Hope is the physician of each misery ~ Irish Proverb

August 17, 2010

“Over 20 million people have been affected by the worst monsoon rains in decades, with about 1600 dead”

Pakistan is going through a terrible time at this moment. As we have heard on the news – the country has been ravaged with floods and heavy rains that are threatening the very existence of the Pakistani people as they know it.
“The worst disaster in the history of Pakistan is in the making”
There has been a massive response from the international community to come to the aide of our fellow brothers and sisters in their hour of need. It seems though, that the task before is greater than the resources we have. It would appear that there is nothing we can do to help those in need without bankrupting or harming ourselves in the process because the need is so great. As I was thinking about this I was reminded of the when Jesus fed the 5000 in the desert.

“Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. ~Victor Hugo”

The need before them was great, and their resources were not equal to the need or the task before them. It seemed an impossible situation. BUT GOD. I believe that although it is painful to see what is unfolding in Pakistan, and we must, to the best of our ability, pledge what we can to help, what we need now is God. This situation requires something much greater than food or clothing, mother Theresa said one occasion that Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. And that is true. Our fellow brothers and sisters out there not only need food to eat and clothes to wera which are essential, but they also need to know that we care. They need our prayers and our commitment to stand with them in their hour of need. To tell them that they are not alone and they are not forgotten.

“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged foreign donors on Sunday to speed up aid to Pakistan and warned of more destruction after floods that have already disrupted lives of a tenth of its 170 million people”

I have attached a few pictures here not just to inform you of the sheer extent of the devastation, but to encourage you to look into your heart and really put yourself in the shoes of those who have, in their eyes, lost everything. What would you want right now? Wouldn’t it be something to know that there are people who care for you despite having never met you or known your name, but by virtue of being human, and children of God, they were moved to sacrifice on your behalf. Isn’t that the message of the gospel?

Please follow this link and play your part – your brother and sister need you.


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