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.