I’ve been hesitant to post about Haiti because I don’t want to appear to be one of those people who just jumps on the bandwagon. There are lots of people who have cared for Haiti before the earthquake struck. Haiti has known suffering for quite some time.
But what is getting to me the most about Haiti is the number of orphans who were already there (380,000) and the number of children who are now orphans because of the earthquake. Through following the stories of a few bloggers, I know that adopting from Haiti is challenging. When D told me the news of the earthquake last week, I immediately thought of Kristen who had just traveled to Haiti to visit their son who they have fought to adopt for three years. She is back in the United States but her son is still in Haiti. I can’t imagine what it felt like for her to leave him there. There is some hope that these kids who have families waiting for them in the US will be able to come home. I ask that you pray this would happen. And that you would take action to encourage humanitarian parole for adoptive children in Haiti.
Want to do more? We love the logic of Abraham & Molly Piper’s five year-old son. Here are a few options:
- Buy a t-shirt from Aaron Ivey (musician and father of one of those children waiting to come home)
- Buy another t-shirt. All proceeds go to Compassion International (one of Worth Magazine’s 10 Most Fiscally Responsible Charities)
- Give. We gave to Food for the Hungry.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:35-40)