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Journeys // Hope for Haiti

Children play together outside one of tents. These children have learned to adapt to live in a temporary shelter village. © Francis Mitra 2013

Enduring Hope

Still homeless as a result of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, the people of Capvva have not given up hope

Three years. That’s a small percentage of a life span but it has been a long, grueling period for a group of people who have lived in a temporary shelter camp following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

For the people of Capvva, the name of the camp that lies just outside of the Haitian town of Cite Soleil, those three years have been spent surviving and hoping.

Hoping for a better tomorrow. Hoping that the government or an international organization would relocate them to homes where they could restart their lives.

Journeys // Hope for Haiti

Resurrection Celebration

Members of Capvva raised hands and lifted hearts to their Savior on Easter

Even as the hardship of life continues in Capvva, the people paused for celebration to give their hearts to the Lord.

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Salt and Light in Haiti

One of JTJ’s board member steps into the tent city JTJ has committed to journeying with and gives his heart to those there

While Haiti continues to make steps forward on the path of recovery, there is still a great sector of the population entrenched in the after-effects of the January 2010 quake’s wake. Those are the tent city dwellers, people who can barely afford a day’s meal, hardly enough to relocate to a new home. Join the Journey has committed to walking alongside one particular tent city, just outside of Cite Soleil, and sent one of our board members, Jay Coulter, to deliver compassion and impart some Christ-filled inspiration. He details the events of his journey to Haiti and the people that touched him as he was seeking to touch them.

Journeys // Hope for Haiti

Tragedy with New Hope

Stephen Carlton, a volunteer with Haiti Outreach Ministries, reflects on a powerful day of prayer and praise

It was a day both of silence and praise. Stephen Carlton reflects on a moment of pause in Haiti - and how things continue to move forward, as the people celebrate God's grace and continuous work.

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Pouring Into a Brighter Future

One Year after the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Stephen Byxbe reflects on the progress that has been made there

Haiti has been broken by the earthquake but a year later, the people are focusing on what has been built and not what has been lost. Stephen Byxbe, with Haiti Outreach Ministries, has seen that work up close, first hand. He shares a meaningful reflection with JTJ.

Journeys // Impacting the Globe

The Crisis of Too Much Water

David Burton, with Food for the Hungry, in Pakistan, reflects on the floods and the emergency aid being distributed

The rain has finally stopped. In some places, it looks as though the area is in the midst of a drought. In other places, the water still has yet to recede. Life is far from moving on, but at least the people of Pakistan have shelter. David Burton describes how even without much, God has retained their self worth and continues to carry them.

Journeys // On Journey With Jesus, Fulfilling the Great Commission

Mission to Uganda

Ron Koehler shares Uganda mission experience where he and Naval Academy midshipman connected to people in several areas

Ron Koehler shares his journey of taking disciples from his current mission field (Naval Academy) onto his old mission field (Uganda). In a three-week trip midshipmen were able to connect deeply with the various ministries taking place there and by God’s great hand, were able to witness six professions of faith due to the message they shared with Ugandans.

Journeys // Hope for Haiti

Heart Broken for Haiti

JTJ's Adam Cole reflects on his journey to Haiti linking with Haiti Outreach Ministries

Seeking to connect deeper with the recovery process, Adam Cole journeys back to Haiti, to partner with Haiti Outreach Ministries. He witnessed the overwhelming mounds of rubble, endless tent cities, but also saw the hope when people get new homes. While it is a place of mass destitution, Adam writes about the faith of the people and the joy of the children.

Journeys // Impacting the Globe, Into Disaster

Into the Hurt of the Floods

Leena Samuel, with Food for the Hungry, reports from Pakistan the challenges and the brokenness faced victims there

Leena Samuel, of Food for the Hungry, gives an up close perspective of the hurt in Pakistan. She describes the desperation of people still without food aid. She describes the efforts of women to keep their dignity in the face of these circumstances. Be prepared to be broken by her words as it paints a hopeless picture that solicits a response from each of us to intercede somehow.

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Equipping Great Commission Laborers

Called by God and inspired by an Amazon pastor, Ed White began an organization to spread the gospel in the most unreached places

Exposed to the passion of indigenous Christian laborers, Ed White began an organization to equip them to make a bigger impact for the gospel in their communities. Great Commission Resources International (GCRI) has brought Bibles and bicycles, lanterns, horses, canoes, in order to give those preaching a better avenue to get His Word to others. Ed shares his journey of the amazing realization of the power of indigenous ministry and the other ways the Lord has led him and GCRI to help others around the world.

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Undrinkable

Jeremy Willet and friends see firsthand how hard it is to get water in Haiti and discover a painful reality there

On a recent trip to Aux Cadet, Haiti, Jeremy Willet and a team from the United States stepped alongside children as they brought buckets of water back to their families. Not only was the process arduous (up some steep climbs), also took up to six hours to complete (3 separate trips up to a spring). Sadly, the water was still very polluted with disease. Such a travesty captured the heart of Jeremy and others. He writes about this and other insights in the trip to Haiti and pledges to continue to work to make the lives there better.

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Serving God and All His Children

Laurie Kepcke Shares Her Humbling Summer 2010 Mission Trip Experience in the Ukraine at a Vorzel Orphanage

Teaser: Orphans throughout the world carry a unique journey, usually abandoned by parents for various reasons. Laurie Kepcke stepped into the lives of children at the Vorzel Orphanage in Ukraine. Her personal attention specifically to one, Igor, allowed him to blossom even as he continues to face the challenges of a mental disability.

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So Hungry, So Thirsty

Ryan Horn, of Food for the Hungry, recounts seeing hunger and thirst up close in Haiti

Even though the scene was filled with destroyed homes and dreams, Ryan Horn found people living on hope. So many just wanted a drop to drink, he describes and why it is so vital that we don't turn our minds our hearts away from Haiti.

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Catching a Glimpse of a Bright Future

Bill Glass, Haiti Outreach Ministries president, journeys to Haiti to capture a sense of the rebuilding process

Bill Glass, Haiti Outreach Ministries president, shares his insights on what he saw during a trip to Haiti to access how the people of Haiti and how his staff part of the organization will move forward. He was impressed by the optimism and the hard work taking place there.

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Answering the Call

Twenty-four-year-old graphic designer leaves everything behind in America to commit to seeing Haiti rebuild

After growing and deepening his relationship with the Lord throughout 2009, Stephen Byxbe knew he was being called to serve the most hungry in some other country. He wasn’t exactly sure until the earthquake in Haiti struck—and then He knew. Byxbe shares his journey of just arriving to Haiti and his initial observations of the hurt and hope.

Journeys // Global Travels, Impacting the Globe

Mission - Giving Aid

Serving with the U.S. Navy Haiti humanitarian response, Adam Cole reflects on the hurt and the healing that he experienced there

Journey the Journey executive director and editor-in-chief, Adam Cole, in his other capacity as naval officer, has been humanitarian efforts in Haiti aboard the cruiser USS Normandy. After a month as part of the efforts, he and his ship were sent back to Norfolk to return to training and preparing for an upcoming deployment. Here he reflects on the multitude of feelings and emotions that came with being so close to the hurt and stepping into that hurt to help.

Prayer + Praise

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