I woke up sick this morning, sore throat, runny nose and all. For medicine, I’ve been drinking hot tea all day. Hot Starbucks tea. And as I sit here, sipping Starbucks, working from home on a number of tasks, I’m reminded of the estimated 3 million people in Haiti that are affected by the recent 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince last Tuesday, January 12; a majority of who have not yet been reached with emergency supplies including water and food. Media and updates point out the difficulty for travel and communication on the ground in Haiti. Among the top channels for updates I’ve found extremely useful, World Vision and CNN (my own personal touch of Christianity, charity and mainstream media all in one).
I rarely ever take the time to care for my own health (or even think about it) outside of wearing a coat in the rain and resisting to eat a candy bar at midnight. I feel selfish, even as I write this, to know that health concerns are extreme and widespread right now in Haiti. An Anderson Cooper special last night told the story of an 11-year girl whose leg was caught beneath heavy rubble causing her to be trapped since Tuesday’s earthquake. Relief workers and volunteers around her (lacking the proper equipment to help lift rubble and free her) resorted to “cutting” her free (if my memory recalls accurately, I believe it was with a chain saw). Having lost extraordinary amounts of blood, the girl did not survive the first round of aid. This girl’s story is believed to be the same story that echoes through Port-au-Prince even today. It is estimated that still, thousands of Haitians are caught under buildings and rubble without food and water for nearly a week now.
In a book I am currently ghost-writing, the author quotes an admired leader who is known to say, “we’re too busy not to pray.” That same leader who said, “when we stop praying, coincidences stop happening.” I’m reminded about the truth in these sayings and the power of prayer this afternoon. My mind is set on accomplishing multiple tasks -homework, work-work, book work, etc…- but I know, that I’m too busy not to pray. My prayer, hope and belief this afternoon is that this same time next week, next month, next year, we will all look back and give God praise for the divine coincidence of prayer in Haiti.
World Vision has 800 staff on the ground in Haiti working tirelessly to distribute aid and emergency supplies and reach as many survivors as possible. Donate to World Vision relief efforts in Haiti.
How has the crisis in Haiti affected you? Please share your thoughts and survivor stories by commenting to this post.
Together, in prayer for Haiti, Lindsey