Tom Post

Tom is currently the team leader for World Renew in Asia, focusing on Bangladesh, India, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia.

Tom and his wife, Melva, have 5 children. Melva is originally from the country of Belize, in Central America. Tom grew up in the Trinity Christian Reformed Church of Grandville, MI, and their present home church is the Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI.

Tom has worked for the Peace Corps in Belize, in bilingual education with the Grand Rapids Public Schools and for World Renew in Honduras, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, and Kenya. He has served as field director for Mexico and Belize, Central America Zone Director, as team leader for East & Southern Africa, and as developer of partnerships for business development in Kenya (Partners for Christian Development). Melva has worked as a nurse, teacher, and mom in various countries.


Aug 9, 2019 by Tom Post

Step by Step: Growing Hope in Cambodia’s Dry Season

Running a business takes intuitive market knowledge as people figure out what their communities need and enjoy. It’s about providing products of high quality on time to make people happy and make life better. With that, each business journey usually starts small. In Cambodia, 72 subsistence farmers are partnering with World Renew to take the early steps of their own business journey: from growing enough to feed their families, to growing and selling for the market.

May 1, 2019 by Tom Post

Mind Poverty: The Lies that Catch both Rich and Poor

ASIA - Some people look at this picture below and see a young woman. Some see an old woman. It all depends on how you see.....My journey with World Renew has been about my desire to make a difference in this world through the lens of my faith.

Nov 7, 2018 by Tom Post

From Hunger to Abundance: God's Resources + Our Minds

WORLDWIDE - World Renew finds great joy in our work when we discover resources in God’s creation that can feed hungry people and restore worn-out farmland. When we join our knowledge and experience with the knowledge and experience of farmers to test creative ideas, we often find abundance where there was hunger and joy where there was deprivation.

Apr 12, 2018 by Tom Post

The Humble Requests of Rohingya Women

Now, there are over 670,000 new refugees crammed into camps on the hillsides near Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh; they join the 200,000 refugees who have sheltered there since a wave of persecution in the 1990s. Since last November, World Renew has coordinated with the World Food Program to supplement their rice distribution in the camps with red lentils, cooking oil, and salt. Because the hills have been stripped of trees used for  firewood, we hope to also support communal kitchens with bottled-gas cooking stoves. 

Feb 21, 2018 by Tom Post

What is Courage?

Duong Thoeun is a courageous woman. This Cambodian mother of three young children had the courage to try to something different, to say no to the “usual way” and now, with the help of her children, earns $7 a day from her cucumber harvest—pretty good money in rural Cambodia!

Jan 3, 2018 by Tom Post

Land Justice in Laos

“They will die if they are forced to move to the lowlands. Our purpose is to prove that life can be full and healthy for the people of the mountains of Laos.” Over the last decade, Mike Fennema, Country Consultant for World Renew in Laos, and over 40 Lao national staff and seconded staff of various nationalities have faithfully worked to improve land security and the quality of life of the vulnerable people groups in the districts of Phongsaly and Xiangkhouang.

Dec 19, 2017 by Tom Post

Where There Once Was No School

Porlai is 6 years old and studies in year 1 class. Her father's name is Kha and her mother is Xong. They are ethnic Hmong and their village in Laos never had an elementary school until now. Thanks to supporters of World Renew and Tear Australia, and with the support of the government of Laos, we have made it possible for hundreds of young boys and girls like Porlai to experience the gift of education.

Jul 11, 2017 by Tom Post

Her Name is Beauty

She lives in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where World Renew and its partner, SAHTI, have helped to establish community organizations called “People’s Institutions.” Beauty’s institution is called “Akota,” or Unity. Beauty illustrated through painting the work of the People’s Institutions that bless the lives of over 22,000 people who live in these slums. She told a dramatic story of Before and After.

Mar 30, 2017 by Tom Post


I recently had the opportunity to visit a community in Laos. My last visit was two years ago and I'm pleased to see so many changes coming about in the lives of the villagers and in the community as a whole.

May 18, 2016 by Tom Post

People and Parables

Beauty tells the story of change in her slum community, using pictures she painted herself.