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.
In Asset Based Community Development, we talk a lot about church as asset for positive community change. In what ways can church be gift to neighborhood transformation? I wonder what you would add to this list?
In this webinar you'll 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 buzz word in international missions was unreached people groups. Following the priority of Paul in Romans 15, such groups should get special attention. In the last decade or so the buzzword has been partnership. We need to partner with Christians around the world to
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 measureable results. But really the challenge is to look for transformation in the lives of people...
Having raised chickens with my wife for many years, we are very familiar with the ‘pecking order’ among chickens. It is easy to see a hierarchy among a group of chickens and quickly one can select out the higher ranking chickens from those of lower status. Whether we realize it or not, we often follow
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
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
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.”
For the last few years the word "missional" has been used and abused a great deal. For some it seems that the focus on being missional in the local setting pulls away from international missions, which seems to be part of a traditional church model. Is supporting an intermational missionary with prayer, care and financial gifts just a cop-out, a way of saying you are about extending the Gospel without really investing yourself?
Webinars offer an opportunity for learning and interaction without investing time and money for travel. For several years Christian Reformed World Missions has been working with World Renew and other agencies to offer webinars on a variety of topics. Some of the choices in the fall lineup are The Changing Face of World Missions, The Millenium Development Goals and When Helping Hurts.
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. Frankly, that definition left most of us comfortably outside of any of the possible lines of responsibility. As I grew older I realized that my childhood image was not all that Biblical.
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.
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.
I want to encourage short term mission trip planners/participants to think long term commitment. We have talked with Steve Brauning about the "commando" mission trips, where a team drops in, does the work and disappears, never to be seen or heard from again...
Webinars are a great way to learn about global missions and connect with others. All you need is a computer and a phone—no travel, no fancy setup, and best of all...they're free!
Circles of friends with a shared vision are the birthing rooms for Kingdom collaboration. But sometimes circles of friends can become closed networks. Circles of friends can warp into ethnic or denominational bubbles or even just plain Christian bubbles - - bubbles that protect those on the inside from people and ideas that seem different.
Many have criticized John Calvin and his fellow Reformers as being indifferent to the cause of missions outside the bounds of what was considered Christendom in the 16th century. A Latin American missiologist will be
In the last few years I've heard a lot of pessimistic statements about the state of Christianity in America. Evangelical leaders in the Global South, however, see growth in the influence of Evangelical Christianity in their countries. Actually, I recently saw a globe showing numerical growth in the overwhelming majority of countries in the world with the notable exceptions of