About 14 years ago I would see those depressing commercials for orphaned children. You’ve probably seen them. It opens with a sappy song and just shows a scrawny-legged, filth-covered child with a sad look on his face. And you’re already changing the channel, right?
You probably think, like I used to, “Whatever” or “Nothing I can do to help,” “Shameless promotion” or maybe “America has its own problems to deal with.” I used to agree with you. But let me tell you, over the years my viewpoint has completely changed. Why? Because at that time, I thought I couldn’t do anything about it!
If I named a few of the natural disasters that have occurred in recent years, what do you think of? The typhoon in the Phillippines that killed more than 10,000 people? The earthquake in Japan that caused a tsunami and melted 3 nuclear reactors (while killing 19,000)? Or do you remember hearing about the earthquake in Haiti that led to the deaths of 314,000?
These events tend to hit the headlines for a few weeks and then fizzle out. Americans look away from where there is need and look to what is on sale at the department store. We have a kind of “Headline ADHD.” And I used to be just like that! In the past decade, I’ve learned I can actually help make a big difference in those countries. I’ve spent years rallying support for Haiti.
Last year we teamed up with King’s Ransom Foundation and Food For The Poor to bring safe water to Haiti. Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere and the main causes of death can be directly linked to typhoid, cholera and diarrhea – all caused by BAD WATER. That is ridiculous!
Together, we raised enough to purchase three water purification systems for a few of the most remote villages in Haiti. I had the honor of flying down there with Kevin McCullough and Steve Deace to see these areas firsthand.
Hearing about the poverty and even seeing the commercials is NOTHING like seeing it in person. It’s heartbreaking in ways you can’t even imagine. In America, we are all about our daily comfort and conveniences. We have tablets, smartphones, cars, jewelry and an abundance of clothes. People in Haiti aren’t worried about when their next pair of jeans are arriving in the mail. They don’t worry about video games, heaters or electronics.
They just need shoes, a meal, clean water… Did you know 83% of deaths in Haitian children 5 years or younger, are due to completely preventable, curable diseases?
Don’t turn a blind eye, friend. When it stops being news don’t just push it out of your brain and let your mental attentions scamper on to the next “flashy object.” Because real hope and aid can be given here. I don’t have enough time today to finish all I had to say about this. So, on Monday I want to share some thoughts for those who are worried that anything they could do wouldn’t be enough to really help or make a difference. Well… think again – oops, almost got started on that today! You’ll just have to join me Monday when I explain more.
For now, I just encourage you to give anything. Be it a quarter, a dollar or 25 dollars, every cent means so much more in the life of an orphan. If you don’t know where to give, you can always always check out King’s Ransom Foundation. They are an organization dedicated to feeding the sick, taking care of the elderly, the abused, the abandoned and upholding the cause of the orphan.
If you are already a giver, tell me how it’s changed your life. Leave your comments and make sure to Like and Share today’s message. Stop ignoring the problem and become a part of the solution!
We’ll be talking again this Sunday night for The Dani Johnson Show at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. I can’t wait to visit with you then.
In great faith,
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