Matthew 24:7 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
In our family we believe that Jesus is coming back to this earth for His church. But we also believe that towards the end of the world we will see more wars, famines and earthquakes. As I watch and read the news, I am saddened. When you see children and mothers crying and even dead on the television your heart breaks. It is actually very difficult to turn on the television right now.
We are so blessed here, that you cannot help but want to do something. This afternoon I heard that some shipping companies and airlines are sending items for free to Haiti. But that has turned out to be false. (But, that would have been cool.) Giving has become so easy. The American Red Cross will allow you to text "Haiti" to 90999. Also, CNN has put together a list of reputable organizations that you can donate to.
On that list you will find Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). On their website you will see that they protect the vulnerable, support families, promote health, provide food and water, establish livelihood, and respond to emergencies. The thing I really love about ADRA is that over 90% of private donation goes to humanitarian efforts. That is among the highest in the humanitarian industry. I have donated to this Christian organization before and appreciate the work they do. We made the decision to donate to ADRA this evening. If you would like to donate go here, you won't be sorry that you have been able help in some small way the people of Haiti.
Join me in praying for the Haitian victims and if you can, give a monetary gift to help. I am linking up today with Money Saving Mom. If you head over to her blog you can link your own post to hers, or comment. Either action will result in raising money for the Haitian victims. There is also a long list of bloggers who are doing the same thing.