Post # 1
Hello fellow bees!!! As you all know the devistation in Haiti is beyond comprehension right now…and I found out that a family friend is “missing” as of right now…
My family belongs to the Salvation Army Church and an old minister of my grandmother’s has been station in Haiti as a missionary for some time now. His name is Captain Richard McDonald and the only thing we know is that he is “missing and presumed dead”…
I keep telling my mother that since communication is non-existant that he is just too busy to let anyone know how / where he is and that he’s extremely busy helping out everyone that is in need. I knew him growing up for whenever I went to church with grandma at her church in her city – he was the preacher there during my teen years. He was a great man and I just hope and pray he’s ok.
Our terratorial headquarters for the Carribean is in the capitol and was pretty much destroyed / direct hit. One Cadet that my mother knew personally was found and pronunced dead. 🙁
I know that we all have very busy lives and that most of us are barely thinking about what’s going on down there except when we see the news. But please – whether you’re religious or just spiratual in any way – PLEASE pray for everyone down there. It’s the absolute least we can do.
I can’t even beging to think of the magnitude of the destruction that this country is facing – and especially now that I know that people I’ve known personally in my life are down there…it’s just too much.
It really puts life into perspective when disasters like this hit – and I know I truly do try NOT to take life for granted, but this hits that even harder.
So please – if absolutely nothing else can be done – please pray for those in need – my friend, my church – EVERYONE down there.
Post # 3
I keep thinking good thoughts for those in Haiti and those who are waiting to hear from friends and family.
You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.
Post # 4
I will add your family friends to my list. The situation in Haiti has always been dire, however, this is beyond the worst destruction they’ve pretty much ever faced.
A fraternity brother of mine is Haitian and luckily was not there for the earthquake. His family was however they are safe, and girls I knew while I was a student were working in an orphanage up in the mountains and are also safe. Praise God for small miracles.
The support the need now is crucial, however I worry about months from now, as financial support dwindles, as humanitarian aides leave… when all that is left in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere is rubble.
My friends and I have already begun praying and planning a mission there for next winter or early spring 2011… This is something that’s going to affect the country for decades.
Post # 5
@soon2bemrsm – thanks for that information – I found that in the other thread here on wb after I posted this. 🙂
It’s just so awful to think about what everyone down there is going through.
Most people all over the world are going on with their daily routine barely thinking about what’s going on down in Haiti except for maybe a few comments here and there when they see the news reporting it…
But I truly believe in the power of prayer. I also love the fact that in this day and age anyone can donate a few bucks while sitting at their desk at work or on their couch at home by just texting a few numbers on their cell phone.
I just feel so selfish in times like these because i’m just going about my daily routine like normal without being able to help…but as long as we all do even the littlest bit to help I know that a little goes a long way. 🙂
Post # 6
wow. well I had to come on here and retract this. good news is he has been found…bad news is (well good in a way…) I was lied to that he is in Haiti. My mother is the one who told me this and normally I believe her (as she believed this herself)…but I didn’t realize the source in which she received the information was from a family member who is a pathalogical liar (in fact, it’s her hobby! ugh.)…
I did some research and found out that our family friend is not stationed in Haiti but he is alive and well here in the states. He and his church branch ARE helping out the victims in Haiti, however. So at least that is a good thing. He is doing well.
And – again this IS such a serious matter – whether we know someone personally there or not. I hope everyone does what they can do. Thanks!