No post today — we’re experiencing some high winds in the Yosemite area. A good sized tree fell on our house there. We’ll be working on it tonight and tomorrow. More to follow. What we’re dealing with is nothing compared to Haiti or even the situation in this video. Pray for the Haitians, then pray for us.
A UK online news outlet called MailOnline has run a great story about some of the successful rescues that are occurring in Haiti, including the story of a two year old boy named Redjeson who was trapped in the rubble of his collapsed home for almost three days. Check out MailOnline and see this little guy. He was trapped for days calling out to his parents but as time wore on his cries became weaker and weaker but then… MailOnline . His face broke into a smile when he finally saw his mother as rescue workers carried him from the rubble.
This is just one example. Many lives have been successfully saved including the one pictured here being saved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Hope. Don’t let go of it. An experiment was conducted where a group of mice were placed in a bucket of water — they’d swim until after 30 minutes or so they’d become too fatigued to continue and drown. A second group was also placed in a bucket of water but just before 30 minutes was up the mice in this group were rescued. Days, weeks, or even months later this second group of mice, when placed in a bucket of water, would swim for hours before drowning. No feeling is more destructive than the feeling of helplessness. Despair is a killer. Cling to hope in the Lord at all costs no matter how difficult your circumstances. (from GoArticles)
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
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.”
The video is from a news broadcast covering the Haiti 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The strength of the quake in combination with building construction practices there have resulted in widespread devastation. 9.7 million people live in Haiti.
For information about how you can help and for updates from a missionary family who lives there go to http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/ .
For up to the minute twitter updates from same family go to http://twitter.com/troylivesay .
9.7 million people… pray.
OK, so these parents, Richard and Mary Cressy of Glen, NY, didn’t follow the law and register their four home schooled children or their curriculum with the local school district. But having them arrested? Really? Check out the CBS story at: http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/district-1269895-school-county.html
Perhaps I’m missing something. Couldn’t the school district send out a representative to educate the Cressys about their responsibility rather than sending out the sheriff to arrest them?
Your Life: This story really irks me. Treating decent people like criminals… And what makes it worse is that our society sometimes treats dangerous criminals like hotel guests. While it may be quite a tough pill to swallow, I believe the answer to how you or I should respond in such a situation is found in Matthew 22:20-22. When the Pharisees attempted to trap Jesus into either breaking the Roman law or going against the sentiment of the people by paying tribute, Jesus handled it this way:
And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Unless it would violate God’s law, we need to obey those in authority over us. Even when the authorities are, well, less than charming.
My fire department fought a fire last night. It came in around 8pm as a fire in an apartment. When our first engine arrived there was heavy involvement on the first floor with significant extension into the second floor. When I arrived there was heavy fire venting from the roof. At that point I would have bet that we would lose another two or three apartments in addition to the original fire apartment. One of the occupants suffered smoke inhalation — she was treated at the hospital and released.
The Incident Commander and the firefighters who fought this fire did a phenomenal job. They confined the fire to the apartment of origin with some relatively minor water damage to the 2 apartments adjacent on either side. No firefighters were injured.
One sign of good leadership is how your followers perform when you’re gone. The Medford Fire-Rescue Fire Chief was visiting family 1,000 miles away for Christmas yet his fire department did a great job handling a 5 alarm structure fire.
Consider the following excerpt from Traveler and the Chaplain:
Traveler said, “So my mission for God here on earth doesn’t end then after I die. I’m supposed to grow future leaders to carry on what I’ve been doing while I’m alive.”
“Not just carry on but even exceed!” the Chaplain said with great enthusiasm. “Look at what Jesus’ followers have accomplished since his death. There are 2.1 billion Christians in the world today. 2.1 billion. That’s a lot of fruit! If you started counting Jesus’ followers out loud, one per second, after 31 years and 8 months, you would still be less than half way to finishing! And of course during that 31 years and 8 months more people would be accepting Christ at an exponentially expanding rate. So really, it would be impossible to keep up with the pace at which Jesus is bearing fruit for God’s kingdom.”
Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”