A year-long missions experience that immerses participants into cross-cultural grassroots ministry
Guissell Brenes’ time spent volunteering in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the most recent of many experiences that allow her to better relate to and serve others.
Guisell first connected with Christian Reformed World Missions when she joined the Cohort of Missioners program in Costa
Rica two years ago. Then, from January to March 2016, she had the opportunity to visit and serve in North America for the first time in her life.
Nathan Groenewold says that his first experiences in Honduras were “as shocking as my first cold bucket shower—the kind of shock that leaves you gasping for air.”
Yes, living in a home with a host family that spoke a different language and being hours away from paved roads or glass windows was shocking—but as that shock wore off, Nathan began to see why God had called him to take part in this year-long service and learning experience.
Partners in Ministry
In Costa Rica, a group of young adults from North and Central America sits in a circle, discussing the day’s events. They are joined by Jim DeBorst, who shares insights gained as a long-term missionary there. The Cohort of Missioners program is underway.
The cohort, whose name intentionally suggests images of people being banded together, connects young adults to other people who are considering service with missions. While in the year-long program, participants also learn how to best serve the “least, lost, and last” in their host community.