Young Community Developers

Post a Comment » Written on October 22nd, 2014     
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DSC00520“Incredible young people!” This was the sentiment of the CWR team that recently visited the Family Development Foundation (FDF) in Monterrey, Mexico. During a meeting with some of the leaders, Ed Delgado, president of CHET (training center for Hispanic church leaders), asked four high- school students how they would engage with a new community. These students grew up in neighborhoods near FDF and became involved in the organization through its community programs. Their responses were:

  • Do an assessment of the community.
  • Pray and seek what God would have us do.
  • Identify leaders.
  • Determine the available resources, both inside and outside the community.
  • Develop a strategy and plan.

The CWR team was amazed at how these high-school students, at their young age, already possess a depth of understanding and experience in community development.

Thanks from South Sudan

Post a Comment » Written on October 20th, 2014     
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Below is a note of gratitude sent from Matthew, the project coordinator for the Vulnerable and Orphaned Children (VOC) project in South Sudan.

With his wife, Matthew celebrates receiving his masters degree in community development.

With his wife, Matthew celebrates receiving his masters degree in community development.

“We are very grateful to work in partnership with CWR while serving the poor and the marginalized people in the kingdom of God. The VOC project has gone through four consecutive phases and is heading into the fifth phase in South Sudan and the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. It is an essential project that has met the real needs of the destitute and poor people. “The project has relieved many from the agonies and mitigated their sufferings. It has also gone further by changing and transforming people’s lives and shaping their future destinies. The project has trained more than eighty widows and guardians in various skills, which has enabled most of them to live in self reliance. There are more than forty children with various chronic diseases that were cured by this project. There are also more than fifty orphans and disabled children who were sponsored by the VOC in various levels of schools where they are studying.“We are grateful for your partnership!”

For more information on the Vulnerable and Orphaned Children project in South Sudan, visit

From Death to New Life

Post a Comment » Written on October 15th, 2014     
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WirotWirote’s mother had begun preparing for his death, which seemed imminent. His funeral photograph had been taken and framed. Wirote was succumbing to AIDS. But in his weakened and seemingly hopeless state, he began to receive care from the Center for HIV/AIDS Affected Communities (CHAC), and his life was transformed. With medication his strength returned. He began following Jesus. Continue Reading »

Experiencing Life in Oaxaca, Mexico

Post a Comment » Written on October 13th, 2014     
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Image 1Fuentes Libres is a Covenant ministry in Mexico that focuses on economic development in vulnerable communities. As a result of this ministry, hundreds of economically needy women and their families have been empowered and assisted. This ministry has 35 community banks with 12-15 women in each group.

In Colombia, Hands with Hope assists marginalized women as well. Recently, three founding members of Hands with Hope from Medellin, Colombia travelled to Oaxaca, Mexico to learn from Fuentes Libres. They were able to learn, share, and live life with the foundation of Fuentes Libres for two weeks. These three women got to see how Fuentes Libres works in action. Mondays the staff prays together, organizes their week for the different community groups, and evaluates their progress.

The focus of helping these women in Oaxaca is to move forward in their lives with training, Bible study, and economic opportunities. Many of these women are underprivileged and uneducated, yet they are the women who are most dedicated and willing to sacrifice sleep or time. These women desire to see their small businesses succeed. The women range from 18-78 years old weaving baskets, selling clothing items, products from magazines, and making tamales, tortillas, and other Mexican food. These women work together and fulfill their commitments weekly to pay down their loans and to have a savings plan.


–written by Polly Kalntzis, CWR intern

Cameroon Chickens and Goats Enters Next Phase

Post a Comment » Written on October 8th, 2014     
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe second phase of the “Passing on the Gift” project has officially begun in Belo, Cameroon! The first phase consisted of launching four sustainable chicken brooding farms, in which over 2500 chickens were brooded and then passed on to others in the community.  Though this was a successful part of the project, the women of Belo felt a need to also raise sheep and goats outside of their chicken brooding. Because raising sheep and goats in Belo is a cultural taboo for women due to customs, they did not know how to address this need they were feeling.  They began by attending a training session conducted by a women’s group in Ndop, Cameroon.  These twenty women from Ndop had been running their own CIG for three years with the help of a male advisor. Seeing this, the women of Belo realized their dreams of raising sheep and goats could become a reality after all with the help of Pastor Daniel, a Cameroonian leader in the community.  In this next phase, the project management carefully selected members of the community and created a cluster for the goats to be raised in.  In order for the women to participate in the cluster, Pastor Daniel conducted a meeting with the husbands to receive their consent, allowing the women to raise the animals.  After receiving approval, the tenth cluster of the POG project was formed, and now is raising sheep and goats within the Belo community.  Through this cluster and these women who are raising money to help their families out of poverty, history is being made. Give the gift of a chicken here.