Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti: A response from this Salvationist, a response from The Salvation Army

I’m posting this with a slight sense of hesitancy.

I’ve struggled to say anything at all about Haiti. It’s almost too bad, too horrific..beyond my understanding.

To tell the truth, l was pretty angry with God. I simply didn’t - and still don’t - understand why things like this happen.

However, I have been heartened by the World’s response.

The optimist in me hopes that somehow the future will be better than the past has been for my Haitian brothers & sisters who are hurting and grieving so much right now.

It has been inspiring too how my tribe has once again geared up, rolled up their sleeves and found themselves in the front line, trying to serve those so desperately in need.

In all honesty, I don’t much care if you decide to direct any help you can give for Haiti to The Salvation Army – just help any of the great agencies involved - but I’m happy to promote The Salvation Army’s efforts by including a vid in this blogpost.

Haiti Disaster Relief 60 sec PSA from Communications Bureau on Vimeo.


Jonathan Blundell said...

Read some great thoughts from Jonathan Brink yesterday...


We cannot help but ask, “Why does God allow us to suffer?” Its a central question in the human story. But how often do we fail to take the more courageous step and actually discover the answer, to ask, “Who am I being chosen to suffer for?” Suffering is obvious, but the pathway through is not. When we chose to embrace the second question we take on the amazing opportunity of revealing the way through.

The beauty of what Jesus did was show us a way through death, not just into it. He found his courage in the idea that death is not the end, it is a way stop in the process of transcending it. When we hold onto the idea that we are suffering for someone, even ourselves, we give our suffering meaning. We inform it with possibility, with story.

Suffering in this way gives us hope for something that can only be discovered down the road. But in the end what we really discovered is that we were not captive to something. We could overcome.
I don't know that that gives any help in understanding Haiti -- I think as Jim Wallis pointed out, it was just a horrible collision of extreme poverty and an earthquake.

Regardless, it's giving the church a chance to respond and really be the hands and feet of Jesus to an entire nation.

I hope we take advantage of the unique opportunity.

Johnny said...

Great response, JD