Founders Jarrod and Allison Brown began serving the people of Honduras as a missionary couple in 2003. Their first priority was to put down roots in the country they committed to serve. By connecting with local leaders in the community, they saw unmet needs and potential opportunities. They founded Mission Lazarus to leverage the strengths and resources already in existence and to support and develop local leadership through relationship and mutual accountability. After 10 years of developing a sustainable leadership model in Honduras, Mission Lazarus expanded its reach to Haiti in 2012, and has been recognized by the Honduran government as a model NGO since 2013.
Today, Mission Lazarus has impacted well over 100,000 lives through its various programs. Additionally, its efforts to support local church members by creating jobs and new industry in economically barren communities enjoyed such success that in 2018, Lazarus Group, a for-profit spin off, was created to manage these profits and ensure that the revenue continues to support its non-profit activities.
Jarrod and Allison continue to play an administrative role for key leadership in their own organization, as well as provide consulting services for other organizations from their home base in Franklin, Tennessee. Their awesome kids, Sol and Levi, are travel and language enthusiasts.