Yesu Kunnuna! (He is risen!)

Easter here in West Africa was very lively and very busy!
Friday evening, we had a Good Friday service at 8 o’clock (for which we arrived at 6, thinking we were right on time!). Coming from a church whose Good Friday service is a very dark, somber affair, it was very interesting to experience a service that was actually quite lively and upbeat (Jesus died to save us! What a reason to celebrate with...

In January, we had the opportunity to visit Kédougou (a town and region in South-eastern Senegal) with the World Renew team here. The point of our visit was to complete a workshop on Shalom (peace) in the church and the community with several Bissari pastors. The Bissari are a much smaller ethnic group than the Wolof, and are some of Senegal’s poorest people. We were shocked at the difference between Dakar and Kédougou. Kédougou is so green and has many...

In Tanzania, if you want something done right you ask a woman to do it. Women take part in VSL groups (Village Savings and Loan groups) and many women come out to the World Renew’s agricultural teachings.  We were again humbled this past month by a great group of Mwanza women from different denominations who came together to pray, to worship, to sing and just have fun celebrating International Women’s Day.

 

The...

This past week, we were privileged to attend a four-day trauma healing workshop. This workshop, put on by World Renew using a curriculum developed by the Trauma Healing Institute, is actually a “training for trainers,” specifically tailored to train others to lead workshops for church members, teaching them about walking through trauma, grief, and how to help others do the same. Learning about this was especially interesting for me (Bethany)...

Brother Lawrence said, "We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of the work but on the love in it."

This trip to Haiti was called a serving and learning opportunity. While I have done a lot of learning and hopefully serving as well, it truly was I who was served. It was hot. It was dirty. But the community and community spirit of...

 Our World Renew team came to Pignon, Haiti to serve and to love our neighbour, but soon realized that we were the ones being loved and served. The gracious Haitian hosts in Pignon gave us their best......a beautiful home to stay in with a generator that gave us power in the evenings, comfortable beds with all the necessities that made our stay comfortable. Our hosts spent all day preparing delicious meals for us, each one a feast.  Goats were slaughtered...

We walk mountain paths, bounce and jostle in the sultry, energy-zapping heat in the dusty LandRover. Through the cacophony of Port-au-Prince, we also begin to connect with that which is Haiti. I love our team - what a blessing to be here with these sisters and brothers. Worship on Sunday with our Haitian brothers and sisters was an incredible gift. Warm relationships,hospitality, artistic expression and poverty all describe what we've experienced. 
 
We pray for wisdom, for strength and for the Spirit...

Haiti. My first experience on a mission trip and also exposure to poverty. What to say, though. My experience so far has been heat, people, heat, love, hospitality, respect, bumpy roads, no rhyme or rhythm with respect to traffic. Did I already mentioned heat? Our time so far has been learning about Haitian history and culture. What a history and what a culture. Arising from their terrible history (being brought to this island by slave traders, warring with the French...

As I mentioned in a previous post. In preparation for our trip, our team has been meeting since January by telephone to try to get to know each other and prepare by going through World Renew’s Pre-Trip Study Guide. This guide focuses on the Seven Dimensions of Transformation. These include: Shared Vision, Sense of Community, Ownership, Leadership, Assets Knowledge and Skills, Ongoing Learning, and Shalom.

 

During our weekly phone calls we have discussed one dimension each meeting, and from our...

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