Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Ida Kaastra Mutoigo is the Director of World Renew Canada. Prior to her appointment in 2006, she served with World Renew for 15 years in the areas of community and leadership development

Her role in 1985 as planning and development adviser in Uganda led to her appointment as Uganda field director in 1989. When she moved to the Burlington office in 1995, she served another five years with the CRC in Canada to develop volunteer management and service opportunities as its first ServiceLink coordinator before accepting the position as East and Southern Africa team leader in 2000.

Originally from Aylmer, Ontario, Ida holds undergraduate degrees in agriculture from Dordt College and the University of Guelph, and a Master's degree in Management for Voluntary Sector Leaders from McGill University. She and her husband James have three children and live in Ontario.

Aug 23, 2018 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Beauty Out of Ashes

CANADA - Have you ever been in a room with so much smoke that you could feel it in your lungs? This past week, I went to Williams Lake, BC, Canada where the smoke-filled air irritated lungs and formed such a thick fog outside that flights in and out had to be canceled. Why was there so much smoke?

May 1, 2018 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Drumming Together

The most effective development workers understand the art and discipline of listening and focusing on the beating heart of communities, working with their spiritual energies and assets that God has given to move towards His vision. This can be very challenging at times, especially for those of us influenced by individualistic societies that place high value on personal choice and individual achievements. "The most effective development workers understand the art and discipline of listening and focusing on the beating heart of communities."

Feb 27, 2018 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Flourishing

I am taking a break from the meeting with the Southern Africa Ministry Team when I see this image on the bookshelf: a wood carving of a man with a glass of water in front of him. I cannot help staring. It communicates volumes about how we need to carefully consider the values and behaviors we express through our work.

Nov 23, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Lament and Thanksgiving

Have you experienced loss or suffering in your life? How did you respond and what was your relationship with God like during that time? These are some of the questions that were asked as I participated in a Trauma Healing workshop this month. The main facilitators were Mary Crickmore, World Renew’s team leader for West Africa, and Dorothy Taft from the American Bible Society. One of the interesting parts of this training included writing a lament similar to the psalms that King David wrote. Laments are a way for someone to express fully and freely to God whatever complaints they have while recognizing the constant love and care He provides.

Sep 21, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

The Strong Name of the Trinity

September is not yet over, and we at World Renew have drawn at least seven emergency situations to your attention. You have responded incredibly generously and with great faith - in God, and in us - despite possibly being overwhelmed. Thank you!

Jul 17, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Sea to Sea: Stretched to the Limits

It was another long distance traveling from Chaplin to Regina, Saskatchewan: about 161 kms. The wind was mostly north-east which means it was blowing against us at about 25 km / hour. I started the day by leading the group with a prayer focused on Deuteronomy 8:10-18 and Philippians 4:13, where we are reminded not to put our trust or pride in our own strength but in God, who gives us the ability to do all things through Christ, who gives us the strength. We sure did need God's strength to make it through the day.

Apr 18, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Faith to End Poverty

Have you ever thought about the connection of your faith in ending the cycle of poverty around the world?

Apr 4, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

A Sesquicentennial Celebration

2017 is the year Canada celebrates 150 years as a confederation. As we do so, what is the story we will share? While four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) came together on July 1, 1867 to form the new Dominion of Canada, the rest of the provinces joined later over time, with Nunavut as the most recent in 1999.

Mar 29, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Feet for Peace

Now that the snow has finally melted, I am back on track with cycling on a more regular basis. Today, I managed to do about 35 kms. It felt like I was flying for the first half of the ride but the way back was tough going with a head-strong wind blowing at 32 km/h. My feet felt frozen after cycling for over an hour since the temperature was still only about 4 C and reaching home, they took about an hour to thaw. No wonder I’ve been thinking a lot about feet a lot lately!

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