Rising Above the Storm
September 8, 2020
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When a ship encounters a storm, a decision has to be made—stay the course, go further out to sea, or pull into harbour until the storm passes. Most of us are currently in the harbour, waiting for the storm to pass, and some are feeling called to engage our world in new ways. How are we faring this storm? How are we listening to and living out God’s leading in our lives? Is God asking us to do something different? As we journey the disruption and uncertainty of today, we find ourselves grieving losses, inundated with fearful proclamations, and wrestling with more questions than ever. How do we respond to such a time as this?
One thing remains clear: God is continuing to call us to himself, to his work, and to people around the world. No matter what is happening in the world and our lives, we can draw close to God and trust in God’s timing. How are you called to respond at this time? How do you now share the gospel of peace, reconciliation, and justice within your communities, with your actual neighbours, and throughout the world?
Jesus gives us hope that allows us to withstand troubling circumstances. There is an urgency to bring this gospel of peace that passes understanding. We are witnessing people respond to this call. In the past six months, to our surprise and delight, we have seen an increase of people signing up to share the gospel in new and unexpected ways.
Resonate Global Mission has appointed six new missionaries in this season. These missionaries will be focusing on areas of leadership development and training (Uganda and Hungary); community transformation (Uganda); relational evangelism and discipleship, worship ministry, women’s ministry and teaching English as a second language (Mexico); creation of Christ-centered avenues for support of migrant communities (Middle East); and church planting (Central Asia). We are currently in the application process with a candidate for a regional coach position in Central America and another for a leadership developer position in Cambodia.
Along with these career positions, we have also seen a response from those wanting to serve as partner missionaries (CRCNA members employed by a different organization but partnered with Resonate Global Mission). We have appointed two teachers to serve at our partner school in Central Asia; a husband-wife team serving as commissioned pastors to a Brazilian population in Edmonton; and we are in the final appointment process for a young woman to serve as a resident director at LCC International University in Lithuania.
We find ourselves continuing to have conversations with individuals who are discerning how and where God might be leading them to serve. We thought COVID-19 would halt missional movement, but we are actually seeing a season of growth! God is continuing to invite us into this work—and people are responding. Hallelujah!
How are you evaluating and exploring new ways to live out your faith? What is the Spirit placing on your heart? We want to hear your ideas and the meaningful ways in which you are being called to engage at this time. We have resources, open opportunities for service, and can connect you to people living out mission today. We invite you to contact us!
If you’re interested in serving in mission—or know someone who is—Jessica and Nalini, Resonate Global Mission’s recruitment team, would love to connect and find the perfect opportunity for you.
Jessica Boy, Mission Resource & Placement Coordinator
Nalini Suganandam, Mission Support Manager
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