Finding an Advantage in Haiti

Post a Comment » Written on August 20th, 2014     
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HaitiMedical Teams International (MTI) seeks to provide health care and medical attention to the world’s most marginalized while also proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. Involved in countries around the world at different times, a consistent focus has been the island country of Haiti. Since a 7.0 earthquake that rocked the country in 2010, Haiti has continued in a downward spiral with much of its population not receiving the medical attention they so desperately need. CWR has the privilege to partner alongside MTI in their Haiti Advantage Prosthetics Program which provides the needed equipment, therapy, and support to the 6,000-8,000 people who are estimated to have lost limbs as a result of the 2010 earthquake. One remarkable story is that of Rennesse, a 20 year old man who became paralyzed in his legs 8 years ago due to fever and disease. After finding MTI’s program, Rennesse was able to get the help he needed and can now live a more independent life. Rennesse is grateful to MTI and Covenant World Relief and is now able to attend college as a result of the program.




Relief and a Future in South Sudan

Post a Comment » Written on August 18th, 2014     
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South SudanPartnering with the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan, Covenant World Relief is bringing relief to hundreds, if not thousands of children who have become orphaned due to the violence in South Sudan. It is the mission of CWR to bring aid and relief to the most vulnerable and in this case that means the orphaned children of South Sudan, many of whom are infected with HIV or other diseases and suffering because of the lack of infrastructure. Providing necessities such as medicine, food, and shelter is only a part of the work. The Vulnerable Orphaned Children project also aims to provide an education for these refugee and internally displaced children. Paying for their education means so much more, because it gives them a message of hope. Providing the basic necessities is important but paying for them to go to school says: “you have a future, you can be something, we are invested in who you are going to be.” This message of hope affirms these children and shows the true love of the Gospel. This love not only reaches out to present physical needs but also speaks to emotional needs. The gospel is about bringing true hope, not just survival, to all people.




Bringing Relief in the Central African Republic

Post a Comment » Written on August 14th, 2014     
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We just received an update from Roy and Aleta Danforth, Covenant Missionaries in the Central African Republic, on our project providing disaster relief there.

5 Seeds for the planters 1As rebel groups and Central African Republic national government authorities unsuccessfully try to work out their power struggle the local people that have been the victims in this whole crisis continue to suffer. Across the border in Cameroon, thousands of Fulani and Muslim refugees continue to live in camps, where sickness, malnutrition, and hunger plague the people, despite the efforts of the UNHCR and other relief groups. In addition, Gbaya people from our northern area also had to flee from Islamic extremists that burned their villages and killed many families. The result of all this bloodshed and destruction has been intense hatred between certain Muslims and non-Muslims. Finally, the international community has sent MISCA (international security) troops to guard the major cities against any more violence, and this has helped some. Our town of Gamboula is now under the protective care of 70 of these troops and we have a tenuous peace as we have had since the beginning of this conflict, but the hatred and fear of “the enemy” is still grounded in many people’s hearts.  Continue Reading »




Takers to Givers, Followers to Leaders

Post a Comment » Written on August 13th, 2014     
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Dance therapy GroupMarina attends multiple programs at the Fundefam or FDF (the Family Development Foundation) in Monterrey Mexico.  Since she first was invited by a friend, Marina has spent years involved at FDF and has recently become the dance therapy class instructor. Marina says, “During my participation I realized that apart from receiving I also had the opportunity to share and contribute to the development of women, with the skills God has given me.” This is true empowerment, for those who were once followers to become leaders that transform their own communities. Marina is only one of many who have been able to be a part of this transformation.  Here at Covenant World Relief we are honored to be able to be partners in this process. No amount of funds, or work, or doing things can bring this empowerment and change to people’s lives, only the grace of God. CWR and FDF are humbled to be able to play a part in our God’s transformational work in the lives of families in Monterrey. Learn more about this project and give online here.




Weddings for Social Change

Post a Comment » Written on August 11th, 2014     
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truthseekers weddingCovenant World Relief partners with Truthseekers  International to bring reconciliation and transformation to an oppressive system. The caste system of India has been used to oppress and manipulate great multitudes of the Indian population. Recently the Truthseekers mission has sought to challenge the traditional Indian wedding format by organizing weddings without idol worship or high caste priests overseeing them. These weddings are unique in that they include people from all different castes, both the high and low, and allow them to gather together in celebration. This is the goal of Truthseekers, to challenge the caste system, but do so peacefully and pointing to Christ’s love as the source behind their joy and love for all people. Continue Reading »