About Me: 

Retired already ten years from 35 years of service with CRWM and CRHM in Latin American (Spanish) as a "missionary pastor."

With Mary Anne we have five children and 14 grandkids.  I try to maintain involvement in projects both local (Holland MI in the summer,

lots of "pulpit supply" preaching and in Escondido California with a faith-based rehab ranch and area especially hispanic ministries) and

in El Salvador.  Support for a Word and Deed ministry with the ES CRCs (see ElSalvadorProject.Weebly.com) and other reformed leaders

in that country.   

 

Interests: 

I do quite a bit of gardening; is cutting firewood from a woodlot "forest husbandry"?  With Mary Anne we are promoting the kinds of issues that

the Center for Public Justice educates about; we are also trained as facilitators for Churches between Borders workshop on Immigration.

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Immigration Dilemma

Around 250 Salvadorans leave the country every day. There are no exact numbers because migrating continues being something “clandestine, invisible” from the authorities. It doesn’t matter in what conditions youth live, they want to leave.

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Together Again? Word and Deed

I choose to post this on the Global Mission site because this is where I tried to nudge conversation a year and a half ago (see the blog: Concept of a global world missions agency). At first it went nowhere, then veered off. There would be a logic to posting this on the Synod page, because of to whom this Open Letter is addressed . But as a lifetime missionary pastor who was never to Synod, and because this topic is (re)born out of a response to CRWRC's survey about a possible name change*, and the history that the question has in the denomination/agencies, I choose this site. The issue is at...
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Concept of a global missions' agency

This is copied from the CRC News of March 17, 2010: "In addition, the BOT in February agreed to engage in a conversation with agency and agency board representatives about the concept of a global missions' agency that would build on the collaboration that is already occurring among CRCNA mission agencies. "This will be a conversation of a concept. We have no idea where it will lead," said Dykstra." To me this could be the most exiting and productive initiative for the CRCNA in the last 65 years! If it leads to where I hope and pray it will, we might finally get Word and Deed "together again...
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