Mary Dykstra (Global Volunteer Coordinator for World Renew) and I (Wendy) were interviewed for the Transformational Networks blog by Bethany Beachum (Nehemiah Center). Below is an excerpt from that interview. I invite your questions on the topic of global volunteers and partnership.
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Kurt Ver Beek, a Calvin College Professor, was in Honduras during the Hurricane Mitch (which took 14,000 lives in 1998). Later, he did a research on the lower than expected benefits of sending volunteers out from North America.
In the world of missions, disaster response, and community development, there are a lot of organizations. A LOT. World Renew works in partnership with a lot of them.
10. Getting Involved in Global MissionsThis post definitely has staying power! Written in 2009, it provides a comprehensive list of ways to get involved in missions, overseas and in North America. You'll also find links to helpful resources.
Advent is upon us. The lands of Israel, Assyria, and Egypt were the lands where Jesus was born, was a refugee, and did identify as his home. As we remember his first coming, and watch these countries come into and out of the news, let us not forget to pray for them.
When churches contact me wondering how they can increase their involvement in missions, my first response is always, "What are your church's unique giftings?" The following are excellent documents to pull together for your missions or outreach committee to review at the beginning of any planning process.
Detachment, even distrust, describes younger generations’ attitudes about institutions, and it becomes evident in the offering plate. Donors want to know ‘how my money is being spent.’ Has your missions committee given any thought to this issue? How do you decide which missionaries to support?
World Renew believes that God calls Christians everywhere to love their neighbors and to care for those in need. As many North Americans have discovered, when they respond to this call they are as blessed as those they serve. By working through local churches to equip Christians like Yan, they experience the blessing of serving others.
We in the West (North America and Europe) have traditionally emphasized a sin/guilt/innocence/righteousness paradigm of salvation. It is time to expand our paradigms. Jesus’ healing is about sin, yes, but also about shame, defilement, and fear.
With the start of a new school year, your mission committee might be looking for some new and interesting ways to promote missions within your congregation. In addition to the excellent missions education resources available from Resonate Global Mission, you may want to check out the following websites.
When I tell people in the CRC what I do for a living, I tend to get the same question in response: Why? And I get it. I recently took a position developing a new project for the denomination: LEAP. Does the CRC need another program to solve problems that are certainly not programmatic?
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend online and in the church in general; it’s the controversial issues that get all the attention. I know this isn’t new. I grew up in the 90s, and even though I was in grade school I remember hearing about our church potentially leaving the denomination over the women in office issue.
During this anniversary year the history and current ministry of Christian Reformed World Missions will be celebrated in a variety of ways. At www.crwm.org/125 you can see a painting, order a book, read stories, watch videos and learn about events that will be happening in...
New church starts are crafting their culture. One of the most significant roles any new congregation will address is the formation of their DNA. For missional churches, the essence of their culture will be incarnational.
What Does Your Church Most Need in Order to Engage in International Missions More Effectively? Weigh In!
Through a survey of a random sampling of Christian Reformed pastors, the following were identified as the most important resources and services that CRC congregations most need in order to engage in international missions more effectively.
When you pastor a congregation of only 26 people, six new members is a pretty big cause for celebration.