Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. According to the United Nations (UN), World Humanitarian Day is “a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit of people helping people that motivates this work.” It was on August 19, 2003 that 22 aid workers were killed by a bomb in the UN headquarters in Baghdad. So today we remember those who lost their lives and give thanks for all those who are serving each day.
At World Concern, Martha and I get to work with some incredible people. Worldwide World Concern has approximately 1,000 staff members serving in some of the harshest environments. Call us bias, but we are especially blown away by World Concern’s staff in Haiti. Our colleagues in Haiti are doctors, accountants, mechanics, engineers, agronomists, and business professionals. They are committed to doing their work faithfully and with excellence. They also love Jesus and want to see people transformed spiritually as well as physically. We have witnessed this firsthand since moving here in January. To celebrate the World Concern staff in Haiti we wanted to share some photos with you of the people we have the pleasure of working with. It is because of their dedication and hard work that many lives are impacted across Haiti. On the World Concern blog today there is also a great post about a young man named Jean Berlin who Martha and I got to interview earlier this year. His story is incredible. I encourage you to check it out here!