After about two months, five trips to the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, and multiple conversations with David Tyokighir from the World Renew Office in Nigeria, I was able to secure a visa - beginning the day the visa was issued. Receiving the visa on Wednesday, the Senegal World Renew staff were able to purchase tickets for that Friday. To say the least, the last week has been very hurried, from getting a visa, to arranging flights, and then arriving...

In 2012, World Renew in Nigeria was awarded the same grant from the Government of Canada as Senegal, and was able to implement an adolescent health program across four stats in Nigeria. Nigeria uses an adaptation of the Senegalese Adolescent Health Program curriculum, as well as a number of other resource materials from other organizations. Since most of my work is almost complete in Senegal, I will traveling to Nigeria and help with the evaluation and as well as...

Hi, my name is Quintina Blok. I want to tell you - it’s true. The Lord provides for us – what we need when we need it, even if it is something as trivial as what to do with our vacation time. For me, personally, over the last 9 months I had been thinking about what I was going to do with the 2 weeks of vacation time I had booked in March 2017. It truly was a struggle. I...

The Humble Service Building Community Team from the Neerlandia CRC is getting very exicted for our visit to Las Minas,  In a few short days our 16 person team will begin our journey to the village of Las Minas to start working on a school.  

Our team consists of men and women of all different ages with experiences in many diffenrent fields which range from electrican, chicken farmers, carpenter, nurse, hair dresser, book keeper, and student.  We feel very blessed...

A belated Happy New Year to everyone.  Oops, I am a month late.  Have you ever let something important slip away only to find out a month later that the bill was due, or a deadline was missed, or that library book was not returned? There is usually a price to be paid.  Farmers in North America know very well the importance of on-time planting and the subsequent reduction in yield due to...

Six months. 

If I look at a calendar, that’s the space of time between August and February. That’s how long I’ve lived in Guatemala. 180 days or 26 weeks or 4296 hours or however you prefer to count time.

I know that’s a bit ridiculous, but I think I’m resorting to over-the-top arithmetic because there’s so much I can’t count about the past six months. I can’t count the number of amazing, wonderful, Spirit-filled people I’ve met. I don’t know exactly how...

Pastor Michael TenHaken: 

 

Well, since I dodged Julie’s request to write a blog entry on the last night, I thought I would take a chance to do one now as a sort of summary and recap.  When you get back from a trip like this one of questions you get asked a lot is, “So, did you have a good trip?” or some variation of that.  It’s a difficult question to answer and a simple yes or no just won’t do. ...

Today was the day we were planning to spend with Joel VanDyke, a missionary from the U.S. that moved to Guatemala with his family after he fell in love with the urban area of Guatemala City. We were only missing one thing... Joel VanDyke. Due to traffic/schedules we weren't able to meet with him this morning. He was able to send a partner of his to take his place and give us a tour of the cemetary in Guatemala City....

After flying in from Paris, we arrived in Mali on a Friday around 8:30pm. After a long wait for our baggage, Harouna (a World Renew staff member here in Mali) graciously picked us up outside the airport and drove us to the guesthouse where we will be staying until the end of April. It is located in what used to be the East German Embassy (pretty cool!) but is now home to an evangelical mission. The guesthouse is run...

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