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?
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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
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Churches are bombed, governments are overthrown, terrorism rises, murders and kidnappings increase. Did you know that CRCNA has a crisis management team that monitors and evaluates these sorts of situations to help keep missionaries and volunteers safe?
We typically think of short-term missions as something that happens when people from North America cross cultures by traveling to an unfamiliar setting here or abroad. Recently, missionaries Mike and Megan Ribbens, who normally live in Abuja, Nigeria, crossed cultures by visiting their partner churches.
Once a month I attend a prayer meeting to pray for Muslims in my city of Hamilton, Ontario. There are about 30,000 Muslims in my city. Close to me, in Toronto and Dearborn, Michigan are many more Muslims. As we pray I am struck by the faithfulness of one woman who hosts our meeting.
Fall is a key time for mission emphasis events in many churches. As you prepare for special worship services, mission-themed dinners and the like, you may find these resources to be valuable. Most of them were sent to churches in mid-August in hard copy. If you misplaced them
As many children set off for school in my neighborhood this month, I enjoy watching the anticipation on their faces as they walk by with new school bags and clothes. That same emotion runs under our work this month organizationally as CRWRC begins the official launch of our new name, World Renew.
Most of the people who care most passionately about championing the needs of undocumented immigrants are the undocumented themselves, or their relatives or friends.
One day during my senior year of high school, I looked up from the lunch table to see what looked like a war zone on the local news. I had no idea what was going on. Little did I know how true that was.
"The original author of this challenge was Christ. He said, "Love your neighbor." Now, we can stretch that out to include a lot of people, but I don't think there's any way to shrink it...He says neighbor. So, for all of us who follow Christ this is not a challenge...it's a mandate."
As trustworthy stewards of God’s assets we must conscientiously and carefully manage the time, talents, and treasures that have been entrusted to us. A simple model for giving wisely out of both income and assets is termed “Ten Plus One”
I love reading newsletters from overseas missionaries and staff. Sometimes, I read a story like the one shared by Edward Etanu Okiror below, and I wonder . . . could a church "spring up" like this in North America? Edward works for World Renew in Uganda.
I love reading missionary newsletters, as you can probably tell. Last week I posted about a church that was started out of a literacy class meeting underneath a tree in Uganda. This week, I’d like to share with you some words of wisdom from Gil Suh, who works with Christian Reformed World Missions in Cambodia.