I've just received an email from someone in Haiti, which reads:
I'm Pastor Dieudonne Rosiclaire,I live at Port-au-Prince,Haiti.I greeting you in the name of Jesus Christ.
The object of my email is to visit my church in Haiti,.because after the eathquake of january 2010 the church is destroyed and we are some difficulties to take the church,and the others,please Rev. come and see,and after you'r going to see our problems.
we have an orphanage too,they orphans are verry in need please pastor come in help,we trust in your capacity and we are faith in your prayer.We will have a CROISADE 23 december to 29 2012,please come to preach for the peple haitian.
Tels;(509) (I removed the numbers)
Page Facebook:Dieudonne Rosiclaire-facebook.com
So, I'm not stupid enough to fall for the Nigerian schemes sent over the email every few weeks by some poor widows of rich men who were wrongly executed and need to put their inheritance in my bank account for safe keeping, promising me 20% of the total.
I'm always trying to find a "good" cause for our youth group to support and to teach them to be charitable and to work and help someone else's interests, other than their own.
So, I have a feeling this might be a scam (even though he has a Facebook Page)...but, I'm not sure....however, I am not compelled to help them out...and I feel kind of guilty over it.
We've donated to the IOCC specifically towards Haiti, so, it's not that we don't care about Haiti...it's just that some charities smack of scams...and I'd rather not get involved.
So, my problem is that someone is asking for help (perhaps legitimately) and I am discounting them and not helping....and it feels wrong. I just worry that if it is a scam, I would rather not give them any actual contact information....and I certainly wouldn't want to involve the greater church organization to assist unless I am certain they are legitimate. You know?
Sighhhh.....I just HATE ignoring someone in need.
"When I was hungry....you fed me...." keeps popping in to my mind.
What would you do?