Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti & Compassion International

This morning we received a mass email for all sponsors of Compassion International. It goes as follows

From: Compassion International
Subject: Earthquake in Haiti Devastates Compassion Children

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Haitian Children and Families Devastated by Massive Earthquake

Dear Nathan and Cynthia,

The catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday has resulted in unfathomable chaos and devastation for hundreds of thousands of children and families.

Compassion sponsors and donors serve more than 65,000 children in Haiti. At least a third of them live in the areas that were hardest hit.

I am asking you to please send a generous gift today to help these precious children and their families.

We are working rapidly to assess the situation and determine the full extent of damage:

  • Sadly, we anticipate there will be many deaths.
  • We anticipate thousands of children and families will have lost everything.
  • We anticipate many of our church-based child development centers will have been destroyed.

Without a doubt, the children we serve in Haiti are in shock and face immediate needs for food, water, medical care, shelter and counseling. We have teams prepared to respond, and we are deeply committed to helping each child.

We need your donation today. Please reach out in the name of Jesus to bring relief, comfort, love and restoration to precious children and families whose lives have been devastated by this crisis.

Thank you for caring,
Mark Hanlon
Dr. Wess Stafford
President, USA

P.S. If you would like to give by phone, please call us at (800) 336-7676. Check donations can be mailed to: Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.

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We do not sponsor a child in Haiti but will be making sure we do our part to support the children and the organization. If you can make a donation here is a link to their website.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world where 20,000 children under the age of 5 died of malnutrition and other causes in 2007. Where natural disaster has occurred numerous times in the last ten years.

It is so heart breaking that a country that already suffers from poverty, malnutrition and constant natural disaster would have to endure yet another setback in the already hard life they have. It made me think about how blessed we are in this country but at the same time how so many of us take for granted fresh water, electricity, warm soft beds and big family dinners with much leftovers. We have endured our share of natural disasters but when we live an already privileged life it seems almost fair to deal with a reality check once in awhile. For these people it does not seem so fair, but if anything should come of this it should teach us all a lesson, praise God for all the blessings we have!

Please have the men women and children in your prayers. Send prayers to the thousands of volunteers that are there and on their way. Ask God to comfort heal and bless all the people of Haiti.


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