The Real Truth about Haiti and What Your Church Can Do Now and in the Future
JANUARY 14, 2010by Joanna Pritchard and Rusty Pritchard
Earthquake victims in Haiti (Matthew Marek/American Red Cross )
Going green as a church is an important thing to do. Getting outside is healthy and restorative. Recycling issensible. Planting churchyard gardens that provide food for neighbors in need is huge.
But if all yourcreation care actions are local, you’re missing a huge part of environmental stewardship
.Haiti is a country just hit by a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake, leaving perhaps a third of the country sleeping in the open, exposed to the elements.
If you do nothing else today, give money and encourage at least two other people you know to give money to aidin this disaster. Better yet, activate your church mailing list, Facebook group, phone tree (what’s a phone tree?),and get your whole church giving. The need is great, and you may want to do more than one wave of encouragement.Our recommendations for giving:
Give right now to the big, well-known relief agencies. That includes World Vision,CARE(which does food
and nutrition relief), the American Red Cross, andPartners in Health(which runs some of the only
remaining functioning hospitals near the Haitian capital). They have the proven capacity to get aid on theground fast; they have experience, competence, connection, and
they’re already there
. Now is not the timeto give to startups, however innovative they might be.
Give directly. Go to the websites of the aid organizations you want to supportand use their online giving