Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty

Like most Americans, I have the occasional bad day where nothing seems to go right. Gas is so expensive, I don’t always fill the tank, hoping gas prices will drop the next day. The kids keep forgetting to turn the lights off, so the electric bill goes up that month. I forgot my wallet, so I can’t get lunch.

Rather than dwell on these things, I thank God instead. I thank Him that I have a car to drive, and money to put gas in it. I thank Him that we have a home and healthy kids to play in it. I thank Him that I have food to eat at all.

Today is Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty, where bloggers around the world are committing a day’s post to blogging about poverty in the hopes that we can at least make a dent in it. And while I don't expect a humor blog to have a huge impact, I know my readers can.

I want to help Haiti. It’s the poorest country in the western hemisphere, where the average Haitian family lives on $2 per day. The average daily salary is $1 per day.

Think about that the next time you buy a $1 bottle of water.

In this country, for one dollar, you can buy
  • one-third of a gallon of gas
  • a candy bar and a pack of gum from the supermarket
  • a copy of the Indianapolis Star and USA Today
  • a song on iTunes
  • a loaf of cheap bread
  • one-sixth of a 6-pack of Fosters Lager
($1 is not even enough to buy a bottle of pop at a gas station anymore.)

My two youngest children are from Haiti. We adopted them from Heartline Ministries, a ministry organization in Port-Au-Prince that is doing all sorts of amazing things for the people of Haiti.

They run an orphanage and adopt children to families in the US and Europe (my youngest daughter and son are from here). They teach women how to take care of themselves, read, and learn a trade. They’re growing tilapia and raising chickens to provide food for the women and children in their programs. John and Beth McHoul are doing some great and wonderful things for the
people of Haiti, and I’m proud to be associated with them, even if it’s just in this small way.

If you want to help end poverty in Haiti, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. All it takes is a dollar a week. Buy one less bottle of water per week. Better yet, buy a gallon of water from the store ($.80), and you’ll get almost 11 $1 bottles from it. Take one or two of those dollars per week and donate it to Heartline Ministries. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.

And take a few minutes to read the Heartline Haiti blog to learn what's going on in the lives of two missionaries who have spent nearly three decades helping some of the poorest people in our hemisphere.

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