Friday, March 11th, 2011

The reports from Japan have been heart-rending and horrendous. I suspect the numbers of casualties are seriously underestimated in the areas such as Sendai hardest hit by the tsunami, and there is damage all over the northeastern coast of the country. I saw earlier that the 1995 Kobe earthquake was the most expensive natural disaster in history, costing $100 billion. There’s a good chance this one will be even bigger. So far, I’ve come across three agencies that are already moving to help and have links to donate to their efforts. They are:

Red Cross

World Vision

Church World Service

PCUSA General Assembly Mission Council

I’ll update this list as others become available. Pray for Japan, and give as you can.

There’s a cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. This is not a healthy thing for our country because that research has answers. You know that every family in America is one telephone call, one diagnosis, one accident away from needing the kind of biomedical research that can cure–really have the biblical power to cure in a very, very special way and so to cut back on that research is wrong.

–House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, apparently confusing the expenditure of money for actual healing (the NIH doesn’t see patients, but is a clearinghouse for research); what the reference to “biblical power to cure” is about is known only to Rep. Pelosi

(Via Hot Air.)