Community Development

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.

Sep 19, 2017 by Kathleen Lauder

Finding a Way to Stay in the Village

In Cambodia, the pull is strong for people to migrate from their rural communities to cities like Phnom Penh, and neighboring countries like Thailand, where jobs are available with a steady wage. Unable to earn a living wage in their communities, men and women leave their families to survive.

Sep 15, 2017 by Faye Yu

Talking about the Realities of Child Marriage in Malawi

In Malawi, one in two girls marry by the time they reach 18 years old and 9% marry before the age of 15. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. This is not surprising because poverty is cited as one of the biggest contributing factors to child marriage and Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. In April of this year, the Malawian constitution was amended to raise the legal age of marriage with parental consent from 15 to 18 years old. This is a huge first step to ending child marriage. But there is a lot more work to translate this law into reality in the villages.