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JT’s Breakthrough: 100 Books Read

November 15, 2017

By Amy Townsend, South Africa Dream Centre Amy and Ron Townsend oversee ER Africa’s South Africa Dream Center (DC). Here, Amy shares this heartfelt update about JT, a young student who attends our after-school program. At the beginning of this school year, he was going into grade 2 and didn’t recognize the alphabet. He couldn’t write […]

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It Takes Teamwork

November 12, 2017

By Dawn Carnill Director of Christmas Outreach The 23-member 2017 South Africa Christmas team is already back home, decorating their own trees and gearing up for their own family holidays in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. They spent 10 days in South Africa in late November, putting on 17 parties and going on […]

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Single Mother Fights for Kids’ Education

October 29, 2017

Jim Schutz and his wife, Tony Kay, are directors of Nuevos Amigos, an ER partner and fully accredited school for children ages 4-13 in Quito, Ecuador. Here Jim shares the story of a mother who was determined to ensure her children receive a quality education. When Silva Fiallos Vera’s husband left her in late 2016, […]

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Volunteers in Hot Water…And That’s Good

October 24, 2017

“Every water line we opened had some kind of hidden issue. We were living on bought time.” – Pete Emery If you’ve visited Extreme Response’s Team House in Quito, you know this awesome four-story facility is showing its age. Last year we repaired and remodeled the exterior (scroll below) and this year we are excited […]

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ER Receives Inspiring Gift of AEDs

October 9, 2017

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications (Scroll to the bottom to read a brief update on this blog.) In 2016, ER’s Brian Wallace shared an important need. “Our Quito Dump Program is growing,” he said. “One day we’ll likely have to deal with a health incident.” Brian came to Ecuador with a medical background, knowing all […]

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Lighthouse Gets Bathroom Makeovers

October 6, 2017

So many kids, so few bathroom options. That’s been the case for years at God’s Little Lighthouse (GLL), a pre-school that serves the families from local squatter communities. More than once, the situation has led to less-than-hygienic results. No more. Thanks to the hard work of ER staff, volunteers and donors, GLL is getting new […]

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Elegant Fashions Helping Trafficked Girls

October 5, 2017

Many people are angry at the injustice of human trafficking. Katie Martinez is doing something awesome in response. By Tim Fausch, ER Communications As a farm girl in Iowa, Katie Martinez didn’t set out to help human trafficking victims. Inspired to pursue fashion by watching her mom sew, her life was planned out. In 2005 […]

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A Life Changed by Love

September 15, 2017

Mackie Custodio leads Youth Mobilization, an ER partner in Makati City, a suburb of Manila. Below is his account of a transformed life that speaks to the power of investing in people with love and encouragement. Stephanie Dua was only 11 years old when she started coming to our Love Impact outreach. She was one of […]

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Filipino Family Rallies Around Pig Business

August 25, 2017

(Aug. 25, 2017 Update) The Algang Nanay piggery project run by ER partner Batang Matinik continues to produce inspiring stories of changed lives in Quezon City, Philippines. Originally launched to help women generate income by raising pigs (see below), Algang Nanay (Mother’s Care) has helped turn one Filipino father’s life around as well. Kuya Erning […]

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Farming Student Blossoms at Living Hope

August 15, 2017

In Sun Valley, South Africa, ER partner Living Hope’s Harvest Training Initiative (HTI) equips students with the skills to become successful commercial farmers. The full-time course runs for 18 months and is divided into classroom and practical experience, with subject areas including business, community development and life skills. Living Hope founder John Thomas writes, “The vision of […]

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