I haven’t written a Sunday post in a long time. I think this is because with everything going on (CHA and LOM prep) I have been very selfish with my ‘day of rest.’ But I feel compelled to talk a bit about Haiti today and why I love the opportunity I have through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in humanitarian aid.
The LDS church is organized throughout the world into stakes, wards and branches. These locally governed groups of members receive direction and communication from church headquarters on an ongoing basis. When disaster strikes (even in very remote areas of the world) an immediate and effective response is put into action via these channels of communication and organization.
Members of the LDS church pay tithing (10% of income) which along with other funds covers the costs of administering humanitarian efforts. This means that 100% of the donations given to humanitarian aid are received and utilized by those in need.
On January 13th, the day after the earthquake devastated Haiti, emergency response was already in motion. Trucks with hygiene and newborn kits left from the Dominican Republic and on Thursday, the 14th, planes left Denver and Miami carrying 160,000 lbs of food and other resources. READ the full story here.
On January 22nd, the First Presidency of our church issued the following statement:
Our hearts are filled with sadness as we have watched the suffering in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake. We turn to the example of Jesus Christ, who reached out to “lift up the hands which hang down” and “strengthen the feeble knees.” We are keenly aware that many in America are dealing with economic challenges caused by the recession. However, we are appealing to members to donate to Church Humanitarian Services as their means allow in order to help our Haitian brothers and sisters. Many have already contributed and others are anxious to do so.
Money is not the only need in Haiti. People are frightened, bewildered, and wholly uncertain about their future. In addition to what people can do in helping with food, water, and shelter, there needs to be a calming influence over that troubled nation. We invite our people everywhere to supplicate God for a spirit of calm and peace among the people as urgent aid and reconstruction efforts continue.
This video clip comes from a recent talk by President Thomas S. Monson — it’s good stuff!
I was raised to give generously and anonymously, but when I read the invitation from our prophet I wanted to share it with you, my blog readers. I love that we are encouraged to give what we can, as often as we can. I also love that we were reminded of the power of prayer in times like these. If you would like to donate via the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund, please click HERE. I am very thankful for all churches and organizations that facilitate relief efforts in time of intense need. I am very thankful that I have an effective way to reach out and perhaps make a difference.
I’ll be back later in the week with another opportunity for giving to Haiti.