The continuing news of the catastrophe in Haiti breaks my heart. Several bloggers have links to Compassion, to WorldVision, and to Red Cross. However, our church sponsors missionaries with Youth With a Mission--YWAM. YWAM sends teams of relief workers into disaster areas and makes a difference quickly. The founder of MercyWorks is a former member of our church and worked in our town as a nurse for several years before going with YWAM. Below is part of a letter from YWAM Tyler's web site. I know these people and I know that Mercy Works!
After Hurricane Katrina, which so devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, the people most impacted came to realize it was not government or corporate aid that made the biggest difference, but rather the body of Christ responding in a multi-year commitment long after the cameras and world’s attention shifted elsewhere.
I invite you to be a part of the YWAM MercyWorks response to this devastating loss of life and property by joining a response team and/or by making a generous financial donation. Your gift will help with the procurement of medicines and food, and will assist in the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts.
We also need medical personnel to assist with this effort as well as other volunteers. We need grief counselors and construction crews in the days and weeks ahead. Please contact us if you can go. Lastly please keep these precious people in your prayers.
MercyWorks brings hope and lasting change to people afflicted by war, famine, extreme poverty, and natural disaster. Now is the time for the body of Christ to rise up and demonstrate our commitment to the suffering poor.