Archive for February, 2010

Paint Lick depends on Prayer.

February 18, 2010

WORLD DAY of PRAYER: March 5, 2010

by Katie Rollins    

The World Day of Prayer will be conducted on the first Friday evening in March and Paint Lick Presbyterian Church will be the host. There will be a planning meeting for the event this Sunday at the church at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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Thawing out in Paint Lick

February 18, 2010

O.K. So it's not a Wildcat!

Like everyone else in the country, we have been having a record winter (snow and low temps). Monday night the ladies were at Friends but the GED classes and the final testing for census workers was cancelled.  

The census folks are really excited about the support of Friends of Paint Lick and plan to use the building as an alternate location for some to come to and fill out the form avoiding a house-call.We took advantage of the cold week-end and made some improvements on our computer lab. Bob Keith, a friend in the CSC program at EKU donated his time to give our computers a check-up, install virus protection, and set up an administrator account with pass-word protection. He also put a password on our wireless option. Loraine Todd is serving as the lab co-ordinator for now and is hoping that FOPL will be able to serve others who may not have 1) a broadband connection to the internet, or 2) may not be able to afford some of the expensive programs such as photoshop, geneology programs, etc. All of these and more can be used in partnership with some of our other efforts such as the writers group that meets at Friends.

A big thanks to all those who made the original grants possible, made the purchases, and have contributed time and effort. As in everything else at Friends, we are here to serve the community.

How to do disaster relief.

February 5, 2010

Don’t Just Follow Your Heart!

The ongoing situation of the disaster in Haiti is teaching us all some valuable lessons. One very clear lesson is the importance of sending relief through the professionals- those that are not only trained and have vast experience in disasters of this proportion, but are already firmly established in a network of government and NGO’s that insures a degree of co-ordination, order, and respect for local government officials and policies.

Friends of Paint Lick seeks to see its local efforts in relation to a number of other local and international agencies. The Haiti situation allows us the opportunity to comment on the way we try to go about our mission. First, we are all seeing the example that with the best of intentions and motivated by a heart of compassion, efforts to do good in this situation has in fact done more harm than good. Rather than dwell on that, which we certainly could do in an informed manner, we want to introduce the work of one of the well known agencies that responded almost immediately- The Salvation Army. 

 

THE Salvation Army in Haiti has now distributed more than a million meals in its response to the earthquake. The most recent distribution alone saw more than half a million meals given out in four hours. The organisation continues to work alongside other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agencies, and it has now formed a good working relationship with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. (To Read more)

At Friends of Paint Lick this week, we received a large shipment of clothes from one of our occasional benefactors. The clothes were in excellent condition and after sorting through, the workers realized that the surplus was more than they had room to store. A mixed selection of summer and fall was boxed and delivered to the Salvation Army in Richmond. With this kind of network we feel that we can maximize our efforts for the Paint Lick community. “Community” really does matter!

See Salvation Army’s official responsibility in Haiti for 20,000.

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