Our Response to Haiti Earthquake

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  • January 30, 2010

The Crisis: Pictures and video of the devastation caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti continue to stream into our homes. Homes destroyed. Bodies everywhere. Parents weeping. Children orphaned. It is estimated that the catastrophe has left about 3 million people, a third of Haiti’s population, in a vulnerable condition.

Our Motivation: The Scriptures compel all believers to respond mercifully and compassionately to those that are suffering. Some weeks back, we as a church studied Luke 10 and the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Scriptures showed us that Jesus saw us when we were in need, lying in a ditch on the side of the road. He did not pass us by. He bound our wounds. He showed us mercy. He showed us compassion. This is the Gospel, the good news. And the Gospel compels us, “Go and do likewise.” We are to respond to the poor and the weak as Jesus responded to us in our poverty and weakness.

The Gospel is the motivation the Scriptures use when calling the people of God to give away their possessions for the sake of others. When Paul calls on the church in Corinth to respond generously to their brothers and sisters affected by famine in Jerusalem, he doesn’t employ guilt. He reminds them of the Gospel. God had given generously to them and thus they were freed generously to give as well.

And Seven Mile Road, God has given generously to us. The number of things we as a church have received for free is astounding. A website. Graphic designs. Legal work. Possibly an entire building. Let alone, the free gift of Christ. We have been given much and much is required of us.

Our Response: Let me first applaud and acknowledge that many of you have already given generously to the need in Haiti. Individually, you have given towards relief and humanitarian aid. I commend you. And now, let us respond corporately as a church family. We may just be small church plant, but let us do our part. So here’s our plan.

The church will commit $2500 from our funds towards Haiti. Over the next three weeks, we will have a collection box in our worship space. Our goal is to match (and exceed!) that amount so that we might give $5,000 towards our brothers and sisters in Haiti. This works out to 5 of us giving $500 or 10 of us giving $250 or 25 of us giving $100. We will also take time in each of our services to pray for Haiti.

Our giving will go towards World Relief. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be participating in a benefit to give towards Churches Helping Churches (more info to come). Both organizations are committed to humanitarian aid and rebuilding the church in Haiti. So over the next few days, prayerfully consider how the Lord may be calling you to participate and come prepared to give to His work.

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.

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