The devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti needs no introduction. Undoubtedly you’ve seen the news reports and heard the calls for humanitarian aid. The need is staggering — what can normal people like you and I do?
There are actually several very practical, urgent ways that anyone can help.
1) Pray. If you aren’t sure where to start, or need some help to stay focused, tune into the live IHOP-KC webstream by clicking here. Most of our intercessory prayer meetings right now are focusing on Haiti. (Intercession meetings are at 12am, 4am, 6am, 10am, 4pm, and 8pm Central)
2) Give. Support those who are going to the front lines of the quake to minister to the victims. You can view and support the work of Crisis Response International (CRI) by clicking here. CRI is an organization which brings both practical aid and Holy Spirit-led ministry to disaster areas. You can also check out my roommate’s blog by clicking here. She is raising money now to deploy with the CRI relief team to Haiti very soon.
3) Act. Randy Bohlender has been pounding down all kinds of political doors to get Haitian orphans out of the danger zone, and his relentless efforts have opened several easy inroads for you to have a voice in their rescue. This post does everything but call your senator and congressperson for you — click over for information on how to let your representatives know you want to see those children taken to safety. This post does all but send an urgent email for you — click over for a link to contact the Haitian government, along with a ready-made form email, to petition them to ask/allow the U.S. to help them take care of their orphans. This post explains why we should even bother and care — the short version is that a) countless children are being abandoned to starvation, neglect, and squalor, and b) in their current helpless state, these orphans are ripe for the picking for predatorial human traffickers to take them away… and no one will even realize they’re gone. Read all of Randy’s posts. Take them to heart. And take action.