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To Hell And Back In Haiti

A Vero Beach couple learns that helping others carries risks as well as rewards.

Kent Annan: “I vacillate between despair – how can we possibly be of help here? – and trust that we’re in the right place for the right reasons.”

Kent Annan: “I vacillate between despair – how can we possibly be of help here? – and trust that we’re in the right place for the right reasons.”

Kent Annan, along with his wife Shelly, spent more than two years living in Haiti and working for the Christian organization, Beyond Borders. When Kent wrote his account of the experience, he wanted above all else to present a candid picture of himself. And he has accomplished just that in Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle, a penetrating spiritual memoir, humbly told to reveal one man’s attempt to try to make a difference in the poorest country in the hemisphere.

The title of the book comes from Jesus’ admonition to his disciplines in Mark’s Gospel: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Indeed Kent and Shelly – although not rich – certainly gave up all trappings of comfort and wealth to go to Haiti. Yet conspicuously missing in the memoir is any mention of the actual work that they did on behalf of the people of Haiti.

Read the entire article in the November 2010 issue