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"Tsunami 2004: Still Wading through Waves of Hope" records what Bishop Leo Michael and his wife Holly did upon hearing the tsunami news. They raised thousands of dollars and traveled to India with a friend to see for themselves where their funds could best be used. The areas they chose to visit were the three hardest hit areas in India.
Holly Michael's crisp writing style reveals the heart-breaking calamity they witnessed, the hardships they faced, and her own personal fears about being on the ground in the midst of total devastation. Her willingness to reveal her own heart throughout the book helps us see through her eyes.
In 2014, Holly and her husband returned to the same regions of Indian to check out what happened to the people they helped. Some of the testimonies told of great victories, but a few revealed the despair victims felt a decade later. And then there was Bishop Leo's life-threatening bout with dengue fever.
This is a five-star book and I believe everyone should read it.
The book is also very sad because all the victims they met with had lost family members. And sadder yet, due to the culture in India, many fathers who lost their wives just abandoned their children. Some of these children have struggled on their own, others were taken in by relatives. Also, the treatment of young Indian women who marry but don't have enough dowry (gold) are forced to live a life dominated by their mother-in-law. And the young girls' husbands dare not disobey their mother. Several of the young wives in those situations committed suicide. Some of the young girls who lost both parents in the tsunami helped raise their brothers...who then got married & abandoned the sister(s) who raised them. It's hard to rationalize a society where men do those things.
It is difficult to realize that such societies still exist in third world countries today.
The book is worth reading, but it is difficult to read due to the content.
I met Holly Michael at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference September 2014, where she presented me with an autographed copy of Crooked Lines. After reading just a few pages, I knew I wanted to feature her on my book blog. But I had no idea at the time that when Holly and her husband, Bishop Leo Michael, would travel to India in 2014, that he would fall ill with dengue fever while there. Thankfully, Bishop Leo has recovered.
In Tsunami 2004: Still Wading Through Waves of Hope, Holly shares how she and her husband helped the victims of the tsunami.
“Send us to the most devastated, remote villages where no one else has gone.”
This is the request made by Father Leo Michael in January 2005, just after the tsunami destroyed many villages of South India. So many children lost family members and their homes. A few chose to end their lives, but thankfully many of them received enough help to grow up and get an education. Some have spouses and children now.
I learned many things about the differences between the way we live and those in India. I have great respect for Bishop Leo and Holly (as well as Vicky, one of their parishioners who traveled with them to India 10 years ago). I think it’s wonderful that they went back 10 years later to visit the villages and people they met previously.