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 Alymer, 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.

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!

Mar 15, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Gearing Up!

Do you know what it’s like to be part of a cyclist’s culture? I had no idea until I recently registered for the Sea to Sea ride. In about three months, from June to August, there will be about a hundred riders who will participate in cycling a portion or the entire route from Vancouver to Halifax. Imagine the spirit it takes to cycle day after day for about 100 to 150 kms each day!

Feb 10, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

David vs. Goliath

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.

Dec 21, 2016 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Advent Word 2016: Abide

God’s invitation for us to abide in God as God abides in us is not an invitation to settle down and get comfortable. It is a call to mission, a summons to fruitfulness. We are meant to share the fruits of the divine life with others.

Oct 13, 2016 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Pausing for the Interruption!

I was in the midst of writing this reflection to share stories of significant changes made in the lives of farmers we support in Kenya, when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti.