Most church planters make it their goal to open their doors to new neighbors, but this takes on a whole new meaning when you get over a hundred of them at one time.
With a new townhouse community under construction right next door, members of Friendship Community CRC, in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, are excited about the opportunity to minister to their new neighbors, and they are partnering with Resonate Global Mission to do this.
Ronnie Lopez’s passion for the Reformed faith stems from his time growing up in the Philippines. That’s where, 50 years ago, he met Vince Apostol, Resonate Global Mission’s first missionary to this country, and became a member and seminary student in the CRC of the Philippines.
“It’s embedded in me,” Lopez said of the Reformed worldview. “And the moment you understand it, it leads you to a life of gratitude in the Lord.”
God answers prayer, but sometimes it takes longer than we like or expect.
Ruth Ippel knows this all too well. Ruth is a Resonate missionary who spends part of her time in Nicaragua serving at House of Hope, a rehabilitation center for young women and children escaping the world of prostitution and human trafficking.
Shortly after Ruth discovered House of Hope, she was left in charge of leading both the weekly kids’ and the teenage girls’ groups. Although this was an abrupt change, Ruth felt encouraged.
The Christian Reformed Church has been learning lessons about how to do ministry with Muslims within North America.
Armando’s* story is a great example. Armando, a former Muslim, has been on a spiritual journey in the last few years—a journey that eventually led him to McDonald’s.
That’s where Armando agreed to meet Roland Rizallaraj, a fellow Albanian immigrant and pastor of a Christian Reformed church plant for Albanian immigrants in West Michigan.
“So Jesus could come back at any time?” asked one of the boisterous second-grade boys as Tara Udeh, a Resonate partner missionary and elementary principal at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria, led a devotion on Christ’s return.
Almost before Tara could answer, a hand shot up. One of the quieter students in the class, a girl from a Muslim family, blurted out: “No! He can’t come back until my parents are ready.”