These are the kinds of gems we hear about, and the things the funds are designated to support:
World Renew World Hunger Campaign (Peter Fish)
Klaas Bosma walks and bikes around Richmond, BC, for exercise, and collects recycling while he does it. We received a check with a note penned by his wife Gerda:
Meet David, a courageous young man with a huge heart. At first sight, he may not seem like much of a threat. But, his small “stones” of love and compassion have been powerful weapons in putting an end to the “goliath” of poverty in this world.
Pen Kanya, 31, worked in the garment factories for nearly 10 years. “I left home to earn higher wages, starting at $45 a month. I wanted to save money to send home, but after covering my living expenses there was very little left over.”
Every year, men, women, and children with a passion for helping families in poverty generously use what God has given them to bless others by giving to World Renew’s Gift Catalog. So far this year, over $1,457,183.53 has been raised through the Gift Catalog –and orders are still coming in!
During this time of year, families across North America may be pulling their artificial Christmas trees out of storage or making a trek to a Christmas tree farm to cut down a fresh tree. Real or artificial, these trees are then lit up and decorated to mark the upcoming celebration of our Lord’s birth. In many churches across the continent, however, the trees are being decorated in an unusual and life-changing way.
“The children no longer have to wake up early in the morning to get water from the river before they go to school, or go to fetch water after school. Every time we need water we can go to the well in our village, and get the water we need for the day. It’s so much easier now!”
David attends John Knox Christian School in Stoney Creek, Ontario. At one of the school’s chapels, a teacher told the students about the life of people in Uganda and her own visits to that country. David came home with a heavy heart.
Pastor Pharek walked with us to the humble home of a couple that is working hard to support their kids in school. Yun, the husband, and Neum, the wife, received one cow from the Love Cambodia cow bank and will pay its $300 value back with 10% interest at the end of this year—so that another family can receive a cow.