This morning I read something on Facebook that a friend of mine in Haiti wrote:
“Sometimes I think I’d rather be blind than see the poor around me. And then I wonder how can I stay alert and emotionally handle what I see when I can do so very little about it”
That got me thinking. We in the first world don’t see the poor nearly as easily as those in places like Haiti do.
We in the first world, in many ways, are blind to the poor that are around us. It’s easier to be blind to the poor when they aren’t living right next to you or begging you for food or…….. But being blind to the poor is not a good thing. God has told us in many ways and at many times that he expects us to care about and care for the poor.
“Do so very little about it……”
First off, I want to say that this friend, of everyone I know in Haiti, is not someone who does very little about it. Daily I see the impact her life has on the people of Haiti, the children of Haiti and the families who get to stay together and stay alive because of her and her organization.
Secondly, I’ve written it before, but in The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss talks about “this mess is so big and so tall.” And then the Cat proceeds to solve the problem. I’m not saying that my friend is the Cat in the Hat, but that story resonates with me because even though the mess is big, it’s not too big for God.
I had the opportunity to have coffee this morning (well, actually, I had ice tea) and one of the things we touched on briefly was the question, “Why?” And we all had the opportunity to talk briefly about why we are doing what we’re doing……
- One was doing “it” to encourage others to live a more meaningful life.
- Another was doing “it” to live more healthy (healthier?)
- Another was doing “it” to be around more for his children compared to his former traveling corporate world job.
- And me – Why am I working on the Vulnerable Project?
- Because I’ve seen first (and second hand) the difficulties that children face when they are separated from their birth families. It isn’t always avoidable but it is more avoidable than what is currently happening.
- Because God said the poor matter. Period.
- Because poverty is a many faceted disease.
- Because people like my friend (read her comment above again) are making a huge difference but don’t always feel that way.
How? How is the Vulnerable Project working on making a difference?
- Job creation in Haiti – if we can sell enough coffee and other goods at The Vulnerable Project store, it will create more jobs in Haiti. If we sell coffee and other goods for 5 organizations and increase their sales by _________ per year, how many more jobs, how many more families will that be able to feed their children, put a roof over their heads, send their kids to school etc. http://thevulnerableproject.org/store/
- Grant Program – Once it is rolling, this will give partner organizations the opportunity to fund projects through The Vulnerable Project that they couldn’t have had otherwise. http://thevulnerableproject.org/the-vp-grant-program/
- Prayer – perhaps the most powerful part of all is a focused and intense prayer ministry on behalf of the people of Haiti and the people who work in Haiti. http://thevulnerableproject.org/praying-for-the-vulnerable/ and http://thevulnerableproject.org/do-you-work-in-haiti/
We can make a difference. Little by little, we can make a big difference.
Will you help?
The Vulnerable Project