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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This past week a neighborhood teenager put a message on Twitter that said, “You know you’re living in a ghetto when the church vans come in for spring break.”
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.
How do improved seeds, funding from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, and work from a World Renew staff member help a local church to grow?
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.
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 ...
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...
It is often said that CRWM is the “word” ministry of the Christian Reformed Church and that World Renew is the “deed” ministry. However, anyone in ministry knows that you cannot have one without the other. Any word ministry must also have action; and deed ministry must be accompanied by word. . .
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?"
How can we be good neighbors to the Muslims who live next door? Should we be afraid of Islam? Do Muslims worship the same God we do? How can I share my faith with my Muslim co-worker? These are the kinds of questions a lot of us in North America are asking. Salaam Project is here to help!
“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?”
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.
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.
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?
Back in 1920 when Rev. John De Korne traveled to China as one of the first group of Christian Reformed missionaries to China, he could hardly have imagined that his great-granddaughter would travel there 90 years later to adopt a 13-year-old Chinese orphan.
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
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.
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?
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
Missionary giant Hudson Taylor said, "When we work, we work. When we pray, God works." Discover ways to mobilize your church to pray for both local and global missions.
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.
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.
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.