The rain has come. The grass is greener, the flowers have come out and the temperature has dropped. A cool wind is blowing and the sky is white with a light cloud cover. The"Tall Men Growing" are doing well. We arrived safely in Lilongwe, after a very long day of travel, 3 flights and numerous movies, to the welcoming faces of Peter Timmerman and two other World Renew workers. We are staying, for the first week, at the African...

While visiting rural villages to observe development activities, we were invited to eat a meal at the home of the family of Somaly, one of the OREDA staff members.  The home was actually two houses side by side – the second was built by the younger couple in anticipation of establishing their own family.  As is typical of rural Cambodia, the houses were constructed on posts above a “ground” level living area.  Predominant in this area is a platform about...

It was a good day for the school children of Ang Tul village.  They were exempted from their usual morning classes, and instead were gathered in a shaded area on the grounds of the neighbouring pagoda.  A loud speaker had been erected, and projection equipment was ready.  This was all in anticipation of the special "Hand Washing Event" OREDA staff had organized as part of their health promotions activities.

Introductory remarks included a short talk by the director of the local...

The bags are sitting by the front door and the plane is waiting for us. It’s been five months since we began planning for this trip and the day is here already. The support that we have gotten in the past few months has been unreal. When the idea was first brought forward we all prayed that if this was something God wanted us to do that the path would be marked out for us, and was it ever. Even...

Ana Joya, World Renew's Bridger in Honduras, and I have been traveling around the country this month meeting with community leaders and several of our partner agencies.  We are well underway with the preparations for our November work teams from Canada.  They are New West CRC from British Columbia, West End CRC from Alberta and The Carpenteros and Friends from Ontario. They came about this time last year so it is great to see all three teams returning to continue...

Any appreciation of Cambodia's history and culture requires a visit to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. The construction of most of these temple complexes dates back to the twelfth century. As explained in The Rough Guide to Cambodia, "they were built largely due to the uniquely Khmer cult known as devaraja, literally "god-king." Founded on the belief that Khmer kings were earthly incarnations of gods, the cult inspired dizzying heights of architectural megalomania as each successive king endeavoured...

September was a busy month for me as I traveled home to Canada.  It was great to see my family and friends after being abroad for so long.  I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to speak at a few churches and events about the amazing work being done in Honduras in His name.  Many people have known about CRWRC, now World Renew, for years and supported it faithfully without knowing much about the process of transformational development.  I was...

English classes, whether in North America or Cambodia, are made up of elements such as lessons in vocabulary, grammar, spelling and conversation.  It’s all very useful, but can be a bit tedious.  What makes it all come alive is a good story.

And so I have been on the look-out for a short, interesting story, written in simple English, with pictures as cues, and suitable for adults.  This is easier said than done.  I was thrilled to find nearby an "International"...

What does successful community development look like? You see it when a community builds on what it has learned and takes the initiative to launch a new project that helps to lift its people out of poverty. That is what made the visit to Kampong Sleng Village so exciting.

Kampong Sleng is one of 10 villages that benefits from the development work of Love Cambodia (a partner organization of World Renew and funded by Mission Alliance). Under the guidance of Love...

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