Friday, April 16, 2010
Everything will get where it needs to go.
A note I wrote on all this is below. This is an easy thing to do...less difficult than the Haiti project was logistically.
People have garage sales to get rid of things they NEED.
We can make a difference and it costs little....
As you know, at the end of February there was a devastating earthquake in Chile. It came on the heels of the disaster in Haiti, yet it was many times greater in Chile. Measured at 7.0 in Haiti and 8.8 in Chile, Chile's was a magnitude of 33 times greater, since Richter is an exponential measurement.
Chile, with it's less fragile infrastructure and better building control, did not suffer the structural losses from the earthquake that Haiti did. It did not suffer the resultant loss of life with less than a thousand lost in Chile but more than 300,000 lost in Haiti.
The response of people around the world to Haiti has been tremendous. Yet the response to the earthquake in Chile is far more muted. Certainly Chile is a much more developed country than Haiti. Yet the resultant homelessness is great. Winter is coming on; it is getting cold.
The real damage suffered is in the towns and villages along the coast of Chile. After the quake, a tsunami rushed out to sea. It vacated the coastal waters, pushing out. The return of the water in reaction was just as great, and the towns were leveled. Destroying all in their path, some loss of life resulted. This Tsunami was the power that destroyed.
Now these people are out of places to live. They are living up in the mountains in temporary shelters, in tents, in nothing. Much of their clothing was lost or destroyed and now winter is coming.
They are resourceful people and can and will rebuild if they have the tools necessary to do the job. We can help. Not with money (although money is always appreciated) but with materials. A list is posted below of things needed.
What is Needed Now
· Winter Clothes
· Pop up tents
· Plastic Sheeting
· Poly Tarps (like the Blue tarps that can be used for shelter)
· Mattresses (air)
· Basic medicines and first aid supplies (aspirin, pain killers, vitamins, band aids, and things you would need in a first aid kit for an extended time)
· Tools for construction: hammers, etc -- You may have saws, and all kinds of carpentry hand tools you no longer use nor need. This is a good time to put them in the hands of someone who can get their life back. Or just go buy a hundred dollars worth of Hand Tools and send them. We all have good hand construction tools we no longer use.
· Oil for cooking
· Shampoo and soaps
· Bleach and Clothes Soaps
For much of this, you can go to the grocery and hardware store and for a few dollars make a big difference. For other parts of this, a simple clean the garage and rather than put those tools out in a garage sale, send them to Chile. This is easy to do. Join us in making a difference in the lives of the Chilean people.
Here's the important part, to those of us connected to the Church: THESE ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST. Christians in Chile are directly affected by this catastrophe. It is these brethren who are handling the offloading and distribution as the materials arrive. We are taking care of the household of faith in our efforts and we are helping to build the Kingdom of God by our contribution as they show themselves able in the communities.
We are mandated to be of assistance to these people. Paul commended those from Macedonia in their help to Jerusalem even though no one ever met one another. Rom. 15:26; 2 Cor. 8:1-5; 11:9 This is the book of Acts continued in our day.
Pastor Aaron Helland, grew up in Chile. He personally knows the people involved and is in communication with them. The coordination is through him. This means much, and it is excellent that we have a man who knows the lay of the land and can coordinate these efforts with competence.
Here are the Important Facts:
· In Chicago we have a warehouse area contributed to collect and store the materials until we load it to head for Chile (location below)
· The shipment will go just as soon as the needed material is collected and the cost of transporting the container has been met
· New material is better than old, but your used tools, blankets, coats and tents are needed now.
· We must move quickly; winter is coming.
· If each church and organization would do it's part we would have this done now.
· No single contribution of materials is as important as all of them together.
· Transportation has been arranged and in some cases contributed.
· To coordinate this, the contacts below are important.
PASTOR AARON HELLAND GENE REDLIN
Paz Church, Chicago St. Charles, IL
Cell: (630) 806-1932 Cell: (630) 421-5100
Fax: (630) 969-7107 Fax: (630) 513-5127
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
Collection Point is in Schaumburg IL. But we can help you bring it where it needs to go
The distribution of aid, at the other end, is being handled by Bishop Carlos Adams. He is the President of Unidad Evangelica, which is the local pastor's association that encompasses churches in the 8th Region of Chile, where the epicenter of the earthquake took place. Their website is www.unidadevangelica.cl. He is the most respected minister in the area and is working with all denominations to distribute the aid.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR
FATE WILL BE SEALED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET
. A JOB,
. A DRIVERS LICENSE,
. SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
. FOOD STAMPS,
. CREDIT CARDS,
. SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
. FREE EDUCATION,
. FREE HEALTH CARE,
. A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
. THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET
. AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION.
When you have to build fences to keep people out verses building them to keep them in..YOU MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
If you are a government school teacher, maybe you should gather your students around the computer to watch this clip. It is a short excerpt from a Q&A session that took place in 1978. The speaker is Milton Friedman. He is asked by a Stanford University student the following question: "How free are the poor, how free are the unemployed, how free are the people who are disadvantaged? What is government's role?"
Milton Friedman's response is worth a listen. Amazing how it still applies today, 32 years later. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the clip:
- "Government doesn't have any responsibility. People have responsibility."
- "There has never been a more effective machine for eliminating poverty than the free enterprise system and the free market."
- "If you look at the real problems of poverty and the denial of freedom to people in this country, almost every single one of them is the result of government action."
- "We have constructed a governmental welfare scheme, which has been a machine for producing poor people."
Toward the end of the video, a heckler from the crowd shouts out: "Have you ever been on welfare ... or been poor?" Milton Friedman shoots him down with one sentence: "Is there one of you who is going to say that you don't want a doctor to treat you for cancer unless he himself has had cancer?"
I'm a victim of this.
I am NOT able to do both well when I am really busy as I am right now.
So, I Facebook a little and blog less.
I think what has happened is the readers of my blog don't check in if I don't write often. I have been less than faithful. So readers drift away.
Is something lost? Yet, the readers of my blog might not enjoy the facebook conversations I engage. Mostly Christianity. And some politics. It's my heart.
SO, I do what I can.
I will have to re-evaluate what I have been doing since December of 2004. Is this still valuable to ME? To Others?
I'll just have to wait and see.