Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from 2013

Dec 30, 2013 by James Zwier

Christmas in Laos—What a Foreign Idea!

When you're poor, like people in the remote villages of northern Laos who partner with World Renew, you don't often have the luxury of taking a rest day. But people in the large cities have begun to adopt some of the commercial trappings of Christmas—lights, colors, Christmas trees, sweets, and gifts. I've seen a child dressed in Santa pajamas walk into a store to buy candy. Some people in Laos know that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, but it doesn't mean much more to them than Buddha's birthday. For families in the villages we work... Read More
Dec 19, 2013 by Grace Wiebe

Coordination, Coordination, Coordination

With the Tacloban World Renew/CRCP office now well established with 7 staff and the Guiuan office well on its way,  I felt free to go back to the island of Panay and help establish a World Renew/CRCP office there.On Sunday, I went again to the Pavia CRC church in the southern city of Iloilo. Established 30 years ago, this church was instrumental in implementing the first distribuiton of relief items in Panay. The church has a very dedicated Disaster Response team who got their feet wet with the 2008 Typhoon Frank, and just resurrected the team.It was great to attend the morning... Read More
Dec 13, 2013 by Esther Kuhn

Learning and Serving in Senegal

Rose StratmeyerMy name is Rose Stratmeyer. This summer I worked with the Comité Evangélique de Coordination pour la Santé (CECS) in Senegal. I am very thankful for the rich and unique experience I had while I interned with this World Renew partner. My work consisted of developing programming that CECS can use in communities based on their expressed health concerns, supporting the launch of the Programme de Sante des Adolescents (PSA), and some other CECS office needs. The work has allowed me to travel to communities in Senegal and live as a Senegalese national during my 10-week... Read More
Dec 13, 2013 by Leanne Geisterfer

Merry Christmas from World Renew Honduras!

This is the season to rejoice and be glad for all of the blessings He has entrusted to us and for the advent of the Lamb of God. This celebration of Christmas and the close of 2013 call us all at World Renew and CRWM to reflect on our vocation as His servants and envision even more opportunities to mirror God ́s love and compassion throughout the world. Here are some examples of the blessings and challenges our team and partners faced in this past year.CRWM hosted a youth retreat in Catacamas, Olancho attended by 98 young people with a presentation from the Association for a... Read More
Dec 12, 2013 by Istifanus Gimba

From Scarcity to Surplus

The Mutarara District of Tete Province in Mozambique is a unique location that is full of extremes: it either has drought or floods. Most recently, the state of food security in the region swung drastically from acute scarcity after a heavy flood to an over-abundance of vegetables - a glut.Local farmers who participate in World Renew’s food security project in Mutarara were hit by another round of flooding between January and February 2013. The project is supported by the Food Resource bank and managed by one of World Renew’s church partners in Mozambique, the Igreja... Read More
Dec 12, 2013 by Leanne Geisterfer

Sharing in Our Ministry

Gatherings(Caspar) Pentecost is the Jewish festival called “Feast of Weeks,” celebrating God ́s goodness to the people of Israel, much like our Thanksgiving. The people gathered together in anticipation of hearing stories of God ́s goodness. Their anticipation and gathering was rewarded by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God’s goodness to his people.Here in Honduras, we recently had three large gatherings. In each gathering, more than 80 people came together in anticipation of hearing from others the stories of God ́s mighty acts of goodness to his people.In... Read More
Dec 12, 2013 by David Tyokighir

Enthusiastic Embrace and Takeoff of Adolescent Health and Rights Project

The project seeks to engage participants in actions that address threats to adolescent health, including HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and early/pre-marital pregnancy. In-school and out-of-school adolescents, as well as parents and community and religious leaders, are targeted in 40 communities in Nigeria from Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Plateau, and Taraba States.Nigeria has a generalized HIV epidemic in which youth, and young women in particular, are very susceptible to infection. According to estimates in the 2010 UNAIDS report, 3.3 million people in... Read More
Dec 10, 2013 by Grace Wiebe

Tindog Tacloban!

It took me a few days to get this story out because the city of Tacloban is still without electricity. They are hoping by Christmas. Many have no lights and no internet connectivity. I, fortunately, came prepared with a USB modem with a sim card that provides wi-fi, but the 24 hours I purchased eventually ran out, and it took some doing to get access again. Thank goodness for our International Relief Managers who arrived to support me and ran around Dec 3rd trying to source this. Praise God,the broadband version is for sale here in small shops that are starting to pop up in the city... Read More
Dec 9, 2013 by Wayne de Jong

A Strong Start in the Philippines

One month ago, the category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally name Yolanda) barreled into the Philippines archipelago. The typhoon made landfall six times, battering the central islands and leaving a path of almost total destruction in nine of the country's 17 regions. The statistics are daunting: 15 million people affected, 4 million displaced, 5,924 killed and 1,779 still missing, and 1.12 million houses damaged or destroyed. A number of remote Philippine islands are still cut off from sufficient aid, electricity and water.The needs are almost overwhelming, but World Renew has... Read More
Dec 9, 2013 by Grace Wiebe

Building Communication in Guiuan, Philippines

Guiuan is on the island of Samar, Tacloban on the island of Leyte, (joined by a long bridge) and Estancia on another island completely, Panay that I will be flying back to. As I make the four hour drive from our Tacloban office now set up, I see again how wide the path of destruction is that the typhoon cut across the terrain. It looks oh so familiar to the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami that I worked in, but one huge difference is that for those in Indonesia for instance that could "head for the hills" as the expression goes, they survived. The tsunami waves did... Read More