Saturday, January 16, 2010

More From Haiti - More Money For Haiti

Today I learned that - besides our personal friends Lovell and Ginny Carey and Lloyd Frazier - there were also other people from the Church of God here in America in Haiti when the quake struck. One was Bishop Jonathan Ramsey, who I believe is currently serving as our Administrative Bishop of the New England States. The Missions Department's blog also posted a list of around 10 others who are / or were / in Haiti. We have learned that the overseer of the Churches of God in that country was killed when a 20 foot concrete wall fell on his car; that was the car that Lloyd Frazier and Lovell and Ginny Carey were traveling in. Lovell and Ginny were last known to be in Dominican Republic. I'm not sure about Brother Frazier. Ginny, we hear, is in the hospital being observed for possible heart attack.

I noticed that two of our former United States presidents appeared on TV today, saying that the best thing we could send was money! It seemed that too many want to send a warm blanket, or boxes of food and water. They went on to say they were going to ensure that the money would get spent wisely. (Hmmm...aren't these the same men who led our country to the brink of financial collapse?) Just askin'. Not accusin'. Just askin'. I know It's an emotionally charged issue. We have to trust somone because we all know that it will be impossible for us all to go and hold the people accountable personally. What a huge task. What a world we live in.

Yet another technological breakthrough has occurred. If I have it right, the Red Cross has already raised $10 million dollars through people calling a certain number on their cell phones. The cell companies will add that $10 to the person's monthly bill. Amazing! So quick and easy to donate. I predict that there will be a problem with the people paying their phone bills - and/or that monies will have to be charged by the companies as a "handling fee" because it may require more personnel to handle the donate funds. I hope not. I really hope not.

Another prediction: The wave of the future for fund-raisers will be cell phone solicitation! ? !

1 comment:

jack69 said...

Many folks know Lovell and his wife personally. I knew the name, a well known name and so respected. Our prayers are with them. What a shock it must be to see a friend in the condition Ginny was in during the interview on the news.

On donations, I was not sure of Operation Compassion, but we donated through there. then checked (later is not normal for me) to see who was behind it.

We also donated thru Luminaire (sp) due to an article in our local paper from home concerning a hospital there.

I have reservations about the Red Cross and any gov't agency who might handle 'donations'.
Good entry friend. I know you are acquainted with many involved there and at home.
Love you guys, (keep the drops going!!)
Jack & Sherry

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