Three months ago, on a cool afternoon at the beginning of October, I was biking home from school before a phone meeting with a representative from World Renew to discuss possible employment opportunities. Suddenly a thought popped into my head, “What would I do if they offered me a position overseas?” A few hours later, I was asking Bethany what she thought about spending 8 months in West Africa.

This position with World Renew seemed to fulfill all of...

 

            We hope that all of you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are enjoying time with family and friends. Christmas time is a bit different here in Senegal. Most people celebrate by having a large family dinner on Christmas Eve as well as going to church if they are Christians. Christmas day is just a day off from work that is spent by resting at home. We had an unconventional Christmas and while we...

The medicine man told Stephan if you plant mango trees you will die! He warned, “Do not plant mango trees in this village.” Yet as Stephan walked around the country side in northern Tanzania he noticed that other people were planting mango trees. He was surprised to learn that others were not dying and that their families appeared to be healthier than the families that lived in Stephan’s village.

The medicine man in Stephan’s village held incredible power over...

          Today marks one full year spent in Senegal. It is crazy to think how quickly this year has gone by and that we only have 6 months left in this beautiful country. Right now, I am listening to Christmas music while enjoying the constant sunshine and the 30-degree weather. It does feel a little odd that it will soon be Christmas. Christmas in Senegal is just another one of the many holidays. Most people simply...

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     I’m happy to let you know that I have finished my month of Spanish classes in Santa Lucía. A week ago on November 28th I moved to a small rural town called Guacoca. Guacoca is located in the department of Olancho, in the northeast area of Honduras. During my two months here, I will follow the agricultural coordinator for Diaconía Nacional around to the different communities in the area. I’ll learn by observing and helping out...

We sat in a circle of plastic chairs, enjoying a respite from the scorching Guatemalan sun in shade of a wooden building. Dogs and chickens ambled around the yard. Just outside of our circle of chairs, two boys were climbing a tree and laughing.

“How beautiful it is to live among the trees,” said one community member, looking around. Nods of assent traveled around the circle.

I was visiting San Juan Acul, a rural community of about 250 families in Northern Guatemala....

"We don't want anyone to carry us on their back, we just want someone to walk with us."

We visited two remarkable healthcare ministries today.
 
The first was a clinic. Rather than building hospitals and staffing them with western doctors, World Renew trains local healthcare volunteers trusted by the community who are able to connect pregnant women and mothers...

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