** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Friday, January 15, 2010

THEN SINGS MY SOUL SATURDAYS:

HAITI ~ Pray and Give

I'm doing an update on this post. I hope you will read the whole thing. I know it is long but I hope you will read it all. I have tried to include a lot of good info. Oh, and my fever is gone and I'm feeling better but still definitely not back to my 'normal'. Please keep up those prayers. Thanks!


Watching the devastation in Haiti on the news leaves us with such a deep, helpless feeling. It brings back so many awful memories from other horrible tragedies and their aftermath we've seen in our lifetime. Some have been other natural disasters, some have been really horrific accidents and others were purposefully caused by man. Regardless of how they occur, they are all extremely painful to watch and all we want to know is what we can possibly do to help! Then we wonder, in the grand scheme of things, will our prayers really matter? Will our few dollars actually make an impact in this catastrophe? Can the Lord use me?

The answer is YES!

Do you remember the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread?

“Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”… “And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.” So when they had their fill, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that REMAIN, so that nothing is lost" Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. John 5:6-13

When Jesus fed the multitudes with those two little fish and five barley loaves, every single person there had as much as they wanted and more than they could possibly eat. When all was said and done, there were twelve baskets FULL of bread crumbs, which I believe is symbolic of how God can multiply our faith when we give Him the little mustard seed that we have. When Jesus fed the 5,000 it was only one meal. It was one meal that pointed to who the Bread of Life is. It was one meal that demonstrated God’s provision, His love for His children, His ability to meet needs far beyond just today.

Whenever I've started to doubt God's provision or His ability to handle a situation, He has ALWAYS shown Himself faithful, no matter how big or how minute the circumstance. I just have to show a little faith because our God is a Great God!



If you have been trying to figure out a good place to donate money for the people who are suffering in Haiti, I can recommend an excellent organization. It is one that you can trust 100%. Operation Mobilization (OM) is an organization my husband and I donate to monthly and we will definitely be sending extra for the efforts in Haiti.

Before I became ill, I volunteered for OM. In May of 2006, I participated in an OM Medical Mission Outreach to Peru with a small team of other medical professionals and other volunteers. It was truly a life-changing experience for me and for many others who went on the trip. Soon after we returned, I became OM's Short-term Medical Ministries Coordinator and began helping to process and approve applicants to go on each new outreach as they were confirmed. Unfortunately, a few months ago, I had to step down due to the rapid progression of my illness. I am really praying that one day I'll be able to volunteer again.

The team and me in Peru

For now, I encourage each of you to visit Operation Mobilization's website. They have a
HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF site open now. OM has already sent out an emergency response team to Haiti. Their immediate focus is on getting food, water and medical attention to a few orphanages there that they were already working with before the earthquake. They will also be searching the rubble of a school that collapsed on about 2,000 students to look for any signs of life. So far, no other help has reached that particular suburb of Port au Prince.

A few of the children and me in Peru

OM's FINANCIAL POLICY is always available online, so you can be positive you know exactly where your money is going should you decide you want to donate through this organization.

And, of course, we all need to be in prayer for the Haitian people and all their loved ones awaiting news. Also, pray for the Lord's hedge of protection and provision for those who are in Haiti helping with the rescue efforts and those who are traveling there as well.

Thanks for your time. I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!


Teresa


P.S. Please pray for me. I have a fever this evening (Friday) and chills. I seem to be getting sick again. I'll keep you posted.


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12 comments:

allycupe said...

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day! I LOVED all the comment love and now I'm here to spread it around!

Naqvee said...
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Naqvee said...

It's been a very bad start for the world ! I'm troubled by the look of those who have survived and i cant look into their eyes which are continuously searching for those loved ones who might be alive ! the death toll has risen to 200000.
my best wishes and aids from my side and our country are on the way!
Mourning
Naqvee

2busy said...

It is heartbreaking what has happened in Haiti. The pictures are so hard to look and because I truly feel for these people. I will certainly be doing what I can to help.

Good luck to you in conquering that fever. Hang in there girl.

Cara and Jenn said...

Feel better love.

Casey said...

Yes, feel better!

I love your new look. Praying for you, how are you feeling now?

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

1st-thanks for spotlighting the devastation in Haiti and for sharing info on how your readers can help

2nd-I hope you are feeling better today

3rd- love the blog makeover!

{{{HUGS}}} from Marlie and Me!

christy rose said...

You have done such a great job in bringing the Haitian issues to light. I hope that everyone steps up and helps in whatever way that they can.
I hope you feel better soon too!

Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing all of this! I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are. I see that you have a fever and might be getting sick...Know that I am praying for you to make a quick recovery! Take care of yourself girl!

Jane said...

Thank you for your touching and inspiring word on our mission to help minister to the people of Haiti! Hope you are feeling better. Take care!

septembermom said...

Teresa, I hope you are feeling better today. It was a real treat for me to see those beautiful pictures of you. You have a lovely smile :) I knew you would.

Thank you for this very informative post. I pray for all those suffering everywhere.

Your blog is very pretty. My prayers are with you too my friend:)

Peterson Family said...

I hope you are feeling better today! I think it's wonderful that even though you aren't feeling well thta you are continuing to think of others!

Thanks for stopping by on Tuesday and sharing my SITS day with me!!

Lori
www.petersonstlouis.com

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