Disaster Relief, Prayer

In Haiti

Bendrott This is a picture of the Bentrott family: Kim, Patrick and Solomon.

Kim and Patrick are Global Ministries (UCC and DoC) missionaries in Haiti. I just found their blog and read Kim's recounting of the past few days

Kim's position is sponsored by One Great Hour of Sharing, and that is one place you can donate to help people in Haiti right now. Money is being sent directly to the UCC's mission partners in Haiti:

"In terms of giving, UCC constituents have contributed a record-breaking $135,000 in online donations to OGHS International Disaster Relief in the first day of the Haitian relief request. Three donations of $2,000, 14 of greater than $1,000 and 31 of greater than $500 lead the list of giving.

Funds from these and previous donations are already flowing to mission partners in Haiti including $20,000 to Church World Service for relief kits and $5,000 to Interchurch Medical Assistance who will provide medicine and supplies to area clinics. Additional distributions will be made as relief and recovery efforts continue." (From the UCC website)

Kim Bentrott also mentions Doctors Without Borders, the wonderful organization I've been supporting in a modest way ever since the tsunami in 2004. I got started because of a plea from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, otherwise known as Yarn Harlot, who asked readers of her blog to step up and give whatever they could to Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders. Their hospitals in Haiti were destroyed, but they have — get this!!! — an inflatable hospital

We're giving as a family both via the UCC and to Doctors Without Borders. 

And I'm also doing what Kim Bentrott suggests (among other things I hope you will read) on her blog:

"So many have asked "what can we do?" To this I say, keep praying." 

Disaster Relief, Living in This World

A Pact with Pat

I've probably written about this before. When I was a little girl, my dad ran against the sitting U.S. Senator, Willis Robertson, and defeated him in the Democratic Primary in Virginia. Within a few years, Sen. Robertson's son, Pat, got his TV start in my hometown, and my grandmother (not my father's mother) became a financial supporter of his ministry.

Needless to say, this was aggravating that was for my parents, especially as my grandmother grew close enough to the Robertsons that Dede (Mrs. Pat) embroidered a set of curtains for her. 

When my grandmother had a series of small strokes in her late 70s, the Robertsons dropped her. After all those years of taking her money, and inviting her to their house, and giving her little gifts, they dropped her. And it hurt her feelings.

But maybe she deserved what she got. After all, she made a pact with Pat Robertson. And he is ALL about people reaping what they sow.

Because he has sown hatred and prejudice, I deplore Pat Robertson's remarks about Haiti made earlier today. As a Christian, I disavow them.  He makes Christians look not just mean and bad, but superstitious and idiotic. That he draws people to him through a message of being superior to and separate from other people who will clearly go to hell suggests he has made his own pact in the interest of his own power and security.  

Here's what I believe. We live complicated lives on a complicated planet and the wonder is when we don't get sick and our houses don't fall down. When people are poor and in need and then further disaster befalls them, the Divine Source of All That Is does not reject them but suffers with them. And I cannot believe the God I love brings such events to bear. 

I do not believe in the God Pat Robertson claims.