Prayer For Haiti and the World’s Neediest

Prayer For Haiti and the World’s Neediest




The devastation in Haiti is more than my mind can absorb already though I grew up on an island and understand the isolation. Churches, schools, hospitals, business, complete neighborhoods are rubble. Dead bodies lie in the streets and the count of those killed is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. No one knows for sure what the count is; we may never have an exact count. The poorest country in the Western hemisphere has become a scene out of a science fiction disaster movie. Surely this cannot be taking place in real time.

Life in the 1950s on the small island of Bermuda did have some scary moments. We didn’t have earth quakes, but we did have fierce hurricanes. In those days, homes had their own water cisterns, filled by rain water flowing off scalloped roofs. If the electricity went out, and it always did during a hurricane, your water could not be pumped into the house. You had nothing if you hadn’t stock up on bottled water. You didn’t go outside because debris in the hurricane could fly at you like a bullet. Twigs, dead birds and who-knows-what became dangerous missiles. Planes and ships couldn’t land on the island so neither did food and medical supplies. There was one hospital and it had one ambulance. My grandparents had donated the ambulance with my grandfather’s heart problems in mind. Bermuda was a do-it-your-self culture and, unlike Haiti, its residents had the resources to plan ahead adequately.

Bermuda is incredibly affluent and well-educated compared to Haiti. The international commerce of the island allowed it to develop into a cosmopolitan haven and avoid isolation. The native building material is limestone and it withstands Mother character well. Haiti has remained poorer than Bermuda ever was and dependent on outside help. Haiti’s building materials are as unstable as its politics. And now, planes and ships will struggle to deliver food and medical supplies at damaged the port and airport.

Have and Have-Not nations represent a varied of human experience that is tough to comprehend and already tougher to watch. Those of us lucky to Have can turn our sight away from the affects of poverty, disease, war and natural disasters on fragile populations. however, the reality is increasingly up-close-and-personal. The images come by our television, our computers and our iPhones. Turning away is not possible.

Short of air-lifting large portions of Haiti’s population in other places, are there many options for the survivors? In better economic times, there might have been enough foreign aid to rebuild much of Haiti’s capital city. Can today’s strapped economies either help to restore or to absorb these new immigrants? The long-term outcome for Haiti seems bleak. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control these days and it’s depressing.

I am heartened to see that Haiti is not secluded in this disaster. The mobilization of many nonprofits, of the U.S. and other governments began almost closest. My hope is that the best in human character will rise to the event and offer international aid. I know that we can’t undo this tragedy and we’ll no doubt observe the experiencing of other fragile populations. however, there is humanity and nobility in trying already when the task is overwhelming. Keep all those involved in your thoughts and prayers and let’s use what resources we have to do what we can.




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