Haiti, one year on

Incredibly, it’s been a year since the earthquake that devastated Haiti.

If you are wondering what you can do, Patheos has an answer, and Elizabeth Scalia has the details:

The Book Club islooking at and discussing Kent Annan’s After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken. Jamie Arpin-Ricci writes:

Kent Annan, co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti, has worked in Haiti since 2003, living there some of the time before moving back to the U.S., now traveling there regularly from Florida. Less than two weeks after the publication of his first book about his work in Haiti, Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle: Living Fully, Loving Dangerously (IVPress, 2009), that already impoverished nation experienced the historic earthquake that left more than 200,000 dead and millions homeless. After Shock invites us to experience the aftermath of those events on the lives and faith of those left behind:

Faith can seem certain. A sense of peace or clarity, the mysterious beauty of life, or the transformations seen in yourself, in someone else, in a community—it couldn’t be other than God. But there are also shocks to the system when God seems either absent or negligent. Do we ignore these shocks and their aftershocks? Sometimes a crisis of faith happens in an instant; other times it’s a drift into uncertainty. Welcome confirmations of faith. And just as important, pay attention to the crises of doubt or unanswered questions. Honest faith doesn’t deny God, but it doesn’t deny the uncertain and painful reality of life either. (from After Shock)

Buy After Shock; it is an inexpensive book that will both inform the heart and mind, and feed the spirit, and 100% of the proceeds from its sale will go to Haiti Partners.

Amen to all that.

We’ve covered the disaster in Haiti extensively at “Currents,” and you can see two powerful reports from last summer here and here.

Keep Haiti in your prayers.  Now, more than ever.


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