Prizing earthly comfort drives us to selfishness, cowardice, and apathy. When we seek comfort, we fail to trust that God will provide for us even when we personally dislike our circumstances.
I am an intern with the Church Relations Office of World Renew at the Grand Rapids, USA office. I grew up in Byron Center, Michigan and am currently a junior at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania (North of Pittsburgh) majoring in English and Communications. I became interested in development work through the Foods Resource Bank in Byron Center, Michigan and my home church, Friendship CRC. I have had the opportunity to learn more about community development through travelling with FRB, World Renew, and other organizations. I'm hoping to pursue a career at a nonprofit working towards justice and poverty alleviation after graduating in 2016.
The influence of youth in missions and development is often overlooked. But even though we aren’t making donations or writing books, young people like myself are doing big things.
I was nervous about safety, travel, finding community, and other things, but, strangely, I was more afraid about raising support than almost anything else.
When we talk about community development, what are we really saying?
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? We are grateful for God's work in the Philippines this past year!
The Lord gave me a beautiful picture of the “great cloud of witnesses” we are surrounded by as we “run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.
How does World Renew work with partners around the world?
When we talk about Global Missions, obviously we are focusing on the work of the CRC around the world. However, many elements of global missions take place right here.
Kim--Thanks for your comment and pointing out 2 Cor. 12:9--love that verse! So encouraging for us when we face discomfort.posted on: The Poison of Comfort
Aaron--Thanks so much for your thoughts! I'm not sure that I quite understand your comment though--do you mean to say that the effort is there we just aren't doing things effectively?posted on: The Importance of Young People
Thanks for this helpful resource, Staci!
Thanks so much for that excellent and important question, Fronse!
Susan Van Lopik is a staff person at World Renew and has multiple years of experience in community development overseas....posted on: Community Development Key Points
Exactly! Asking for support can be incredibly humbling, which is perhaps why it is so difficult. It is also important for donors to have the mindset that their prayers and...posted on: Senders, Goers, & Stayers
Thanks for this important post, Jack! The Office of Social Justice has also created a new group study called Live Justly, created in partnership with Micah Challenge U.S., that will be available...posted on: What About Justice?
Harry & Joe,
Greg works as the Project Manager for the Salaam Project, an initiative committed to learning how to better love Muslims in the name of Christ. This project takes God's...posted on: Sharia and the Holy Spirit
Very interesting point, Bill. Money is without a doubt a "king" for us as Christians. Love that verse in Psalms! If only we could put it into practice.posted on: “We Want A King Over Us”
Thank you so much for sharing your insight. These are important things to remember, especially in light of recent news.posted on: That We May Have Ears to Hear
Bonnie, I agree with what you say about short-term missions. I recently wrote about that on the Global Missions blog-- http://network.crcna.org/global-mission/honesty-and-short-term-missionsposted on: What if When Helping Hurts Hurts Helping?