Carol Bremer-Bennett

Carol Bremer-Bennett is the Director for World Renew-US. Carol's extensive experience in Christian ministry spans more than 20 years of organizational leadership, leadership development, and administration in a variety of teaching, principal, superintendent, and director positions in the Rehoboth, New Mexico, Christian school system.

Bremer-Bennett is an educator by training, with an M.A. in educational leadership from Western New Mexico University in Gallup. She has served on the Calvin College Board of Trustees and served as a deacon.

Bremer-Bennett says her early relationships were formed by her childhood in West Michigan when she was adopted as an infant by Paul and Jackie Bremer. After graduating from Calvin College, she headed to New Mexico to explore her Navajo heritage. She found her place when a Navajo leader ceremonially adopted her as his sister. Adoptions have played an ongoing role in her family. Five of her six children are adopted. She and husband Theo Bremer-Bennett have three children of Navajo descent and three of Ethiopian descent.

Jun 4, 2018 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

The Birds Will Sing in the Morning

UNITED STATES - Sometimes, I feel that I have attended far too many funerals in my life. Heart wrenching are the goodbyes to those who decided they didn’t want to go on any longer.

Mar 29, 2018 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

A Life Without Easter?

Yesterday I realized that I will not have Easter this year. I am currently in Ethiopia, and they are on the Orthodox calendar, which places Easter one week later than the one in North America, which is on April 1st. Since our flight plans involve heading home on Saturday, April 7th, I will experience Good Friday with Ethiopian Christians but will be on a series of flights on their Easter, April 8th.

Jan 26, 2018 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Stewardship

I am in a room filled with the neighbors of my grandparents. As I sit here amongst the farmers of today, my heart is traveling back to the Saturdays of my childhood spent in Hamilton, MI on my grandparents’ farm. I can see the fields and barns speckled across the hills. I can almost smell the hay where our hidden forts were built and the barn swing rests. As I ride with my grandpa through Burnips, or Oakland, or Drenthe, or Vriesland – I have a sense that all the fields interlock in a tight patchwork of community. Yes, I know the people in this room, though I only met them a few hours ago.

Nov 2, 2017 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

A Ministry of Interruptions

Years ago, the pastor of Bethany Christian Reformed Church preached a sermon that spoke into my life in such a way, that it has remained a part of me to this day. The sermon was about Jesus’ ministry and pointed out that most of the time, the Bible does not report Jesus’ planned and formal teachings, but rather talks about the interruptions that came as Jesus was traveling or preaching.

Jan 30, 2017 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Our Call to Stand With Refugees

I am not an immigrant. There are relatively few of us who can say this, but I am one of the Native Americans that can make that claim. I remember the waves of immigrants who have washed over this country, not all honoring the people already living here. Nor have all of us treated them well in return. For this, I repent.

Dec 23, 2016 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Advent Word 2016: Live

We are meant for life in all its fullness. Our getting together for the sheer pleasure of it anticipates the Kingdom and the heavenly banquet. Conviviality and celebration, especially in the face of difficult circumstances, bring light into the world.

Oct 3, 2016 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Humbled and Proud

As we got back into the boat on Lake Niassa to head back to Lichinga, I pondered the day in my heart. I felt so humbled and yet so proud at the same time. The day had started much earlier, before dawn, when we woke up to travel by boat to visit a remote community in Mozambique. As we headed for the lake, our guides informed us that we could not go; the wind was creating waves that would make the journey unsafe. We would wait a few hours.

May 16, 2016 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

God's Word Goes Before His Children

Images of flames reaching hundreds of feet into the sky are in my mind. I see the faces of evacuees who are clinging to their children and crying tears of thanks that their families are safe -- but also shedding tears for lost things of the past and an uncertain future.

Mar 4, 2016 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Humbled in My Faith

Grass should be taller than this cow this time of year.

Dec 8, 2015 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

COP21: Future Generations

“Every parent wants the best for their child…” For a parent, a child is their love, their world, the most important thing in their life. Parents would do absolutely anything to keep their children safe and to give them the best possible lives. As a young married man, I ask myself, how can we steward the earth to make lives of flourishing possible for our future children? 

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