March 17, 2011A LETTER FROM MICHAEL W. SMITH... Please share, retweet, repost, copy/paste... just help spread the word:
One week ago, tonight, a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami slammed into Japan. At the time we all knew the devastation would be massive but I don't think that any of us knew just how bad it has, and still could, become.
My family and I are watching the reports come in about the nuclear reactors, the missing people, and the pain of a nation; while also being moved by reports of the relief workers and all of the heroes who are working and putting themselves in harms way. These volunteers and relief organizations are already on the ground. Working. Building. Rebuilding. Praying.
Like so many of you we are asking the questions: "Where is the greatest need and how can we meet help meet it?"
We've asked that question to our friends at Samaritan's Purse (http://ar.gy/helpjapan), they are some of the "first-responders" when a disaster strikes. And there are quite simply 2 answers that they gave us:
People are suffering with the loss of family members and all of their worldly possessions. Where there was once plenty of clean water, food, and shelter - there is now none. Please pray for peace for these people and that they be able to reach the places where services are being restored and that they will be safe as they begin what will be a very long recovery.
o Relief workers are putting themselves in harms way to be there and serve people and the communities in need. They have left their own families to give so much. Please pray for these workers that they be blessed by their selfless service and be kept safe as they serve.
* Financial Giving http://ar.gy/helpjapan:
o While so many of us wish we could just jump on an airplane and go serve with our hands & feet, the relief organizations are busy working to set-up safe places where service can take place - that is simply not an option and in many cases not safe or helpful during t