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With income falling short of budget projections (see Banner, January 2010), the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee has been forced to cut staff both overseas and in its North American offices.

A recent memo sent out by directors Andrew Ryskamp and Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo announced that 11 North American employees were laid off, nine in the U.S. office in Grand Rapids, Mich., and two in the Canadian office in Burlington, Ontario. Other staff have had their hours reduced.

Overseas, two and a half positions in Asia and three positions in Africa have been eliminated.

The positions eliminated include those of people involved in training and development, communications, church and donor relations, and support staff.

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