‘After Shock’ as a resource for wrestling with the crisis in Japan

“After Shock Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken” Cover

How long will you hide your face from me?
Psalm 13:1

How does one Search for (and embrace) Honest Faith when

  • your world is shaken?
  • you’ve watched the world of others being shaken?
  • you serve, minister to, walk with those whose world has been shaken?
  • colleagues, family, friends bring the challenging question of where was your God?

At Jubilee 2011, I had the opportunity hear Kent Annan (author of After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken and codirector of Haiti Partners) and Enel Angervil (Haitian co-worker with Haiti Partners) share about their journey with God in Haiti.

Below’s a video drawn from Kent’s Annotated Wish List (After Shock. InterVarsity Press. 39).  Take a few minutes to prayerfully consider/wrestle with it.  Maybe watch it more than once as part of your Lenten devotions.


Then take a few minutes to read Enel’s story about surviving the collapse of his University classroom building.  Be challenged by and rejoice with me in Enel’s call to serve God in faith with hope (in God) in the midst of crisis.  Pray for Enel (& Kent’s) continued renewal, strength and perseverance in their work in Haiti as it no longer receives front page attention.

In my next post, I’ll share from Kent Annan’s After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken, but for today, let’s …

Finally, please pass along some of your own reflections, prayers, and/or links which you’ve found of encouragement/value. … More from After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken in a few days.

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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