The year 2010 brought hundreds of stories and movements to bear on global Christianity. Here are the faces, places, and movements the Crosswalk.com editors believe most impacted Christians around the world.
1. Haiti’s earthquake creates multiple aftershocks
When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake crumbled most of Port-au-Prince on January 12, the impoverished country’s problems were only beginning. Eleven months after the quake, more than one million people still live in muddy tent cities with poor sanitation. Those conditions have allowed cholera – a disease not seen in Haiti for 50 years – to claim at least 2,000 victims and sicken another 90,000. That’s in addition to the 220,000 people killed and more than 300,000 injured in the earthquake. Aids groups descended on the country in droves, shifting from recovery to rebuilding to disease prevention with the season, but have little show for it. Haiti’s extreme lack of infrastructure hamstrung relief workers. Confusing bureaucracy led to charges of child-smuggling against 10 volunteers from Idaho. And as the year ended, Haitians crowded the streets of Port-au-Prince in protest of alleged vote rigging in the country’s presidential election. Haiti was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere before 2010; today, the country has a firm hold on the dubious title.