The head of a Christian child sponsorship program says Haiti is a nation “that you can literally feel the evil in.”
Dr. Wesley Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International, told Focus on the Family that Haiti was a disaster before the earthquake ever struck.
Haiti … has been a disaster in almost every way long before this ever struck. And it is a nation, between you and me, I guess, that Satan has had absolutely free reign in that nation. And while the missionary effort and the church effort has been enormous, this is a nation that you can literally feel the evil in it.
But then as the church lives out its faith, having come through this deep, deep valley, my great prayer is that there will be a great wave of healing and change in the nation of Haiti … that could only come about through an interruption like this and only happen through the glory of God.
Compassion International collects money, in $38 increments, to help children in impoverished parts of the world. According to its Web site, the “child advocacy ministry” tends to more than one million children in 25 countries.
According to Joanne Brokaw at Beliefnet, the group has found sponsors for 64,000 children in Haiti and has dozens of operating centers around the country.
“Where aid organizations like World Vision work on a larger community scale — for example, being able to immediately respond to the earthquake with supplies, digging wells, building community buildings — Compassion works child to child, pairing a child with a sponsor in a developed country. The ministry works with local churches to impact a child, their family, and their community,” Brokaw explains.
Last fall, the organization criticized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for cutting financial aid to Honduras in the wake of the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Communications director Kathy Redmond said that the funding didn’t affect the group’s finances, but made it more difficult to provide aid.
“Even when non-humanitarian aid is cut off, it still hurts the most vulnerable that are there,” Redmond said. “And, Honduras–in terms of their economy–is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere, only behind Haiti.”
This video is from Focus on the Family, broadcast Jan. 18, 2010.
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"The collapse of pandemic relief negotiations has brought complications for the massive emergency lending program, which shut down on Saturday to new loans after doling out more than $520 billion in funds, leaving banks and borrowers unsure of how to proceed with a key phase of the rescue," reported Zachary Warmbrodt.
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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.
"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."
"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."
WATCH: Tucker Carlson flips out after guest teaches him how to pronounce ‘Kamala Harris’
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson repeated mispronounced the first name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is Joe Biden's running mate.
"On Fox, Tucker Carlson keeps calling her KAM-uh-luh, which is not how it's pronounced," Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted.
He linked to a tweet with a picture of Harris explaining in her memoir how to pronounce her name.
Harris wrote, "my name is pronounced 'comma-la' like the punctuation mark. It means 'lotus flower,' which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."