Newswire – International Teams Canada Lives & Communities Transformed Fri, 20 May 2016 04:44:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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.

CFPC Makes Space for 90 New Students at Enfants d’Afrique School Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:51 +0000 Read More]]> The workers and students from CFPC Vocational Training Centre spent last summer working at the site of a Christian school located in the mainly Muslim district of Sakoula in the capital city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This is an area of great economic need and with little opportunity for children’s education since there are few government schools. Enfants d’Afrique is a ministry focussing on educating children in a Christian environment and is the result of a burden God has placed upon the heart of a young Christian Burkinabe man. The current school enrolment is in excess of 140 students, most of which come from Muslim homes in the Sakoula area.

Terry Gray, CFPC’s Program Champion, said that there has been an ongoing relationship between the two ministries over the past few years, with each of the founders regularly visiting the other’s ministry to witness the progress. “At the same time, CFPC has been providing dried soup ­mix to Enfants d’Afrique School, which is used as a nutritional supplement and also to add flavour to the noon day meal of rice. This is often the only meal of the day that many of the children receive because about 90% of families in the district have difficulties obtaining even one meal a day. The soup­ mix, which is produced from surplus vegetables, is provided free of charge by the Ontario Christian Gleaners for use by overseas mission agencies. The food program encourages the kids to stay at school and improve their education.”

Early in 2014, the ministry at Sakoula approached CFPC and asked if they would be prepared
to construct a new two room addition to the school. This is the kind of outside contract work CFPC is always looking for, in order to provide additional practical, “on-the-job” training for the students at the training centre. It is also beneficial to Enfants d’Afrique to hire CFPC students to complete this project, since they are guaranteed quality workmanship at a reasonable cost.

Roger Bast, who runs CFPC in partnership with his wife Chris, says that the construction project was visited by many local people who were very happy to see the school expand and add classes for the older primary grades. “The only government school in the area had to discontinue those classes due to lack of funding, which would have meant that the highest level of schooling available would end at grade 3. The staff there have a very hard time limiting the number of students to fill the additional levels (grades 4 and 5). The extra classrooms will allow for an increased enrolment of 80 to 90 new students at the school this year, most of whom cannot afford the tuition and who otherwise would not have access to education.”

CFPC is growing! Plans are in place to introduce a new welding program at CFPC over the next several years. To accomplish this, a new welding shop needs to be constructed and equipment needs to be purchased. Construction of the new shop is scheduled to begin in 2016, with the first class in the welding program expected to begin in 2017. With the additional program, the total number of students receiving training each year will increase to approximately 26. Visit to help us help more Burkinabe young men become independent and valuable contributors to their communities.

J.Lynn’s Community Goes the Extra Mile Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:45 +0000 Read More]]> Olive is one of the women employed by the J.Lynn’s bakery in Kigali, Rwanda. Each morning, after getting her two children ready for school and on their way, she walks one hour to start her job at J.Lynn’s at 7 a.m. She works until 4 p.m., then returns home to clean, cook, and make sure they are ready for the next day.

Jennifer Kamari, one of Impact Rwanda’s program leaders, says that Olive has a husband, but she is one of two wives that he keeps. She struggles each day to do more than just survive. “About a year and a half ago, she was not doing well. In getting to know her, we sorted out some of her story. She was being abused by her husband, who struggled with alcoholism and came and went as he pleased. We encouraged her to stand on her own, to be the best mom that she could be and work hard with us to see how she could make a dream of having her own business become reality.”

Six months later, Olive was pregnant. Three months into her pregnancy, she miscarried. Broken and defeated, Jen says Olive picked herself up and and was determined to learn from the lessons that life was bringing her. “We talked a lot about God protecting us, about God not giving us more than we can handle,  and that he expects us to be good stewards of what he has given us, which includes our children. She recently became pregnant again. She told us that her husband was different now, that he was coming around more and not as drunk. She kept praying to God that life would be better.”

Two women from J.Lynn’s went to visit Olive after she suffered a second miscarriage. Solange and Grace cleaned, cooked, and encouraged, and then put a plan in place to care for Olive. Grace would go each morning to make sure the kids were up, fed, and ready to leave for school. She would make sure Olive was okay for the day and then come to J.Lynn’s for her shift. After work, she would go back to Olive’s to fetch water, clean, do laundry, and cook the daily meal. Some of the women would relieve Grace on different days. They would all bring food to share with Olive — potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, fruit, carrots, or whatever else they could spare.

“This is the transformation that I love,” Jen says. “Olive is now able to pay her rent and school fees, provide food for her children, and use the skills she has learned to earn a living. There is still a long journey to go, but she is not alone. The women work together to make sure that each of them is encouraged and cared for. They all understand that they are so necessary and important in each other’s lives. As another put it, ‘If I didn’t have J.Lynn’s, I would die.’ As a community they go the extra mile to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

Olive’s life transformation continues with community around her. Your gift today will ensure that women like Olive have the opportunity to move toward fullness of life, characterized by dignity, justice, peace, and hope. Visit to donate!