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  • lisa15 Jan 17, 2012

    Wow! Shocked at my neighbors for being critical of these women going to Haiti to spread love. The article & news piece is short out of necessity so it doesn't tell of the many supplies brought in by this group. It doesn't have time to share that this is a Raleigh BASED organization who hires HAITIANS to run the program locally, hires Haitian caregivers, teachers & other staff. No Americans are permanently in country. As for the evangelizing, we did attend services but in no way was there any unwanted solicitation of Christianity. We were invited to churches. We held a service where invitations were extended to women who are not always held in high regard in Haiti. They deserved to hear a message that they were valuable & loved. Lastly, is it so wrong to visit and connect with those we extend our assistance to? Writing a check is the only way to help? The plane between Miami and Haiti is FILLED with American teams, medical, building, etc., extending ourselves to this country in need.

  • airunc Jan 17, 2012

    Pointless squabbling- definitely. Perhaps some less than optimal words used in this interview, yes. -but that does not take away people volunteering to do outreach and mission to others in need. Period. Let's show at least a little compassion here.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 16, 2012

    This type of squabbling is pointless.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 16, 2012

    "what help did they do?"

    Already addressed.

    "and lots of secular organizations and Nation States do far far more than any churches and they don't insult the locals by evangelizing either."

    Oh big government of course nothing is more efficient. Governments take our money and wast it with out our permission. When we give to organizations we can give to those that spend it wisely.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 16, 2012

    "I notice you don't actually so it not to be true."

    Ah what?

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 16, 2012

    So how many teachers would these ladies airfare and accommodation costs have employed 3? 6?

    A. They are doing more than that, please read the article.

    "Hearts and Hands for Haiti is a Raleigh-based charity that serves children at the home. Members of the Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh sponsor children by sending them money and supplies."

    And yes the the author could have given more information about this but we hear what we want to.

    B. It's very important to encourage people to see first hand the needs as these people often come back to help ever so much more.

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    "Another really good local charity for Haiti is family health ministries. For 360 dollars a year one can support and educate a child. For some where around 1,500 a year one can provide a teacher for a classroom. It seems impossible to me to get better value for one's donations than that."

    So how many teachers would these ladies airfare and accommodation costs have employed 3? 6?

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    "A. That statement is simply not true and show bias. But certainly no other statements from haggis basher have been biased against Christians..."

    I notice you don't actually so it not to be true. Whilst I'm sure the kids appreciated the attention and the hugs....what else did these women do other than evangelise?

    "B. Christians seem to be about the only people interested in helping Haiti for the long run. Not to bring attention to Christians but why all the negativity every time WRAL runs a story about Christians helping others?"

    what help did they do? and lots of secular organizations and Nation States do far far more than any churches and they don't insult the locals by evangelizing either.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 16, 2012

    I certainly don't have a problem with saving souls when helping in the here and now. Provide help however/through what ever means one wants to but what is most important is helping those in need.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 16, 2012

    68_Dodge_Polara asked, "...why all the negativity every time WRAL runs a story about Christians helping others?"

    Read my post and you will know. Unless Christian leave their Bibles and preaching at home...their visit is not about "helping others". The definition of "missionary" flies in the face of altruism.

    Haiti doesn't needs help, not more religious people. It needs "Doctors Without Borders". www.doctorswithoutborders.org

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 16, 2012

    "Not so, lots have changed but lots lots more still needs to be done. However doing it by bible waving evangelists is very inefficient."

    A. That statement is simply not true and show bias. But certainly no other statements from haggis basher have been biased against Christians...

    B. Christians seem to be about the only people interested in helping Haiti for the long run. Not to bring attention to Christians but why all the negativity every time WRAL runs a story about Christians helping others?

    Another really good local charity for Haiti is family health ministries. For 360 dollars a year one can support and educate a child. For some where around 1,500 a year one can provide a teacher for a classroom. It seems impossible to me to get better value for one's donations than that.

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    "Two years later, not much has changed."

    Not so, lots have changed but lots lots more still needs to be done.
    However doing it by bible waving evangelists is very inefficient.

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    "Just imagine if these groups focused on the people that need help in our own country. Not knocking them for their help. Just sad that little attention is given to our own country which needs help"

    Compared to Haiti, The USA is a Heaven on Earth. And of course we use large resources to keep it that way.

  • storchheim Jan 16, 2012

    Two years later, not much has changed.

    It is unlikely to change, just as my Citibank stock is unlikely to regain its lost value. Time to stop throwing good money after bad. When nations cannot or will not help themselves it's time to turn elsewhere. When Ireland was in fiscal crisis with a UE rate of 25% and the US sent them money, they used it for education and job training and soon were a leader in IT.

    We can't save everyone, and things will be no different with the next crisis.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 16, 2012

    How many Bibles did this "missionary group" take with them?

    Why can they not just help people without trying to change their culture and requiring something in return?...you know, Pure Altruism.

    Altruism: “Behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species”

  • awr117 Jan 16, 2012

    Just imagine if these groups focused on the people that need help in our own country. Not knocking them for their help. Just sad that little attention is given to our own country which needs help.

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    Imagine how much more good could have been done if the money to fly and house these Ladies had been instead used to hire permanent local employees.......
    Yes its good that the churches get to see the need but 15 sets of eyes?

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