don’t forget.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on March 11, 2011

in Uncategorized

I think like much of the world, much of my attention has gone to the news with the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.  Events like this are always so heartbreaking.  My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to everyone affected by this disaster.

Did you know that since Hurricane Katrina hit, I have made four trips to the Gulf Coast to help in the rebuilding?  I’ve been to Biloxi and New Orleans, two times each.

The devastation caused by such natural disasters is absolutely heartbreaking.

But, out of the tragedy, it can be easy to overlook the beauty.  The people I encountered on my trips have beautiful hearts and were deeply grateful for the people traveled far and wide to help rebuild their homes and their cities.

One trip, the group I was with attended a Sunday morning service at a local church.  Once some of the members found out who we were and why were were there, they bought us lunch as a way to say thank you.  Strangers on the street would thank us for our help.  Some even gave handshakes and hugs.  They lost so much but were still deeply grateful for what remained.

But, from the bottom of my heart, I was thankful.  Those trips were life changing reminders of how deeply blessed I am and how quickly so much can be taken away.  They were reminders of what is truly important in life.  They are weeks in my life that I hope I will never, ever forget.

Over the next weeks and months, money and help and thoughts and prayers are going to flood into Japan, as well they should.  Please help the Japanese people, even if it is something simple.

But, don’t forget.

As time passes, it the areas affected by natural disasters have a way of slipping from our consciousness.  The Gulf Coast after Katrina, Banda Aceh and South Asia after the tsunami, Haiti after the earthquake.  There are so many examples I could give.  While it’s easy to remember that the disasters happened, it’s sometimes easier to forget that they might still need our help.  After Katrina, there were estimates it would take at least 10 years to rebuild the Gulf Coast.  After looking at images of Mardi Gras this week, it might appear that things are back to normal and in many cases, they are.  But, there’s still hurting.  There are still cries for help.

Please think of Japan and it’s people.  If you can help, please find a way.  But, days and weeks and months and years down the line, don’t forget about them.  Remember their need when it’s not biggest news story of the day.  Pray for them when others may forget.  Donate to the relief fund because they’ll need our help.  Don’t forget.

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Theresa @ This is my Hungry Face March 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I think you hit on some really great points in this post, Mindy. I didn’t realize you had done so much work on the Gulf Coast– you are inspiring!
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Amary March 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I just got home from New Orleans, the city is beautiful, the people are nice, and It’s a great place to visit! I took a tour of the 9th ward, the devastation is still apparent but the stories I heard where so inspiring. One of my boyfriends and I friends is in Japan, we just heard from home that he is okay. They are in my prayers.


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

So glad to hear your friend is okay!


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