What is needed is money to send the container.  Every $2 given sponsors a pound of desperately needed supplies.

There are other plans to help in Haiti, ones a bit less immediate which will help heal the wound instead of just sticking yet another bandaid on it.  The desire is to invest into the lives of some Haitians in a way that they then become leaders in their own communities and can begin to change the social and spiritual climate of their own country.  Haitians helping Haitians.  You can read more about it on the website, and if that’s not enough info, just call the office or send them an email.  They’re a personable bunch and would be glad to talk to you.

By the way, Haiti isn’t the only place where Heart of the Bride is changing lives.  There are exciting things happening in Africa, too, as well as the Ukraine.  Really…go check it out!  And maybe hit that “donate” button while you’re there.  Remember…your $2 investment is a pound of food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, and medicine for the sick.

www.heartofthebride.org

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2010 4:41 am

    Your link is wrong (at least one of them is – you put hearth instead of heart.)

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