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Keeping Missionaries and Short-Term Teams Safe

Churches are bombed, governments are overthrown, terrorism rises, murders and kidnappings increase. Did you know that CRCNA has a crisis management team that monitors and evaluates these sorts of situations to help keep missionaries and volunteers safe?

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Behind the Scenes of an Effective STM Project

When I first chose to go on a January class term to Uganda, I was a bit apprehensive. Not because I was nervous to fly across the ocean, face the mosquitoes, or ride down the (sometimes very) rough roads, but because I had no idea what to expect. I had taken enough development classes to know the disaster stories...

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Short Term Missions and the Task of God's Church

Is short-term missions (STM) a great means of discipleship or a huge distraction from the actual work of missions? One thing is sure: STM has become a huge phenomenon.  One analyst counted about 500 short-term missionaries in 1965 compared to 1,500,000 in a recent year.

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Is Everyone a Missionary?

Back in November of 2010, this blog appeared in slightly different format. It must have touched a nerve because it was followed by 50 comments, one of the largest numbers of comments ever on the Network. I'm repeating it now because we are looking at creating a webinar on this theme.  

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My Journey to Salaam

In 1998, newly married, my wife, Nelly, and I attended a small French- speaking church, Eglise St. Marc, and became friends with the many missionaries studying French to minister in French- speaking West Africa. Although we had no intentions of becoming cross-cultural missionaries, we were young, idealistic and ...

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re:kindle on Global Missions

From June 7-9, young adults from across North America gathered to worship God and learn from one another on how to engage 18-30 year olds in the Christian Reformed Church. These young adults, leaders within their congregations, are passionate about their faith and concerned about declining membership...

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Helping Without Hurting: Getting Started

When Helping Hurts has become a classic book for those who work with the poor or in missions. It's been the subject of a blog post and a webinar here on the Network. The one question that keeps coming up, both at the conferences and when I talk with those who have read the book, is "What do we do now?"

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El Potrero, Fort Wayne, and the Power of Prayer

“What do you think you can possibly do to encourage the people in El Potrero? You do not know the language, the culture, the environment! You are from a middle class suburb trying to help some poor farmers in a small community in Honduras! How can you, of all people, encourage them?” 

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All Good Things ...

About two and a half years ago I was asked to fill a one-year role as guide for the Global Mission page of the Network. After a quarter of a decade, it seems time to hand over the reins to someone new who has a great deal to share and represents a different piece of the comprehensive ministry of Christ's Church.

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King of the Life-Saving Heroes

Three weeks ago my older brother was killed when the light plane he was piloting crashed. His daughter gave a beautiful tribute to her dad, who was a retired fire chief. In her view, he was the "king of the life-saving heroes." Later in the service, their pastor reminded us that the true King of the Life-Saving Heroes is the Lord Jesus.

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Background Checks for Volunteers?

Christian Reformed World Missions office staff are working with hundreds of volunteers. One of the issues we have faced recently is getting background checks for volunteers to check for any history of criminal activity or abuse. Do you think this is a good practice, or not?

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Muslim Ministry Conference

Is it time for God’s church in North America to wake up to a new reality?   A large unreached population is present right in our midst, right now - our Muslim neighbors.  At our upcoming Salaam Project Conference on April 28 from 8am – 12pm at Calvin CRC, Grand Rapids, MI, we are going to discuss why this is the time and the place for God’s church in North America to

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Kony 2012: What CRC Agencies are Doing in Northern Uganda

The popularity of the Kony 2012 video has brought worldwide attention to post-conflict Northern Uganda. You might not know that World Renew has been working in Uganda since 1982; Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) began partnering there in 2006. Partners Worldwide is also working there to help those affected by the LRA.

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Are You Walking Alongside Your Muslim Neighbor?

Do you have a Muslim neighbor? Or doctor or dentist? Many Muslims are immigrating to Canada and the United States and are moving into our communities. How much do you know about Islam, and are you prepared to reach out to your Muslim neighbor in a loving way?

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Missionary in the News

Reports about missions in the news typically feature short term visits by people with big hearts but who sometimes have very little background understanding.  Long term missionaries, if attended to at all, are often seen through the lens of The Poisonwood Bible.  It doesn't always happen, of course, but

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A Picture is Worth . . .

International mission has been communicated most powerfully by pictures of people engaged in ministry and those hearing the Good News about Jesus.  Ten students at Dordt College travelled to Mexico to shoot video of ministries going on in that country through Christian Reformed World Missions missionaries and their partners.

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Partnership and Unreached People

In the 1980s the buzzword in international missions was unreached people groups. In the last decade or so the buzzword has been partnership. We need to partner with Christians around the world to do collaborative ministry among the unreached.

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Transformational Hope

Community development or mission work is not something we do for people — it is something we do with people. So often we think in terms of projects, participants, and measurable results. But really the challenge is to look for transformation in the lives of people.

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