Hurting for Haiti

Posted: January 13, 2010 in Justice, Nature, Peace

I’m thinking about Haiti today and the devastating earthquake that may have killed more people than the mind can imagine.

A couple of years ago Jody and I made the decision to go to Haiti with an organization named Beyond Borders. It wouldn’t have been a mission trip in the traditional sense of that phrase; neither would it have been a traditional vacation. A “transformational travel” trip with Beyond Borders was a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the rich (Americans) and poor (Haitians) by allowing the former to go live in the countryside with the latter for a couple of weeks. We were pumped about it.

But we didn’t go. Maybe it was whatever led us toward Beyond Borders that led us to think about transforming our own lives completely, but whatever it was, our summer plans to go to Haiti turned into summer plans to sell out and go to law school. So here we are.

But Haiti has never left our minds, and today’s news is just so disheartening.

Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and nearly the poorest nation in the entire world. And now, to add insult to injury, a horrible earthquake.

I would encourage everyone to learn about the nation of Haiti by exploring the website of Beyond Borders HERE, and if you are able to help in any way, I would likewise encourage you to trust them with your money to help.

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