Community Development

Oct 3, 2018 by Steve Sywulka

Only 107 Stories

ZAMBIA - It was such a strange feeling: was I really becoming numb to success? For hours, I sat and listened, as person after person shared how our programs have dramatically impacted their lives. But by the afternoon of the second day, as people in village after village told their story, drawing pictures of what their lives were like just three years ago and what they are like today, I found myself overwhelmed and, well, numb.

Aug 3, 2018 by David Schuurman

What is Real Change?

UGANDA - People are attracted to ‘Good Samaritan’ type of stories. People love stories of others coming along and, out of an abundance of compassion, they are able to bring instant change to those who need help. Pictures and videos of happy recipients of this help, seem to empower compassionate people to stay driven.

Jul 19, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Restoration in Northern Uganda

UGANDA - In June of this year, I had the opportunity to visit northern Uganda. I have been to the district of Gulu there before, working with a microfinance organization targeting small and micro enterprises mostly in the town of Gulu.

Jun 23, 2018 by Marrion Omanyo

The Slow and Worthwhile Work of Changing Mindsets

LAOS - World Renew began work in the northeastern province of Xiengkhouang, Laos about 13 years ago, aiming to improve community income and livelihoods in its remote communities.

May 31, 2018 by Bethany Cok

The Transformation of an Entire Community Continues

GUATEMALA - El Tineco is a farming community in the mountains of El Palmar, Quetzaltenango, and has been working with World Renew partner Vine and Branches for a number of years on a variety of programs, including sustainable agriculture, preventative health, and community organization. El Tineco has also developed a strong relationship with one of our church partners, the Christian Reformed Church of Pease, Minnesota, over the past seven years.

May 30, 2018

South Ngariama Ranching Scheme

KENYA - World Renew Kenya and First Red Deer Christian Reformed Church of Canada visited St. Mary’s Anglican Church in South Ngariama Scheme in east Kenya and served by World Renew partner, Anglican Development Service (ADS) Mt. Kenya East.

May 2, 2018 by Faye Yu

Now You Are The Body of Christ

I have been in Atlanta for over a month now. I came back to the United States to care for my mom. She is suffering cirrhosis of the liver and is waiting for a liver transplant. Because her liver doesn’t function the way it should, her kidneys are not doing well. She is jaundiced; she can’t sleep at night because her skin itches; her lungs and abdomen sometimes fill with fluid. When this happens, she can’t breathe so she has to go to the hospital and have the fluid drained. Because when one organ does not work, everything is affected.

May 2, 2018 by Mark VanderWees

Restorative Justice on the Streets of Nicaragua

Living in urban Nicaraguan neighborhoods can be intense. Multigenerational families live together in small houses, where thin walls, open windows, and shared streets are the norm. Everyone is aware of what their neighbors are doing whether they want to know or not. In our urban transformation work, we have to take this into consideration.

May 2, 2018 by Kathleen Lauder

Youth Empowerment is Alive!

Youth all over the world are saying “Enough is enough!” and taking action on serious social issues affecting them, their friends, and families. Cambodian youth are no different. Young people here are agents of change, bringing awareness to community problems and exploring ways to address them. World Renew and its local partners in Cambodia have facilitated the creation of 23 youth groups in four provinces. In late fall 2017, World Renew organized a camp in Phnom Penh for over forty youth from these clubs. The students were given the task of identifying the number one issue facing youth in their communities. They agreed that the growing use of and addiction to drugs was the most severe threat facing their communities.

May 1, 2018 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Drumming Together

The most effective development workers understand the art and discipline of listening and focusing on the beating heart of communities, working with their spiritual energies and assets that God has given to move towards His vision. This can be very challenging at times, especially for those of us influenced by individualistic societies that place high value on personal choice and individual achievements. "The most effective development workers understand the art and discipline of listening and focusing on the beating heart of communities."