Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pray for Haiti

I was going to write about a really interesting Tarot card reading I had, but that will have to wait for another day.  There's too much terrible news coming from Haiti about the 7.0 earthquake and all the destruction and death it's caused.  I was looking at photos on the Times website.  It's a nightmare, so many people trapped in collapsed buildings and it's going to take a long time to recover from an earthquake of that magnitude in such a poor country. 

Last night I was at Friends In Deed and I was reminded about staying in the "now."  For hundreds of thousands of Haitians the now is pretty bleak and we should all try to donate what we can to organizations like Doctors Without Borders, even if it's just a few dollars, and keep the Haitians in our prayers.

One side note.  My loft mate and the members of the church she attends, Judson Memorial Baptist Church, have been working desperately to keep a beloved member of their community, Jean Montrivel, a Haitian community activist, from being deported back to Haiti.  Many years ago he committed a drug related crime in this country, but he went to prison for eleven years and has, since his release, become a very solid and decent member of society.  He is a husband and father of four young children, runs his own business, employing fourteen workers, has always cooperated with immigration board and has a green card.  The Judson community has been staging protests, signing petitions and calling everyone in Congress who can possibly help.  I wonder if this earthquake might be the thing that saves Jean and keeps him in this country?  He was supposed to have gone back two weeks ago and he is still here.   

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