After Stefan and Sousan became Christians in Iran, they fled to Germany and asked for asylum. There, they lived in a refugee facility and met many people who were Christians, too! Stefan and Sousan started a Bible study that quickly grew into a church plant. That's why Resonate missionaries Mary Buteyn and David Kromminga disciple Stefan and Sousan—so they can effectively disciple the members of their growing congregation.
"They are not waiting for the pastor to tell them what they have to do," said Rev. Karlos Palacios, pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Comunidad de Fe Poinciana, a Resonate church plant in Florida. As a bivocational pastor, he has learned to empower the leaders in his congregation.
When Craig and Jeanine Broek moved to Denver, Colorado, they quickly discovered that even though there were a lot of church buildings in their neighborhood, people were not really "into churches." With help from Resonate Global Mission, they started The Table—a ministry that serves Denver’s Platte Park neighborhood with gardens, dinners, Bible studies, and worship gatherings. The Table quickly became a safe place for people to explore Christianity.
"Neighbourhood Life is about helping followers of Jesus learn again how to love their actual neighbors, those who live next door and join God in his work, on his mission in the neighborhood to transform lives and communities," said Karen Wilk, Resonate Global Mission local mission leader for Western Canada. Here's a glimpse of how Neighbourhood Life strives to be the church in their community—every day of the week.
Pentecostal Theological College, a Resonate partner in Uganda, invites Muslim students from an Islamic university to use their soccer field. "They come here and play soccer with our students," said Principal Erich Ogulu. "By being here playing soccer, some of them might get converted because of the way they see our students behaving towards them ... we think that kind of relationship is so helpful in making us to be seen as salt and light of the world."