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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Haitian Earthquake - Personal Responses

What will our response to this tragedy look like? Will it go beyond check books and donation boxes?

The love and life of the Holy Spirit spreads through breath, through touch, through sharing the same space with others. We believe in a God that hears the cry of those who are suffering, that is present in all human experiences, that brings redemption into broken places.

I've been encouraged to see people making the effort to go beyond just giving money, and risking to stand with our suffering Haitian neighbors. Some are responding by adopting, and welcoming into their lives those orphaned by this disaster. Some are responding by supporting those who adopt finacially, emotionally, spiritually. Some are responding by getting ready to go to Haiti, some are responding by supporting those who go. Some are fasting and praying, standing in solidarity with their suffering neighbors, and crying out to the God that hears.

Give money, thats good. Give donations, they are needed. But lets consider how to spread the love of Christ in deeply personal ways, ways that will inevitably cost us so much more than money.

The worshiping community of Sojourn is a part of a larger community called the Free Methodists. Members of this community are organizing trips to Haiti and have been called to a day of prayer and fasting on Wednesday January 27. Click here for more information.

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