A Sure Way to Offer Help to Haiti


For those of you visiting my blog, I want to thank you for checking it out. I also invite you to leave your thoughts and comments anywhere you like. I strive to keep my posts thoughtful, sincere, and as authentic as I possibly can. I find that when people think and write that way, they leave the door open for some honest conversation, even between people who disagree.

I’ve had enough of talking about Pat Robertson, so I want to turn to something far more positive.

Undoubtedly, you have already heard pleas from many different relief organizations who are already collecting funds for Haiti relief. I know how difficult and overwhelming it can get,  deciding who to give to, how much, and all the while wondering how your hard-earned money will be spent. Will those funds really be used wisely?

UMCORI’m a United Methodist pastor and part of the United Methodist “tribe”. (Tribe is a much better word than “denomination” .) I don’t support everything that most of our UM agencies do, but one whose work I always fully support is the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is often among the first relief agencies to arrive at a disaster area, and they are always among the last to leave. For example, four-and-a-half years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, UMCOR is still there working with the community, government, and other agencies to continue the rebuilding process.

UMCOR’s values are simple. They value all human life and form partnerships with the people they serve in order to make their lives more sustainable and healthy. They’re not there to proselytize or to convert people to Christianity. They’re there doing what the world expects Christians to do– to serve with love and humility, expecting nothing in return except the satisfaction that they are doing Christ’s work with people who need it the most. UMCOR already has a strong relationship with Haiti and has been an ongoing presence there already. So, they are already hard at work in the relief process.

And the other incredible thing is that every dollar given to UMCOR goes directly to the ground and becomes the resources people need to rebuild. All of UMCOR’s administrative costs are covered by the United Methodist Church. They don’t run slick advertisements and commercials. They simply hunker down, do the work they were called to do and rely on a website and word of mouth. That’s it!

If you’d like to make a donation to UMCOR’s relief work in Haiti, simply click here.

I also realize that many of you might not be so sure about giving to a religious organization. Maybe that’s too uncomfortable, no matter how good and honest their intentions may be. I can understand that. So, if you’re uncomfortable giving to UMCOR, the American Red Cross is a also a fantastic organization to give to.

For those of you who pray, please do. I firmly believe that God works through the prayers of people everywhere to bring healing and help. I’m not sure how that works. I just know that the prayers of God’s people can accomplish so much.

I hope you’ll join me in being a blessing to the people of Haiti!

Thanks for reading and sharing…

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15 responses to “A Sure Way to Offer Help to Haiti

  1. Edmund Metheny

    I’d like to add

    Doctors Without Borders
    http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/?ref=main-menu

    Engineers Without Borders
    http://www.ewb-international.org/

    and this rather large list of other relief agencies –
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/haiti-earthquake-relief-h_n_421014.html

  2. your on the wrong subject now,,the left can’t handle someone beung positive?? cheers

  3. Edmund Metheny

    I should also mention that if you speak French and have technical skills (Structural, Electrical, Waste Water, Construction Engineering), medical skills (Doctor, Nurse, EMT, etc.) or experience with disaster relief there are a lot of organizations that are desperate for volunteers right now. Consider giving of your time.

  4. Chris,

    That’s a good word about UMCOR. One of the many reasons I give to UMCOR is that 100% of donations go to relief and development, not to administration.

    I’d like to add another way to help: making Health Kits. http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.5721887/k.24FC/How_can_you_help_Provide_UMCOR_Health_Kits.htm

  5. JosephOne

    Just saw this. Now this IS positive Chris. God bless you for this. I commend you for something real and something positive.

    http://www.adra.org/site/PageServer

    Adra, an Adventist Relief organization is doing good work too. And so is

    http://www.ob.org/_about/index.asp

    Operation Blessing.

  6. JosephOne

    Continue your prayers everyone.

  7. HI Chris– I agree wholeheartedly w/yr post.
    Our parent organization, FAWCO (Federation of American Women Clubs Overseas) established a Haiti ERF (Emergency Relief Fund). The FAWCO Board voted to send all donations to Oxfam America, a highly respected and recognized charity based in Boston, with over three decades of experience in Haiti. They are on the ground now and have the logistics in place to put our funds to work immediately, and have already started to provide clean water, shelter, and sanitation to the victims. Oxfam America is given a top 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, ensuring that every penny will be used wisely.

    You may want to add them for your blog.

    Plse visit our blog blueprintforliving when you have a moment.
    Keep up the good work,
    Grace

  8. JosephOne

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/r

    January 28, 2010, 10:50 am
    Robertson’s Charity on the Ground in Haiti
    By ROBERT MACKEY

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