2017 Vision Outlook: Where we’ve been and where we’re headed

2016 was yet another year of transformation and transition for Join the Journey as we looked beyond Haiti and shifted back to compassion-based projects. We gave school supplies to a village in Cameroon, provided mats for a Christian-based sports ministry in Brazil, and purchased bags of rice for a food distribution in the Philippines.

Though our focus broadened in 2016, we still moved to uplift those in need in the village of Titanyen, where most of the members of the tent village of Capvva, the community we supported post-earthquake, had moved to. Haiti suffered through another devastating natural disaster in 2016 as Hurricane Matthew struck and uprooted infrastructure in its wake. And so we gave funds to rebuild homes, giving two families a fresh start.

Our efforts concluded in 2016 with Christmas compassion efforts as part of our annual Project Bright Smile toy deliveries. Through our partner ministries on the ground, we were able to deliver toys to children in Peru, Haiti, and Cameroon.

As we pray and walk in 2017, we are looking to move deeper into the lives of the communities whom we began to walk with in 2016 – and ultimately see Christ ever-more glorified in those places.

In addition to our core project areas, we’re in a fervent season of prayer on how we may provide aid to Syria, where an estimated 13.5 million people, including 6 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  While uncertain of exactly how/where to help, seeing the tragic hurt there is moving us to action. We pray that you are equally moved and choose to collaborate with us on this God-sized endeavor to provide relief in the midst of war.

In all things, we place before the Lord and let His will be done.

From the Director: New Journeys for 2016

Our launch into 2016 has been a season of reflection, rekindling relationships, looking at ways we can partner and plant seeds on a global level. We realize that our focus for the past few years has been on a single community—in nearly every facet of that community—but now we’re expanding to more communities with an intention on partnership and uplifting existing work taking place there.  We’ve set a path to bring impact in places like Brazil, Peru, Philippines, and Cameroon.

We’ve already begun this process through sponsoring specific compassion projects – a food distribution and Gospel teaching in the Philippines; Easter food distribution in Haiti and Cameroon; and most recently distributing mats to a sports ministry in Brazil.

We recognize that we need to mix handing out with providing a hand up and are in prayer and continual reflection with our partners in these areas. Please pray with us as the journey continues!

 

Providing mats to a sports ministry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Providing mats to a sports ministry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pillars of Transformational Change

Open Space Process

 

As we step with Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA) on a journey with Zoranger, we committing to a new dynamic of empowering change: cooperative formation, agricultural training, and literacy education. Please see descriptions below in how this methodology is able to steward empowerment for the most poor.

Cooperative fosters empowerment and ownership

Cooperative Development: The cooperative model brings people of a given community under an resource-sharing centric business organization that promotes equality between members, and establishes a forum for discussion. By establishing practices–through enterprise–of working cooperatively, a cooperative enables the community to manage itself, and fosters trust, skill, and unity.

Agriculture development improves food security and livelihoods

Extensive agricultural training is a critical investment in the environment and ensuring that communities have the capacity to support themselves through stewardship of the land. Training covers vegetable gardening, organic composting, soil and water conservation, organic pest management, environmental protection, and new cultivation techniques. In the case of Zoranger, members will get agricultural training and also training in raising poultry.

Literacy builds capacity

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With illiteracy levels high in rural areas, literacy training is vital to giving rural farmers fundamental educational building blocks. Literacy, at its core, is about reading and writing – but more importantly, it is about enabling people to attain a skill that breeds a profound self confidence. That self confidence leads men and women to take action to improve their own lives and be more proactive in addressing correct a social injustice .

 

Christian Witness

While not a direct pillar of the FIDA-pcH model, JTJ’s intends to be an example of Christ’s salt and light as we journey with Zoranger. We seek to achieve this through our country coordinator, Clemson Saint-fluer, who will journey directly with Zoranger and through teams periodically visiting. We pray that through our actions in caring, listening, and walking with rural farmers on this incredible journey, that they will see Christ in us. Our prayer: those we journey with cling to Jesus as the source for ultimate transformation.