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.

Fourteen-year-old Julio’s family lacked a solid religious foundation. They identified as Catholic, but only in name. This changed about three years ago when Julio and his two sisters heard about the Saturday Kids Club held at Jesus El Salvador Church in their hometown of Juarez, Mexico.

The year-round vacation Bible school ministry—led by Blanca Gifford, a missionary with Resonate Global Mission—offers children a home-cooked meal and teaches them about God through Bible lessons, crafts, and other activities.

Rooted in Faith Despite Persecution: Cultural Pressure in Mexico

The vast majority of people in Japan have never set foot in a church—but Resonate Global Mission missionary Larry Spalink is helping congregations find creative ways to welcome people into their churches.

But first, they have to build the churches.

Several years ago, Larry helped plant churches in Japan’s West Saitama region. Today, he continues to walk alongside these congregations, working with their leaders to build the capacity for sustainable churches that minister to their communities. Recently, that work has included physically building houses of worship.

One Japanese Church Is Using Flamenco Classes for Evangelism

Out of all the doors Amir* and Hassan* could have knocked on, they chose David Kromminga’s. That was exactly the door they needed.

Shortly after moving from Iran to Berlin, Germany, the father and son walked out of the Iranian refugee center they called home and in to the Berliner Stadtmission (Berlin City Mission) center located right in their backyard.

They arrived just as Kromminga, a missionary with Resonate Global Mission, was walking out the door of his apartment in the facility.

A Divine Connection

We don’t have to discover God’s call on our own. Sometimes God speaks to us through many different people. Just ask Karlos Palacios.

Karlos is a church planter at Iglesia Comunidad de Fe Poinciana Christian Reformed Church, a Resonate Global Mission partner church plant in Poinciana, Florida.

Karlos said his calling to ministry started with service opportunities in his church, The New Horizon CRC (Paterson, New Jersey). As he joined the choir and read Bible verses during services, people soon recognized his leadership abilities.

Exploring Ministry Calling as a Team Effort

The Bible is transforming lives in Maasai land, Kenya.

“I have seen that as I preach from the Bible, people’s lives are touched and changed,” said Daniel Koinet, Bishop of Empuyiankat Word Provision Church, and one of Resonate Global Mission’s partners.

“God speaks to me first in Maasai, my mother tongue. I understand and hear his voice and see him at work through the Bible. That is why it is important for a Christian to own a Bible—because as he reads, God speaks to him in a personal level.”

God Is Speaking in Kenya

Two churches are tackling Oakland, California’s gentrification and racial division head on: they’re merging.

Bernard Emerson started The Way Church in Oakland three and a half years ago. One year later, Resonate Partner Kyle Brooks planted Oakland Communion. This year, the two congregations joined to form Tapestry Church.

“We come from different church traditions and different church backgrounds,” said Bernard. One church is Baptist; the other is Christian Reformed.

Two Churches Are Bridging the Racial Divide

A Christian congregation and community of Muslims in Spotswood, New Jersey, are fostering dialogue by creating a friendship group.

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, pastor of Spotswood Reformed Church, recently participated in the Peer 2 Peer Interfaith Leadership Training, a joint program by Resonate Global Mission and RCA Global Missions that equips pastoral leaders across North America in interfaith engagement.

Friendship Group Sets the Table for Dialogue

Jesus tells us that our faith will move mountains. Sometimes, it certainly feels like impossible opposition stands in our way.

That’s how Pastor Michel Ogens and Resonate missionary Steve Brauning felt standing outside the Mayor’s office in Sabana Larga, Dominican Republic, waiting to see if they would be granted a building permit for their church.

Like much of his congregation, Pastor Michel is Haitian—and every step of the building process has been dogged by prejudice against Haitian immigrants.

Go Tell it on the Mountain: A New Church in the Dominican Republic

Worshipers swayed, clapped, and sang along as the Calvin College Gospel Choir closed the first evening of the West Michigan Prayer Summit 2018 by belting out “Thank You, Jesus, Thank You” in several languages.

With different voices chiming in and adding a full spirit to the words, they sang the phrase in Dutch, in French, in Arabic, in Spanish, in Yoruba, and in Korean.

West Michigan Prayer Summit: A ‘Sweetness’ of Prayer in the Air

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