Haiti Funk

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 14, 2010

Friends,

I’m in a funk today. A Haiti funk, if you will. I know you feel it too.

I don’t turn on the TV because it’s just too sad watch. But I want to turn on the TV because I want to hurt with the rest of the world.

But it’s not just the TV…it’s everywhere.

Several updates from a man inside Haiti on Twitter.

It hurts.

The very core of my soul is rocked when I see these reports about the many babies who have lost their mothers, their lifeline, their food supply…the thousands of children who have been orphaned…the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their sister, father, best friend…the thousands of family members separated by oceans, waiting for news…the thousands of days it will take to rebuild the buildings and heal the hearts, minds and souls of the people of Haiti.

Rocked. To the core.

I will manage to make dinner tonight…despite this cartoon character, balloon cloud “funk” that looms over me. But it’s not in me to share the meal with you tonight…perhaps I shall share it next week.

Tonight, I will eat dinner around my table with my family.

Tonight, I will count the many blessings in our lives.

Tonight, I will discuss with my husband and children how we can help, both today and in the years to come.

Tonight, I will pray.

Would you join me?

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky @beckydell.blogspot,com January 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Praying too friend. It is indeed heartbreaking.

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kimatsprig January 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I absolutely join you. You have beautifully encapsulated my feelings and those of so many. Have donated and am just waiting for the what’s next… how can I do more.
Thank you for your post.

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Katie@DomesticDebacle January 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I’ll be joining you in prayer.

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Kat Farmer January 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I’m in that same funk. I’ve felt that way since I heard the news. I think this is the first time since I came to know the Lord that my heart has truly broken for what breaks the Lord’s heart.

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Sandra (hicksgirl93) January 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

This is so sincere. I share your sentiments. thanks for sharing.

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Jessica January 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Thank you for this wonderful post. Will be praying and counting our many blessings too.

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amber bustanoby January 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Yes! I will pray and I am praying right now! Thanks so much for sharing this and your heart.

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Amber January 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm

praying.

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Queen of the House January 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I grieve with all of you and am praying as well. I was in Port au Prince back in 1988, for a short term missions with Mercy Ships. (and the DR, too, Erin) These people have nothing….I pray that this whole tragedy will somehow be used for God’s glory, as we see people coming together to help. In the mean time, I will hug my family tonight as we pray.

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Angela January 14, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I’m with you on the sadness of it all. Our Pastor went to college with a man who is a missionary and a doctor who has lived in Haiti for 20 years. Dr. John and Jodie Ackerman are missionaries in Haiti. They run a clinic and his wife teaches school. You can find updates on their current situation there and how you can donate things directly to this ministry by going to http://www.totheleastofthese.org/ It might even be better to donate directly to them as sometimes the Red Cross and other Government funds get tied up and the people don’t get the help from the money like we wanted if you know what I mean. Seems like that is what happened with Hurricane Katrina……

http://www.totheleastofthese.org/

I’m just so thankful that the Ackermans are alive and able to help those who are injured since he is a doctor.

Hugs & Prayers!
Angela

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Elizabeth Rehn January 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

We have dear friends in Haiti and my husband has been there many times to help out missionaries. I am thankful that our friends are fine, but many students from the school are missing. I will be praying with you and counting my blessings.

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Carrie January 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I so understand. My heart is heavy and Haiti – a country I have honestly never given too much thought to even though my husband and I spent 5 years on the missionfield – will not leave my thoughts and prayers. Although I went on with my day today, my heart remains heavy and I pray that the Lord will lead and guide those who have Hope and can help. Thanks for sharing your heart. You can see what I wrote about Haiti on my blog (as well as another great ministry that is helping directly):

http://carriesbusynothings.blogspot.com/2010/01/pray-for-haiti.html

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Tracy D January 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm

My prayers and thoughts are with those in Haiti as well. And I am also in a funk…..

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Susan@my2boyz January 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I feel the same way..too sad to watch. Found out the mission group from a local chruch are all accounted for! I got goosbumps! Praying for everyone involved.

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Demetria January 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Help Haiti!!
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. Donations can be made through http://www.salvationarmyusa.org,
1-800-SAL-ARMY or by sending a check/money order to The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box
630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Please designate ‘Haiti Earthquake.’

The Salvation Army has an incredible track record for maximizing the use of every donated dollar. They operate their charity well and have many efforts going on to get medical supplies, food, water, and shelter to the Haitians as we speak. Visit their site for details. If you can donate even $1, it would help immensely!!

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Mickey January 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I will be praying along with all of you.

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damien January 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I’m with you. This is so tragic and it hurts to see children crushed under rubble barely alive.
I will be supporting World Vision in their efforts. If you wish to donate as well visit http://www.worldvision.org/

May God comfort those in extreme physical and emotional pain at this time.

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Alyssa January 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I’m praying with you. I feel helpless, and heartbroken. I can’t take my eyes off of it, but don’t want to watch any more, hear anymore, see anymore. I, too, am most affected by the kids who have lost parents/relatives/caregivers. It is always in my mind.

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Jean January 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm

The children leave me grief stricken. It all seems so hopeless and yet I know if we have faith there is always hope. It’s so, so hard to find any good in this. Joining you all in prayer…..

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Rochelle January 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Like a previous commenter said, you sum up my feelings totally. I have absolutely no connections with Haiti, but this disaster lays heavy on my heart. I definitely have to lay the “comeback” of this nation in Lord’s hands. Only He knows the plans He has for this country and only He can make this disaster good.

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Marie Gafney January 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

My heart just breaks and tears run down my face. I have given what I can moneywise to help and will give more next week. Other than that I pray for those lovely people of Haiti , as well as the aid workers. I wish I were there to help and comfort.
Any amount you can donate will help. The pennies and dollars add up if from all of us.

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Leslie S. January 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm

yes.

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Jessica January 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Definitely in the funk. Unsure of what to do we prayed and as a family decided to dig into our emergency supply of food, eat only the basics and save and send the money to haiti. We plan for a week, but hope to do more. Prayer works. Thank you for posting!

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Sara January 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Praying as well . . .

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Kasey January 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I have been praying and thinking of this too. I just can’t turn it off the TV. I just heard Larry King is going to have a big show on Monday night for giving money and even though we are struggling I am going to donate a few dollars because they have nothing and then I look around and see what we have in our house and how blessed we are I can spare a few dollars to help them out.

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Kelly Lininger January 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I know what you mean – Haiti has been on my mind every day – all the time.. My heart and prayers go out to the families –
I am so thankful to God that my family is with me as well.

Love to you
Kelly

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Becky L. January 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I have been praying for the people in Haiti. It’s awful. Even our state is better off than them if an earthquake of that magnitude would hit, probably. I saw a bit on the news last night. Naked children sitting in the streets, people laying in the streets, injured. My heart hurts for them and our prayers can help. Will find some way to help monetarily. We are blessed so we need to help our neighbors in Haiti. Hugs and blessings.

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Susan Thompson January 15, 2010 at 7:30 am

i agree with your thoughts completely. I was relieved to get on facebook wed. night and see that my friend who is a missionary in Port au Prince had been able to contact her family. Dh & i have talked about adoption in the past. i think it’s time we start talking again with a different country in mind….

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Diane January 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thank you for putting your thoughts on your site. It really sums up how I feel. I hope that in some way my small donation can help the people there. I am grateful to all those who are able to go there and help. I pray for the people of Haiti and their families. I can’t even imagine what they must be going through.

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Carisa January 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I am feeling the same way as everyone here…

Please be cautious about where you donate your money… there are always scammers out there ready to take your money. Do your research as many charitable organizations take a chunk of money for themselves as well… a great place to see how much of your donation money REALLLY GOES to HELP is http://www.charitynavigator.org/

With that said.. these two organizations are excellent choices where your money is sure to TRUELY help the people in need:

LDS Humanitarian Services – 100% of funds donated are used for humanitarian services and programs – the LDS Church uses other funds to cover administrative expenses for the humanitarian program.

Donate to LDS Humanitarian Services online at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure3.convio.net%2Fldsp%2Fsite%2FDonation2%3Fdf_id%3D1861%261861.donation%3Dform1%26s_src%3D14703&h=c4614ffac4854ed06a210c303263ba8c

Click on the “Home” page link at the bottom of the screen to see everything that they are doing in Haiti.

Donations can be mailed to:
Humanitarian Services
50 East North Temple Street, Floor 7
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-6890

Red Cross – .92 of every dollar donated is used for humanitarian services and programs. The public can also help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

You can donate to the Red Cross online at http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG000000000&s_subsrc=RCO_BigRedButton

My thoughts and prayers are with all those in Haiti and those who have family and friends there… I wish I could be there in person to help… God bless them!

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