An increasing number of diverse, locally rooted, and globally connected congregations and ministries bearing faithful witness to Christ’s reign and actively making disciples who live in the way of Jesus.

Resonate Global Mission volunteers had been planning to serve throughout the world for months when the coronavirus pandemic hit and halted travel.

“The biggest disappointments have been in canceling trips that have been planned and anticipated for months, and sometimes years. It’s been difficult to see the disappointments and realize that we have no control,” said Lisa Lankheet, who leads Resonate’s volunteer ministries.

Resonate Volunteers Have Hope for the Future

“In the Bible, the Israelites stayed for 40 years in the desert. This year is my 40th birthday. I think: ‘God, in the past, I lived in the desert for 40 years,” said Fabiola.

But this year, Fabiola has new hope for her future—hope that can only come from Christ.

Six years ago, Fabiola, her husband, and their daughter made the difficult decision to move a six-hour drive away from family and friends in Mexico City to live in Guadalajara, where Resonate Global Mission missionaries Ben and Amy Meyer serve.

Out of the Desert

Vladimir and Valentina were atheists—and they raised their four children without faith too. But your Resonate Global Mission missionary is witnessing the Holy Spirit stir hearts within this family in Eastern Europe.

Belief in a Country

Living in a communist country, Vladimir and Valentina put their faith in their nation. Vladimir was dedicated to his job working for the state and was eventually promoted to village administrator.

A Brightness

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.

A Church Planting Ripple Effect

Earlier this year, when churches went virtual, there was great excitement about the number of views our worship services were getting online. But then, after Easter, those numbers started to dwindle. Some churches decided to begin meeting in person again but still found that their average attendance hovered around 50% of what they usually could expect in the summer. Surely, things would bounce back in the fall when the school year starts, and people are home from vacation, right?  

Probably not. 

Where Is Everybody?

Bawer (not his real name) moved to Berlin, Germany, alone—but he found community through the church planted by Resonate Global Mission missionaries Mary Buteyn and David Kromminga.  

He’s also finding new faith in Christ.

Unreached

Bawer comes from Kurdistan, Iraq, where many people practice Islam or at least come from a Muslim background. Kurmanji Kurds, of which there are 15 million in the world, are considered “unreached” because very few are followers of Christ. 

A Second Chance at Life

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.

Supporting a Church Plant in New York City

A village in Sierra Leone dismissed the idea of starting a church—not just once, but twice. Today, a church plant is growing and raising up strong leaders.

A New Approach

In Heremakono, a village of about 500 households in Sierra Leone, people come from a Muslim background. Years ago, Catholic believers tried to plant a church, but faith in Christianity didn’t take root because of the people’s strong beliefs in Islam.

A Church Plant Grows Despite Resistance

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