J. Gordon Duncan

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Do We Really Need Another Haiti Event?

I know what you are thinking, “Do we really need to read another post about the city’s Haiti event?”  Of course we do.  Here is why.

  • Garner has the rare opportunity to gather together for the purpose of loving and caring for an incredibly hurt people.
  • There is a growing sense of community in Garner civically (ConAgra, Library), and the Garner Citizens for Haiti event allows us to put that energy together, not in protest, but in solidarity for others who are in need.
  • This event is the rare chance to bring together multiple churches, civic organizations, and other social tribes in a unifying effort.

To prep us for the event, I’ve included an incredible video from the folks at www.churcheshelpingchurches.com.  It does a great job of setting the scene for both the need and the meeting of that need in Haiti.  For more information about Garner’s event, check out www.garnercitizensforhaiti.com.

Other related articles:

Mercy Amnesia

Why Garner Needs to Care for Haiti

Flyer for the Garner Citizens for Haiti Event

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Why Garner Needs to Care For Haiti

It has been a tough month for the town of Garner.  There is concern about the health and future of the ConAgra plant.  We are at the very beginning of an investigation of missing public funds.  Wake County is considering the closure of our library.  However, perspective is always a good thing.  Though the aforementioned issues loom large in our collective conscience, our concerns and woes pale in comparison to the concerns and woes of Haiti.  The devastation there is soul-numbing.

That is why Garner needs to care for Haiti.  Despite our challenges and fears of the future, more than a few of us have the ability to send financial aid to Haiti.  Despite our own country’s economic woes, we still have so much more than the people of Haiti.  Caring for Haiti would be a soothing balm for us and a step towards healing for them.

2 Corinthians 1 speaks of God being the God of all Comfort.  The comfort He gives has a two-fold purpose.  His comfort is intended to care for those in need, and as people recover, they are then to pass that same comfort on to others.

Haiti needs that.  Garner needs that.

We need comfort from our fears, but so does Haiti.  We can play a part in that.  On February 5th, at 7:30pm, the Town of Garner will hold a citywide Concert of Prayer at the Garner Historic Auditorium.  We are going to gather, celebrate, give thanks, pray, and then at the end of our time together, take up an offering for American Red Cross’ effort in Haiti.  For more information, check out www.garnercitizensforhaiti.com.

Let’s gather together, enjoy the comfort that God gives and then extend it to others who are in need.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Haiti Database For Relief

The news out of Haiti of a 7.0 earthquake is nothing less than soul-crushing.  In a country where widespread poverty and corruption reign, any natural disaster would seem to cripple an already over burdened recovery effort from recent hurricanes.  But an earthquake larger than any seen in the last 100 years might very well send the country to new depths of need and chaos.

Haiti is already one of the poorest countries in the Northern Hemisphere, and now who knows what will fill the void left in the wake of disaster?  Friends within the PCA as well as my father in law have told me stories of their visits and work there, and each has communicated the massive amount of physical and spiritual need.

One thing that is not needed is grandstanding or pontificating by either politicians or critics of said politicians.  I’m sure the folks down there don’t care about the political views of the people sending need.  They just need help.

The simple solution is to pray, give, and serve.  We need to dedicate ourselves to praying continually for this ravaged country.  I would welcome any feedback about credible agencies doing good work in Haiti so folks who want to give or serve can do so.

For those interesting in helping immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.  More info about this effort can be found here.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment