If your children are like mine, when they see a snippet of the devastation in Haiti, they are captivated. Especially when the devastation involves so many children. We are all at a loss for what to do. I’d like to jump on a plane and bring all the Haitian orphans home with me. Since that is likely not possible, the girls and I are packing up boxes of stuff to send their way. The relief arm of the lutheran church, called LCMS-World Relief and Human Care is loading two 40 foot trailers to take in the next two weeks from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Boca Rotan Florida. Pastor Will Weedon has a list on his blog of all the things they are accepting at this time. The girls and I cleaned out our closets and packed up clean used clothes, labeled them clearly and will ship them today.
If you ever needed motivation to do a little ‘house cleaning’ this is it. As I was cleaning out my closet, I had my computer handy so I could listen to this segment on Issues, Etc—-an interview with Pastor Matt Harrison, director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care—-and his reaction to the misguided statements made by Pat Robertson on the earthquake being God’s judgement on Haiti. Pastor Harrison reminds us that the law condemns us all, we are all equally sinful. If God were in the business these days of judging sin in this manner, I have little doubt that our country would be first on the list. This should drive us all to repentance. We are all guilty and deserving of God’s judgement and yet He has poured out His judgement on Christ—-on the cross—-for our very own redemption, so that we do not have to face His judgement. We can only interpret the magnitude of this suffering through the lens of the cross. Kyrie Eleison.
The littles drew pictures and wrote letters to the Haitian children, telling them that we love them and are praying for them.
It’s not much—but it’s something tangible that you can do with your kids to help to teach them about God’s mercy in times of devastation.
The contact information for the church is:
St. Paul Lutheran Church
801 West Palmetto Park Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33486
You can donate to the LCMS World Relief for Haiti by clicking here and scrolling down for the ‘give now’ tab.
I’m linking up with Money Saving Mom who has agreed to donate $10 for every person who blogs about what their family is doing to support Haiti and then links to her site.