What would it look like for Christians and people of other faiths to have a respectful, intelligent dialogue about religion? How could we use those experiences to improve our missional efforts to share the gospel? This past November, group of four church leaders from the Christian Reformed Church and two from the Reformed Church in America* decided to find out.
“We wanted to explore ways to make contact and build friendships of mutual understanding with religiously and culturally diverse persons,” said one Resonate staff member, summing up the trip.
Amy’s past experience with organized faith communities left her skeptical. As a law student at the University of Calgary with a passion for social justice and advocating for marginalized communities, she wasn’t sure where faith fit with the kind of career she wanted.
Of her church experiences, she says, “In a way, I felt unseen, like I wasn’t interesting or important enough,” recalling how her childhood church hadn’t appointed any female board members because they “believed the Bible.”
Although an East African prison has about 650 inmates, Josh Shaarda only expected a small group to show up for the first Bible study he was leading there. But he was in for a surprise.
“About 180 men were present and waiting for me,” reflects Josh. “I was like ‘wow...God is awesome.’”
And each week, almost all of the men kept showing up!
Josh and his wife Mandy are partner missionaries with Resonate Global Mission in East Africa. Their primary role is to teach discipleship skills with Freedom in Christ Ministries, a Resonate partner ministry.
Yakubu heard Jesus speak in his own language. Now his faith has been restored.
Yakubu grew up a Christian but became disillusioned with the faith when he believed his pastor was abusing his position. Yakubu has since practiced his culture’s traditional religion and established a reputation as a drunkard.
Then Yakubu encountered the gospel in a way he had never heard it before thanks to the translation work of CRC missionaries.
Three new missionaries are preparing to serve God’s global Kingdom through Resonate Global Mission—Sarah Kluitenberg and Johnny and Kim Gryglewicz.
These missionaries are in the support-raising phase of their ministry, working with Resonate staff to find individuals and churches to join them in their respective ministries.
Dream Big and Share Hope—the Gryglewicz family