There’s so much going on right now in the world. So much suffering. It seems so overwhelming to me, and overwhelmed can mean paralyzed. Where do we start? Where do we give? How do we help when we’re halfway across the world?
Obviously, we can’t fix everything or even much, but I don’t think that should stop us from trying to alleviate some of it even if it’s just a tiny bit. I think that’s part of the church’s mission, part of our job as Christ’s followers. Yes, we point and look to Him and our future home in a place with no suffering, but we can also display the kingdom of God here in small glimpses by being kind, by giving, by helping, by letting ourselves feel the weight of the suffering of others and interceding before the Lord for them.
So, how do we pray? I’m still not sure, but I know Romans 8:26 & 27 say that when we don’t know how or what to pray, the Holy Spirit does our praying in and for us with groans that words cannot express. For now, I sit with the Lord and say “Oh Lord, Mexico! Oh Lord, Houston! Oh Lord, Myanmar! Oh Lord, Puerto Rico!” I know that He hears the sadness in my prayers and my pleading with Him through the Holy Spirit.
And for now this is all we can do. Pray and give. Pray and give. Pray and give.
The disaster in Mexico is especially heavy on my heart because I have done relief work after an earthquake in Peru in 2008 and I know that devastation firsthand. I’ve listed some links of reputable charities where you can donate money or items to help with the work being done there. The last link can be used to donate to relief efforts for other disasters as well.
Donate to UNICEF click this link to donate through their website.
International Community Foundation a group doing good work in Mexico locally.
Mexican Red Cross Amazon Wish List an Amazon wishlist done by the Mexican Red Cross of items you can purchase that are needed for relief efforts. This page is in Spanish, but just click VER LA LISTA to view the items. If you want to purchase here and need help, please comment or email me and I’ll help you choose the item you want to purchase.
List of Reputable Charities in Mexico a super helpful list of reputable charities in Mexico done by Charity Navigator.
Charity Navigator is a great site to use to find reputable places to give for any other disasters you’re looking to help with as well.
How do you help when you see suffering? How do you process it? I’d love to continue this discussion in the comments.