Central East Africa


The ministry of David and Renee Crane

David and Renee Crane have been married for 41 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 Dec. 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.

To raise awareness among American Christians about the plight of their South Sudanese brethren, and to raise funds for CRM to continue its ministry to refugees, David will attempt a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. His hike will start on April 9th in northern VA. CLICK HERE to read more about this venture on the Face Book page “Hiking to Help Refugees.”

Click the “Learn More” button on the page to donate to this cause through Generosity.com.

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