Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from 2013

Dec 30, 2013 by James Zwier

Christmas in Laos—What a Foreign Idea!

(LAOS) When you're poor, like people in the remote villages of northern Laos who partner with World Renew, you don't often have the luxury of taking a rest day. But people in the large cities have begun to adopt some of the commercial trappings of Christmas—lights, colors, Christmas trees, sweets, and gifts.

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Dec 19, 2013 by Grace Wiebe

Coordination, Coordination, Coordination

PHILIPPINES - Although I returned home on December 12th, I quickly got a cold which developed into Bronchitis, not surprising as I guess I overdid it on my trip. So I have been under the weather and did not yet get this blog out about my last stop this year in the Philippines. With the Tacloban World Renew/CRCP office now well established with 7 staff and the Guiuan office well on its way, I felt free to go back to the island of Panay and help establish a World Renew/CRCP office there.

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Dec 13, 2013 by Esther Kuhn

Learning and Serving in Senegal

(SENEGAL) It is always a joy to receive guests, show them around, introduce them to World Renew’s partners and programs, and share experiences. This past summer we received no less than three interns who came to Senegal to learn from World Renew programs and lend a hand. In this newsletter they introduce themselves to you.

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Dec 13, 2013 by Leanne Geisterfer

Merry Christmas from World Renew Honduras!

Dear Friends and Amigos, Your Honduran brothers and sisters in Christ would like to express their warmest greetings to you all.

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Dec 12, 2013 by Istifanus Gimba

From Scarcity to Surplus

2 Kings 7:1 “...This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

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Dec 12, 2013 by Leanne Geisterfer

Sharing in Our Ministry


(Caspar) Pentecost is the Jewish festival called “Feast of Weeks,” celebrating God ́s goodness to the people of Israel, much like our Thanksgiving. The people gathered together in anticipation of hearing stories of God ́s goodness. Their anticipation and gathering was rewarded by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God’s goodness to his people.

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Dec 12, 2013 by David Tyokighir

Enthusiastic Embrace and Takeoff of Adolescent Health and Rights Project

In January 2013, World Renew, in partnership with Beacon of Hope Initiative started implementing a four-year Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded project titled, “Protecting Adolescent Health and Rights.”

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Dec 10, 2013 by Grace Wiebe

Tindog Tacloban!

It took me a few days to get this story out because the city of Tacloban is still without electricity. They are hoping by Christmas. Many have no lights and no internet connectivity. I, fortunately, came prepared with a USB modem with a sim card that provides wi-fi, but the 24 hours I purchased eventually ran out, and it took some doing to get access again.

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Dec 9, 2013 by Wayne de Jong

A Strong Start in the Philippines

One month ago, the category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally name Yolanda) barreled into the Philippines archipelago. The typhoon made landfall six times, battering the central islands and leaving a path of almost total destruction in nine of the country's 17 regions. The statistics are daunting: 15 million people affected, 4 million displaced, 5,924 killed and 1,779 still missing, and 1.12 million houses damaged or destroyed.

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Dec 9, 2013 by Grace Wiebe

Building Communication in Guiuan, Philippines

Guiuan is on the island of Samar, Tacloban on the island of Leyte, (joined by a long bridge) and Estancia on another island completely, Panay that I will be flying back to. As I make the four hour drive from our Tacloban office now set up, I see again how wide the path of destruction is that the typhoon cut across the terrain. It looks oh so familiar to the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami that I worked in, but one huge difference is that for those in Indonesia for instance that could "head for the hills" as the expression goes, they survived. The tsunami waves did not... Read More