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Top 10 Ways to Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief

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Top 10 Ways to Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief


Mobile Donations

A list of all short codes to text to donate on your phone bill in the United States:

1. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti efforts. This effort is run by Mobile Accord.

2. Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. 501501 is run by Give On the Go.

3. Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee.

4. Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card.

5. Text HAITI to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

Online Donations

A list of websites to submit you donations online securely.

6. Donate Via Google Checkout

7.Donate Via Causes of Facebook

8.The Salvation Army is sending 285,120 boxed meals of rice, soy, and vitamins to Haiti. Donate to the Salvation Army by clicking here.

9. Help Support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. President Bush emphasizes the need of a long-term commitment to Haiti’s recovery.

10. Hope for Haiti has held the vision from the very beginning that the people of Haiti are the ones who take control of their future and we are here to lend a needed hand along the difficult path. Donate Here.

The bible says God is honored when we give to the poor for it is like we are lending to the Lord himself, Proverbs 19:17 & Proverbs 14:31.

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True Discipleship

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True Discipleship


With the Christmas season just around the corner, many are considering the purchases they will be making for their families for Christmas. The economy has affected some Americans and some seem not to have been affected by it. Never the less, many are thinking about others who are less fortunate than we are. Some are in the habit of giving to causes such as the Angel Tree Giving program which ensures that children of incarcerated parents receive a Christmas gift.

One of the many lessons that Jesus taught to the disciples was that of giving to others. He said in Matthew 5:42, “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn thou not away.” Some may find this difficult to do during the economic crisis, but God, “who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, ” (Ephesians 2:19 NIV) is faithful.

Make It a Habit to Give

Jesus’ attitude toward the poor widow in Mark 12:42-44 who gave her last farthing makes it clear that everyone is capable of giving. He emphasized that those who give out of their poverty give more than those who give out of their abundance. The lesson here is that even though people struggle with providing food for the family, they should make it a habit to give something to someone in need. God promises to bless us when we give.

The HIV/AIDS virus has dramatically affected Africa’s families, particularly the children under fifteen years of age. Eighty percent of the world’s children under fifteen years of age who are afflicted with AIDS live in Kenya. Many of the children have lost one or both parents to this disease and are living in orphanages.

The Lord Promises that we will never be Homeless

God has always called his people to provide for widows and orphans. He say in Jeremiah 7:6 (KJV) that “If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.” The Lord promises that we will never be homeless as long as we take care of the widows, orphans and foreigners and treat them with dignity. We will have a home to call our own. In addition, we must not cause the death of innocent victims nor worship any god other than God.

It is our reaction to situations such as the HIV/AIDS problem in Africa that determine whether we we are true disciples of Jesus. Jesus would not abandon these women and children. He would heal them, feed them, clothe them, and teach them. In doing so, he glorifies the Father.

Jesus says in John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit: so shall ye be my disciples.” Therefore, by ministering to the the widows, orphans, and strangers, we will bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

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