Tammy Thomas Garnes

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TwitChange, Haiti & a Few Photos I Snapped ;)

In Haiti, Media on September 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

This week our church here in Atlanta, Courageous, and our Pastor, Shaun King are in the midst of a one of a kind celebrity auction via Twitter.  I mean this thing, TWITCHANGE, is BIG!  Growing bigger everyday! And today Shaun went on CNN to promote the project to the world.

In the midst of my being excited about all of the good coming from this auction for the children of the Miriam Center in Northwest Haiti, I also had the good fortune of seeing my photographs featured during the segment on national television.  I never ever thought that something that was pretty private, would get this kind of exposure and I’m thrilled that it happened in connection with Haiti and the missionary work we are all doing on behalf of the kids there.

Wow.  It’s been a win-win day! (Click here to view the interview).


The words are stuck….

In Courageous Church, Haiti on August 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

One of the beautiful orphans at "House of Hope" in LaPoint, Haiti (© 2010 Tammy Garnes)

I have words that are plentiful in my brain right now.  Moving and cresting like like the biggest wave you’ve ever seen.  But I can’t quite seem to get them to flow down and through to my fingers.  Over the last 7 days I feel like I’ve seen heaven and hell and all I did was visit Haiti with a group called A Home In Haiti.  I found a poem this morning that begins to summarize my thoughts.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post my complete journal later this week.  But for now…..

We pray for children
Who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
Who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
Who like ghost stories,
Who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don’t like to be kissed in front of the car pool,
Who squirm in church and scream on the phone,
Whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
Whose nightmares come in the daytime,
Who will eat anything,
Who have never seen a dentist,
Who are never spoiled by anyone,
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being.

We pray for children
Who want to be carried
And for those who must,
For those we never give up on
And for those who never get a second chance,
For those we smother.
And for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind
enough to offer it.

We pray for children. Amen.

(We pray for Children, 1995,  William Morrow publishers)

How To Volunteer In Haiti

In Haiti on January 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

The website Tonic has an EXCELLENT post on their website full of ways you can volunteer to help in Haiti.  These are all organizations that NEED volunteers right now and will put your services to work.  A big thanks to the folks at Tonic for giving people yet another way to be of service!

As devastating images continue to emerge from the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, many Americans are wondering what they can do to help. While most relief agencies say donating money is the best way to contribute to the cause, we know that many Tonic readers have their hearts set on doing something more.

CLICK HERE to se a complete list of volunteer opportunities.