The Canadian Reformed World Relief Fund Mission CRWRF serves as a bridge for our church members and churches to provide resources that address material needs of people suffering the effects of poverty through Christian motivated partners.
Fort McMurray Disaster Response
Please continue to pray for:
– all those who have been displaced by the Wildfires in Fort McMurray, for peace and patience
– the Oil Companies who employed so many of the them, for wisdom and safety
– local, provincial and federal governments, for clarity and harmony as they implement recovery and rehab
– the local church as they gather and share the gospel in words and actions
-with thanks at the evidence of God’s common grace in the hearts and lives of Canadians
CRWRF is not appealing for funds for this disaster. At this time, we are willing to receive collected funds and will disburse those funds in consultation with MANNA (Canadian Reformed Society for World Relief in Alberta). Our recommended funding partner is Samaritan’s Purse as they have a strong focus on the work being done in Jesus’ name and work in communities with churches and local groups when possible. They expect to enter Ft. McMurray on May 24th. For more information, you can check out their website here.
CRWRF Drought Relief
Although it hasn’t captured the attention of the mainline media, many East and South African countries are experiencing severe drought. When the rains do come, they are either too little too late or too much so that flooding results in destruction of the meagre crops standing. Farming families have experienced drought since summer 2015 with 2 failed crop seasons already and some are entering their 3rd failed crop season. Families in Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia and parts of South Africa as well as in Indonesia are facing less income and higher food costs. It’s important to send aid before family assets are sold in order to lessen the length of impact of this climate change. Food assistance will most likely need to extend until summer 2017.
In South Africa, where CRWRF supports the work of Home Based Care volunteers as they bring essential food parcels to patients living with AIDS, the community vegetable gardens have been bare due to lack of water. This directly affects their budget that is based on their ability to produce a lot of the fresh vegetables needed to help their neighbours. CRWRF has added to their annual budget so that they can afford to supplement those parcels from the market, where obviously, the cost of food has also risen.
When we think of Africa, we think of subsistence farmers but even the economies of these developing nations can become crippled by this drought. In Zambia, hydroelectric energy produced by the Kariba Dam serviced the growth of industry locally but also was exported for profit. Now, due to the drought, this source of economic stability slows to a trickle causing urban unemployment and infrastructure deficits.
CRWRF has also allocated $50,000 from their 2016 budget towards drought relief in Africa through World Renew partners (including CFGB and Food for the Hungry) who have already been responding through community development programs on the ground as they saw the need growing. Join us and the church of Africa as She prays to her Father in heaven who is wise, just, faithful and merciful! “Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens, when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?” Job 38
If you wish, designated donations can be made towards Drought Relief 2016 Donate Now or by mail.
Annual General Meeting Notice
The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Reformed World Relief Fund is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016. The meeting will start at 9:00am and will be held at Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church, 353 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton.
All are welcome at 10:30am! Keynote speaker is Ken Little, Senior Project Manager, International Disaster Response, at World Renew. Speaking on Relief & Rehab, in the areas where we have partnered with World Renew, namely Syria/Lebanon, Iraq, Nepal and Philippines.
New Web Address
Faithworks has a new web address: http://www.faithworkscrwrf.ca/
Lev. 19:10 “Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.”
At this time of year, we give thanks for the abundant harvest that God has provided in all the land. Let us remember to share from this abundance with the poor and the foreigner who may be in need. This year, CRWRF again has chosen to designate the Thanksgiving Offering for the plight of the refugees in this world. There has been much media attention in the past few months about Syrian refugees seeking asylum and sponsorship in Europe and North America. It can be overwhelming in this global village we live in to know how to reach out in a situation that enters our home each day visually but geographically is far removed. Many churches are considering setting up sponsorship programs locally within their congregations; God’s people declaring His house as a place of refuge! CRWRF is supporting some of the millions of refugees that cannot afford even that avenue of escape from the oppression that they are fleeing from or living in. For the many refugees that have fled Syria and Iraq to neighbouring countries by foot or by car, the provision of food vouchers, medicine, shelter and nutritional supplements for the lame and the little are the daily necessities that sustain them while they await the opportunity to return to their homes and their land. Another tangible way to help is to share a loaf of bread ($2) in the collection bag for those who are hungry. Since the beginning of 2015, we have donated on your behalf $145,621 to refugee relief programs. Donations are given through trusted partners who are able to give a Christian witness when possible. We continue to monitor the Refugee Crisis in Syria and other areas of the world. Please mark your thanksgiving donation “Thanksgiving 2015 – Refugee Aid” You can donate online, through the mail or your local deaconry.
Several churches have requested if we have contacts regarding sponsorship partners. This form of relief is best suited to local church groups that can form sponsorship committees, such as has been done in the past.
It is always advisable to work closely with your local municipal authorities and the “cluster” groups that are being formed. These are basically groups that network people and organizations in your local community together as they work with a common relief goal – to sponsor refugees – in order to share information about logistics (moving of people and things) as well as social and financial assistance programs available. There is a great opportunity to be a witness for Christ as you work as His ambassador locally.
The Canadian government will put aside $1 for every $1 raised from qualifying Canadian organizations for the Syria crisis response between September 12 and December 31, 2015. It will later disperse these funds to various organizations that are responding.
For more information please visit here.
50th Anniversary Celebration
On September 12, 2105, in Hamilton, Ontario CRWRF opened the doors to the “world” of CRWRF from the past 50 years. Table displays, authentic items on each table, food from the countries and singing in different languages were highlights of the event. We thank God for being with our partners, our sponsorships, members and board of directors. Check out the pictures on Facebook
NEPAL – Phase 3
Now in its fifth year and showing no signs of ending, the conflict in Syria is an increasingly complex global challenge with unprecedented displacement in the region and increased needs and vulnerabilities of refugees, internally displaced people, and other persons of concern. Lebanon ranks first worldwide in number of refugees per capita; over 1.17 million registered Syrian refugees constitute about one quarter of the population. The overwhelming refugee influx has had severe economic and social impacts on Lebanon’s markets, infrastructures, and communities. At the same time, refugee families are becoming more vulnerable as their displacement is prolonged. CRWRF has committed $ 89,000 towards a food security project spearheaded by World Renew and their partner Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). Through the 4:1 matching arrangement available through CFGB, the project will provide food vouchers for 1,225 Syrian refugee families (approximately 6,750 individuals) who are highly vulnerable and who are unable to return home due to the continuous violence in Syria. Through the distribution of monthly food vouchers for four months, the project aims to stabilize access to food and mitigate negative coping strategies among vulnerable refugee families in 18 locations throughout Lebanon.
UPDATE – Nepal Earthquake
Phase One: The MAF Disaster Response continues in Nepal; there is a real need for the services provided that it is anticipated to extend the disaster response phase of work done in Nepal into August. The latest stats of the response team are: – Flown 205.8 hours to 114 different landing locations – Carried 825 passengers – carried 84,649kgs of relief and air freight – Conducted 7 aeromedical evacuation flight – including three for the Norwegian Red Cross The need for the service continues to grow with over 65 organizations registered for coordinated flight services – with over 20 of those being local Nepali NGOs. We covet your prayers for the people of Nepal; there are occasional aftershocks that still create panic and have people running out of their make shift shelters. Many people are still camping outside of their homes because either their home was too badly damaged or they are too scared to move back indoors. Monsoon season is also around the corner which could cause landslides. We know that God is in control of all things, we thank Him for the safety and security of the staff and pilots of MAF to date. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way, the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46: 1-2a.
Phase Two In the six weeks since the earthquake struck Nepal much work has been done, lives have been changed and God’s work has been seen. But the need is still great; it is to that end that CRWRF has partnered with World Renew for the second phase of our relief efforts. World Renew is providing immediate support of the physical needs of 1300 families affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The monies donated will be used for: Food kits – two week food kit based on an average size of 6-8 people including: 1. 20 kgs of rice 2. 2 litres of oil 3. 4 kgs of dahl 4. 2 kgs of dried Nutrila (Soya bean enriched product) SHELTER – each targeted beneficiary household will receive one tent to be used as a temporary shelter particularly during the monsoon season, along with one tarp under which to cook. EMERGENCY – recognizing that it could be some time before permanent shelters/homes are re-built and to prevent any more suffering from the colder weather, each targeted household will also receive 3 wool blankets. HYGIENE KITS – With homes destroyed came the loss of essential household items. The kits will include 6 toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand washing soap, and other essential hygiene supplies all contained in a plastic bucket. WASH– In over half of the target areas the water conditions are poor, 650 water filtration systems will be given out to those affected with water issues. World Renew is a trusted Christian organization that shows God’s love and grace to those physically suffering in Nepal. Pray that this work will open hearts that have not heard the gospel, help those that are physically suffering and most of all glorify God and His plan for all of our lives.
Phase One – Nepal Earthquake
- Posted on May 14, 2015
Photo Credit: LuAnne Cadd
- Posted on April 29, 2015
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has devastated areas of Nepal, causing widespread suffering, damage and destruction. Early reports put the death toll at over 4500 victims and estimate that tens of thousands more have been affected through injuries and loss of their homes and livelihoods. The scope of the food and non-food emergency needs is already enormous and is expected to rise much higher once assessments have been done. Immediate aid is urgent. CRWRF will respond. Initially the most pressing needs are for medical aid, food, safe drinking water, kitchen and cooking kits and temporary shelter. In the longer term, much will be required for rebuilding and rehabilitation. We are currently researching what our best response should be. We expect to partner with a trusted, Canadian, Christian relief partner, initially to provide immediate relief and in the longer term for rehabilitation efforts. We expect to have more information soon. In the meantime you can donate online – in order to designate your donation towards this relief response, please choose the fund “NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – Disaster Relief & Rehabilitation”. All donations received by May 31, 2015 and earmarked ‘Nepal Earthquake’ will be directed to our relief response. Donations received after this date will be added to our general contributions. Continue to remember the people of Nepal in your prayers, to bring relief to the victims and to open doors and hearts to the message of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Partnerships build positive changes
- Posted on April 23, 2015
A.I.C Achego Children’s Home – Year in Review – 2014
- Posted on April 16, 2015
With thanks given to God we can report a successful year for the Achego Children’s home in Kenya. Monies sent to the home allowed the staff to provide a safe, Christian home for the children. Highlights of 2014 include: – A food security program that allowed fresh vegetables to be grown, farm animals to be raised and any extras sold for income allowing the program to sustain itself. The program provides a balanced diet for the children. – Education programs including school, career guidance and life skills training for secondary students. These programs are vital to teach the youth the importance of education and also for them to be positive members of society. – The children also benefited from spiritual guidance through daily devotions, Sunday services and a youth camp that took place in early December. – In August 2014 Konnie Peet & Annette Smeding visited the home where the children were treated to an anniversary party (which they REALLY enjoyed). They spent several days living in the guesthouse near the Home and participated in the children’s daily routines for cooking, eating, schoolwork and play. – During the year, Achego was able to rescue 7 children through court orders. These children were victims of either physical abuse, neglect or abject poverty. Since then 5 children have been able to return back home to their families. Praise the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever – Psalm 106:1
- Posted on November 6, 2014
We have already described our partnership with Samaritan’s Purse Canada as they responded to the Ebola Crisis, which has caused so much pain and the sadness of death in Liberia as well as a few surrounding countries. The impact of this deadly disease is now touching the rest of the world as fear permeates Health Workers and travellers coming in and out of the affected countries. This fear may lead to not enough help offered by the medical community from near and far who have the expertise and can lend a helping hand. Since Ebola usually is not spread if Universal Precautions are in place simple things like proper protective gear are essential but not very available. Samaritan’s Purse has just posted another announcement on their website and funds are still needed for supplies, especially for this protective gear. On Wednesday they were able to send a plane full of supplies to Liberia. This included100,000 sets of protective equipment, 20,000 buckets and over 100,000 pairs of gloves. These supplies are essential to protect their health workers and will allow them to stock the 15 Community Care Centers they are setting up in various areas. Please view the video clip of Dr. Kent Brantley an Ebola survivor who worked in the area. The needs continue to be great. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.