Dear Church Family,
The way numbers are tossed around during this Corona Virus pandemic can become very confusing – data, statistics, totals. The number of deaths attributed to the virus has risen to over 200,000. And then I read this reminder in the spring newsletter from World Renew that showed up in my mailbox this week: “On January 12, 2010, [an earthquake hit in Haiti]. In a matter of moments, nearly 300,000 people lost their lives.” 300,000.
The COVID-19 crisis has struck close to home and so it is no wonder that it takes up so much of our energy and attention. Each life lost is a tragedy. But in the meantime, ten years later, the people of Haiti are still recovering from a tragedy that struck so many more people than COVID-19 has. 1.5 million people were displaced; thousands of families were left with nothing.
Please don’t forget about our brothers and sisters who don’t live right next door. Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
As we grumble our way through these days of isolation, consider how we might love others as we love ourselves. Maybe sign up for World Renew’s “Free a Family” program. It’s the least we can do, for the least of these brothers and sisters.