Apr 13, 2017 by Gayle Fopma

"Disaster" has a Face and a Personality

My husband Ervin and I were called to go to Tangipahoa Parish, Hammond, Louisiana to be a part of the World Renew Needs Assessment Team from November 2 – 17, 2016.

Nov 24, 2016 by Anita Brinkman

Learning for Serving

Sarah Brooks is excited to work in a tangible way to help fight global poverty.

Apr 17, 2015 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

World Renew Celebrates its IRMs for National Volunteer Week!

International Relief Managers – or IRMs - are a significant part of World Renew’s International Disaster Response ministry. We would like to highlight the work they have done in 2014 to help celebrate them during this national volunteer week in 2015!

Apr 16, 2015 by Adele Konyndyk

Serving Through Word and Seed in Uganda

Even before World Renew volunteers Sara and Anthony Systsma met each other in college, they both already felt God’s call to ministry. In fact, both of them even pinpoint the same grade as the time when they this calling became clear—Grade 10!

Jul 16, 2014 by Ivory Niewenhuis

Becoming a Global Citizen

HaEun Nam At World Renew, we believe that these are some of the goals that a shape the work of a global citizen as they serve God and His people. World Renew’s 1.2 million volunteers are committed to changing local ministry into global ministry.

Oct 23, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

A Different Kind of Volunteer Experience

Heather Wind-Mulder has never had a dream of becoming an international missionary. In fact, even travelling internationally isn’t something she has aspired to. But in February 2010, she spent nearly two weeks in Kenya with World Renew (known as CRWRC from 1962-2012) and it changed her life. “My Dad was the one who first heard about CRWRC’s Discovery Tour and strongly encouraged me to go,” she said. “I wasn’t too keen to go all the way to Africa, but as I prayed and wrestled with the opportunity, God spoke to me. He said, ‘Heather, I am with you in your home in London, Ontario and I will be with you in Kenya.

Apr 15, 2012

The Power of Volunteers

“This is one of the most enriching and amazing experiences of my life!” enthused Sarah DeGraff on her blog recently. The 24 year-old Grand Rapids native wrote from her new home in Managua, Nicaragua, where she is volunteering through World Renew for one year with World Renew’s partner, the Nehemiah Center. DeGraff is assisting with a pilot project focused on preventing human trafficking. She is also providing support to other community development efforts.

Mar 2, 2012

CRWRC Responds to Communities Hit by Deadly Tornadoes

In response to the race of tornadoes across the United States yesterday, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee is sending regional disaster response managers to Harrisburg, Illinois, to assess damage and determine if immediate clean-up assistance is needed.

Feb 20, 2012

CRWRC Internship Forges Friendship for Life

They came from different parts of North America, with different backgrounds and interests, but the experiences that Roxanne de Graaf Addink and Janet Phillips (nee Vliegenthart) would share over a two year period in Kenya 23 years ago would unite them for life. “It is a bond that keeps us connected when our work spans the globe, when we’ve faced tough times, or just when we celebrate the small joys of children and life,” explained Roxanne.

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.