Archive for January, 2010

In the aftermath of one of the worst tragedies in human history, the horrible 7.0 magnitude earthquake Tuesday, 1/12/2010 in Haiti, and now, Wednesday 1/20/2010, a 6.0 magnitude aftershock, a huge worldwide outpouring of hope and help is making its way toward this small Caribbean nation, whose residents are still reeling from the 2008 hurricane season.

Here’s a start of a list of organizations taking charitable donations for helping Haitian relief efforts:

You can  donate at BrodskyMinistries.com via credit card (not tax deductible)

The American Jewish World Service has set up the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to respond to the crisis by supporting a network of organizations it works with.

AmeriCares has pledged $5 million to Haitian quake relief, and is soliciting donations to a general emergency disaster relief fund to help it accomplish that.

CARE is sending relief workers into the city of Port-au-Prince and needs funds to support its efforts. Suggested donations range from $50 to $1,000, but you can name your own amount if you prefer.

Catholic Relief Services has an office in Haiti, and luckily it’s still standing even though one of its neighbors collapsed. The organization is accepting donations of any amount.

Direct Relief International has committed up to $1 million in aid through two on-the-ground partners, and is sending containers of medical material aid.

Oxfam has 200 people on the ground to deal with the crisis, and began its efforts by trying to get clean water to victims of the quake. One of its staffers recorded a podcast describing the situation. You can donate on the American or UK site, depending on where you’re located.

Yele Haiti is sponsored by prominent Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean. You can donate through its website or via text message as described in the next segment.

Google Support Disaster Relief is a website Google has updated to respond to the crisis. Google has promised $1 million in support, but the site is also an easy place to donate money to either UNICEF or CARE. It also provides hospital addresses and links to sources for news on the situation.

 (List as taken from http://mashable.com/2010/01/13/haiti-earthquake-donate-help/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher)


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Get “The Shack”

The Shack This is one awesome book!  The Shack is a novel written by William Young and delves into many spiritual questions we all have asked ourselves at one time or another.

It takes an awful tragedy and brings clarity and joy to one man’s heart, and to the people in his life because of how he has changed.  You might find yourself in the pages of The Shack, or someone you know or love.  Everyone should read this book.  It’s that good.

The ending was absolutely awesome, and with a twist you’ll surely delight in.  My wife and I both read it and decided to carry it on BrodskyMinistries.com.

We have it on sale for less than retail.  I would recommend the book for yourself, for a gift, for anyone.  Just know this – some folks mistake this book for a work inspired by the bible, which it is not.  It is inspired by the faith of a man who finds that God really does care about him.  And that’s an idea we all need.  Enjoy this book for what it is:  a novel, but one that may help you, your friends or family to understand a little better how God plays into your life.

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