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Yesu Kunnuna! (He is risen!)

Easter here in Mali 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 dancing!)....

Imagine that you live in a completely Muslim village. Now imagine that you just became a Christian. You are the only Christian in your village, and there are only a few other fellow-Christians in the surrounding villages because Christianity is a relatively new thing within your vast tribe. Who do you go to when you have faith questions? What support and encouragement do you have in your faith walk? How do you respond to those in your village who realize...

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) because of my psychology background, although David really enjoyed himself...

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of learning, working and adjusting to the heat! We can hardly believe that we have been here for a month now, yet it also seems like we’ve been here for a long time. I find that drastic changes in life always do that – make you feel like the “other side” of the change was a very long time ago, although only a few weeks or a few days have passed.

Most of...

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...

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...