Twin Blessings September 23, 2019

At 31, Sarah is barely older than I am, but her life has been so different – and so much harder – than my own. She lives in Uganda and has 8 year-old twins, a boy and a girl, named Prosper and Patricia. Her story is a powerful demonstration of the difference the simple gift of food can make for a struggling family. Some people in Uganda believe that twins are bad luck. Sadly, Sarah’s husband couldn’t handle the fear of superstition, and was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a father. So, when the twins were still just babies, he threw them – and their mother – out of ‘his’ house. (more…)

Field Notes from Uganda March 4, 2019

Bill returned from his first visit to Africa last week, and is heading to India shortly. But before the next trip we wanted to share some highlights from his time in Uganda! I’m in Uganda! Uganda is really growing on me! It’s so much different than Kenya. It’s really green everywhere, with leafy trees and dense jungle. The country really is beautiful, and its people are very welcoming. I packed a lot into my time in Uganda. First, we visited St. Luke’s Life Center in Entebbe. (more…)

Meet Stessy February 15, 2019

Meet Stessy! Meet Stessy. This precious four-year-old lives in Haiti. Her home is literally a tent. And it’s not even a nice tent… their “tent” is actually a combination of tarps and sheets propped up on sticks. There’s a bed at the back, a small pile of dishes in the corner, a wooden table and a small stove set carefully in the open space on the ground in the middle. And that’s it. Can you imagine? At night Stessy’s mom, Widelène, takes a piece of corrugated metal and props it over the tent’s “door.” She has a small chain she uses to lock this piece of metal to the wooden stakes. That’s all the security she can give Stessy and her sister. This is the only life little Stessy has ever known. (more…)

Finding hope in beans February 16, 2018

When we first met baby Annet, she was sitting in the dirt playing with an empty bowl. She and her brother were all alone. Annet plays with an empty bowl You see, Annet’s mother is struggling every day to keep her family alive. She has nobody to help her – no husband, no relatives, no nearby friends who can watch her three kids. (more…)

The Power of a Critical Care Pak March 7, 2017

Roxana is so excited about this giant bag of food that will keep her family healthy! Roxana lives in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. It’s a long, hot hike up to her little hut, and she complains about the dust that swirls constantly through the house and yard. Growing up, Roxana dreamed of running her own small business, but instead she’s spent her life selflessly caring for others. (more…)

Rumors of a witch October 24, 2016

“Did you hear?” a woman asked one of her neighbors in a shabby street of a Kenyan slum. “Hear what?” the other asked eager to hear the latest gossip. This brave mother has endured much in her life. “I heard it from a woman five houses down,” the first one said with an air of importance. “I don’t know where she got the news but she said it is from a reliable source.” “What is it? What is it? Tell me!” (more…)

CCW responds to food and other post-hurricane needs October 24, 2016

It has only been a few weeks since Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, and yet for some, the memories must still be very vivid. Can you imagine what a poor mother felt as she watched this powerful storm tear through her home, washing away her few possessions and spoiling the small plot of land where she’d planted a few vegetables? The fear and anguish deep within her as she clutched her children tight through the wind and rain, wondering how she would provide for them when the storm finally stopped raging? (more…)

Annette's Trip Cliff Notes May 30, 2016

This is the last blog in our #GoBeyondHope Series, featuring on-the-ground updates from Annette and Nathan as they visit our ministry locations in Kenya and Uganda. Hard to believe but our 3 weeks in Africa have come to an end. It has been a trip full of surprises and blessings. There has been laughter, but I have also shed tears and held hands with those I have encountered that have been suffering. I have been both moved and touched by so many people. Here are some highlights of the trip that I will take home with me. Devotional time with our office staff in Kenya and singing hymns together with them. What beautiful voices they have! (more…)

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