Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from 2014

Dec 23, 2014 by Irene Zepeda de Murillo

Greetings of Peace and Joy!

As we come together to celebrate God’s gift to us, we also wish to celebrate your gifts to Honduras. Both at World Renew and Christian Reformed World Missions, we are able to celebrate the gift of transformed lives. Your partnership with us has made these gifts possible through the dedication of a group of talented, God-called Christians. Through these people, the gift of love and transformation was channeled to..85 young people who were trained to mentor 380 other young people.47 families who successfully completed the strong family program.80 congregations who are... Read More
Dec 23, 2014 by Peter Timmerman

Christmas Greetings from Southern Africa!

Christmastime here in southern Africa is one of the hottest seasons of the year, with the thermometer regularly hovering dangerously close to 40 degrees Celsius (104F). It is also a time of eager anticipation—anticipation of new rains to wet the parched soils that have not seen any substantial rainfall since March. Almost all of our farmer groups depend completely on rainfall for their farm’s water needs, and every year we all hold our breath as we wait for this life-giving gift of God. Over the last 20 years, these first rains have increasingly been varied and late to... Read More
Dec 20, 2014 by Mark VanderWees

Unexpected outcomes—A Story of Transformation

Over the course of an hour, more than five inches of rain poured down on the parched land along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, and it was the cause of much celebration. An entire cropping season had gone by in which most farmers couldn’t plant at all because of drought. For the few farmers who did plant, the seed either didn’t germinate or the plants simply withered up for a lack of moisture. With this storm and the rain since then, everyone was hoping that the drought was over, and farmers could begin to plant their... Read More
Dec 18, 2014 by Mike Fennema

Towards Quality Education in the Uplands

Children enter school in the Uplands. When World Renew started to work in the Muang Mai district in Phongsali province, the overall school attendance for school age children was 27% and girls’ attendance was only 15 %. In most of the Rshi villages where World Renew is working, girls did not attend school at all. From 2008 to 2013, World Renew worked together with these communities and local government to construct small, 2-room, semi-permanent schools in remote villages as well as bigger 5 and 6-room ... Read More
Nov 25, 2014 by Grace Wiebe

The Weight of Progress

I talked to people in the community of Camote in Dulag, who expressed their frustration. In the early days after Haiyan, people received income from emergency employment as they helped with the massive cleanup of the damage. Now that that is over, people wonder what they can do for a living.  Food assistance from the government and the World Food Programme has ceased and people are frustrated at not having jobs or livelihoods restored yet.Housing causes similar worries. There have been a lot of tents and shelters kits provided by many non-profit organizations, but they are not... Read More
Nov 12, 2014 by Grace Wiebe

One Year Anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan

Like Job, it must have seemed hopeless. “Where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?” in Job 17:15. “What strength do I have that I should still hope? What prospects that I should be patient? Job 6:11.But God is the God of HOPE. Psalm 3:24 tells us, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord”. Isaiah 41:10 promises,  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. This is something that the people of the... Read More
Nov 12, 2014 by Harry and Greta Harsevoort

Hello from the Philippines!

We began our assignment attending a “Team Building” retreat in Boracay.  Upon arrival in Kalibo, we were welcomed back and picked up by two of our original staff members -  Pastor Chris Peneranda and Pastor Elisio Vidal, along with our driver Bogs. It was so wonderful to see them again, and we spent the 2-1/2 hour drive to Boracay catching up with them. We were very excited to hear about all the good work that’s been happening in the communities we previously worked with, since we had left. Not only could they tell us about the more than 100 new houses... Read More
Nov 12, 2014 by Faye Yu

Double Happiness

It is double the fun and cuteness. In Chinese, we would say “double happiness (雙喜).” While twins may be celebrated back home, I am not sure how much they are being celebrated in the Malawian family that I met today. I’ve seen the mother before when I visited the clinic. I try to visit the clinics in Mphunzi on Tuesdays to observe their programs with moderately and severely malnourished children. On Tuesday mornings, the local women walk as far as 8 km to the clinic—sometimes walking ... Read More
Nov 12, 2014 by Peter Timmerman

Building Health Infrastructure

This hospital, which is owned and operated by Nkhoma Synod, is a beacon of hope in a country where health services are often either non-existent or very low quality. Over the next five years, we plan to link our support for health infrastructure to our community health projects. Nkhoma Hospital has ten satellite community clinics that serve rural communities around central Malawi.Many of these clinics struggle to maintain their staff and services due to poor infrastructure. By redirecting the support of groups and churches in... Read More
Nov 10, 2014 by Irene Zepeda de Murillo

Crop Diversification and Adaptation to Climate Change

As a measure of adaptation to climate change, farmers in El Coyolar, with support from Diaconia Nacional and World Renew, have been introduced to new crops to promote agricultural diversification. Farmers are now more aware that they can no longer rely on traditional crops as a livelihood.Raul Aleman, as the leader of the group of farmers in the community, is growing tomatoes for the first time. He received training in cultivating his crop and gets support for purchasing the agricultural aids he needs to grow the tomatoes properly.Raul prepared a small plot of land that is part of a... Read More