In a remote area of Kenya, children from different tribes and traditions gather at school to learn together—but with conflict among communities, days at one school were often rife with fighting. Then one teacher participated in Educational Care, a learning program of Raise Up Global Ministries facilitated by Resonate Global Mission and resolved to build unity among students.
An increasing number of diverse leaders equipped to participate in God’s mission of saving the lost and renewing all things.
Resonate Global Mission partner Morrison Academy in Taiwan provides a Christian education for children of missionaries and other international workers, but one campus only had classrooms and curriculum for students through ninth grade.
When students reached high school, they had no other choice but to live and study at boarding school in another city, or even another country.
Students rushed into Resonate Global Mission missionary Hannah Damsteegt’s classroom at Resonate partner International School of Tegucigalpa (IST) in Honduras. They knew the day was going to be different.
Everyone at the school—from the students and teachers to the lunch workers, office workers, and principal—was dressed in white. “That was to signify Christ rising from the dead again and your sins being washed away and becoming white as snow,” said Hannah.
When Scarlet was expelled from school for bad behavior, she wanted to change but was worried that no one would accept her because of her past. She experienced God’s grace at Emmanuel Christian Reformed School, a Resonate Global Mission partner in the Dominican Republic.
Searching for Acceptance
Scarlet’s parents separated and her father left home when she was young. Scarlet was devastated. “I was very close to my father,” she said. “When he left, I couldn’t understand why … it left a big emotional vacuum in my life.”
Resonate Global Mission missionary Rebekah Wissink thinks of her classroom at Good Shepherd’s Fold in Uganda as a training ground for students to give their best to God. This past year, her students did just that when they stepped out of their comfort zone and staged a performance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Meindert Prins moved to Canada from the Netherlands when he was 29. He understands just how challenging it is to not only learn English as a second language, but to learn new things in a language you’re still trying to understand.
That’s why he partners with Resonate Global Mission to help students succeed.
The Challenge of Language Learning
“I’ve always had a soft spot for children,” said Meindert. “I thought after I retired, perhaps I could do some work with children wherever it’s needed.”
When Laura Osborne was a student at Western Michigan University (WMU), she found a safe place to land at campus ministry. Now, Laura is providing a safe space for WMU’s international students as a campus minister at Resonate Global Mission partner International Campus Ministry (ICM).
"A lot of times in Central America, but also in North America, we think that missionaries are only the people who leave their country and go to another one," said Resonate Global Mission missionary Rachel Beveridge.
"Mission is something we are all called to."
“I sort of had this opportunity to be a missionary early on,” said Resonate Global Mission missionary Jordan Roeda. But when Jordan didn’t take the opportunity, he thought he had missed his calling.
God surprised him.
Students at LCC International University, a Resonate Global Mission partner in Lithuania, are learning the importance and power of sharing their faith with their peers—starting in their dorms.