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Winding Roads: True meaning of giving

Monday, March 1, 2010

Right now most of us are too young to know what life was like in the 1930's but we can remember our folks talking about it and how they survived making do with what they had. There were many stories of neighbors helping neighbors and doing without.

My father was earning his living as a butcher and folks would come in who had little means of buying what they needed. Many times he would anonymously leave meat at doors, not wanting any thanks. People would eventually find out who but he really didn't want thanks. Good works usually come back to you one way or another. Many times he would give illustrations to his children and we were raised with that in mind.

There would be little news if it weren't for the negative things happening in this world of ours. When I hear of dedication in a more than a dreary place, it really gives me a lift when I can tell that story. I'm not innocent of not criticizing others when they are busy trying to improve a situation that I might deem as hopeless. One only has to look inward to know people have different levels of determination.

I read Lee Rainboth's diary of sorts in which I know that young man is really dedicated to help people who lack much in situations that most of us would feel are intolerable. It is indeed hard for us to understand why a young talented man with a college degree would end up in Haiti and not yearn for the good life in his home state, doing what other young adults do here like take in a show or a ball game dance and hear concerts.

Perhaps why we don't understand is because we do not have it within ourselves to make such a sacrifice. We wonder how a young man could prefer this lifestyle of doing without to educate them formally from books and hands-on experiences, but bring to them to understand and know why as Christians, they can learn of Jesus and come to know how that can change their lives.

These volunteers give up creature comforts. They have to have patience galore (which I am always short of). Many day to day items we use to make our lives pleasant are unheard of there or at the least, considered a luxury.

Perhaps too many of us feel some guilt that we could do more for those less fortunate than us. So we may poke a finger at someone and try to find some issues to lessen our guilt. I don't think I have to go on and on about the millions who are less fortunate, as there are many around the globe and at home. It just depends on what the standard of living you are looking to to help.

The majority of the Haitian people have had a tough row to hoe and since they have been on this island, have not had many breaks. Tourism was a major plus for them and that will be way down for some time. Education has been lacking, as well as community municipalities. They are eager to learn and work to build but they need help with leadership, basic supplies and organization.

One of the main problems of news organizations, they can beat a topic to death and then quickly drop it when another catastrophe comes along and then, Haiti will be forgotten as we might look to Africa or wherever war rages, or a flood takes over. Floods will surely take on meaning with all our snow this spring. But, the people of Haiti will still be in need.

We can't support everyone but decide what your limitations are, find a cause (this won't be hard) and then do what you can do. Wouldn't it be nice if more young folks would take a six-month tour of working to rebuild where it is needed? At least when you have a young man we know doing good, it would be lovely to give him some support.

Lee's dad, Clark, mentioned to me that he hoped Marcus wouldn't get Haiti out of their minds as all of this is being done by folks who wanted to support his efforts working on several fronts in Haiti. Hope to see you March 7th for the benefit in Marcus supporting Lee's efforts in Haiti.