Newswire – International Teams Canada Lives & Communities Transformed Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:13:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Impact Ecuador earthquake update Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:56:39 +0000 Read More]]> Although the news coverage of Ecuador has mostly disappeared, there is still great pain and suffering resulting from the April earthquake, which killed at least 663 people. Entire towns have been flattened and very little help has reached the people, many of whom are sleeping in tents or on the street.

Responding to the great need, a team of 13 people from Carmen Bajo went to the impacted areas the last weekend of May.  The team experienced great unity and the Lord led them to a small town where aid has not yet arrived. The destruction was beyond what they expected. They were heart-broken to see the conditions.

Carmen Bajo was able to share from the supplies that past teams have brought down to them, as well as from their own resources.  In addition, Impact Ecuador was able to provide some funds to help purchase food and other resources to distribute. They held programs with the kids and youth from that community, conducted a church service, and distributed kits with food and hygiene items to the families. The people were extremely grateful and each team member took away the challenge to continue supporting this community.

CFPC has a new woodworking instructor! Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:54:23 +0000 Read More]]> We thank God for Deni Kaboré, our new woodworking shop instructor! A good instructor makes a huge difference to the program. Deni joined our staff at the beginning of the school year in November. He has more than 5 years practical experience as well as training at the top vocational training centre in Burkina Faso, but his best qualification is that he truly enjoys working with the students and wants to pass on his knowledge to them.

The students have blossomed under his instruction and guidance. We have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly the students have been able to tackle some difficult woodworking projects, such as chairs, and with the high quality of their work. The students arrive early in the morning and are eager to start their day. When Roger arrives with a truck load of lumber the students quickly unload the truck, talking excitedly about the projects they will be completing using the lumber that has just arrived.

Our woodworking program is progressing so well this year as a result of Deni’s enthusiasm and skills.

Radio interview with Haiti Partners! Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:42:40 +0000 This past week Greg Reader got a chance to sit down and interview Kent Annan and Jonathan Chan from Haiti Partners about life, ministry and Ken’t new book.

Click here for interview audio



Impact Rwanda: Stories of Transformation Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:25:07 +0000 Read More]]> Impact Rwanda takes a holistic approach to meeting the needs of the desperately poor and vulnerable people of Rwanda by engaging with spiritual and physical health, and education and skills training. We focus on women, refugees, and at­ risk youth and children.

Community Bible Church

Breaking the mold of traditional Rwandan church leadership, Community Bible Church (CBC) is the country’s first indigenous elder ­led church. Not long ago we were reflecting on the people whom God has brought to CBC – orphans, refugees, widows, those estranged from their spouses, those disillusioned with church – and realized that God had brought to the church those we asked for: people in need of life transformation.

Passy is 24, the son of a pastor, and part of a broken family where the children have been forced to choose between mom and dad. He came to CBC very disillusioned by church and those that call themselves Christians. He came because a friend invited him, telling him that CBC was different. Now, Passy never misses an opportunity to be part of church each week.

Serge recently met with him and asked what has been the greatest change in his life in the last year. Passy responded, peace. Peace in his relationship with God and how he navigates his family relationships.

Komeza Women

In Rwanda, women are considered the heart of the family. This is even more evident in poor families where women do almost everything to make sure that their children and husband have what they need to survive.

Chantal is one such woman. She is heavily pregnant with her second child, and yet walks 45 minutes each way to work at J.Lynn’s each day. She makes the best salsa in town and makes sure that all the donuts are iced and decorated to perfection – along with all the other tasks she helps with at the shop.

Chantal also has the mind of an entrepreneur and is on her way to helping her family become self­ sufficient. Currently she has 2 mama pigs and five piglets with more on the way. Each day, she collects the leftover scraps from J.Lynn’s to help feed them. She has expanded her services to include reselling vegetables and trusts God that this little business can grow to also employ her husband. Pray for her to continue to trust God and to be faithful in what he has given her and her family.

Children and Youth At Risk

Apollinaire is 22 years old. He has been in our program for street kids since 2006. He was a house boy trying to survive when we first connected with him and recognized that there was something special about him. He started back to school in grade 4.

He is incredibly conscientious and works most diligently in all things – sometimes stressing too much that he’s not doing good enough, to which have always replied that we are more concerned about his character and walk with God than how well he performs in school. He has just finished grade 10 in the top 5 of his class and will start grade 11 in January.

What a year! These are just a few of the stories of impact and we are seeing more each day. Your support has truly made a difference in transforming lives and communities in Rwanda. Thank You! Your partnership matters.

Bringing 110 Street Children to Disneyland was a Huge Success! Wed, 09 Dec 2015 19:17:48 +0000 Read More]]> We’re so grateful for the help of the Sunrise Community Church, Extreme Response, Action International and all of the individuals like you who generously supported IT Tender’s Disney themed Christmas Party this year.

Several mothers said that it was the first time their children had played on a bouncing castle and that they were so happy. Celebration and fun together is so important for learning and community building!

Here are some Pictures from the event to enjoy!



To see more pictures from the awesome Photobooth Click here!

Thank you and God bless you for spreading joy with our children this Christmas! 


You Can send a street child to Disneyland this Christmas! Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:52:50 +0000 Read More]]> Bringing 100 Street Children to Disneyland!

As you might guess, children in Manila love Disney just as much as children in the West.  …or even more, if possible. The street kids in our educational programs only dream of experiencing Disneyland. This Christmas, in the spirit of bringing joy and making dreams possible, we want to bring all of the children to Disneyland! 

Yes, this seems like a near-impossible plan. However, we discovered that the trick is not necessarily to get them to Disneyland, but to get Disneyland to them. So on December 5th we’re throwing a Disney-themed party for the street kids. This is no small-time, backyard party. In fact, there will be a castle, appearances from Disney characters (who may look curiously like IT Tender staff), a feast fit for kings, and Christmas gifts (with toys, hygiene and school supplies). We will also share the true meaning of Christmas, about a kingdom much greater than Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” and a king who humbly came to earth as a baby in a manger.

To pull off this epic feat and give our children the chance to experience Disneyland, we need your help! 

For every $5 donation a child will be able to join the party. Click here to Donate  and share the joy this Christmas!

Take care,

John Coffey
Director of IT Tender

Wings for change 2015 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:35:50 +0000 Read More]]> We look forward to seeing you! Click HERE to purchase tickets for this event.

This event is to raise money for a Farming Cooperative Pilot Project in South Sudan, implemented by Windows of Opportunity in partnership with International Teams Canada. This will be our kick off fundraiser to raise $6000 in seed capital to begin employing and educating farmers in Kajo Keji County, in enhanced agriculture techniques.

If you are not able to attend but are able to make a donation to facilitate the work in South Sudan, Please click HERE to donate now!

Thank you so much for your partnership in empowering the South Sudanese to positively impact their communities.

Cristian Santiago’s Canadian Visit! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:51:02 +0000 Read More]]>
“My strong desire and hope is to have committed Canadians connected all year round to the DR Projects. My dream is that Churches in Canada would call Lighthouse their project.
-Cristian Santiago

Cristian’s Update about the DR Projects

* They hope to construct the roof of the open wall church in January
– Currently they are holding church meetings there every Saturday
– They are also performing one concert a month at the church


*Pastor Maria’s Church
– Has been constructed up to beams level
-They are currently fundraising to finish this project

-There is a current goal of changing 37 dirt floors in community homes to cement flooring
-Families are so grateful for their children not to be walking and sleeping in the dirt– this has opened doors to opportunities in sharing the Gospel

*A roof between the school buildings has been finished
-This area is now where the children and teams eat outside, as it is much cooler
-They have also held school graduation in this outside area

Next Year
*They are hoping to install 20 bathrooms in the school
-They are wanting to launch their University program which will be held in the school after the kids leave for the day
-The focus will be on training teachers

Cristian's visit 1

During the visit we launched the DR’s Christmas campaign for 2015 which will be a Peer to Peer Fundraiser to ship 600 buckets and other needed items to the DR by early January with a  goal of raising $8000 to accomplish this need! More details and the links to the online site will follow soon!
Thank you for your enthusiasm for the Lighthouse! We appreciate your time, generosity and partnership!

]]> Kiziba Library to Receive Solar Lighting in 2016 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:49:04 +0000 Read More]]> The Ride for Refuge was a great fundraiser for Impact Rwanda again this year. The Rwanda Riders team from WMB Church in Waterloo, Ontario raised a total of $17,000, which will assist Impact Rwanda projects including the installation of solar lighting at the library in the Kiziba Refugee Camp. What a gift this will be to all those who wish to use the library! Now it will be able to stay open past dark, which happens at 6:00 p.m. in the camp. The panels and related technology are expected to be installed in 2016.

Serge and Jennifer Kamari, program leaders for Impact Rwanda, shared their thanks for this support of the library. “We know and believe that through education — formal, informal and spiritual — lives are changed and cycles of poverty are broken. We, along with the team in Kiziba, thank you sincerely.”

Thank you again for your support of Impact Rwanda. For more information on how the library is being used in Kiziba, check out our latest 6-month report!

C4 Church Is Impact Uganda’s Newest Partner Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:58:24 +0000 Read More]]> Impact Uganda has a new partner! Dave Adams, Impact Uganda’s program champion and lead pastor at C4 Church, announced this weekend that C4 has agreed to partner with Impact Uganda. In addition to providing regular financial support to the program, they are committed to sending an Impact Team to serve in Uganda each year.

C4 is located in Ajax, Ontario. Their purpose is to glorify God by enabling people of all ages to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Their vision is to become a regional church of 10,000 by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people in Jesus’ name. For more information about C4, visit their website at or find them on Facebook.

Please join us in celebrating this exciting news! C4 put together a wonderful video featuring Program Leader Anne Mwangi and Angela Mason, C4’s Pastor of Local & Global Engagement.