You see I am a Baptist, not a Southern Baptist cause they are not fond of my color, but a Baptist from the South. I had to ask myself, what would a good Christian do in the wake of this Haiti disaster? Well this is what I came up with:
1. Pray----Prayer is free, and quite honestly it is the best thing I can do in this situation because I believe that prayers are necessary.
2. Donate Money, time, or clothing—I can’t really donate money right now, but payday is next week so I will. And I will carefully choose a way to donate my time. I am sure they probably don’t want my clothes, but I may reconsider that one.
3. Be mindful of how I discuss this situation with my children, my students, and my social networking sphere.
Not one time did I ever consider blaming the Haitian people for their plight. Who does that? Oh wait, Mr. CBN himself does that. Because he knows that the Haitian people made a deal with the devil, and apparently they are getting what they deserve because they are voodoo practicers and have a demonic religion. Well, let’s just kick a man when he’s down because it is the Christian way and why don’t we just not give food or shelter to the homeless, or healthcare to the unemployed. I wish I could say that I am surprised. Le sigh. Alas I am not. I do have a suggestion for Mr. Robertson’s progeny: Please come and get your daddy. His age is showing. He is reacting like a man that is still living in a bygone era, and he has forgotten that Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and fed the poor.
Seriously please donate to Haitian relief. Below are things you can do and places you can donate! H/T Black Snob Blog posters!
Go Free Ministries (www.gofreeministries.org) - Click on 'donate' to give by Paypal or credit card - Mail: Go Free Ministries Intl. PO BOX 163108, Fort Worth, TX 76161-3108. - Email inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org (you can direct it to go specifically to Hurricane relief efforts)or Hope Foundation International Ministries, Inc. 2822 54th Ave. South #229, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 or
ii. Partners in Health
www.pih.org/inforesources/news/Haiti_Earthquake.html or mail Partners In Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578
iii. Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org, or toll-free at 1-888-392-0392 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)USA Headquarters 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004.
b) Good for longer term support
i. Food for the Poor: http://www.foodforthepoor.org/
ii. The Lambi Fund: http://www.lambifund.org/
iii. World Vision: http://www.worldvision.org/
c) Unsure of time-table to get aid on the ground
http://www.yele.org/ (Wyclef's org)
ii. Red Cross (although unclear how to direct the funds to specifically Haiti):
iii. For more complete lists of options, see:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/kindness/post/2010/01/how-to-help-victims-of-the-haiti-earthquake/1http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34835478/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake/http://www.facebook.com/pages/Haitian-Earthquake-Relief/288681741232d) Clothing Donations
e) Donate Relief Goods
2) What actions can I take
a) Contact your Congresspeople (to get your Senator & Representative's number to MAKE A QUICK CALL, visit http://www.contactingthecongress.org/) to support IMMEDIATE RESCUE EFFORTS to Haiti; and
b) To request TPS for Haitians, not just "halting deportations"
The Obama administration should grant Haitians Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which is regularly granted to the people of other countries who've suffered much less disasters than Haiti; by DHS's own definition, even with the hurricanes preceding this earthquake, Haiti is overqualified. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=319c96981298d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=828807b03d92b010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD
c) If you want to help & go the extra mile, please WRITE in to media outlets like your local newspaper, and/or newstation's website.
i. Plans are coming together for a trip of Matador volunteers to go to Haiti to assist in earthquake recovery and relief. http://matadorchange.com/ ; NOAH is also gearing up to head to Haiti.
ii. Hope for Haiti is looking for medical personnel & donations:http://hopeforhaiti.com/volunteering.php
iii. So is: nationalnursesunited.com