Christmas night we sat counting our “gift money” we had received. $200 + $100 + $50! Oh boy, were we getting excited. $100 + $25 + $50. Wowza! $20 + $50 + $20, etc. The counting ensued and I’ll be; we now have enough to buy that dining room table we have been wanting. And, to pay completely in cash!!!
The next morning, my(Payt) phone rings. The shaky, broken, dull and distraught voice of a dear Haitian-American friend filled my ears and sank my heart. “My brother, I have some terrible news! You know those orphanages I have been telling you about!? You know, the ones I sent you the pictures of. Well, 4 children have starved to death within those orphanages over the past few days. Two of them were 3 years old, one was 4 years, and one was 5.”
We sit counting our money, dreaming of this table we could now buy. It would enable us to more comfortably and stylishly eat our food. All the while, children dying from a lack of food to eat!!! And not just on one of those TV ads or pictures on the internet. But one that we have a direct connection to and knowledge of. We must not, we will not, we cannot sit idle.
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17
What is #first13of2013Haiti?
An independent campaign encompassing the first 13 days of 2013. Existing to raise financial funding that will ALL be spent for the purchase of food, for 5 destitute orphanages in Haiti.
This campaign is happening per the commands of scripture such as James 2:15-17 and 1 John 3:17. Along with, Heather and I’s personal conviction and personal connections that enable us to aide in this basic need.
How will #first13of2013Haiti work?
Upon completion and collection of all funding from the campaign, food purchases will be made and delivered equally to each orphanage.
How to give to #first13of2013Haiti?
Paypal is located in the top right corner of this blog. Checks and/or cash can be mailed to P.O. Box 750 Guin, AL 35563 labeled #first13of2013Haiti. You are also welcome to give money to us directly when/if you see us in person.
Know that our prayer in asking you to give is that His presence and His leading be your guide. With that, we commit to each giver our upmost integrity and accountability with your money. Every penny WILL be spent for the purchase of food for these orphanages and we will be intentional in informing each giver with a detailed update once campaign has been brought to completion.
*Please stay tuned over the next 13 days as we will daily post a brief blog with insightful and informative, Haiti specific, posts. If you have further questions not answered within the blog, please feel free to message either of us on Facebook or email me(Payt) at firstname.lastname@example.org!
P.S. We are firm believers in a long-term holistic approach when it comes to aide and missions. With that said, this campaign stands upon the clear commands in Scripture to do what you can, with what you have, right now. We stand in faith that our efforts for the short term are directly connected to the long term. To God be the Glory!