Subscribe

Archive | Mission

What does clean water do?

Last Friday I shared with three fifth grade classes about the global water crisis. And what clean water does.

In our brief time together I shared the story of two five-year-olds girls in Kenya and how clean water has the power to free a child to flourish in life, in whole communities. While I spoke broadly of this the direst of all global crises, the reality of 1,000 children dying today due to diarrhea from lack of clean water and sanitation can only hit us if we consider children are real people, and we enter their story.

“People like to follow a leader who doesn’t have it all together.”

This Summer our friend Lee Edward came to see Jeff & Kari Patterson, set a microphone on the table, and interviewed them for a “Leadership Portrait” episode on his podcast. Reproduced her with his and their permission, a quick intro added for context. See the podcast page at http://www.godrenews.us/leadership-portrait-jeff-kari/ for quotes and show notes.
#leadership #weareservants

Holy Week & World Water Day

Amidst the news cycle of a bombing in Brussels, a genuine tragedy, it’s easy to forget that today is World Water Day. While we can turn on any tap and fill a cup to sip while reading the day’s news, each and every day the thirst for water is real for 663 million people. That’s a daily tragedy, and it can be avoided! So today, and every March 22nd is a reminder for us to remember communities of faithful, resourceful people who rely on our support for the most basic of needs: CLEAN WATER!

Global 6K for Water

About every minute a child under age five dies as a result of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. Let’s change that. Join the Renew family & others in the neighborhood (& around the globe) as we run, walk or shuffle 6K for Water. Saturday, March 19th.

Running for Water (Team World Vision race recap)

In this audio update on Sunday, Pastor Jeff gives a recap of his Team World Vision fundraising race, noting some of the challenges, and the special experiences with like-minded runners, all of which traveled to Oregon at their own expense to run an epic relay race together. We are team members of a global group wanting to see the water crisis solved in this lifetime.

It Gets Worse in One of the World’s Worst Places (bringing hope to South Sudan)

South Sudan is the youngest nation in the world, gaining independence from Sudan (now North Sudan) in 2011. Our lead pastor will be running in the world’s largest relay race for the world’s youngest nation. Please give!

The civil war tearing through South Sudan has displaced millions of people, exposing many of them to horrific acts of violence. Here’s how we can help!

Praying for the people of Nepal & helping in their time of need.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the south-central Asian country of Nepal on Saturday (March 25, 2015), causing more than 3,700 deaths and widespread devastation. It is the worst earthquake the country has seen in 80 years, devastating the capital of Kathmandu along with surrounding areas including the ancient city of Bhaktapur.
A Global Response

There are a number of ways we can respond and support the relief effort. Our global partner World Vision already has a presence in Nepal and is coordinating strategic and significant relief efforts there with many other national and global organizations.

Update in Uganda: Hurry home, Sharon.

From March 10th to 20th I am in Uganda visiting friends and missionaries with Next Generation Ministries (NGM). Below is my attempt to summarize the story of Sharon and the care she is receiving. In this update we learn she gets to go home! There was great joy that day in Mpumudde.