Thinking Globally...

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit in Japan today. My guess is that most of us have not heard. Honestly, I only know because I did a search for information on the recent quake in Pakistan.

What is on the forefront of our minds, the front page of our newspapers and top of our newscasts is Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and the coming Hurricane Wilma in Florida. All absolutely newsworthy stories. All worthy of our time and attention. However, how many of us are aware that the death toll in the Pakistan quake has now reached 79,000!

That's 26 times the number of Americans we lost on September 11. Where is the public cry for help and relief in our nation. I was so proud of the way we responded to the victims of hurricane Katrina.

Thankfully, there are organizations, like Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse, without an ethnocentric bone in their organizational body, just as committed to helping the victims of this terrible quake as they were those who survived Katrina.

I challenge you, even as we prepare for yet another massive storm to hit the shores of our great nation, to take a moment to figure out what your role is to support the victims in the wake of the disaster in Pakistan.

Whether your role is to pray or to contribute financially, do it. God knows, we would want the same done for us.


At 10/20/2005 08:14:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Well said, Lores. I was a bit dismayed at the lack of attention (particularly in the "new media") when the earthquake happened. Everybody has to step up on this one.

At 10/20/2005 08:19:00 PM, Blogger Mark Daniels said...

Great comments!

We can't allow ourselves to be so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of bad stuff and certainly not acquiesce to a case of ethnocentric "compassion fatigue." We've got lots of neighbors on this little blue ball.

Good reminder. Thanks for it.

Blessings in Jesus,

At 10/20/2005 11:12:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It's hard to wrap my mind around that much loss of life in one tragic event. The grief and pain cannot even be comprehended.
I've been wondering though if maybe Bin Laden and his cohorts may be among the dead? I can't help but hope so.

At 10/21/2005 01:35:00 AM, Anonymous Roger Overton said...

My understanding is that Christian organizations aren't allowed in the Islamic areas hit by the quakes, so that would be why there isn't much publicity asking for aid. The International Red Cross might be the only people over there.

At 10/21/2005 01:35:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

jaymeister and mark d: thank you. and, yes, i've been surprised as well. it's very disappointing.

jamie: i hadn't thought about that possibility. that would be truly amazing! we can only hope so.

At 10/21/2005 03:57:00 AM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Hopefully bin Laden will get what's coming to him, but that's a heck of a way to throw out the baby with the bath water.

At 10/21/2005 04:55:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Luckily for the rest of the world there is an America out there to help it in times of need.

We even help those who hate us the most.
Sadly for the U.S., there is no America out there for us.

At 10/21/2005 05:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, Lores, good reminder!
V.C. Schroeder

At 10/21/2005 03:30:00 PM, Blogger J. A. Gillmartin said...

Linked you at The CRIB re the quake.


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