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Cultivating Global Volunteer Partnerships

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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Downton Abbey and World Missions

Watching Downton Abbey has become a worldwide phenomenon. It occurs to me that one of the fundamental storylines in that series has important parallels to the future of Christian Reformed World Missions.

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Most Read Global Missions Posts for 2013

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.

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The Hijrah and the Cross

In his book, Journeys of the Muslim Nation and the Christian Church, David Shenk describes three meetings experienced by a Christian college group in Israel and the West Bank.

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How to Pray for Egypt and Syria

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.

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Understanding Islam, Loving Muslims

Many Muslims have immigrated to North America and have become our neighbors. Do you have a basic understanding of what Muslims actually believe or practice? And where would you start to witness to your faith?

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Mission Montreal

I walked out of the train station and heard the familiar strains of French and English being spoken, sometimes both languages used interchangeably. Montreal has a large population of Muslims and our denomination is committed to reaching out to Muslims.

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How Is Your Church Uniquely Called to Missions?

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.

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Funding Global Missions

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? 

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Equipping Local Churches in West Africa to Do Missions

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.

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New Paradigms in Evangelism

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.

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Favorite Resources for Mission Committees

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.

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Thoughts on Free Stuff

So something I have been thinking about recently related to the sustainability of the way I live and simplicity is that it is hard to say no to free stuff.  

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Taking a LEAP

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?

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To Be or Not To Be ... an Insider

The topic of the insider movement is one of the most heated controversies in the area of ministry to Muslims. An insider is a Muslim who converts to Christianity, but who remains in the Mosque for a period of time. 

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