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Alabama church sows seeds of love for Haiti


Children in Haiti benefit from a ministry of the Beltline Church of Christ in Decatur, Ala. (Photo via www.waaytv.com)

WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Ala., reports:

Even before the earthquake, UNICEF estimates there were 380,000 orphans in Haiti. Now, relief officials can only guess at the total. An untold number of children lost their parents in the quake. Others were simply abandoned by families who could no longer care for them.
Harry Hames knows all too well the desperation in Haiti. Moved by what he saw happening in the country, he retired from his job and joined Healing Hands International. He’s now the agency’s director of operations for Haiti. Already this year, he’s made more than half a dozen trips there, spending three weeks at a time.
Because getting aid to the people through government channels is difficult, Hames works mostly with churches, schools and orphanages. It’s the plight of the children that touches him the most. He describes one encounter in which he handed over his own food to help a family that hadn’t eaten for several days. The food was accepted, and then, a relative stuck out the hand of a four-year-old boy. Hames says, ” I thought they wanted me to take his picture or shake his hand, and I did, and my interpreter said, ‘no, he’s giving him to you.'”

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  • Feedback
    Through our 501(c)(3) Starfish Foundation we partner with Good Samaritan Orphanage in Fort Liberty, Haiti. I leave September 6th on my 4th trip. I believe Haiti has long been so badly broken it can’t be fixed but we can save and influnce for now and eternity individual lives. I would love to tell about our involvement. [email protected] Dennis Cady; elder; Faith Village Church of Christ
    Dennis Cady
    August, 19 2010

    Eternal good is being accomplished through compassionate organizations like Healing Hands International and churches and individual Christians working together in Haiti and elsewhere to help poor and orphaned children. Orphan’s Lifeline of Hope International(www.orphanslifeline.org) has begun helping orphans in Haiti and would like to help more. OLI helps almost 20,000 orphans in nine countries. Larry Bertram
    Larry Bertram
    August, 20 2010

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