Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from March, 2018

Mar 16, 2018 by Denny and Judy Stoel

Real Life in Texas After Harvey

Thirty thousand homes were damaged or destroyed in the storm, and fifty thousand cars were flooded or totaled. The rain that fell set an all-time record for total rainfall recorded from a tropical storm in the US.

On January 13, 2018, we joined a 25-member World Renew needs assessment team that arrived in Brazoria County, Texas, to survey residents about their unmet needs after the storm. The volunteers were ready to get started on the first day of work, but a rare ice storm in Texas delayed our process for two days!

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Mar 15, 2018 by David Tyokighir

Shaken to become Unshakeable

We rejoice that the communique issued
by the Wukari peacebuilding consultation held in Makurdi in September 2017 has been the subject of much public
conversation on television and talk shows in Nigeria. We also celebrate that both Christian and Muslim leaders are following through on the consultation plan of
restraining inflammatory preaching in
Wukari and its environs.
While some progress is being made in restoring peace in Wukari and the surrounding area, major violence broke out between peasant farmers and herdsmen in the middle belt region on... Read More

Mar 15, 2018 by Jenninah Kabiswa

Agribusiness Transforms a Life

Mr. Isaac Njuguna is a 34 year old father of two, living in Ng’enda, Kenya. He supports his wife, his nine-year-old daughter and his infant son as a horticultural farmer. There was a time when he struggled a lot to do this. He worked hard and had big plans to make his work fruitful, but that wasn’t enough. Mr. Njuguna needed access to financing to make his plans a reality. When World Renew helped his community establish a bank, his hard work and big plans had a chance to pay off. For people living in rural communities who don’t have access to banks, or are not able to borrow... Read More

Mar 14, 2018 by Grace Wiebe

Houses are Now a Home

It is wonderful to meet people that I recognize, and they me.  It was amazing to see the completed homes and community structures, and the beginnings of livelihood activities.


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Mar 13, 2018 by Ruairidh Waddell

The Church IS One Foundation

The above play on the title of the famous hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation,” is intentional. In our previous newsletter we mentioned, and Steve has already alluded to, our November forum. This gathering of all our partners from across the region
focused on the opportunity and responsibility the church here has to be a primary agent of transformational change. The church IS the foundation upon which change must be built within our respective nations.
Nowhere is this more true than in Zambia, where our three partner organizations collectively serve a third of the... Read More

Mar 13, 2018 by Juvêncio Mataria

Extreme Weather Pummels Northern Provinces of Mozambique

In January of this year alone, the city of Nampula recorded over 450 mm (18 in) of rain in just 5 days and three rivers burst their banks, killing nine people and leaving entire areas without electricity. In February, the districts of Lago and Mecula and the city of Lichinga in Niassa province also saw severe rainfall that destroyed gardens, farms, and over 1600 houses, leaving thousands without shelter or food.

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Mar 13, 2018 by Troy Sanon

A Post-Hurricane Twist on the Haitian Tradition of Konbit

After Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti in 2016, World Renew joined forces with our local partner there, the Federation of Organizations and Agricultural Technicians of Léogane (FOTADEL), to organize "cash for Konbit” activities. In Haiti, a konbit is an event where the community comes together to accomplish something to benefit one member of their community or the community at large. To participate in a konbit is to help your neighbor. In rural Haiti, when a farmer needs help to prepare his or her garden, they call for volunteers and a konbit happens! Members of the community... Read More

Mar 13, 2018 by Esther Kuhn

A Little Less Vulnerable Now

Not long ago I visited Mariame Hanne in Linguére to learn more about the program that she runs serving orphans and vulnerable children. Mariame works with our partner organization, The Lutheran Association for Development in Senegal (SLDS). The program also supports caretakers of children under 1 whose
mother has passed away, a common circumstance in a country with a high level of maternal mortality. Giving birth is dangerous here, as is life in general.
I was sitting with Mariame in her office when Mrs. Gueye* came in carrying a small baby on her back. The child’s... Read More

Mar 5, 2018 by Faye Yu

Seeking Lasting Solutions

I was able to visit with Nasoweka Thungo and her children recently, and I wanted to share an update with you about how they are doing. As the Free A Family® representatives for Southern Africa, their reality can give you a glimpse of what life is like for many families in this area of the world.

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Mar 1, 2018 by Carolyn Dean

A Historical Step Forward

This year for the first time 10 girls from the Rshi ethnic group project villages in Phia Lor cluster have come to town to study in middle school. Until three years ago no girls in that area had completed primary school but now there are nine who had the determination to come to town to study. The tenth girl is Pher, the younger sister of a World Renew staff member who is from the Rshi ethnic group. Pher completed middle school equivalency in the non-formal education classes that our project supports in her village and is now continuing in upper secondary school in town. She also... Read More