There’s a lot happening in the world right now, and you may be wondering what to do or how to help. Here are some resources on how you can pray and give, as well as parent resources for how to talk to your kids about what’s happening.

Thank you for stepping in and making a difference.


When we look at the brokenness of the world, it can be hard to know how to pray. Romans 8:26 says that when we don’t have the words, the Holy Spirit Himself intercedes for us with “groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”

Here are a few specific ways you can pray for the current situations in Afghanistan and Haiti:

Afghanistan:

  • Pray that God would protect those who need to be evacuated and that He would provide for the needs of those who have fled the country and are looking for a place to resettle.
  • Pray for those who have lost loved ones, that God would be their comfort and strength in the wake of tragedy.
  • Pray that God would give Afghani believers His protection and strength to withstand persecution and that their faith would remain strong.
  • Pray for Afghani women as they live in fear, that God would grant them courage and protection.
  • Pray that God would protect the children of Afghanistan from the traumatic impact of extremism and religious violence.
  • Pray that what the enemy has meant for evil in Afghanistan, God would use for the good of His people and the glory of His name.

Haiti: 

  • Pray that the God of all comfort would encourage those who are mourning the loss of loved ones, the loss of homes, and the loss of their livelihood in the wake of the earthquake.
  • Pray that emergency responders would have courage and wisdom in aiding those in need and searching for those who are still missing.
  • Pray that necessary resources would be provided for those in need.
  • Pray that the church of Haiti would be a beacon of light and hope in an especially dark time.

If you want to help people from these regions through your generosity, here’s how you can do so:

Afghanistan: Refugee Support

Thousands of families have fled Afghanistan and more refugees are expected to flee. There are two ways you can respond with us to help them:

1. Help Refugees in Indiana. Currently there are 6,600 Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury (less than 40 miles south of Indianapolis). 3,300 of the refugees are under the age of 19, and of that number, 1,000 are between the ages of 0-4. The process of resettling these families in our state is moving very slowly, and they are in great need of essential items. We would love your help to provide them!

When you purchase a gift card from our Amazon wish list, we will use all of the funds to purchase their most needed supplies. Please do not donate items. Please purchase wish list gift cards only. There are strict requirements of what can be delivered, and our team is in regular communication to make sure we meet those requirements.

Thank you for helping us make an immediate and tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable children close to home!

2. Central India Christian Mission (CICM) is one of our outreach partners, and they're working to meet the needs of refugees who are fleeing to the country of India. They’re already in partnership with five Afghan refugee churches in Delhi—most of whom were victims of religious persecution and fled Afghanistan for that reason. The number of new refugees is unknown at this time but could grow into the thousands. CICM estimates needing between $150,000-$200,000 for their humanitarian efforts. You can make a direct donation toward their refugee response on the CICM website.

Haiti: Hope Force International

Hope Force is a disaster relief organization with partners on the ground in Haiti. They are currently working to provide food, access to clean water, hygiene items, tarps, tents, and other necessities for those who are impacted by the earthquake.

To donate, visit the Hope Force website.

Kids and teenagers are impacted by traumatic events in lots of different ways, and as parents, we can often feel ill-equipped or unsure of how to navigate tragic national and global news with them. We want to come alongside, encourage, and equip you as best as we can to guide the conversation with your kids and invite them into prayer and action with you.

There are three ways we can help our kids navigate difficult news that can really impact the ways they engage with hard things: pray together, have honest conversations, and when possible—act.

1. Pray together. Prayer is a powerful weapon against evil and an opportunity to intercede for those who are suffering. Invite your kids into praying for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan by using the prompts in the How to Pray section above. If your kids are comfortable, give them a prompt and ask them to pray for a specific thing as you pray together as a family.

2. Have honest conversation. One of the most important (and intimidating) things we can do is have honest conversations with our kids about evil and suffering in the world. While we might feel ill-equipped, navigating hard news with our kids will help them feel safe and secure in bringing their fears to you.

That said, there are age-appropriate ways to talk about difficult news with your kids, depending on what stage they’re in. Here are some resources we’ve found to be helpful:


3. Act. This generation wants to know how to help, especially teenagers. Teenagers have grown up exposed to so much suffering, and they want to know how they can put their faith into action and bring tangible help to people who are in need. While prayer is our first and most important response, we also want to help young people know how to help when they can.

For ways that your family can provide direct help and support to the people of Haiti and Afghanistan, visit the How to Give section above.