Central East Africa


The ministry of David and Renee Crane

David and Renee Crane have been married for 42 years, and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.  They served 23 years as church planters in East Africa.  They retired from their sending agency in late 2015.  Several years before retiring, their focus was on gospel work in northern Uganda and South Sudan.  When the current conflict that is now ravaging South Sudan began in December 2013, ministering to refugees became their prime focus.  They joined forces with CRM in January of 2016 in order to continue their ministry to refugees and to make the most of their knowledge of the people and land of South Sudan.

They partner with the Baptist Convention of South Sudan (BCoSS) in their efforts to make sure that all refugees have access to the Word of God; the fuel for all evangelism, discipleship and church planting efforts. To accomplish this goal, they train BCoSS pastors, evangelists and church members using the two CRM-produced Story Cloths. They also provide them with the New Testament and various forms of discipleship materials in digital form which are loaded on solar-powered MP3 players.


Renee, with the help of various American volunteers, has started a ministry to refugee women called “Operation Hope and Healing.” They have a private Face Book group, which you can apply to join, having the name “Operation Hope and Healing for South Sudanese Women.” Through this ministry, Renee and her trained associates teach the women how to tell the 42 stories of the first CRM Story Cloth. They also provide trauma healing counseling and teach the ladies how to make re-useable sanitary products, utilizing locally available materials.

The Cranes are currently seeking to raise up to $13,000 to build a facility to host a local Bible school and other training events within the Kakuma Refugee Camp which is located in the extreme NW of Kenya. The funds raised will build: two dorms capable of housing 20 persons each, a kitchen, small office, bathing rooms and latrines. The funds will also provide the equipment required to stock the facility with bunk beds, mattresses, kitchen equipment, desks for the classroom, and training material. The facility will be built on land granted to the Baptist Convention of S. Sudan by the United Nations Human Rights Council. There exists a great need for leadership development among S. Sudanese Christians, and this local Bible school will play an important role in addressing that need.

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