This is the 4th post on how we respond to the crisis in West Africa. It was prompted by a well written article in last Saturdays SMH A Tragedy in Niger.
- Step #1 – Be aware. Appropriate action flows from an informed heart.
- Step #2 – Play an active part in prompting Macro response.
- Step #3 – There is a Micro response every human can make
What else do we do with Africa?
The article mentioned above prompted me to make an immediate response. A friend of mine on reading the article picked up his iphone, went to his banking app and sent money to World Vision.
Step 4: Respond in both an immediate and long term way
The immediate response is essential. Marketing guru’s aim for this response. They appeal to the hearts of humans and want that to overflow into lots of immediate donations. This method works well on major crisis (Haiti, Tsunami, Japan 2011 etc). It works less well with a long term problem like West Africa.
There are times when it is right and good to respond generously irrespective of our budget plans. It is a good thing when our hearts overflow with compassion. However, the problems need Long term Response. The people in Africa need rich wealthy westerners to care for decades not just for a week.
The most common Long Term Response is sponsoring Children. This is a wonderful way to lives permanently. My preferred group is Compassion. They do a wonderful job helping young people grow. They also provide culturally appropriate Christian input and community to the children in their program. There are other great organizations who care for the physical, emotional and educational needs of children around the world. If you don’t sponsor a child then start today. It is one easy way to help West Africans.
Another interesting way is through a Church partnership program. In 2011/12 The Point Community Church has begun a partnership with the Open Evangelistic Church in Msaranga Tanzania. our first project was to finance the building of a Child Development Centre (Schooling/Health) which will aid 200-300 children per year. Now that we have completed that project we will partner the centre and the church into the future. The Centre is run by local Compassion Workers. It is a long term response to the needs in Africa.
4 Categories that help us work out how to respond to this crisis of epic proportions happening right now: Macro response, Micro response, Immediate response, Long Term Response.
Please respond with mercy.