Community Development

Mar 7, 2019 by Jon Self

Why Cash Assistance?

Who are the most vulnerable members of a community? How do we ensure that our work leaves a lasting change, and doesn’t make a situation worse than it was before? We often talk about “empowerment” and “transformation”, but what does this really look like?

Feb 28, 2019 by David Tyokighir

God Used Your Gifts and Prayers for Nigeria

NIGERIA - World Renew Nigeria offers knowledge and support to individuals and communities that desire to be agents of change in their country. This rewarding process requires patience, mutual trust, and passion for justice and mercy.

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.

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.

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.

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.....

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.  

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.

Oct 19, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Our Help Comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth

EAST AFRICA - We had waited in vain all week for a glimpse of Kibo, the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in all of Africa. Like the Psalmist, we were contemplating from where does our help come.

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. By the afternoon of the second day, as people in village after village told their story, I found myself overwhelmed and numb.