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Japan Missionaries and Their Partners

Missionaries George and Ruth Young live in a port city northeast of Tokyo, closer to the quake epicenter and more at risk from tsunami.  Although Ruth left for the U.S. to welcome a new grandchild just before the quake, George was home when it happened ... 

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When Helping Hurts

Community development and mission efforts have sometimes caused more problems than they've solved. One thing that we are learning is that the way we go about trying to help is key to whether the results are actually good. 

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Muslim Ministry in Unexpected Places

In many cases men have immigrated ahead of their families. They face loneliness and have time on their hands. Encountering culture shock may enable them to reconsider long-held beliefs and practices. There too, sharing Christ must come in the context of a relationship of love and concern for the person.

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Praying for the Work of Missions

It's so easy to say, "I'll pray for you" or "I'll pray about that." Actually praying in a disciplined and passionate way is a great deal harder. In addition to good intentions and the Spirit's work in our hearts and minds, tools for prayer can come in very handy.

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Taking Your Kids Into Overseas Missions

When I mention to people that I was a missionary for six years in Eastern Europe, one of the first questions I am often asked is, "Did you have your family with you?" At least sometimes this question has another behind it. "Doesn't raising your children overseas impoverish your children, or put them at risk?"

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Praying Around the World

A couple of years ago Pastor Jon De Bruyn approached Christian Reformed World Missions with a proposal to jointly sponsor prayer trips to various mission sites around the world. But a prayer mission trip was new to many. What would that look like? 

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Lord of the Harvest

Prayer is the foundation for mission, whether that activity happens across the street or around the world. This January, Christian Reformed congregations are being called to a 28-day prayer vigil by Home Missions and World Missions with a focus on the workers and the work of evangelism.

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The One(s) Sent

Missions are typically not much on the minds of people or the calendar of congregations in Advent. The focus typically shifts to the coming of Jesus to our world as a baby born in humble circumstances for our good. But Advent is also a season to remember...

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Why Do Short Term Missions?

Over the last thirty years this innovative idea of short term missions has become a standard part of the annual cycle for many churches.  Youth teams within the US have been supplemented by international and intergenerational trips of many kinds: hurricane relief, sports and musical teams, mime, etc.  Much of the focus has been on making use of such trips in   

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If It's Thursday This Must Be Portland

I am in the midst of a tour on the West Coast which aims to resource the churches, schools and mission leaders in this area.  Yesterday, we were in Portland, Oregon at Park Lane CRC.  Pastors and others from the area who are interested in missions  

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Getting Involved: World Renew Options

Constituency Engagement is one of World Renew’s key priorities. Many people are surprised to learn that World Renew offers more to churches than Peter Fish! Here are a few ways that we can help you get started or expand ministry at your church.

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CRWM Missionary Speaks at World Evangelization Congress

Today in South Africa 4,000 mission leaders are gathered to dream and plan for how to complete the task of world evangelization.  Most of them are Africans, Asians or Latin Americans, demonstrating that God has changed the face of world Christianity in the last century. Among the speakers at this conference is Ruth Padilla DeBorst, a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions.  

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Short Term Missions and Discipleship Training

Several years ago Pastor Dan Ackerman made a statement that really struck me.  He said that today short term missions is what Catechism instruction was: our basic method of discipleship. Short term mission trips went from being an oddity, to an add-on, to something integral to the process of raising our young people as Christians. How do we make the most of them?  

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Resourcing Congregations

What is a denominational missions agency supposed to do?  When they began the idea was that all the international mission effort of the congregations was to be channeled through their denominational agency.  And it worked a lot like that for many years, but times have changed.  These days congregations of all denominations are doing lots of ministry through lots of agencies and directly.  In response to this Christian Reformed World Missions has

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Reparando: Repairing What's Broken in Guatemala

Joel Van Dyke of Christian Reformed World Missions has been doing some exciting work in Guatemala with gang members and others society calls the “least, last and lost.”  Now a moving documentary has been made about that work entitled “Reparando.” It was accepted and screened at the Grand Rapids Film Festival last month.  It will be playing at two West Michigan locations the second full week of October.

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Webinars Create a Learning Community

Christian Reformed World Missions and CRWRC provide a series of webinars whose presenters come with a variety of expertise but under the heading of Global Mission. By using the internet and an 800 number, you can engage in this learning community free.

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NEXT! Youth, Intergenerational, and Short Term Missions Conference

Dr. David Livermore of the Global Learning Center at Cornerstone University is one of the leading experts in short term missions and cultural intelligence which are key issues for youth and intergenerational mission teams.  He will be the keynote speaker at a conference on these topics on October 30 at Ivanrest CRC, Grandville, Michigan.  Sponsored by Christian Reformed World Missions, in cooperation with Youth Unlimited, CRWRC, Christian Reformed Home Missions, and Calvin Theological Seminary. 

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NEXT! Global Outreach for a New Generation

Last week's blog reflected on generational differences in approach to missions.  Dr. David Livermore of the Global Learning Center at Cornerstone University is one of the leading experts in short term missions and cultural intelligence which are key issues for youth and intergenerational mission teams.  He will be the keynote speaker at a conference on these topics on October 30 at Ivanrest CRC, Grandville, Michigan. 

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The Next Generation

Interest in missions seems to vary considerably by generation.  For many in the Builder Generation (born 1928-45) missions was seen growing up as an exotic activity done by a few spiritual giants.  For many Millennials (born 1982 and after), it is something that they do, not that they support financially.  OK, those are caricatures, but they do bear some resemblance to reality, right?  Several people recently have talked to me with deep concern about missions committees at churches with which they are familiar. 

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You Gotta Come With

If the Christian message is true, it is not an act of love and care to keep it to yourself. The caring thing to do is spread the news widely because receiving it is beneficial to the hearers. 

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Interagency Global Partnership Strategy (iGPS)

Many churches which have done a number of short term missions trips have been struggling with some common questions. "We have done construction or other tasks. Is there more? Is there a way for us to develop a relationship with another church or community? What are the pitfalls to avoid and the opportunities to embrace in doing joint ministry? What about serving together in a third location?

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