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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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Fewer But Deeper Relationships

Churches can end up with lots of missionary connections.  Gradually, and for a variety of reasons, new relationships are established. Soon the congregation has a dozen or more commitments.  Even the missions committee or GO team has a hard time remembering  

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Mission According to Stott

On 27 July, 2011, the Church lost one of its greatest leaders, Rev. John Stott. He contributed so much in so many areas that it is hard to overstate his significance. He was called "a Renaissance man with a Reformation theology." Indeed. He made a number of important contributions in the area of mission that deserve  

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In Search of a Bigger World

Sometimes a short-term mission trip is just a beginning. At least, that’s what it was for Carol Van Klompenburg.In 2008, a team leader asked members of a 2008 service and learning team to the Nehemiah Center in Nicaragua what each of them was seeking from the trip. Carol answered, “A bigger world—mine is too small.”

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Global Mission Webinars: Fall 2011

Christian Reformed World Missions has been working with World Renew and other agencies to offer webinars on a variety of topics including The Changing Face of World Missions, The Millenium Development Goals, and When Helping Hurts

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Are You Already a Missionary?

As a kid, I thought of a cross-cultural missionary as a church planter or community developer sent by a denominational agency to some remote country in Latin America, Asia or Africa. As I grew older I realized that my childhood image was not all that Biblical. 

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Mission Emphasis . . . Weak?

The practice of mission work has changed dramatically in recent decades, and the pace of change seems to constantly accelerate. The way that we celebrate missions in the churches should also be dynamic. The idea of a mission emphasis week, often connected to a Faith Promise program for mission support, goes back several decades in CRC history. 

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Did You Notice How the World Has Changed?

I grew in Sully, Iowa, in the 1960’s. Every year my parents would take us to Mission Fest at Market Square in Pella. I thought of missionaries as rather exotic creatures who travelled to far off lands. They showed slides that could have been borrowed from the files of National Geographic.

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