We began a journey with the poor in January 2010 in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that left more than 1.3 million people homeless, the majority of whom moved into tent camps. Broken by the plight of those living in these camps, the Lord led Join the Journey—initially launched as media organization whose mission was to share updates for others in ministry–to directly walk alongside one of these tent camps, Capvva. We spent just under four years with Capvva before the residents of that community were given grants by the UN’s International Organization for Migration to move out and the tent camp was officially closed in 2014. That journey with Capvva and the people who were in dire conditions molded and shaped us, teaching us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in broken situations and recognizing what it takes to ‘help without hurting.’ We continue to walk with many of the inhabitants of Capvva, now relocated to a rural outpost in the north called Titanyen, and have expanded our journey of empowerment and Gospel discipleship to the Philippines, Cameroon, and Peru. The contents of this annual report lay out those journeys as we intentionally partner with those in the poorest places.

Our Approach
Economic Empowerment + Discipleship+ Compassion

We believe in a holistic Gospel, one where we as believers must minister to the “whole” person as we seek to share the heart of Christ with them. While the eternal offering of Christ far outweighs present conditions, we recognize that God desires for each of us to live, to thrive, and make a Kingdom impact. We equally recognize that the poverty trap runs deep and must be approached in a way that does not create dependency linkage between us as a compassion organization and a country’s citizens. We must seek ways where individuals in impoverished situations control their own destiny.

Economic Empowerment

We believe in a hand up, not a hand out. Our micro-lending program provides small loans—and in some cases grants—so that individuals may begin businesses to realize increased wages and in turn feed their families. This includes selling daily necessities like soap and shampoo, to drinks and snacks, to raising livestock.

Discipleship

We are nothing without the Word of God – and His light to guide us. As a closely intertwined process, we directly partner with the local church in places where we work. We equip and encourage them to reach out and build the body of believers.

Compassion

While the majority of our activities are empowerment focused, we recognize there are times to offer pure compassion. We sponsor periodic food distributions, usually in conjunction with Easter or Christmas or as a direct means to equip the local church to further build relationships in the community.