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Simple Saving Savvy: Help for Haiti: Everyone Can Do Something ~

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Help for Haiti: Everyone Can Do Something ~

We have had many opportunities to discuss Matthew 6: 9-21 with our children lately...and the recent events in Haiti just gave us another reason to do so.......

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Our family was discussing the crisis in Haiti over dinner tonight...I know...not exactly dinner conversation, but we have found that the dinner table is sometimes the best time to discuss matters of great importance with our children.

We are praying for Haiti and all the communities and families devastated by this disaster. We cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like. Fortunately we serve a God who knows exactly what suffering is and He goes before us to prepare a way.

During this time, He may be preparing a way for Haiti through the diligent and fervent prayers of the righteous and the generous contributions of His people through physical service and monetary donations.

We are so humbled by the way He continues to provide for our family....and we are so blessed to be living IN HIM,  and to be safe in Him no matter what befalls if giving to efforts that might result in others coming to know the peace and joy we have in Him, why wouldn't we store up those treasures?

In response to God's impressions upon our hearts, my husband and I have agreed to make a contribution through our church to STEP Seminary in Haiti.

Following is a letter written to our church body by Dr. Jean Dorlus, the President of STEP Seminary:

Dear Friends,

You probably have heard of the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday evening. My family (Barbara, Kendall and Kourtney) is safe.
The damage done is beyond description, it is just horrific. No one can be sure yet to the exact number of victims but the estimate from some of the international organizations working in the country is in the hundreds of thousands of people dead.

As for the seminary campus, many students, staff, faculty, and I were in the main academic building when major parts of it collapsed. Miraculously a lot of us were able to get out, those who were trapped in the building were rescued except for two that are not accounted for. The damage done to the building is beyond repair. We have a lot of dead and injured people very close by in the neighborhood around the campus area. As I went home last night to check on my family, the lost was so great in the areas that I stopped counting bodies.

We are as well as most haitians are sleeping outside because of the severe aftershocks that continue and the cracks done to some of the homes. PLease pray for us, as we find out what to do and how to go forward.

The Internet connection is not working properly and the phone lines are down, but as I find more information I will communicate them to you all.

Jean Dorlus
President of STEP Seminary

My husband and I are confident that our contribution will be put to good use by STEP Seminary, not only to provide for the basic needs of the Seminary faculty, staff and their families to include medical care, food, water, housing, clothing and transportation if required but also to ensure that the gospel is carried forth.

Many other bloggers are contributing to many other charitable organizations and have agreed to make specific donations based on readers' response. Visit Money Saving Mom to learn more about this project. You can make a matter what your budget looks like!

But most of all, please pray, not only for the physical well-being of the people of Haiti but that through this, many of them will come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.



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