Community Development

Feb 14, 2012 by Joseph Mutebi

Unleashing Human Potential

Since last August, government workers and other civil servants have been receiving training at the Emanuel Cathedral Council in Arua, Tanzania. The learners express great gratitude for their new knowledge about topics like the church in society, stewardship, financial planning and budgeting for institutional growth. One training participant, a principal for a primary school in Arua and the Muni secondary school for girls, said that thetrainings helped her generate the Annual school budget for 2012: “I did not know how to make a budget. This kind of planning was always the responsibility of the treasurer in the past so budget approval and monitoringwere not based on a good understanding of the budget process.”

Feb 14, 2012 by Chris Enns

How is the New Year?

Warm greetings to all our supporters around the world. We pray that your Christmas and New Year celebrations were a wonderful time with family and friends to celebrate our Savior’s birth and all the blessings He has given. For many here in Tanzania, hardships are frequent so the arrival of a new year is a time to celebrate that God has provided perseverance in struggle and granted aother year of life. A common greeting in the New Year goes like this:

Feb 12, 2012

The Birth of Mississippi Christian Family Services

“I thank God when I stand on the porch of my three-room shack watching two of my six children go to pre-school,” one woman wrote to CRWRC in 1986. “I am 26 years old, and I want them to have a better life than I’ve had. Thank you for providing Mississippi Christian Family Services with the resources to help me.” This woman’s story is a great reminder that sometimes it is as important to address needs at home as it is to respond to needs abroad. In 1974 CRWRC staff member, Elvinah Spoelstra, returned from Korea where she had spent eight years leading the Christian Adoption Program of Korea (CAPOK). Upon her return to the United States, Elvinah’s social work background drew her to one of the poorest areas of the United States – Sharkey and Issaquena counties in Mississippi. She found that many social agencies were already at work serving many segments of the population, yet there was one group for whom there were no programs – the physically and mentally disabled.

Feb 5, 2012

Equipping the Global Church to Fight AIDS

Awa Sene, a member of the Neighborhood Council in the community of Ainoumady 5, speaks with fellow council members near the site of a one-day HIV mobile testing program organized in part by the council.

Feb 2, 2012

CRWRC Allies with 58: to End Poverty

In 2015, what happens to the United Nations’ efforts to halve global poverty through the Millennium Development Goals? To begin addressing that question and the ongoing needs of people living in poverty around the world, an alliance of U.S. nonprofits called “58:” launched a campaign* in late 2011 to build momentum to eliminate “the other half” of extreme global poverty by 2035.

Jan 30, 2012 by Jim Zylstra

Katakwi Integrated Development Organization helps HIV/AIDS Widows

Uganda is now in the midst of dry season, with hot and hazy conditions, leaves dropping from the trees, and grass withering. The landscape is looking desolate, but we are thankful that the good harvest in the second season of 2011 means better food and income for the majority of Ugandans who depend on farming for their survival and for those who rely on these farmers for their food.

Jan 29, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

One Church, One Country: CRC Ministry in Sierra Leone

“Christian Extension Services has helped our communities like no other organization,” said a resident of Seriah-Karawani village in Sierra Leone, “We’ve learned not to look at our differences anymore, but what do we have in common and work for a common goal together. Unity is important.” In fact, unity is at the heart of the Christian Reformed Church’s (CRC) ministry in this war-torn country. In the 1970’s, the CRC wanted to know if one denomination could make a meaningful difference in the world. While CRWRC had been responding to disasters and crisis situations around the world for more than a decade, members of the CRC wanted to do more about the global crisis of chronic hunger and poverty. They wondered - if they worked together, could they really have an impact?

Jan 14, 2012 by Nancy Njunji Kimani

Bearing Fruit as we Strengthen Partnerships

“I am the vine and you are the branches: he that abides in me and I in Him, the same brings fourth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the two-and-a-half years that I have been with CRWRC Malawi I have been privileged to see this fruit worked out in the ministry that we do. The Foods Resource Bank (FRB) is a long-standing CRWRC partner through the Nkhoma Relief and Development Organization (NRD). In 2011, a 12-person delegation comprised of the President, staff, board members, pastors, and farmers visited Malawi to witness firsthand the changes in the lives of people they support. The delegation visited with our partner NRD and CHINRAD, the Chingale Neno Recovery Program, a Malawian community organization that works in two impoverished districts of the Southern Region of Malawi.

Dec 26, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Volunteer Goes to Durban

“I can no longer look at countries in Africa as a series of statistics and problems,” said Ryan Geleynse of Hamilton, Ontario. The young man recently spent six weeks traveling from Nairobi, Kenya to Durban, South Africa as a representative of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He was joined by 180 other young people from a variety of Christian backgrounds. “Now I see African countries as the homes of many of my friends.”