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How to Make A Difference Today

It’s hard to write about beautiful places in the face of such devastation and loss this year in Australia, New Zealand, Libya, and now Japan. So much pain and suffering, such overwhelming destruction.

I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am to be able to take a shower and brew water for my morning coffee. To have the infrastructure in place to be able to contact the people I love and know that they are OK. To have a job, a town not flattened by an earthquake, a grocery store filled with fruit, veggies, and meat.

I’ve felt sad and helpless watching the footage coming out of so many countries around our world. I wish I could be there to protect, heal, and love. I can’t do those things but I can do something, even if it’s small.

Yesterday I used my cell phone to donate to the Red Cross. It wasn’t much, but it was something, and maybe if we all give a little something it will build to a great big something that will ease the suffering of someone. Even if our donation helps one person get a water purification system or a blanket or the use of a cell phone to find a family member, it is worth it.

I wouldn’t presume to tell anyone what to do with their money. I know we all have needs and people we already know and love who need our help, but if you do have a little extra somewhere that you want to share, please consider sending it to the Red Cross or another reputable organization.

Simple text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will be added to your monthly cell phone bill. You can make it larger if you wish.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you are safe. I hope you know that you are loved, that you matter, that someone’s world is more beautiful because of you.



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LindyLouMac in Italy - A moving tribute to Japan, well said.

bellini - Very well said Krista! I know our hope and prayers are with those whose lives have changed Japan.

the fisherlady - so nicely put Krista…from the heart

Quay Po Cooks - Thanks for the reminder. We so often take for granted how lucky and blessed we are. Hope the sufferings end soon for the people in Japan.

Quay Po Cooks - Thanks for the reminder of our lucky we are which we often take for granted. Hope the sufferings end soon.

mlleparadis - Glad to hear you’re feeling better Krista! Great quotes the other day too.

Yeah I have a hard time being my usual silly self in the face of this tragedy that is ongoing.

I do hope that substantial help and improvement comes soon to the people in Japan. And to others elsewhere who are still in need. It certainly makes me feel better to do what little I can!

Great post! xo

Barbara - Yes, it can happen to any of us….at any time. Makes me feel so insignificant! My heart and prayers go out to all those suffering people in Japan. The Red Cross is indeed doing a wonderful job.

Michelle Gilbert - I’ve been overwhelmed by the images and stories these past few days as well. I’ve been praying for God’s mercy to those who have survived. Thanking Him for His undeserved mercy towards me and seeking ways to help those in need. Our church supports a native missionary in Japan and if you are further interested in donating we are going to send money to him as he is able to help people directly. He’s 40 miles from the worst of the devastation and close to one of the nuclear plants. I pray that God will use those who are equipped with the message of the gospel and will be propelled forward in their ministries as they offer Jesus who is our only hope.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures - What a beautiful tribute to those who are suffering right now. When stuff like this happens it doesn’t make sense, but it sure makes me appreciate my blessings that much more. XOXO

Tuula - Thanks so much for sharing this Krista – it’s amazing what so little can do to help so many.

Joy Bjorn - Praying for God’s comfort and provision for all these suffering souls, through caring people and gifts of mercy.

Christy @ Ordinary Traveler - Thank you for the thoughtful post. We should all realize how lucky we are to be safe and to have our families safe. It’s easy to forget that sometimes.

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