Monday, January 18, 2010

Solidarité

I'm thinking about what Haiti is like when it's not suffering. This is a beautiful Hatiain painting, called 'The Good Harvest'. In our French-speaking church, three people have family in Haiti, and have not yet heard from them. We also have connections with a church in the north of the country, and we recently heard that their students, studying in Port au Prince, have survived the earthquake, but that a pastoral couple in the city were killed. Our service yesterday focused on prayers for Haiti and a talk on what we currently know about the situation, and what we can do to help.
It turns out that the church we're linked to suffered minor damage to their main building, but otherwise was too far from the epicentre to be really affected. Therefore they have decided to offer homes to refugees from Port au Prince. Thirty people are being cared for already, and they aim to take in one hundred in total. These are poverty-stricken people themselves, whose homes and fledgling small businesses were washed away in the hurricane at the end of 2008, but they are welcoming refugees.

People with nothing in the world's terms, still giving.

16 comments:

marigold jam said...

It's awful isn't it and to think that we have so much and still worry about whether to make our craftwork in blue or pink and other inconsequential topics! We have so much to be grateful for and the least we can do is to share some of our furtune with those less fortunate wherever they may be.

Jane

TheMadHouse said...

OH I am crying again. I am very emotional this morning, often it is the people who have so little that give so much. Both my boys have given what they had in their money boxes and their response made me cry

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Incredibly difficult to be so far away, and not know.

Elizabethd said...

What a wonderful gongregation to be able to offer their homes like that.

bad penny said...

incredible that out of such suffering can come such generousity.

Lola Nova said...

My heart has been aching for the place and people, finding ways to give in our small way. Thank you for sharing the painting and the gifts of others.

bellaboo said...

Watching it all on the TV,you feel so helpless.There have been some amazing stories of survival though, which have been so heartwarming.Thank goodness for the media NOW because it has brought it to the attention of the whole world.

Bellaboo

Andi's English Attic said...

When doing door-to-door charity collections we used to find the poorer areas gave more than the wealthy. Isn't there a bible story about a poor man giving a penny and a rich man giving £50, and the poor man was said to have given more because it was all he had?
After the earthquake the nightmare continues for these poor people. I don't know why aid hasn't reached them sooner and understand them thinking we've abandonded them. I wish they knew the whole world was praying for them and doing what little they can. xx

Lululiz said...

It really puts all our little worries into perspective.

bekimarie said...

Here I go, crying again, it really breaks my heart. You just can't imagine what they're going through and to think last week, us Brits were moaning about the snow.
It certainly makes you count your blessings.
Take care
Beki xxx

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Floss

It is awful, I cannot begin to imagine what it must feel like for all affected by the earthquake in Haiti. How good of them to take in refugees. The picture that you see on the news are so sad. What I found very upsetting is the imagine of a school girl crying over the body of her school friend. So much to have to endure.
Like many, I feel helpless. Although praying will help...
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Joy said...

Our hearts are heavy as well for the situation there. I'm so glad that congregation didn't suffer as much damage and is able to minister to people. My dad went to Haiti when I was a little girl on a mission trip. What a beautiful country and strong people.
I pray good will come out of this entire tragedy and we know God is faithful to help good come from it.
♥ Joy

Sarah said...

It is very sad. I only saw the pictures on the news last night and it's just dreadful. We all need to help, even in a small way, to make a big difference to their lives.

jus said...

Sometimes life seems so indescribably hard doesn't it... thanks for sharing x

Itch2stitch.com said...

It is dreadful to think of the suffering that those poor people are going through. I feel that those of us in countries where we do not seem to get such disasters are so lucky and should never forget how lucky we are, as it could happen at any time to any one of us. Everyday I hear people complaining about the smallest of things, acting as if their whole day is ruined by the train being late or being stuck in a queue! I always think.. well you are not in hospital or have lost your home, etc.!

Suzie.xxx

skippinginthemeadow said...

It very heartwarming to hear of this kindness in the midst of such a terrible trajedy. I haven't been able to bear watching the news - the numbers of lives than have been affected! it's unimaginable. I am praying everyday.
You hear about the looting and violence, but it is also clear that there have been many brave and selfless acts of kindness and charity as well as people risking their lives to save others.
I think so many people worldwide are feeling that this disaster has put their small complaints into perspective. It has shaken everyone. My thoughts and heart are with the people there.
ThankYou dear for posting this thoughtful, moving and hope inducing post.