Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Coast near Rockport as a Category 4 storm. It is the worst storm to hit Texas in 50+ years. Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical storm but is dumping an enormous amount of rain. Many areas like Houston are facing epic floods.

 

How to Help North Texas Tornado Victims

Saturday Tornadoes ripped through North Texas. At least 11 are confirmed dead, many are left homeless or with severely damaged homes.

How to help

Central Texas Wildfires: How You Can Help

Recent wild fires in Central Texas have destroyed over 40,000 acres and lefts hundreds homes. Many parts of Texas have not had significant rainfall in over a year. The drought conditions and extreme heat  contributed to the spread of wild fires in Texas this year.

How You Can Help

Haiti Education Project

Haiti Education Project
A student at the TLC Barefoot School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, works on classroom assignments.
A student at the TLC Barefoot School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, works on classroom assignments.  Texas Baptists have partnered with Siloe Baptist School in Grande-Guave, seeking sponsors to send impoverished Haitian children to a Christian school for $15 a month.

Haiti was a country in turmoil before the earthquake that rocked Haiti almost a year. Education plays a vital role in opening doors and helping people pull themselves out of poverty. The Haitian government can only afford to provide an education for about 10% the children in the country.

Texas Baptist has launched a partnership with Siloe Baptist School in Grand-Guave, Haiti to help provide an education for children.  For $15 a month you can sponsor a child and help change a life.

Find out how to sponsor child.

Make a Difference: Help Chile Recover from the Earthquake

Keeping with this year’s theme of Make a Difference I have found several ways to help those in Chile recover from the Earthquake.

Help Ronel Come Home

Note: For live updates check out Ernest Parker’s Twitter.

I am re-posting this from Aaron Ivey’s blog. The Ivey’s were in the process of adopting from Haiti when the earthquake hit. Their son Amos was one of the children with Humanitarian parole who came home last Saturday on a military flight. 27 children from the Real Hope for Haiti rescue center were supposed to be on that flight, all of them except Ronel were allowed to leave. Apparently, he was missing one piece of paper.

Soon after the earthquake humanitarian parole was issued to expedite the process for pending adoptions in Haiti. These are not new adoptions but ones that had already been in the works for months or even years. However, this week UNICEF stepped in and wants to slow the process down. Because of UNICEF’s new involvement, the process has once again been stalled for people in legit pending adoptions, such as Ronel.  The US is deciding to comply with a request from the Haitian government. That request is to approve all children who leave the country after they have been cleared by the United States. France and Canada have not complied and are getting their waiting children home.

Ronel and his family  Ernest & Debra Parker are now caught in this new red tape. (Read more of the story on Debra’s blog) Ernest is now in Haiti with Ronel and they having been sleeping on the floor of the U.S. Embassy.   They need our help NOW!

Here is how you can help:

  • Please pray for this situation to be resolved swiftly
  • Spend time contacting these officials listed below
  • Pass along to as many friends as possible to join the Parker’s side.

SOME TALKING POINTS: Be specific about the Parkers, the adoption is already finalized but red tape is delaying their release, sleeping on the floor in PAP at the US embassy, please do all you can to help, etc..  **contacting Congressman Poe by all means below is encouraged

U.S Congressman Ted Poe
Washington office – 202-225-6565
Kingwood,Tx office – 281-446-0242
Facebook: Ted Poe
Twitter: JudgeTedPoe

Raymond Joseph
Haitian Ambassador to US

embassy@haiti.org
p 202-332-4090
f 202-745-7215

Kenneth H Merten
US Ambassador to Haiti

Tabarre 41, Blvd 15 Octobre
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Haiti-earthquake@state.gov
P 509 22 29 8000
F 509 22 29 8028

Hilary Clinton/Dept of State
U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard:
202-647-4000

Because of UNICEF’s new involvement, the process has once again been stalled for people in legit pending adoptions, such as Ronel.  Ernest got word that the US is deciding to comply with a request from the Haitian government. That request is to approve of all children who leave the country after they have been cleared by the United States. France and Canada have not complied and are getting their waiting children home.

Haiti Hit by 7.2 Earthquake

Tuesday January 12th, a 7.2 earthquake rocked Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.  Hundred and possibly thousands are either injured, missing or presumed dead. Much of downtown has been demolished including the Parliament and many more buildings are seriously damaged. Haiti was already struggling to recover after several hurricanes destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure in  2008.

How you can help: