The video from the Miami Herald is the first one I’ve seen that really tells the story of the quake aftermath in Haiti.
1) A good place to donate to the cause in Haiti is Samaritan’s Purse. I worked for these folks in New York City after 9/11. They’re run by Franklin Graham and in my experience have proven to be a solid charity.
“You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give.”
2) Go. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Go?! Are you crazy?” If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to do it, hook up with a church group, or lead your own church group, buy a plane ticket, and go. It can be done. I’ve seen church groups do it. I’ve done it myself and it always happens that when you go to bless someone else you wind up being blessed beyond what you thought possible yourself. That has been my experience and the experience of anyone I’ve ever spoken with who has taken that plunge. You can do it!
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
3) Pray — as always. Pray for the people of Haiti. Remember that God is in the business of producing beautiful and fruitful things from tragedy.
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
4) It’s good to give however don’t give to the exclusion of your church family or biological family. Most of the scriptures about giving are in the context of helping those in your own faith. Jesus said,
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
“These things I command you, that ye love one another.”