Resonate Global Mission volunteer Pat Voetberg spent eight days in Obule, Uganda, and brought home a new way to pray.
“We here, especially in [my community] West Michigan, are often so careful,” said Pat. “We don’t want to say too much. We don’t want to be too vulnerable. Sometimes our culture really keeps us from expressing our faith.”
Several years ago, Marcial attended a workshop by Resonate Global Mission’s Winabelle (Win) Gritter that inspired him to attend seminary. Now, he's helping pastors in Cancun, Mexico, spread God’s message of reconciliation to their churches and communities.
“Did this trip change my life? Not in the past tense, no. It’s changing my life.”
Emily Van Gerpen wrote that sentence more than a year ago when she reflected on her service-learning trip to Nicaragua in June 2017 with Resonate Global Mission and Dispatch Project. But her statement is more true today than it was then: just a few months ago, she quit her job, ended the lease on her apartment early, and moved away from family and friends to return to school and pursue a career as a counselor.
If you had asked Resonate Global Mission volunteer Josué a few years ago what he was planning on doing after college, he definitely would not have said “missions.”
“I had spent my whole life serving in church, and I was finishing my university studies. Honestly, I was looking for a job in order to have an excuse to pull away from serving so much in church,” said Josué.
“I’m not the guy who goes to a conference and says, ‘Oh, I found the secret formula to saving our church,’” said Jeff Heerspink, pastor of F Street Neighborhood Church in Lincoln, Nebraska—one of two Christian Reformed church plants in Classis Heartland.
Located in the urban core of Lincoln, F Street Neighborhood Church does not look or operate like the established churches in its classis that have been around for decades. Jeff and his congregation face unique challenges, particularly in terms of sustainability.