It’s hard to look at the scenes coming out of Haiti this week after a debilitating earthquake that has claimed the lives of thousands and destroyed so much of their infrastructure.

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My brother-in-law is the Commander of the Coast Guard base in Miami, and I got word that many from his base were involved in some of the initial responses. Knowing the responsibility he has, makes me very proud of the men and women who serve our military.

For most of us, we will not be involved in the direct recovery efforts. But, in essence, as a Southern Baptist, you are directly involved in recovery efforts. There are Disaster Relief teams from Florida who are already being deployed. Disaster Relief teams prepare almost all of the food for the Red Cross during recovery efforts. You can make direct donations through the North American Mission Board or Baptist Global Response.

The needs will not go away quickly. Americans know how difficult the recovery has been after Katrina. But, continue to pray, give, send and go. It is not only because Christians have compassionate hearts for the hurting, but we put feet to the needs of those in suffering and we offer the hope of Jesus Christ.