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Friday, January 15, 2010


The people of Haiti have been on all of our hearts and minds this week. It certainly puts our every day complaints aside when we think of what these people have lost.

It is hard to feel helpless and not know what to do besides watch, wait and pray.

We sponsor a child through Compassion International and yesterday I received an email from them asking for help.

Compassion sponsors and donors serve more than 65,000 children in Haiti. At least a third of them live in the areas that were hardest hit.
Because I believe in Compassion and the ministry they provide to not just Haiti, but many other countries, I have decided and felt called to have our family donate to Compassion's Haiti relief fund.

How Compassion's funds will be used: All funds raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to provide for Compassion-assisted children and families affected by this crisis. Any funds raised in excess will be stewarded by Compassion for additional and future disaster relief efforts.
Today, through Sunday, for every comment left on this post we will donate $1. So in the case that you've never left a comment, here's your chance for a good cause to speak up.

*A donor that would like to remain anonymous has also come forward and offered to match our donation. So for every comment, $2 will be donated to Compassion International's Haiti relief fund. $1 from my family and $1 from this donor.*

If you are interested in matching, please email me. If you're considering making a donation or seeking a way to help the people of Haiti, please consider Compassion.


Blogger Stacy said...

I have thought about this all week. Our youth pastor at church, her sister, helped build an orphanage in Haiti. She works with a Christian music group that donated the money and the time to build it and they continue to fund it as well.
So here is my comment to add to your donation!

January 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thought's and prayers go out to the people of Haiti.
It's so heart breaking to see what they are going through.
Blessed are the childern.

Love You

January 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I will gladly comment to add to the donations. Thank you for posting this S.

January 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fantastic thing to do!

January 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Sending thought's and prayers to the families of Haiti. We donated to the Red Cross yesterday, and our station held a benefit for the Salvation Army yesterday from 5am-11pm raising $95,000!

January 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll comment away....hope you feel the pinch.


January 15, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tragic and confusing events like this are good reminders of how blessed we are.
Joining with you in prayer for the people of Haiti.

January 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Alli said...

Thanks, Samara!

January 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

We just talked about this in my class today. We read anarticles, discussed what happened, and had a conversation about what students can do to help.

Glad to comment to add to your donation.

January 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger LutherLiz said...

I'm resisting the urge to post one word of this sentence in a new comment of its own. Thank you.

January 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous dadioz said...

It is just by God's grace we have been born where we have been.
For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48
My sponsor Child in Haiti is Christive, she turned 9 Jan 6, 2010
Her and the family and the workers have been in my prayers fore safety.

Love to all.

January 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Dadioz said...

All blog readers please say a prayer for Christive and her family.


January 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger melanie. said...

samara - what a generous challenge! i hope you receive hundreds of comments :) today i am headed to the supermarket to buy $250 in gallons of water and powdered milk that will travel from the Dominican to Port-Au-Prince on Sunday.
Compassion is a great organization - and they have been in Haiti and will remain in Haiti when everything is said and done.

January 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

u have a beautiful heart friend.

January 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Ann's Rants said...

I love to see the power that bloggers can use for good.

Great idea!

January 15, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - what an awesome thing to do. Many good thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti.

January 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

It sure is a wake up call to hear stuff like this happening, especially to a place that is already hurting so much more that we are here, in America.
It's awesome what you do through your blog! I love it!

January 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

My girlfriend's brother-in-law and family are in Haiti - prayers were answered when we found they all 3 were ok yesterday. Thanks for truly doing what you can by challenging us to simply write down a thought or two!

January 15, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Wonderful!!! It is amazing how in the face of tragedy people step up! You rock:)

January 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray for all who live there. My god shine for them. love to all Janet

January 15, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must also pray for mall those who are going over to help. may god help them with every step. Love to all Janet

January 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger The Petersons said...

What a great idea! I'm going to go to their site to donate too. Thanks for the info.

January 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Ana O said...

You are a wonderful person doing something for a wonderful cause!

January 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger GMS said...

Thank you S & family for your generosity.

January 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous S said...

I am so sad about what happened in Haiti.
Bless you for your donation.

January 15, 2010 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you're doing this!!!!

January 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogging with a greater purpose! Thank You!


January 16, 2010 at 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for these families. This is a crucial time for christian organizations to step up and do something for the people... not just offer physical help, but a shoulder to the sorrowful, an ear for the confused, a backbone of strength for the weary, and pure love to all of them. Thank you for setting a standard we should live by as humans. Helping one another.


January 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

We have a faThoughts and prayers continue from around the globe.mily adopting a daughter from Haiti. She is okay and they even saw her face on the news!

God be with them all.

January 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Actions speak louder than words. It says that you and your family believe in humanity and compassion for others. The world needs more people like you.

January 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Samara for your generous heart!

January 16, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great thing! Thanks!

January 16, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger The Bishops said...

This is so great Samara. You are kind to the core. I will continue to pray for all of those people.

January 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Samara for your generous spirit, and for spotlighting this need!


January 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people of Haiti are blessed to
have people like you to help bring
some relief to them. Thank you for
sharing your love for others.

January 17, 2010 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your generosity and compassion!

January 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a great idea, Samara. Blessings.

January 17, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful initiative. I'm honored to add my comment in joining with your efforts. Many prayers to all the people in Haiti.

January 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Here you go girl. Thanks for the creative thoughts on ways to help!

January 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Jes said...

I'll gladly add my comment to your post!
Thank you Samara! May the people of Haiti find some peace.

January 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

A friend from my childhood is right in the middle of what was to a be a 70 day mission trip to Haiti right now...She is right in the thick of things...
She is putting her skills as an RN to good use and relying on God to carry her through -
My heart breaks for those who have lost...

January 17, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Broken 4 Love said...

Wonderful idea.
It sure is heartbreaking. :(
The footage of it makes me sick and I just want God to pour down His love there - they are experiencing something that not even the far reaches of my mind can imagine enduring.
Thanks for giving.

January 17, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great thing your family is doing!

January 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful for you to do this. I will also gladly comment to add to the donations. Thank you.

January 17, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Kari said...

Happy to leave a comment if it will help raise some money

January 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I will gladly add a comment to help out the coutnry of Haiti. I can't believe how sad that whole situtation is.

January 18, 2010 at 7:19 AM  

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