Haiti, Jan. 23: UMCOR, GressierThe one-year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake is approaching. And, with all the coverage from that time, relatively little in-depth coverage is being dedicated to the recovery efforts. Kim Lawton, managing editor of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, is a helpful exception. She recently returned from a trip to the recovering island country and did a quick turnaround for today’s nicely done piece showing how the myriad faith-based organizations working in Haiti are finding ways to work in a challenging environment.

There is much that is good happening there, but I think it’s Reverend Jean-Marc Zamor, a local pastor who has been leading the Free Methodist Haiti Inland Mission efforts, who reminds us that what we’re reading and seeing about his country is only part of the story:

“There are a lot of people living with cholera, a lot of people in need. But Haiti is not only that. At the same time, there are a lot of people doing a lot of things, a lot of work going on. Otherwise, we would not survive.”

Sharlene Jean offering a sample of treated drinking water to a child living in a makeshift camp in Gressier, Haiti. The United Methodist Committee on Relief and partner agencies provided water treatment supplies to the camp (photo: Mike DuBose/United Methodist News Service).

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It is so important to keep shining a light onto this island nation, so that we do not forget the Haitians still need us and that there is something we still can do.

The British media has run multiple pieces on Haiti over the past few weeks including a fascinating audio-visual piece on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl... featuring a voodoo artist's idea of a sculpture made from bones of earthquake victims. Worth checking out.

One of the problems, I think, that we face, is that we are too eager to be represented by money. It is easy to send money and think that we have done something charitable. It is quite another to go with a cold cup of water ourselves or to commit regular prayer and attention to the situation. At any rate, I think that we need to keep these types of catastrophes in the front of our minds, so that we don't stop our work until the job is complete.