September 21, 2012 by Andrew Ryskamp and Ida Kaastra Mutoigo / Topics: 50th Anniversary, Andrew Ryskamp and Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, Name Change
Reflecting, Responding, Renewing has been the theme of 50 years of ministry for CRWRC. A major part of Renewing is the introduction of World Renew as our new name. We believe that God has called us to be partners in the ministry of reconciliation in this world, that he has works prepared in advance for us to do, and we are guided by the words from Romans 12: 2, “Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” In partnership with communities, with the global church, with partners around the world, we look forward to fulfilling that biblical mandate.

As we reflect on the past 50 years, we are humbled by the lessons on effective disaster response and community transformation. We are humbled by the amazing levels of support that we have received from primarily the Christian Reformed community, but more and more, partners around the world.

As we continue to respond to the needs of poverty, injustice, and war, we commit ourselves to continue to be a learning organization committed to the holistic development of communities, whether the programs are in response to disasters or whether they are focused on the long term transformation of communities in poverty.
We renew our commitment to principles of community transformation, to the involvement of the church, ensuring a wholistic message to building the capacity of our staff, partners, and communities to the collaboration with our partners in alliances and networks around the world and to be the change agents worthy of being called Christ’s ambassadors.
Our 50th year marked a high point for us serving in almost 4500 communities and over 830,000 individuals who were touched by our disaster response efforts. Our prayer is that we may find more individuals, churches, and partners eager to join us in accomplishing the signs of a world totally made new by the sacrifice of Christ.

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