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Becoming Fools

The documentary Becoming Fools is the legacy of a man who lived as a fool and died as a friend. Italo Castro was a professional clown who became a father figure to countless street youth in Guatemala City.

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Cultivating Global Volunteer Partnerships

Mary Dykstra (Global Volunteer Coordinator for World Renew) and I (Wendy) were interviewed for the Transformational Networks blog by Bethany Beachum (Nehemiah Center). Below is an excerpt from that interview. I invite your questions on the topic of global volunteers and partnership.

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Downton Abbey and World Missions

Watching Downton Abbey has become a worldwide phenomenon. It occurs to me that one of the fundamental storylines in that series has important parallels to the future of Christian Reformed World Missions.

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Most Read Global Missions Posts for 2013

10. Getting Involved in Global MissionsThis post definitely has staying power! Written in 2009, it provides a comprehensive list of ways to get involved in missions, overseas and in North America. You'll also find links to helpful resources.

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The Hijrah and the Cross

In his book, Journeys of the Muslim Nation and the Christian Church, David Shenk describes three meetings experienced by a Christian college group in Israel and the West Bank.

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How to Pray for Egypt and Syria

Advent is upon us. The lands of Israel, Assyria, and Egypt were the lands where Jesus was born, was a refugee, and did identify as his home. As we remember his first coming, and watch these countries come into and out of the news, let us not forget to pray for them.

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Understanding Islam, Loving Muslims

Many Muslims have immigrated to North America and have become our neighbors. Do you have a basic understanding of what Muslims actually believe or practice? And where would you start to witness to your faith?

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Mission Montreal

I walked out of the train station and heard the familiar strains of French and English being spoken, sometimes both languages used interchangeably. Montreal has a large population of Muslims and our denomination is committed to reaching out to Muslims.

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How Is Your Church Uniquely Called to Missions?

When churches contact me wondering how they can increase their involvement in missions, my first response is always, "What are your church's unique giftings?" The following are excellent documents to pull together for your missions or outreach committee to review at the beginning of any planning process.

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Cultural Intelligence - Free Webinar

"Exploring Cultural Intelligence" will be presented by Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim (designer and facilitator of the “Building Your Cultural Intelligence” workshop) on October 30. This free, one-hour webinar will outline the key skill areas of cultural intelligence and explore how Cultural Intelligence can help us engage across cultural lines for more effective ministry within our congregations and the communities we serve. For registration and more details visit crcna.org/webinars
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Funding Global Missions

Detachment, even distrust, describes younger generations’ attitudes about institutions, and it becomes evident in the offering plate. Donors want to know ‘how my money is being spent.’ Has your missions committee given any thought to this issue? How do you decide which missionaries to support? 

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Equipping Local Churches in West Africa to Do Missions

World Renew believes that God calls Christians everywhere to love their neighbors and to care for those in need. As many North Americans have discovered, when they respond to this call they are as blessed as those they serve. By working through local churches to equip Christians like Yan, they experience the blessing of serving others.

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