Faith CRC's experience in local and global missions.
The appearance of this site created some interesting conversation (here and here) about the relation of global and local mission. The terms themselves are often not used in the same way. Some use global as a synonym for international. Others understand it as a term that embraces both international and domestic. This site was developed with the first understanding, but change is coming.
You may have noticed an exchange in the "How is it?" suggestions section about the absence of local mission from this site. If not, I hope you take a look and offer your thoughts. At the risk of oversimplification I'll venture a few thoughts on the relation of local and global mission as a former pastor and a former missionary...
Back to God Ministries International is the media ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. It operates in ten of the most widely spoken languages of the world, covering a large percentage of the world's people.
I've just completed two very intense weeks as chair of the Haiti Event Response Team. Our job was to monitor the situation and determine if security conditions allowed for our missionaries to remain in Haiti. That job is finished now that aid is begining to flow into Haiti and there are sufficient security forces on the ground there. However, as I wrote to one of our missionaries, "Our job is done, but yours is just beginning." Over the months and years to come there will be lots of work for our Haiti team, which is called Sous Espwa (Source of Hope). They will...
Your life is part of a bigger story and we all have a role to play in the building up of God’s Kingdom. The CRCNA has opportunities for you, providing you with a place to serve and to be part of various transformational ministries.
Cross-cultural outreach does not mean you have to leave your country! Cross-cultural interaction happens everywhere and we can provide you with various suggestions for such placements.
Along with booking flights and packing suitcases, it is vital that those who plan to serve with our ministries are as best prepared as possible.
Rest assured that you do not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to taking your church group on a mission trip. We have been involved in this work for years and have many resources available and experts to walk alongside you to help make your trip a success.
What sort of education is needed to become a missionary? Is it important to serve under an agency? Find answers to some commonly asked missions questions below.
Now what? Your mission trip is coming to an end…you’ve packed your bags to return home and are looking forward to seeing family and friends again. But what will that be like? How will they understand the experiences you’ve encountered?
Whether you went on a mission trip this summer or know someone who did, you might want to learn more about “re-entry”—what happens upon returning to a person’s home culture.
Your experience and effectiveness will be greatly enriched if you are intentional about the spiritual dimensions of your journey, before, during, and after the trip.
Here are some specific ways in which you may want to help your team members individually and corporately nurture their faith.
Reflections from Kristin V., representative of her church in Calgary, AB working on a partnership through World Renew with a community in Uganda and who attended the orientation workshops in February 2009.
This article gives a thumbnail sketch of the state of global mission and provides links to other resources that will enable you to dig deeper into those areas that are most interesting to you.
There are many things you can do to keep the flame alive and to continue to be a LIGHT in the world. Here are some practical steps you can take to stay on track spiritually and in ministry.