Dempsey Williams

Back to Haiti

by on Jan.29, 2010, under Uncategorized

I allowed myself to go back to Haiti this morning.  I threw an emotional breaker last week…amped out, freaked out, stressed out…whatever you want to call it.  If you know me then you know I don’t do emotion very well, not even on a good day.  So I pulled myself out of the apocalyptic (yeah, I think that’s the right word for it) destruction and pain before I got lost in it.  Yeah, I would still check the headlines and rejoice when another person was pulled from the rubble alive but I wasn’t allowing myself to “go there” emotionally because I couldn’t process it.

Sitting here this morning, not feeling well, I went to the Compassion blog to catch up on what’s been happening and try to get my mind off of my illness. I read the latest updates from Dr. Scott Todd who’s leading a medical team in Haiti this week and was processing it just fine…and then I saw the video.  I was completely taken aback by the emotion that burst forth out of me and over me.  A profound sadness was upon me and tears came instantly.  And then shame.

Two girls that had been trapped for hours under the rubble of their own home but were now being treated by our team, showed an incredible resolve.  After receiving medical care how did they both respond when asked what they wanted to be when they grow up?  Both answered “a doctor.”  I realized that my heart wasn’t breaking for what they were experiencing – it was breaking for the courage that these two girls had shown.  In the face of death and all the horror they had seen, they weren’t shrinking back from it – they wanted to face it and help others in need, the same way they had been helped.  It made me proud to be part of a group that’s helping them (and children like them) and at the same time shameful that there’s not more of that in my own heart.

If I’ve learned anything from my 12 years at Compassion, it’s that you can’t out-give the poor.  That’s what I want to learn from these two little girls.  That’s what I want my kids to learn.  We think we’re helping them…but really, they’re helping us.

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8 Comments for this entry

  • Ami

    Hey Dempsey- so good to see your blog- I could really identify with your post too- I created a video last week to help 12for12k raise funds for Haiti. I was so overwhelmed by the emotion, that I retreated from the news for a while. How selfish, right? I am sure the people of Haiti would love to retreat from the devastation. I am now plugged back in- I don’t want to turn a blind eye and deaf ear.
    Thanks for this- thanks for your commitment.
    Ami Maness

    • Dempsey

      Hi Ami,
      To answer your Facebook question about Compassion, I thought I would answer it here in case other folks have the same question. Compassion was started back in 1952 by a US pastor who was visiting Korea during the Korean war and couldn’t believe how many orphans there were living (and dying) on the streets. He saw their lifeless bodies literally being thrown away like garbage as the trash trucks would pass through the city in the morning. On the plane trip home he could hear in the roar of the engines, this same phrase repeating over and over again, “What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do?” He knew he had to do something…but what?

      When he got home to Chicago, a woman walked up to him, handed him a check and told him “The Lord told me I was supposed to give this to you.” He knew God wanted him to do something and this was the first bit of money that he was to start it with. So he took it one step at a time, creating orphanages in the beginning and eventually having the idea to match one sponsor to one child and allow God to knit two hearts together through the process of child sponsorship. And Compassion International was born.

      Now we’re working in 26 countries and currently sponsoring well over 1,000,000 children and I’m still blown away by it. It’s all one child and one sponsor at a time. We facilitate letter writing between the child and sponsor so they can get to know each other and also the sponsor can see exactly what a difference they’re making in the child’s life – both financially and personally.

      This place has gotten into me like I can’t even believe. Which is what makes times like this in Haiti so difficult. I know the people on the ground there. I’ve corresponded with them at work. And to hear that one of the ladies on the Compassion Haiti staff lost 5 of her own children is almost more than a mind can take. And yet she was out within a few days helping the office get going again and trying to determine how our sponsored children were doing! I’m truly humbled to be a part of what God is doing through Compassion.

  • Ami

    wow- you know I have become involved in 12for12k.org this year and feel God is clearly pushing me into working to help others. We operate a medical clinic here that caters to uninsured patients- we see a lot of people who need outreach. Dempsey, we are so blessed- our needs are met, our children are healthy, we have a home- my husband and I both feel it is time for me to focus on helping others. When I am working with those who truly need, I feel energized, motivated but above all else, I feel blessed- like I receive far more than anything I am giving. Yet, I am still searching- I long to find an organization to work with/for to have hands on involvement. I love fundraising, don’t get me wrong- but I long to connect on a human level- I want to roll up my sleeves and be hands on. Perhaps Compassion has opportunities like this? I will look further- and of course, your insight is valued. Seems we have so much in common, between our interest in photography and in helping others- so good to reconnect with you.

  • Dempsey

    There’s also the opportunity to become a volunteer (we call them advocates) if that would interest you.

    http://www.compassion.com/child-advocacy/default.htm

    BTW, tt’s good to hear from you too!

  • Ami

    Wonderful, I am off to explore this now! Thank you!

  • Ronny Merando

    Thanks dude, I never knew this, thanks.

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