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.

 

Apr 7, 2015 by Tom Post

Creation Care in India

(INDIA) Sense of place. Caring for the spot of the Earth that the Lord gave your family. Making it a better than when you started. That's a feeling many have but don't know how. Sometimes they are too poor to even own the land they farm.

Jan 5, 2015 by Tom Post

Why does World Renew work in Asia?

(ASIA) In Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Laos, it’s because we felt compelled to help people put their lives back together after the terrible suffering of war. We work to make life more like God created it to be: with abundance instead of scarcity, with babies and mothers living in health and children thriving mentally and physically, with both women and men overcoming fear and able to express their decision-making voices, and with people coming to know that the source of their blessings is the Lord. In working with them, we come to know their stories, and that’s a blessing.

Nov 19, 2014 by Tom Post

Respect Results in Self Reliance

World Renew trys to work respectfully across cultures, races, and religious ways of life—because of the image of God in all humanity. One of the ways this respect becomes visible is when we work with partnering organizations in communities around the world and create a shared vision and set of values with them.

Oct 10, 2014 by Tom Post

At the Heart of World Renew’s Calling

(ASIA) What is really at the heart of World Renew’s calling to show compassion to the poor? I think that respect and striving to impact the root causes of poverty are two of the keys. First, we try to work respectfully across cultures, races, and religious ways of life—because of the image of God in all humanity. One of the ways this respect becomes visible is when we work with partnering organizations around the world that share values and vision with us.

Jul 28, 2014 by Tom Post

An African Community Says, “Thank You!”

Meeting together in African Brotherhood Church

Jun 12, 2014 by Tom Post

Freedom from Opium: Changes Gender Relationships

(ASIA) One of the scourges that keeps people poor everywhere in the world is addiction to drugs.

Jan 20, 2014 by Tom Post

Churches, Communities, Cows, and Children

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.

Nov 13, 2013 by Tom Post

Experiencing Abundant Life

World Renew’s staff are always learning about new ways to use the huge diversity of assets the Lord put into his creation all around the world so that people experience the abundant life He intended for his people. Here are a couple of updates and some pictures of my latest learnings.

Mar 25, 2013 by Tom Post

Journey Walk in Asia

Five young Christian congregations in Cambodia are partnering with World Renew to carry out participatory, self-reliant community development in their immediate communities and three to seven nearby villages. All five churches were started after the government granted permission for Christian churches to organize in about 1993.

Feb 7, 2013 by Tom Post

A Development Dynamo: Rahkmat

INDONESIA - I first met Rahkmat on the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia in the Fall of 2012. Sumba has been a fragile island ecosystem for some time, but lately the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean currents have made the rains even more erratic. Two years ago, the Sumba villagers experienced yet another year of crop failure, and World Renew distributed food to get them through to the next harvest. It was a joy to meet up with Rahkmat in this situation because he is a man who exudes optimism and hope in this place.

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