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About2018-11-12T14:53:12+00:00

Do You Desire to Make a Difference?

Our History

The first Bless Back team was mobilized in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. A group of 22 medical providers and volunteers from the Charlotte area worked tirelessly treating critically injured patients. Struck by the lack of available healthcare infrastructure, they returned with a vision for an organization that could invest in basic medical care to bring relief to those who were suffering. For our medical providers, it opened the door for them to fulfill their calling in ways they had always dreamed.
After meeting the initial crisis care needs, Bless Back recognized that it was time to transition to long term, sustainable projects. The focus expanded to education and economic development, based on goals that would bring lasting impact to the communities we serve, which now includes a site in Nicaragua.

Our Leadership

Cornel Rigby
Cornel RigbyExecutive Director
Cornel Rigby was drawn to Bless Back Worldwide because of its mission to empower people. In his new position as Executive Director, Cornel believes he has found the perfect fit for both his gifts and his passion. In his own words, “I feel I am truly able to worship God in my work with Bless Back.”
Dawn Lazarony
Dawn Lazarony
My initial reason for going on a BBW trip was to give back in a capacity that required me to use different skills than I use every day in the US. Needless to say, BBW has had a profound impact on the way I see the world and the blessings that exist when you get out of your comfort zone.
Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Once I became involved in the ministry and was able to experience the impact on others, volunteers as well as those we serve, I knew that this was the best place to invest my time, talents and treasure. I invite others to do the same!
Lisa McCloy
Lisa McCloy
I have served on short-term missions to Haiti since 2001, and then joined Bless Back on the initial trip after the 2010 earthquake. I love serving with Bless Back because we are committed to “doing” short-term missions differently.
Ron Pedemonte
Ron Pedemonte
My first BBW trip was in 2015, after which I helped launch the Bless Back Business Academy which utilizes in-country business coaches, business workshops, and micro-loans to create a self-sustaining environment for economic growth. All you need to do is take the first step!
Brian Schoeck
Brian Schoeck
I have been on several BBW trips, and serve on the board providing legal counsel. My family and I have been richly blessed by the relationships and opportunities created by BBW.
Melissa Roper
Melissa Roper
I felt passionate about the work going in Haiti after my first trip with Bless Back in October 2011, but I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to contribute. I learned quickly that what BBW needed most from me was my heart and my hands.
Carmen Teague
Carmen Teague
Serving with BBW has been an incredible joy and privilege. Every time I see the resilience and beauty of the Haitian people, I am humbled. God’s face shines through their faces and touches my heart!
Shane Tenny
Shane Tenny
It’s been such a privilege to partner with Bless Back to channel my daily work in Charlotte into global impact for those who so desperately need help.
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson
Over my 10 trips with Bless Back, I have watched the organization deliver disaster relief and come alongside strong local partners developing communities. Serving with talented teammates will reorient you, reminding you where your “true north” points.

Our Partners

Our partners are the key to our ministry. We have cultivated relationships with organizations that have deep ties in the communities where they serve, are open and accountable, and have proven effectiveness. Because our partners are embedded locally, they are best suited to determine what the community truly wants and needs. They provide the cultural understanding and practical considerations that become the deciding factors when choosing projects.
Bless Back is sensitized to the need to implement our plans in a way that is both inclusive and respectful of the local population. We recognize that every person has been gifted with various talents and resources, all with unique value and purpose. Any investments we make are intended to enable both the giver and the recipient. Our partners become the conduit through which our volunteers can serve and support as local leaders transform their communities from within.

Our Partners

Los Rayos de Esperanza
In Nicaragua, Bless Back partners with Los Rayos de Esperanza. “We recognize that a brighter world will only come as we shine God’s love upon His people and illuminate the Gospel message through practical acts of service and ministries that contribute to long-lasting, life giving change.”

NAOMI HEIDORN
Mission of Hope International
Mission of Hope International is our in-country partner for Haiti. “With guidance from the Holy Bible, we hope to impact communities by establishing and growing evangelical churches and ministries, leadership training, education, healthcare, agriculture, employment opportunities, alternative energy sources, micro-financing, food and water distributions, disaster relief efforts and other operations for hope and change.”
LEXIDAN & RENÈE EDMÈ

Upcoming Events

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Teams available to Haiti and Nicaragua

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