by Scott77 21 Replies latest jw friends

  • Scott77

    PRAYER: Haiti residents of St. Louis Gonzaga IDP Camp pray in front of tents during a three-day mourning period for the country.
    (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

    Faith-based groups pitch in for Haiti

    By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY More than $300 million dollars and thousands of volunteers — all powered by religious faith — have poured in to earthquake-shattered Haiti to help rebuild the country and restore its spirit.

    Church by church, parish by parish, hundreds of thousands of Americans have donated funds or traded vacations for mission trips. Although international governmental aid is the mainstay of Haiti relief, faith-based groups offer significant muscle in funds and volunteers.

    Among the leaders, Catholic Relief Services has raised $192 million, including $80 million raised in a special U.S. parish collection. About 80% of Haitians say they are Catholic.

    The agency doubled its Haiti-based staff from 300 workers before the quake to 600 now. It expanded its focus from agriculture and HIV/AIDS work to emergency food and shelters, reconstruction employment for 10,000 Haitians and, now, to fighting the cholera epidemic on the northern side of the island, spokesman Tom Price says. And $33 million will be set aside to rebuild Catholic churches, schools and seminaries. Also, nearly 500 U.S. parishes and Catholic institutions have partnerships in Haiti, regularly sending aid and volunteers.

    Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian global relief agency, "raised more for Haiti this year than for any project we've ever undertaken, $51 million — most with $40 individual donations," agency founder Rev. Franklin Graham says.

    About $30 million of that has been spent, focused in the quake epicenter. Initially, Samaritan's Purse volunteers concentrated in the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince. Fourteen shiploads of cargo and machinery arrived to provide tons of food. Volunteers also helped build shelters and housing for more than 50,000 Haitians. In October, they switched their focus full time on fighting the cholera outbreak.

    "We fly in incredible volunteer doctors and nurses who work in the most filthy, horrific conditions in 24-hour shifts at our two clinics. Cholera can kill a weakened person in four hours, and we have no idea how many have died already," Graham says.

    Recently, he led Sarah Palin and a Fox News team on a tour of their efforts, hoping the news coverage would prompt the release of medical supplies that have been stalled in Haiti customs wrangling.

    Graham returned to Haiti on Sunday, at the request of 500 Haitian churches, to lead an evangelism festival. Graham says, "We felt it was time to focus on what God has done, on the lives that have been saved, and to give God the glory for all he's done for good."

    The United Methodist Church raised more than $43 million for Haiti after the quake. Its Committee on Relief has sent more than 80 volunteer mission teams last year and expects to double that number in 2011 to work in clearing rubble, distributing food and rebuilding infrastructure.

    Meanwhile, Methodist churches across the USA have contributed with fundraisers and projects such as assembling health kits or building mobile medical clinics. The church is drafting a five-year relief and recovery plan.

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB), the Southern Baptist Convention's agency for relief efforts at home and abroad, has helped steer more than $10 million to Haiti. More than 2000 Baptist volunteers from 39 states and Canada worked in Haiti relief this year and joined with the two major Haitian Baptist organizations to deliver tons of food, build hundreds of temporary shelters, launch repair of 186 damaged churches and build 72 churches. Baptist churches in the USA have sent 150,000 Buckets of Hope, each holding a week's worth of food staples for a family.

    Still ahead: a pledge to build 6,200 cement block homes by the end of 2013 by teaching construction skills to Haitians. So far, 250 pilot homes have been built in a program parallel to the NAMB's Operation Noah, a mainstay in New Orleans reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina.


    My key question now is: Where is the Watchtower? Why its not mentioned? Is it all about selfishness? Could be that the WTS is too poor to afford emmergency assistance? What do you think?


  • Hairyhegoat

    Did you not see a post a while ago the JW'S landed their in suites and they all went round handing out the mags and trying to start biible studies. This is a discrace to prey on the vunerable at such a bad time. Your money from the boxes at the hall went to the world wide work. ie. the pedo fund and anything else other than helping haiti. Oh they did send a few cardboard boxes and blue tack to help the jw's their. But no help for the normal people.


  • Scott77

    hmmm... where is that post?

  • blondie

    Of course, if the WTS only helps jws (16,000), they don't have the same clientele to serve if Catholics and Baptists only help people of their own religious persuasion.

    16,000 out of 9.7 million

    80% of population are Catholics

  • OnTheWayOut

    I imagine the JW's did alright in helping the JW's in Haiti. But they don't want to say what they did and how much they spent, because they probably received tens of millions of dollars in the "Worldwide Work" fund and spent a few million on aid (or less). They don't want the members to scratch their heads and figure out that there are only so many JW's and they all were helped to some degree.

  • Scott77

    DESPERATION: Desperate Haitians try to push through a gate at a food handout in the poor Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Cite Soleil. Some women collapsed from exhaustion in the crush of people trying to get food.
    (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

    Of course, if the WTS only helps jws (16,000), they don't have the same clientele to serve if Catholics and Baptists only help people of their own religious persuasion.

    16,000 out of 9.7 million

    80% of population are Catholics


    Jehovah's Witnesses or the Watchtower, IMHO, has a deplorable history of neglecting members material needs in favor of spiritual thingys. The Watchtower policy is that, spiritual thingys coms first before material ones. I would not be surprised that the WTS would take advantage of available donated material assistance to encourage JWS to get them.


  • blondie

    Of course, the WTS prioritizes things due to deserving status.

    Branch office personnel

    DOs/COs and family

    Elders and family

    MS and family

    Rank and file by donations to WTS

    Rank and file by hours/monthly and regular meeting attendance and years a jw

    non-jw spouses of the above

    Irregular pubs

    Inactive pubs

    But never df'd or da'd jws---viewed as dead

  • Black Sheep
  • therevealer

    Yes indeed as the post by black sheep shows they were there. But just as humility keeps the identity of those feeding the sheep their spiritual food, the society refrains from having their exploits exposed because of their great humility.

  • foodalls

    Of course there to "BROKE" to help others, other than their own...REMEMBER they don't have ANY feeling for "Outsiders"! but know worry THEY won't last the end of this year anyway(the WTBTS)...BECAUSE, THERE IS A 'RUN-AWAY-FREIGHT-TRAIN" BARING DOWN ON THEM!!!AND THEY WON'T SEE IT COMING TILL AFTER IT RUNS OVER THEM!!!

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