Posted by: iamlillian | January 26, 2010

what is our response?

“because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.” Exodus 22:27

“For the Lord hears the cries of the needy…” Psalm 69:33

Matthew 25:35-40 – Jesus says…

 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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A World Vision prayer for the people of Haiti.

We pray for the people of Haiti. May this country – the poorest in the Western hemisphere – be comforted and restored at this time.

We pray for the safety of children in Haiti. May they have safe places to go, be reunited with family and have their physical and emotional needs met.

We pray for the leaders of Haiti. May they make wise decisions and work in partnership to meet the needs of their people.

We pray for the church in Haiti. May the church be renewed by the Spirit of God as it reaches out at this time of great need.

We pray for all who have lost family and friends. May they be comforted and cared for.

We pray for the vulnerable and lost. May they be made safe.

We pray for compassion and restoration. May all those involved in the rescue and recovery make wise decisions.
We pray for healing and hope.

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Issues/Emergencies/CurrentEmergencies/HaitiEarthquake/Prayer_for_Haiti.aspx

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

1 John 3:17

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Eight-year-old Orecchi can still manage to flash a grin sometimes – a remarkable feat considering his circumstances. He suffered a serious head injury when the Haiti earthquake demolished the house of a friend he was visiting.

At the same time, his sister Madeline was buried in a collapsed church building. It took 2 days before she was discovered and pulled from the rubble. She now lies wrapped in bandages on a stretcher outside the Hospital Universitaire La Paix.

Orecchi and Madeline also lost their own home. When the quake struck, 3 houses slid down the hillside completely demolishing their house. Miraculously, their father Rosmond had stepped outside seconds before the quake hit and his life was spared.

As Madeline recovers in hospital, Orecchi is now living on the street with his mum and dad, sleeping under the stars on plastic sheets.

The 3 of them have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Orecchi’s mother, Marie Rose, says she did try to wash them once, using water from a drain. She has not tried it again. She says she hates living on the streets.

“You can’t find anything that you need. The streets are dirty and they stink,” she says.

They have run out of money to buy food and water. When World Vision spoke to them in the afternoon they had not eaten all day.

But the family haven’t lost hope. “God is going to help us,” Marie Rose says.

World Vision is providing medical supplies such as dressings, antibiotics, tetanus shots, and materials for the treatment of broken bones to La Paix hospital, where Orecchi and Madeline are receiving treatment.

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*excerpts and photos above are all adapted from http://www.worldvision.com.au/

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“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

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