Haiti Earthquake

Hey everyone,

I know I haven’t written in awhile, I’ve been extremely busy to say the least. Lots of personal growth happening that I think will benefit the blog later on.

That issue aside, clicking through pictures of the crisis in Haiti has been eye-opening. This one in particular was just, in a word, crazy to see…

Please, by all means, help out if you can. $5, $10, fundraising, joining advocacy groups, whatever you can. Here are a couple websites you can donate to:

http://www.redcross.org/ (click “Donate Now”)
http://yele.org/ (Yele Haiti, Wyclef’s organization. Texting instructions to donate $5)
http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/ (Google: various options to donate)

Brothers and sisters, these can be formative moments in your faith if you step up to the challenge.

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Food troubles are here to stay

Another dimension of Israel. It’s hard to grasp the extent to which oil is a part of our lives until the reality starts to hit us in the face and pocketbooks. And even then, some of us still don’t grasp it, or don’t care because they’re fine now.

Christians, let’s use our greatest resource – the church – to start addressing some of the problems people – whether the average American, or those in Haiti or Indonesia or Israel – are running into and try our best to raise awareness and develop plans of action, because they’re going to get worse.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/980076.html

The government sends calming signals and says no dramatic shortages are expected. The Economist says do nothing, market forces will sort it all out. But as the global food-price crisis hit Israel this week, something told us we are not being told the whole story.

Around the world food prices are soaring. Since January 2006, the price of rice has risen by 217 percent. Wheat, corn and soybean prices have more than doubled, and in several countries, milk and meat prices have also doubled.

Food prices and falling wages have sparked riots in more than 30 countries from Bangladesh to Egypt to Haiti – where the prices of rice, beans, fruit and condensed milk have gone up 50 percent over a few months, while the price of fuel has tripled.

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