Eugene Cho

stories of haiti: collective grief and hope

I was intending to blog more during my time here in Haiti but to be honest, I’m having information and emotional overload. I’m just taking everything in as I listen to people, drive around, meet relief workers, spending the nights on the roof and soaking in the sounds of the neighborhood, and hear the numerous stories of the Haitians we’re meeting.

There are so many stories from Haiti – a collective grief and hope.

Here’s one story from a gentleman named James who is working as a translator for World Concern. I’ve really enjoyed meeting him and hearing a glimpse of his story.

James is fortunate to be alive. On the day of the earthquake, he was late for his university classes and thus, he was not in his university when the building collapsed during the quake. Unfortunately, many including his teachers, classmates, and his mother did not survive the quake.

Hear his story and consider his words:

“The real work starts now…”

We can’t do that work for Haiti or for James. They have to do that work but the question is, “How can we come alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters?”

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7 Responses

  1. goldfearsnofire says:

    thanks for the update eugene. it is a good thing to hear personal stories. the people of haiti remain in our thoughts and prayers. i see you fulfilling the words of james 1:26-27, and know that you are bringing hope, inspiration, and encouragement to many in haiti and back at home. thank you eugene!

  2. Becky says:

    Wow, what a compelling video. It’s so hard to imagine how many others there have stories like James… losing friends and family members. Though it becomes easy for us to forget this tragedy happened and move on, it’s videos like this that remind us how the real work is yet to come. Thanks for sharing PE!

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