There are many times when tragedies turn into greater tragedies. It’s the norm, really.
Please take a couple minutes to watch this video from Compassion International about Angeline. And then continue reading below.
We can become inured to the news: natural disaster W hit the country of X; Y are dead, while another Z are displaced.
This is no different: On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti. Almost 900 are dead, 90% of the west coastal homes were destroyed. But the trouble isn’t over.
We can miss the ensuing days and weeks; those weeks after the day that a tragedy grips the world’s attention. It’s easy to miss what follows – initially, we see the news, pray, provide some support, and then move on.
In the case of Hurricane Matthew’s effect on Haiti, the aftermath partially comes in the form of cholera. The need is still there.
The quick slide back into our daily routine is easy to do: we each have our own lives, and for some, if not many, their own life is hard enough on its own without dealing with or helping others.
To add to the noninclusion of others’ tragedies in our daily lives, within a couple weeks there’s another tragedy. In the meantime, we may have had our own emergencies that require our full attention. Before too long we are used to watching events happen, doing what we can immediately, then getting back to our lives and daily duties BEFORE something else happens.
This is why we need others to help us remember. We need other organizations to keep on top of things. They don’t do it to make people feel guilty for forgetting; they do it to help us remember our responsibility. Those of us who have are responsible for helping those who are in need.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” Those of us who are grown-ups need to remember or be reminded of our duty to others. Life can be hard, but that doesn’t absolve us of our responsibilities.
You can help in a few ways:
- Pray. Pray for hope to shine in Haiti. Jesus has a treasure trove of ways to give people hope.
- Give a gift to Compassion to help those like Angeline: http://www.compassion.com/giving-tuesday.htm?referer=519502&utm_source=compassion&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=haiti_2016
- Sponsor a Haitian child:
Thank you for staying mindful.