OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (May 20, 2013) – Several Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) congregations and homes of many members are located in the path of the tornado that struck Oklahoma City this afternoon, and the denomination has pledged its support to help in relief efforts. Read more…
Covenant World Relief will be responding after the major tornado in Oklahoma today. You can give online to our efforts here. As we have more updates and information, we will be posting updates on our website, facebook, blog and twitter. Thank you for your prayers.
Filed under: Community Development
Tags: Mexico, Micro-finance, Women
Sara Albina Ramos Narváez is a participant in the Fuentes Libres program in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has 6 grown children and has lived in her community her whole life.
She found out about the Fuentes Libres community bank program two years ago and decided she wanted to participate. She has used her micro-loan to pay off her land, buy natural fertilizer, and harvest corn, beans, and gourds. With the income she makes from selling her produce, Sara repays her micro-loan, and she is proud to say that she has never missed a payment! She also puts money into savings every week and uses the rest of her earnings to buy food and other necessities.
She enjoys being a part of the Fuentes Libres program. She especially loves the Bible study, which has helped her in her day-to-day life. She has come to understand that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. She gives thanks to God for allowing her to be part of the group because she has learned to save and manage her money. She is also grateful for the relationships she has formed with other women, as they support one another with family members. She enjoys the community she has found there.
Filed under: Disaster Relief
Tags: Burma, Congo, India, Japan, South Sudan
Natural and human-caused disasters occur daily throughout the world. CWR responds when there are partners in the local area who have the capacity to respond. Recently, CWR has responded to the following disasters:
- flooding in Mozambique and South Sudan
- drought in India
- violence in DR Congo, Syria, and Burma (a Covenant medical missionary participated in the response in Burma)
- ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief, and
- relief and recovery work which continues in Japan more than two years after the earthquake and tsunami.
Thanks to all who give faithfully so that CWR is able to respond immediately to disasters.
Below is the story of a woman whose life was radically transformed when she was provided with the opportunity by CWR’s partner HCC to escape a life of prostitution.
Renuka is the daughter of Gangubai Shinde. She is 17 years old and in the 12th grade. While Renuka was growing up, her mother was unable to homeschool her and she was also unable to afford the education fees to send her to school. Gangubai shared her concerns with the HCC staff, and HCC decided to help support Renuka’s education.
With the help received from HCC, Renuka was able to begin 12th grade. She also received extra tuition to pay for classes that would prepare her for her final exam. She is awaiting the results from her exam.
In the future, Renuka hopes to take a computer course and to take higher education courses in business. HCC has helped her not just financially for her education, but also by guiding her in her social and moral life with the help of HCC’s female counselors.
Mrs. Gangubai and her daughter are so grateful for HCC’s contribution to their lives.
To learn more about our partnership with the Hindustani Covenant Church, click here.