Local churches ask congregations to dig deep and help Haiti


by Rosa Flores / 11 News


Posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 18 at 11:56 AM

HOUSTON—Local churches are not only asking their congregations to pray for the earthquake victims in Haiti, they’re also asking people to donate money for relief. 

At Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell held a special collection for the Haiti earthquake victims Sunday, asking the congregation to open their hearts and their wallets.

"You may have a little or you may have a lot. It doesn’t matter," said Windsor Village United Methodist Church member Demetrius Turner.

"I need to do something.  Whatever I can do, I’ll try to do it," said church member Clara Bennett Ward.

Caldwell also asked the congregation to shield themselves from messages that said otherwise.

"There have been at least two voices that have spoken, suggesting that America ought to not help Haiti," said Caldwell.

He’s talking about videos of Pat Robertson calling the disaster a blessing in disguise and Rush Limbaugh saying politicians are trying to benefit from the disaster.

"That is nonsense.  Those are isolated voices.  Obviously, they are speaking their minds.  But I think that the mind of America and surely the mind of God says help those who are in need," said Caldwell.

The leaders of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church agreed. They also held a special collection for the victims of the earthquake Sunday.

"I don’t pay much attention about what Rush has said or what Robertson has said.  I think that the most important thing for us is to give a positive response and to encourage others to give a positive response," said Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Bill A. Lawson.