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Showing blog posts from 2012

Dec 21, 2012 by Bill Adams

Good News for Job... and for Us

“Have you considered my servant, Job?” Those words were spoken by God thousands of years ago when Satan returned from one of his malevolent tours of the earth. God almost sounded like a proud father as He challenged the evil one to witness the integrity and faithfulness of His servant, Job. The rest of the story is history, as they say. The good news for Job was that he was highly esteemed by the Almighty… this is not a small thing, when you think about the fact that Almighty God spoke and the universe came into being, and that it is by His will every moment of every day that... Read More

Dec 17, 2012 by Bethany Beachum

December 2012

I recently just returned from a visit to the East Coast of Nicaragua, one of many trips I have made to this region of the country in the past few months. The purpose of the trip was to meet with a team of agricultural trainers who are part of the food security and sustainable agriculture program that World Renew (formerly CRWRC) is implementing with indigenous communities on the East Coast.

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Dec 13, 2012 by Leanne Geisterfer

Caspar & Leanne December Ministry Update

Dear Friends: Warm greetings from Honduras! Oh Come, oh Come Immanuel. We’re writing at the beginning of Advent, a time of waiting and hope, a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s gift and reflect on what this gift means for us. As I hum the familiar song, my mind wanders to the community of Gracias Adios and specifically to Ana Lilian Alberto Gómez, because of the hope that bubbled from her as she spoke about the women’s group she leads. She almost seemed to taste the vegetables that would be harvested from their community garden, even though they had only recently... Read More

Dec 13, 2012 by Mike Fennema

A Special Time of Year

It’s December already! It’s time to reflect on, rejoice in, and celebrate the birth of Christ. John 16:33 records the words of Jesus: I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.

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Dec 13, 2012 by Mark VanderWees

Two Stories, Two Outcomes

It is easy to share success stories with you…and there are certainly plenty of them. It is more awkward, however, to be transparent and acknowledge that for every story of transformation, there are many stories where things did not go as hoped.

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Dec 13, 2012 by Edward Okiror

What is in Your Hand?

(UGANDA) This month I’m reminded of a conversation between Moses and God in Exodus 4:2-3: "Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said to him, “Throw it on the ground.” Our work as World Renew and our partners’ work is mostly guiding communities as they identify “what is in their hands” —their resources—and then build their capacity and confidence to “throw it on the ground” and use it.

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Dec 10, 2012 by Margaret Njuguna

Another Blessed Year!

(TANZANIA) The Wende Women’s Group is a registered organization made up of about thirty women, one-third of them being widows who are raising their own children as well.

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Nov 29, 2012 by Rick DeGraaf

About Latrines

It’s probably only people over 55, like me, who remember going to the “outhouse” behind the house somewhere to be relieved of the byproducts of the work of healthy kidneys and bowels! However, today’s generation is more familiar with the “Johnny-on-the-Spot” that are found on construction sites or fairgrounds.

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Nov 29, 2012 by James Zwier

A Double Portion

(LAOS) A time to bring in the corn, harvest the rice, and prepare for the harvest celebrations. Two dozen farmers will have a double portion of harvest joy this year: they planted beans in their cornfields and will get two crops from the same land. The team I work with has been promoting green manure cover crops for several years, and we’re now seeing the results.

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Nov 29, 2012 by Fred Witteveen

Putting into Practice

Rongai District is a populated area with many Kenyan tribes calling it home. There has been chronic insecurity and conflict in the area ranging from politically instigated ethnic violence and land conflicts to natural resource-based conflicts and hostility fuelled by an International Criminal Court process and the coming general elections.

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