Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from 2018

Dec 12, 2018 by Juvêncio Mataria

When Local People Plan Their Own Transformation

MOZAMBIQUE - Effective community visioning and planning are always essential to solid growth. In Mozambique, where a massive debt crisis has created alarming economic instability, development work that calls upon community leaders and members who understand local conditions is critical.

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Dec 11, 2018 by Troy Sanon

Training Strengthens Commitment to Inclusive Community Empowerment

HAITI - World Renew’s commitment to reconciliation and restoration compels us to ensure that the vulnerable and marginalized are considered and included in community development. In Haiti, World Renew hosted a 3-day training session in November for our staff and staff of local partners and networks.

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Dec 11, 2018 by Daniel Lepp Friesen

A Voice for Women

SIERRA LEONE - Traditional cultural and religious practices in the predominantly Muslim country of Sierra Leone prevent women from taking part in community decision-making processes. For over 35 years, Our local partner, Christian Extension Services (CES) has been working to include an expanded role for women’s voices.

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Dec 11, 2018 by Leanne Geisterfer

A New Song

LATIN AMERICA - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant,” sang Mary after she received life-changing news from an angel. Even as she was preparing to think and act in new ways, she glorified the Lord — the Messiah was on his way! I think of Mary’s song of joy — and her future song of lament.....

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Dec 7, 2018 by Esther Kuhn

Where Partnership Transcends Religious Divides

SENEGAL - World Renew Senegal has long cooperated with the Lutheran Church of Senegal as a member of the Evangelical Committee for Health here. This 7,000 member church is among the largest Protestant denominations here and does great work in education, agriculture, and healthcare. After a few years of discussion, we are pleased to finally be partnering with them.

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Dec 7, 2018 by Chiraphone Khamphouvong

A Boy's Desire to Learn: The Story of Tao Huk, Dropout

LAOS - It had been a grueling motorbike ride to Nam Naen, a Thaidam ethnic village in northern province of Phongsaly, Laos. We were greeted and graciously hosted by a family in their home on stilts. We saw a young boy reading aloud to a younger boy, using a dim, overhead flashlight and the light of the fire. His determination to read to the younger child was moving.  

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Dec 7, 2018 by Jim Zylstra

And They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love

TANZANIA - World Renew has been walking with communities in Tanzania for over 25 years. Partnering with the local church there, the Africa Inland Church Tanzania, we seek to see God glorified, churches strengthened, and people moved out of poverty.

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Dec 6, 2018 by Steve Sywulka

Afflicted, but Not Crushed

MOZAMBIQUE - I learned an amazing lesson recently. This isn’t a success story. It’s a resilience story. A few months ago, I stood in a dry, brown field with a group of women in Mozambique. This wasn’t just any field, but a demonstration farm plot, a piece of land set aside for the practice of conservation agriculture.

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Nov 16, 2018

On Peace and Justice

UGANDA - Jennifer Hoeve of Canada and Linda Nakaibale of Uganda recently spent a week in Kabale and surrounding villages. They agree that the most interesting part of the field visits was the village savings and loan association. Jennifer called it a “spectacular opportunity” to apply her university knowledge and Linda was glad to learn and apply it in her own community.

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Nov 16, 2018 by Allen Ankunda

Now My Attitude Has Changed and I am Hoping for Good Results for My Baby

UGANDA - The first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical to their entire future. Properly nourished, a child can, in their first 1000 days, build a foundation for life that will protect them from physical and intellectual challenges as well as crippling disease and insufficient growth.

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