Friday, May 16, 2008

Prayer and Donations Needed for Earthquake Victims in China

This tragedy brings many tears to my eyes. It is abolutely heartbreaking. The words just do not come to me. I have had a rough time documenting this because it hits so close to home. To think of all of those people in China losing so many loved ones, having no shelter, no home, no food, no drinking water, nothing left but HOPE and prayer for the help that might come. Part of my heart is in China right now. Garrett is there. Our agency says that the children are fine in Inner Mongolia. They have felt the aftershocks even that far away from the epicenter, but the children are fairing well according to Lily. China is where my children were born, where their extended biological family still resides, where the people that cared for Gracie and continue to care for Garrett live, and it is where God led us to find our children. It is a beautiful country with such beautiful people. The pictures and the videos from the media cannot even begin to capture what has occurred there. Only God has the answers. There must be some reason for this. I just cannot fathom what the answers are. It is a test of faith. It is a way for God to draw us closer to Him, to His heart. We can reach out and choose to help the people in some way or we can sit back and watch it unfold.

I saw this on a friend's blog last night. It is important for everyone to watch I believe. Watch it.
It is called "$8 hotdog". It is moving and so powerful.

This is the latest information about the earthquake in China.

As of this morning (Friday) there were 19,509 people confirmed dead. The State Council today said there will likely be more than 50,000 dead. Today's government report describes one terrible scene after another: thousands homeless, thousands missing, thousands injured, thousands trapped or buried alive. Hope for survivors is dimming. There is an urgent call for bodybags to prevent the spread of disease. There have been over 4,400 aftershocks. The devastation is widespread. Many of the children that were living in orphanages already have been evacuated to living in tents on the streets. They need everything that you can think of related to the care of these children including food and water. Many more children have been brought to the orphanage tents and are confirmed newly orphaned.

I will include more information later when I can.

Please pray for all of those suffering in China. And please consider donating money to the charity funds for the people in China.

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