As Lauren Holwerda prepared for six months of volunteering, she heard from many people that she would have to be flexible. At the time, she didn’t know just how true that was.
A volunteer with Resonate Global Mission taking part in a Youth With a Mission program, Lauren arrived in the Philippines in September 2017, where she planned to take part in a three month missional training program before serving in Papua New Guinea for another three months.
Jesus tells us that our faith will move mountains. Sometimes, it certainly feels like impossible opposition stands in our way.
That’s how Pastor Michel Ogens and Resonate missionary Steve Brauning felt standing outside the Mayor’s office in Sabana Larga, Dominican Republic, waiting to see if they would be granted a building permit for their church.
Like much of his congregation, Pastor Michel is Haitian—and every step of the building process has been dogged by prejudice against Haitian immigrants.
For college and university students, graduation often comes with mixed emotions—exciting yet intimidating; rewarding yet confusing. Even if you found your calling and made lifetime friends at school, what will those things look like after you are no longer a student?
At Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa, Tyler Helfers works to help answer some of these questions from a Reformed perspective. And you have joined him through your support for Resonate Global Mission.
Beyond the Classroom
Each year, missionaries in the Philippines lead a 50-day Vacation Bible School for thousands.
This year was no different: their record crowd of kids exceeded 6,000.
Some of the leaders there were teachers from nearby Christian schools with new training from Resonate. Paul Yu, Resonate’s Regional Leader for East and Central Asia, hopes that learning from Educational Care training will help these teachers incorporate their faith into their teaching.
Last winter, as temperatures dropped in Vancouver, Christian and Muslim students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) came together for their community. They worked to assemble fifty bags of toiletries, food items, and warm hats and clothes for those in the area experiencing homelessness and went to Surrey Urban Mission, a local Christian ministry center, to hand them out.
“The idea was to express that both traditions are keen on serving the poor,” said Ethan van der Leek, a Resonate campus chaplain at KPU. Both faiths emphasize a God of love, forgiveness, and mercy.