Community Development

Feb 20, 2018 by Steve Sywulka

Transformative Growth

The Southern Africa Ministry Team is growing in different ways. Growing in number: We are so grateful to God for extra hands (and brains) to help us be more effective in impacting this region! Two new staff members have joined us:

Jan 3, 2018 by Tom Post

Land Justice in Laos

“They will die if they are forced to move to the lowlands. Our purpose is to prove that life can be full and healthy for the people of the mountains of Laos.” Over the last decade, Mike Fennema, Country Consultant for World Renew in Laos, and over 40 Lao national staff and seconded staff of various nationalities have faithfully worked to improve land security and the quality of life of the vulnerable people groups in the districts of Phongsaly and Xiangkhouang.

Dec 14, 2017 by Mike Fennema

The Pigs of Phouhin

In December 2013, we shared the story of Mr. Tong Lee and his wife, whose family was the first in the village of Phouhin to receive female pigs and training in improved approaches to pig-raising from World Renew.

Dec 12, 2017 by Troy Sanon

Transforming communities through the empowerment of local churches and schools

The Leadership Program is designed to empower church pastors, preachers, evangelists, sunday school teachers, and youth leaders, as well as directors and teachers of local Christian schools, all of whom in turn train those with whom they work.

Dec 5, 2017 by Faye Yu

Church in Community

During the summer of my freshman year, I attended an Intervarsity training where I learned how to study the Bible and lead small groups in reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible. Then, in my sophomore year, I led a small group Bible study in a coffee shop and, by the end of the year, got pretty good at it. But Bible study facilitation was not a skill that was going to help me in my job… or so I thought.

Nov 30, 2017 by Leanne Geisterfer

Looking Back with Satisfaction

Did you know there is a Christian Reformed Church in Haiti? The Eglise Chretienne Reformee d’Haiti, or ECRH, was legally recognized in 1999 and currently has 45 affiliated churches in seven geographic departments.

Nov 15, 2017 by Carol Musoke

Little is much when God is in it

As Christians, one of our deepest desires is to reach out, show love, and give hope to others. It becomes even more precious when we do this in collaboration with others. But so many times we become paralyzed by wrongly assuming that, when it comes to impoverished communities, only the “big projects” make a real difference.

Sep 27, 2017 by Mike Fennema

Encouraging High School Students in Laos

The day was filled with a variety of fun and educational activities, including games, such as blowing up balloons until they burst; passing flowers around a circle until the music stopped; and a memory game in which each person in the circle had to say their name and something they liked, and then each person had to remember and say what those before them had said also! They also learned an active English song and a dialogue in English in which they had to move around and practice with others.

Sep 21, 2017 by Barbara Kayanja

"When I Disclosed My Status, I Was Free..."

Akello Rose is a widow, living with HIV. She has three children, two boys and one girl. She tells the story of how miserable life was after the loss of her husband. She was left with nothing and reduced to a beggar, begging for food, water, money to go to the hospital, money to feed and dress her children. She had no self-esteem and lacked the confidence to speak up before people in her community. She felt reduced to nothing.

Sep 20, 2017 by Troy Sanon

A Natural Leader Joins Forces with World Renew

When World Renew was involved in the building of a tank-based rainwater harvesting system in Blain, Mr. Delice and his wife Manette were involved as well. They live in Blain with their children Jonathan and Christine Marie Naomie, while their children Fedner and Sara attend high school in Port-Au-Prince.