Archive for January 14th, 2010

Haiti earthquake response

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Over the past couple of days I’ve been deeply affected by the news reports about the suffering in Haiti caused by their massive earthquake.  Of course the fact that Haiti was already so needy, with so much abject poverty and a disfunctional government, doesn’t help matters.  They have a long recovery road ahead of them, and huge amounts of aid are required, not only in the short-term but until they can get back on their feet.  At some time in the future the discussion can shift from relief to development.

There are many relief agencies, some with better track records at actually getting most donor contributions to those in need (I chose to give to World Vision).  If you are reading this and haven’t yet contributed please consider it.

And of course, if you believe in a God who listens to his people, then pray.  But I do understand why many people have honest difficulty believing in a merciful God in times like these.

UPDATE 2009-01-16: Linea points out in the comments below that the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada (ECCC) has a missionary working in Haiti.  Janelle Peterson helps at Ebenezer Clinic, located in the north part of the country, more than two hundred kilometres from Port au Prince, an area unaffected by the quake.  The clinic has been helping with the relief effort.  For information on donating through the ECCC or World Relief Canad, and a link to Janelle’s blog click here.