Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from March, 2018

Mar 29, 2018 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

A Life Without Easter?

Yesterday I realized that I will not have Easter this year. I am currently in Ethiopia, and they are on the Orthodox calendar, which places Easter one week later than the one in North America, which is on April 1st. Since our flight plans involve heading home on Saturday, April 7th, I will experience Good Friday with Ethiopian Christians but will be on a series of flights on their Easter, April 8th.

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Mar 26, 2018 by Jenninah Kabiswa

Renewed Hope

(KENYA) James Mwangi is 20 years old and lives in the village of Mariguiti in Mundoro region of Kiganjo settlement of Kenya. Although he finished high school two years ago, poor high school grades (mostly due to frequent disruptions to his education) and insufficient family finances meant that James could not attend college and therefore stood little chance for meaningful employment.

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Mar 25, 2018 by Daniel Lepp Friesen

What "Enough" Means

(SIERRA LEONE) Farming is what most people do in northern Sierra Leone, where Fatima Mansaray and her family live in the village of Bendukura. In between the growing seasons, Fatima and others in her village buy and sell basic goods to keep earning income.

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Mar 24, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Full Circle in Butiama

(KENYA) We were headed to the northern village of Butiama to carry out an evaluation for the sustainable livelihoods program there. As we drove from Mwanza through Musoma, we passed the entrance of Serengeti National Park. I could not help but marvel at the wonderful creation of God. I was reminded that our world belongs to Him.

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Mar 24, 2018 by Jim Zylstra

3800 Farmers and their Families

(TANZANIA) World Renew is one of 15 member agencies of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. World Renew Tanzania and our implementing partner, Africa Inland Church Tanzania (AICT), are in the middle of a 5-year Conservation Agriculture (CA) program, with World Renew resources supplemented by funds from Global Affairs Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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Mar 23, 2018 by Joseph Mutebi

The Will to Move Forward

(UGANDA) Atuku Joyce is a mother living in Pajaa village, Kal parish, Patiko sub-county. Her life became very hard after her husband left her for another woman in January of last year. “I was left alone to shoulder the responsibility of bringing up all the five children,” says Joyce.

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Mar 22, 2018 by Edward Okiror

Renewing the Mind

(UGANDA) Apai is a small fishing village in Uganda’s northeastern district of Kaberamaido. World Renew and our local partner, the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, work there to address the challenge of HIV and AIDS among over 490 households. Solomon Emyedu, 41, is a fisherman and lives with his wife Immaculate and their 11 children in Apai village.

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Mar 21, 2018 by Carol Musoke

Are you ready to EMBARK?

(UGANDA) Greetings from a bright-blue-sky Kampala, Uganda! This is our first newsletter of 2018 and I don’t think it’s too late to wish you a blessed new year! As I write this, I am reminded of theologian John Mbiti’s famous quote “I am because WE are and, since we are, therefore I am”—my favorite description of the traditional African values of community support and cohesion.

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Mar 20, 2018 by Mark VanderWees

Twenty Seven Pounds of Beans

(NICARAGUA) Let me tell you a story about Martha Adilia and her twenty seven pounds of beans. Martha lives with her teenage daughter Meyling in the community of Pitahaya, located in the foothills of the mountains in central Nicaragua. I met Martha while on a field trip with World Renew’s local partner, Asociación de Jóvenes Cristianas (ASJ). During the past year we had been working on a pilot project there to promote conservation agriculture.

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Mar 19, 2018 by Bethany Cok

Opening Up to the Idea of Change

A year and a half ago, I paid my first visit to World Renew partner Diaconia Chiapas in Mexico. Without a World Renew office in Mexico, Diaconia Chiapas receives support from our Guatemala team. Before my visit, World Renew staff told me there was a good chance we wouldn’t be able to keep working with this partner. During my visit, I could see why. Diaconia Chiapas was struggling with leadership and vision. They had chosen a new board of directors, as they do every few years, but some of the older men, many of whom had been with the organization for many years, were having... Read More