As I write this post, I am crying. I was going to write a different post and was delaying addressing the Haiti Earthquake because my heart aches so much. I am also filled with extreme grief and anger. My heart aches for those in Haiti and those in the United States waiting to hear about loved ones. Everyone including the aid workers are in my thoughts and prayers.
I wish that I didn't have to express my anger, but I found very disturbing comments and videos as I searched for one for this post. Again, I say that disasters and crisis bring out the best and worst in people. (I have decided not to show a video as most of us have seen or had opportunity to see the images and it is not necessary to do so now).
Some Christians are saying that God did this to punish them as they are seen as involved in voodo, witchcraft, Muslim activities, etc. This is not the Christian God that I know by the scriptures and I know that he deeply grieves for them. (Do they also not understand that Americans as well as many others from other countries died also!)
Others have said that this is a sign of the end times as illegal Haitians will eventually be sent back to where the came from as will other races as written in the Bible. One person said that they hated all n****rs and do not feel sorry for them and won't help them. I feel so sick having read these and more comments of such type.
Others have stated that God made it happens, so therefore He is not loving. I don't think that anyone can ever adequately address this issue to human understanding as we are not God and our minds do not have His capacity or the larger picture. Horrendous things happen all the time in this world. I know about free will and natual disaster arguments, but bottom line is that I do not know why such things happen. But, as a Christian I know God as loving, accepting, compassionate and that this disaster grieves Him. Christ would have helped and demonstrated these characteristics...I wonder do I or do you?
The Bible says that "we will have trials and tribulations, but be of good courage..." Other translations state "cheer" instead of "courage" which is incorrect if you go back to the Hebrew words used. So, we are to have the courage to carry on and not put on a happy face or say, "I'm over it or God will take care of it." Listen and allow people to express their emotions and grieve with them...that is one of the most loving things that you can do.
People have also said that President Obama is milking this for all he has to increase his ratings with the American public. Any president would have done the same or this country as well as others would have criticized the U.S. I am not implying that he provided aid quickly to "look good," but any descent person would have done the same. It is also being said that this is good for President Obama as he will gain the support of both dark and light skinned blacks.
What an opportunity for people to really show their real colors, ignorance and hatred. We are all part of humanity no matter our beliefs, values or morals. I wish there was more compassion expressed in this world.
If you want to express your compassion and aid you can contact the following:
( For links to each site click here to find the list from MSNBC)
Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
Agape Flights, 941-584-8078
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
American Refugee Committee, 800-875-7060
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 212-687-6200
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
B'nai B'rith International, 202-857-6600
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Church World Services, 800-297-1516
Clinton Foundation, 501-748-0471
Text "HAITI" to 20222 to donate $10 to Haiti relief
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998
Cross International, 800-391-8545
CRUDEM Foundation, 413-642-0450
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767 Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Episcopal Relief and Development, 800-334-7626
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Friends of the Orphans, 312-386-7499
Habitat for Humanity, 1-800-422-4828
Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty
Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Healing Hands for Haiti, 651-769-5846
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Child Care, 800-722-4453
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
Islamic Relief USA, 888-479-4968
Lions Club International Foundation, 630-203-3836
Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972
Medical Benevolence Foundation, 800-547-7627
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 800-306-9950
New Life for Haiti, 815-436-7633
Operation Blessing, 800-730-2537
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
RHEMA International, 248-652-9894
Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse, 828-262-1980
Save the Children, 800-728-3843 ShelterBox UN Central Emergency Response Fund UNICEF, 800-367-5437 United Methodist Committee on Relief, 800-554-8583 World Concern, 800-755-5022 World Hope International, 888-466-4673 World Relief, 800-535-5433 World Vision, 888-511-6548 Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552 Wyclef Jean's grassroots org Text Yele to 501501 to donate $5 via cellphone
The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747.