>Truly the Longest Thirty Five Seconds

>I promised to keep everyone abreast to the latest in Haiti…I also feel the need to share with you a video that made me cry soon after it began. Let me just say that if this footage does not stir up emotions in you, then I don’t think you’re human. A close friend of mine was born and raised in Haiti. I shared her story in an earlier blog soon after the earthquake hit. This experience connected us more than ever before. So of course she felt that I would want and need to see this video. I have to remind myself that as nature destroys it also rebuilds, and the people of Haiti are strong, resilient, brave, and filled with faith…they too shall rebuild.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11086636&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
Palais from Morgan Freeman on Vimeo.

Feel free to forward this message and video on to others, as we all must remain connected to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Remember that they still need all the help you can give. My church has been packing supplies, clothing, etc. and shipping it regularly to help those in Haiti who live to tell their testimony. As you say a prayer for yourself and your family each day, take a few moments to include your Haitian family…not too far away!

Copyright 2010 Natasha L. Foreman

>Restoring Haiti

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Land is destroyed then renewed…a cyclical phenomenon that has been occurring for thousands and thousands of years. Our brothers and sisters in Haiti have experienced devastation that most of us cannot comprehend simply because we were not there. Death, destruction, pain, suffering, injury, and feelings of hopelessness and defeat; imagine all of this occurring at one moment- not spread out over a lifetime as many people would expect. Think of one moment a mother holding her child and the next moment the child crying as he looks at his mother’s limp body trapped under rubble. Imagine the emptiness and uncertainty that comes from not knowing where your loved ones are, and not knowing what tomorrow will bring.
I’ve had my share of death. Of people here one day and gone the next (sometimes gone moments after speaking with me). One thing I can’t say is that I have ever experienced what our family in Haiti has undergone and still trying to cope with today. I don’t know how much resilience a person needs in order to not give up and just die from despair. The will to survive and persevere is amazing. Taking small, shallow breaths as you hold on, believing and praying that within your faith God hears and will send his flock to rescue you. I don’t know if my courage extends this far. I suppose until tested I never will.
One thing I do know is that with destruction comes rebirth and renewal; and my heart knows that with dedication and follow through even after the media has lost interest in this ‘story’, Haiti’s restoration will not simply be limited to removing the dead and tidying things up a bit…there is potential to return it to its condition once known and admired before many of us knew of a Haiti.
What part are you taking in helping those directly affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershock in Haiti? Take the time to donate to reputable charities. Visit http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti   for a list of organizations that are working to help bring much needed food and supplies to the people of Haiti.
Copyright © 2010 by Natasha L. Foreman. All rights reserved.
(Image Source: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60B5IZ20100121)