Archives For Haiti

Noah Filipiak interviews World Relief’s Haiti Country Director, Joseph Bataille.  Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere before the 2010 earthquake and even more so after.  All this despite millions and millions of dollars of international aid over the course of decades.  Noah and Joseph have a “behind the curtain” conversation about how Haiti got in the spot its in, what World Relief is doing about it, and what we all can do about alleviating poverty in ways that work.  Noah and Joseph also discuss the perils of compassion fatigue and how to avoid it.

You can listen to Noah’s interview with Joseph Bataille below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes

Resources and Links:

December 17th, 2016 Lansing for Haiti 5K Run / Walk (location: Lansing, MI)

“Run From Anywhere” Your City for Haiti 5K Run / Walk (location: anywhere!)

Email Noah if you’re interested in our Haiti Golf Scramble (location: Lansing, MI), date TBD, on a Saturday morning in August 2016.

Book:  Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois

Book: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Fikkert and Corbett

If you want to connect with World Relief Haiti by getting news updates and joining their prayer team, email World Relief’s Church Relations Director Craig Pixley.  Craig can help you and / or your church in any type of church engagement with World Relief Haiti or anywhere World Relief works throughout the world.

To donate to World Relief go to

photo(25)As the 5th anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake rolls around in a week and a half, the cover of yesterday’s USA Today gives a reminder of why we shouldn’t forget about Haiti in our efforts to love the most vulnerable.  The articled entitled “Impoverished Haiti Still on Shaky Ground”, which can be read in its entirety here, highlights how thousands of Haitians are still living in tent cities even five years after the devastating earthquake.

Yes there have been billions of dollars poured in to Haiti, so what difference will World Relief make, the organization the January 10th Lansing for Haiti 5K Run/Walk proceeds go to?  World Relief works on the grassroots level through local churches to find the most vulnerable and equip them with tools they need to get themselves out of extreme poverty.  Tools like microloans, small loans which are given to grow an impoverished person’s business.  This loan is then paid back and a larger loan is given.  When that loan is paid, a larger loan is given.  All with miniscule interest.  The connection with the indigenous local churches provides the spiritual and relational support people in poverty need.  This is all overseen by World Relief’s expert staff, the vast majority of whom are Haitian.

Click here for World Relief’s most recent Haiti Country Profile.

Come out to Great Lakes Christian College on January 10th at 2pm to run or walk in our “Lansing for Haiti 5K.” Register here for that.  If you don’t live in the area, please join us in our “(Your City) For Haiti 5K” which you can do from anywhere and will be a lot of fun.  Check out the details:

Want to walk or run in the January 10th Lansing for Haiti 5K but live too far away? Now you can join with us in supporting the most vulnerable in Haiti from wherever you are in the world. Register and donate here (all proceeds go to World Relief’s transformative work in Haiti), commit to running or walking 5 KM at 2PM ET on January 10th, and we will mail you a race shirt and a souvenir race bib. Let us know if your dog is participating with you so we can include their prize as well. We will also announce your city at the starting line of our Lansing for Haiti 5K. We hope you will post a photo of you doing your 5KM run/walk in your city to #MyCityForHaiti on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to register:…/YourCityforHaiti5KRunWalkfromAn…

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