Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti

When I think about Haiti I think about suffering...

when I think about suffering I think about all the Haitian orphans...

when I think about the orphans I think about Ethiopia...

when I think about Ethiopia I think about Mezmur's birth family and I pray that they aren't suffering. I feel sadness for the Haitian people very deeply.

Tonight we plan on sitting down as a family and talking about how we can help the people of Haiti. I asked Rhett this morning how he thought he could help the people of Haiti. Without skipping a beat, Rhett said, "Oh, I know. They probably need money! I've been saving a lot of money (maybe $.80) in my red treasure box! I could send them that!" He ran to his room and proudly showed me what he had in his box. I was very proud of him. I do not want to shelter our children from the suffering of the world. I want them to feel empowered to help others who are suffering.
Please, talk about Haiti as a family. Decide as a family how you could help. Remember, prayer is free.

8 comments:

Julie said...

This a a very touching post, I agree totally. I cry thinking about the orphans that were, that are now, that are waiting for their adoptive families to come for them, for those waiting for medical care, food, water, looking for lost friends, family members, everything.

There is not a day that is meant to be taken for granted.

handfull of johnsons said...

I love your heart Autumn. I feel so helpless and fortunate. I want to do more than send money but I get it. If they started letting truckloads of people like me over there to help it would be a madhouse. I just can't believe it's real. I hope to one day visit one of these countries to help but also so I can really see what that suffering looks like. I think pictures and TV can only do so much. Actually talking to the people, touching them, walking on the same ground, I'd imagine it gives you an amazing new depth of perspective that you can never forget.

Ted and Lori said...

really wonderful post. i just linked to it.

katie sullivan-vivar said...

there are two american women at the BRESMA orphanage in Port A Prince who are trying to keep their 150 charges safe and eventually evacuated to the US. please visit www.thatschurch.com for the whole story and ways to help.

dad-gramps said...

Our lives are so full of too many wrong priorities. Thank you for your perspective, your connections do hit home and we all should open our hearts towards what is really important. . . Once again way to go Rhett! Love you all!

Rachel Clear said...

Beautiful post, Autumn.

You are such an amazing woman, mom, friend, person.

Meredith Whitney said...

That was a really beautiful past, Autumn. Choked me up!

Meredith (Sarah's bff)

Duncan said...

Such valuable lessons you're helping your children discover. Life long ways of thinking that will change the world. Thank you for making a difference.