As we continue providing space in the blogosphere for people to think through a transformational response to the crisis in Haiti and to tragedy in general, we turn to Generous Mind Jon Hirst, who considers basic steps of obedience as well as thinking transformationally with his children about disaster:
When tragedy strikes it seems like there is a basic step of obedience to step out and give. This is in line with the Bible’s call to care for those in need. But simply stepping out is not enough.
For it to be transformational we have to step out in initial obedience and then as Matt Bates from Mission Increase Foundation said yesterday we have to ask the bigger questions about why a country like Haiti is struggling so and what are we called to do at the larger level of representing Jesus to the people of Haiti.
If we give at the moment of tragedy and then forget about the people of Haiti we have not grown.
It has been so interesting as I have been working with my kids about the Haiti tragedy. I have challenged them to tell their friends at school. My six year old and nine year old both did this. They came back and reported that they were able to tell kids that didn’t know about the tragedy. Now I’m trying to think through what my next step is with my kids to help them engage with the cause of caring for those in need at a deeper level. I’m still praying and seeking God about next steps.
Since Jon wrote this, he’s put together a 30-day Haiti prayer guide for he and his family to pray through and has graciously given us the ability to offer it here: 30 Day Prayer Calendar_Haiti Tragedy