I first fell in love with the people of Haiti when reading Mountains Beyond Mountains. In shock, horror, and hope I learned some about the Haitian people, the government difficulties, the extreme poverty, and some of the work that amazing people are doing there.
When I learned that Holt International (the adoption agency we used to bring home our children) had started a Haiti adoption program, I immediately started looking at waiting children there. I would occasionally send my husband links, saying “Oh… isn’t he adorable?” Hinting. Just hinting. Unfortunately, my husband’s disabilities most likely means that our family is complete. However, I was able to follow along when my friend made a missions trip to Haiti to help with an orphanage there. It’s not the same though.
With Haiti’s recent crisis, I think of all the children who will be left as orphans. My heart bleeds for them as well as the parents who are mourning their children, spouses, siblings…
I’m currently reading the book Adopted For Life. Although I do not agree with all of the author’s points, one that I feel strongly about is that the church as a whole has an obligation towards adoption: either to adopt, or to support others in adoption. For those who are unable to adopt, they can support others financially, emotionally, prayerfully, and by way of providing physical help to families as they go through this process (and after!).
The people in Haiti need help now. They need water, food, medical supplies, shelter. They need hope for themselves, and for their children. With the money that my family is saving Eating from the Pantry this month, we were able to make a sizable donation to Samaritan’s Purse‘s Haitian relief efforts. Would you consider doing the same? Or by commenting at blogs such as Money Saving Mom or Frugal Living NW, or Krazy Coupon Lady where a donation will be made for each comment left.
Later, prayerfully consider adopting or sponsoring a child from Haiti. Please.