Haiti (MNN) — It's been over a month since the Haiti earthquake hit, and thanks to the tremendous outpouring of relief aid, many organizations in the country can now put more energy into their long-term plan of action.
One such organization is Baptist Haiti Mission, who has been ministering in Haiti for over 65 years.
"The surgery schedule at our hospital [has] let up a bit. They had been operating until two or three o'clock in the morning. Now they've been able to cut back so at least they are only doing surgeries till six or seven o'clock in the evening," said Ron Sparks of BHM.
While Haiti is far from seeing the end of this tragedy, and in Port-au-Prince and other heavily populated areas people are still without food and homes, the amount of aid given so far has definitely jump-started their recovery.
Amidst this outpouring, however, certain organizations have sprung up claiming to be charities but have preyed on unsuspecting people. Little do these individuals know, but their money is not going to help the Haitians; instead, it's landing in the pockets of people who see this as an opportunity to get rich quick.
Sparks said this concerns him for a number of reasons: "First, we hate to see well-intentioned people give dollars that don't get used for the purpose they intended; and second, this can create a bad name for all legitimate organizations going forward."
This should not scare individuals away from donating. Instead, Sparks said they should stick with organizations which have been providing aid in Haiti and around the world for some time, not the numerous agencies that have "popped up" since the disaster.
Despite individuals using tragedy for their own gain, Sparks said, "What Satan means for evil, the Lord uses for good."
This has been apparent in the number of people Christian organizations have been able to share Christ's love with. BHM has seen up to 200 people come to Christ in their hospital alone; during the prayers held for the one month anniversary, hundreds of more individuals came to salvation.
Through the next several years, BHM plans to help in the rebuilding effort in whatever way they can and see even more individuals accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.