We continue to devote our blog to serve as a place where we can do more than recommend organizations through which you can give your money to help those in Haiti–precisely because giving our money does not exhaust that to which God calls us in this hour.
To that end, Mission Increase Foundation Giving and Training Officer Matt Bates:
Based on her position, a transformational question that springs to mind is: how can we, like God, suffer with those who are suffering in this tragedy and resist the temptation to remain aloof? And is it possible that some gifts inoculate us from suffering and permit us to remain aloof?
The main thrust of PEO [Participation/Engagement/Ownership] is to coach champions into the fullness of the image of Christ; Adams’ take is that, though we can’t know why God permits evil, He is present in human sufferings. So whatever our response to Haiti, a transformational element must be that we take on the condition of the Haitians as our own, to share in the burden of suffering with them.
The ttf [traditional transactional fundraising] model works in part because it buffers us from suffering. We’re told by the nonprofit that we can remain in our current state as long as we give. The impulse to actually do something is subtly discouraged and eventually deadened because the nonprofit is acting on behalf of its donors.