- What We Do
Edgar is a dedicated pastor living with his wife, five grown children, and grandson in Nicaragua. The small church he pastors isn’t able to support him financially, so he also owns a welding business.
While at a crossroads in her life, Makie Onoda found her calling, thanks to a volunteer ministry trip with Resonate Global Mission missionaries Ken and Jeannie Lee. But it was only after she became too ill to serve that Makie sensed the urgency of God’s call.
This past spring, Ken Herfst and students from Redeemer University College in Ontario walked the narrow streets of a slum settled on the outskirts of Guatemala City’s main dump.
Thousands of people hustled in the sun’s early morning rays to scavenge through mounds of garbage, filling bags with food, glass, aluminum, and other commodities they can use or sell.
One hundred years ago, Johanna Veenstra took a giant leap of faith. In 1919, when she stepped onto the steamer Mauretania and crossed the Atlantic, she became the first Christian Reformed missionary to serve outside North America. She became our first female missionary. She became a symbol for the Christian Reformed Church’s exploding passion for mission.
And she was terrified.
“About 60,000 Nicaraguans have fled into Costa Rica with nothing but a set of clothes,” said Resonate Global Mission missionary Don Ridder. “They’re starting life all over and settling in.”
That’s why Ridder and his congregation, Escazu Christian Fellowship (ECF), partnered with a local organization to demonstrate Christ’s love by providing something seemingly simple—mattresses.