Stories

  • October 15, 2020

    You Provided COVID-19 Relief

    Do you remember the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic? People were getting sick with a strange virus that doctors didn’t know how to treat. Businesses closed. People lost jobs. Hospitals were short on supplies. Store shelves were empty. There was so much loneliness, stress, frustration, and fear.

    During a time when people struggled to find hope, you made it possible for Resonate to continue spreading the good news of Jesus. Here are three ways God was at work through your support.

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  • October 13, 2020

    A Church Planting Ripple Effect

    Thanks to support from mission-minded people like you, a Christian Reformed church planted 15 years ago is having ripple effects in Christian leadership and church planting.

    A Call to Ministry

    Shortly after graduating from college, Brian Na started attending Grace Community Chapel, a Christian Reformed church that Pastor Jae Park planted in 2005 with support from Resonate Global Mission (Home Missions at the time). Na was moved by how God was working through the church and quickly got involved.

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  • August 18, 2020

    Supporting a Church Plant in New York City

    New York City was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic early on, and Manhattan Vertical Church felt the effects. A Resonate Global Mission COVID-19 relief grant helped keep ministry thriving.

    Manhattan Vertical Church launched in partnership with Resonate in the spring of 2019. With worship services and discipleship opportunities in Korean, the church plant has become a home for Koreans in the area, especially young families and college students.

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  • July 15, 2020

    'Resilience' Is a Beautiful Word

    I've been fascinated with the word resilience. I even like the way it’s pronounced. While it may sound silly to native English speakers, for an ESL student, it can be exotic. For example, try to say Feliz Navidad. Beautiful and exquisite, right? Resilience may not compete in significance with other famous words in the Bible like love, peace, and grace—but resilience has been, and continues to be, at the heart of ministry today.

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  • August 5, 2019

    A New Normal of Bivocational Ministry

    More and more Christian Reformed Church pastors are bivocational—they work another job in addition to pastoring. For many pastors, a second job is a way to pay bills. For others, a second job is part of their ministry.

    “What does it mean to be a pastor? They embody Christ, and they share God’s love with conviction and with reverence, and they usher you into the space before God. It’s beautiful,” said Sam DeJong McCarron, who works as a ministry vocational consultant for the CRC’s Pastor Church Resources. 

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