Over the past several days, I've been checking in regularly with Twitter to see what news comes from Haiti. From there I find links to aerial photos of horrific devastation, read stories of children receiving medical treatment without anesthesia, am heartened by tweets of recovered family members. And, in the midst of all the heartbreak, so many tweets that praise God. These are people who were desperately poor to begin with, and now this. Yet their faith sustains them.
Last week, while I was driving back from school, I listened to NPR reporter Jason Beaubien give a first-hand account (1:00 minute into the program) of what was happening on the street around him. He told of a little girl lying on a makeshift stretcher, covered in bandages, alone and naked except for a tablecloth covering her. As the reporter talked, I heard his voice crack. He apologized and had to take a moment to gain his composure. Thousands of miles away, I cried in my car for that little girl whose need had suddenly become so personal to me. Even now, as I listened to the report again, I weep. (Transcript of program here)
This morning, one of our church leaders gave us updates on the missionaries the church supports in Haiti. All the adults have been accounted for, but the lives of the children whom the church sponsors are still unknown. The man spoke quietly, tears in his eyes. And we all wondered, What about the children?
It is the stories of the children that has made this Haiti disaster so heartbreaking for me. While I am always saddened by the stories that come from natural disasters, I can hardly bear to read the stories coming from Haiti. So many about children. So many about collapsed schools and orphanages. At risk of being constantly in tears, I've prevented myself from reading too many.
I can't go to Haiti. At this point, I'm not sure that sending supplies would be helpful. What I can do is pray and financially help those who are on the ground in Haiti.
And now, twenty-two comments later, our little fundraiser for Haiti has come to an end. For the amount, I decided to multiply the number of comments by the number of years I've been blogging (six), bringing the total to $132. I didn't have a number in mind when I asked for your comments, but I am convinced that $132 is just the right amount to give. From here to Haiti, we did it together.
I sent the amount to Partners in Health, and as soon as I get a receipt from them I'll post it here.
Thank you for participating, and may we all continue to keep Haiti in our prayers long after they cease to be headlining the news. ♥