We would like to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have now almost finished up a complete month in Senegal. We’re starting to feel that we can find our way around our neighbourhood, know how to buy food, converse with people with a mix of French and Wolof, as well as prepare food that tastes good. We are still focusing on learning Wolof at this point in time. It has been a slow week...

Next Stop: Uganda

Hello and welcome to my first blog post with World Renew! I want to start by saying that I am eager to participate in a trip to Uganda with the World Renew SWAP (serving with a purpose) team. Next July, I will be spending 4-5 weeks in Nebbi, Uganda to learn from partner staff how to appropriately encounter and respond to poverty issues and their roots. I look forward to expanding my view of God’s kingdom whilst experiencing God’s...

Hello All

We are headed out tomorrow to do some sight-seeing in Tanzania over the holidays. Our travel plans include an over 20hr bus ride, time at Lake Malawi, and the Ruaha game park! We are unsure what the internet status will be while we are away, so we wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with friends and family and remember the reason for the season. 

Love Brittany and Erin. ...

It’s definitely time for a new blog post! Let’s see… in my last update, I was partway through the busy month of November and evaluation visits to each the project area. All those trips to different partners in different parts of the country are now complete and the data has all been collected. I feel so privileged to have seen some of the beauty, diversity, hardship and success that our partner organizations work in every day, to have...

We completed our first full week in Senegal on Sunday. We’ve had a wonderful, busy, and at times, overwhelming week; meeting everyone, learning about the program, and finding our way to different stores. 

We arrived, in Dakar, Senegal, late at night after a flight from Paris. We did not have any issues with our flights, security, baggage, or entering the country, for which we are thankful. Esther, the World Renew program coordinator in Senegal, met us at the airport with her...

One Month. 

One month here in Mwandi. One month living in a foreign culture. One month of challenges. One month of an adventure unlike any other. One month that has flown by unbelievably quick. 

In our short time here, we have come to see 2 areas where we can be of help to the people at Mwandi Mission. The first is a place called Kandiana. Though started as an assisted living shelter, Kandiana has turned into


It’s my last day in Kenya, and I’m feeling bittersweet. Partly, it seems like I was just picking up momentum, and I should stay and build on what I’ve learned so far. Partly, I’m ready to get back home, see everyone, and finish my classes. Here are a few highlights from the last three weeks:

I went to a gender and development training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with the World Renew team and partner organizations there. I left Kenya just...

One of the highlights of our week is the Sunday house church fellowship group we attend with other expatriate families. This gathering provides the opportunity to enjoy a potluck lunch together followed by singing and prayer. The children then go to another room and take part in a Sunday school program led by one of the parents while the adults continue with a Bible Study. This past Sunday, our next door neighbours hosted the fellowship.

When our next door neighbours first...

As I’ve been mentally preparing to end my time here, I found making different lists a helpful way of reflecting on my experiences. So, instead of a typical blog post, for now I thought it would be nice to share my lists with you, some serious and some just fun.


Things I have missed from the US:

•Swing dancing

•Desserts and baked foods




•Lake Michigan


Things I will miss from Kenya:

•Host family

•My supervisor

•Riding everywhere on a motorbike

•Traditional African songs

•The Indian Ocean

•Storytime after dinner


Kenya was colonized...

How about a quick picture of what living in Mwandi village is like... The people live in clay houses, concrete structures, or houses made of sticks held together by clay. Some have electricity but few have running water. In Mwandi there are outdoor “spickets” around that people can get water from but most villages use wells or they have to carry it from the river. We frequently see women carry lots of pounds on there head! The bathrooms are little clay or...