• February 24, 2017

    A Missionary Spouse’s Role

    When Jonathan Weverink married Sheila Dykstra, a CRWM missionary in Nigeria, his commitment to and love for her came with a lot of unknowns. 

    “We have an approach to our marriage where we take things one day at a time so I chose not to worry much about this uncharted territory that I was getting myself into,” said Jonathan of his move to Nigeria. 

    Since those first days of culture shock, Jonathan has come to realize three identities in himself that he didn’t necessarily realize came with being a missionary spouse.

    1) A Western Nigerian:

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  • February 23, 2017

    Finding ‘True Refuge’ at Casa Adobe

    Fabio says he wouldn’t have survived being a refugee without one thing.

    “Only with the help of a community can one survive the experience of exile,” says Fabio. 

    Shortly after their daughter was born, Fabio and his wife Erica began receiving threats from an area gang in El Salvador. A relative had not paid the “rent” for his business and the gang expected Fabio to pay in his place. Terrified for their lives, Fabio and Erica left the life they knew behind for refuge in Costa Rica.

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  • Alex and Nicole at the Elevate basketball camp
    February 23, 2017

    Students Organize Basketball Camp in Nicaragua

    A group of 80 boys stepped onto the basketball court to practice their new skills, each one proudly wearing a bright new jersey with their own names on the back. Each of the boys were orphans, but today they were just basketball players having fun.

    The boys were participants in Elevate Basketball camp, a 10-week program run by high school students at Nicaragua Christian Academy.

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  • February 7, 2017

    New Mission Agency Update and 3 Initiatives

    Home Missions and World Missions will be completing this fiscal year (ending in June 2017) as two separate agencies with two separate budgets. Both agencies still have financial and ministry commitments this year, and Synod 2017 is expected to give final approval of the transition to a new mission agency. Behind-the-scenes work to bring the two agencies together is continuing, but a lot of important steps need to be completed before making the “official” transition—such as selecting a name, designing a logo, finalizing new ministry leaders, and searching for new ministry opportunities.

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  • December 21, 2016

    Churches Reach Out to Muslim Neighbors through Mission Montreal

    Before fleeing her home in Cameroon, Genevieve* worked as a nurse. As a refugee living in the Saint Laurent borough of Montreal, Quebec, however, Genevieve found herself unable to use her nursing skills to make a living for herself and her three children.

    Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and has a rapidly-growing population of immigrants. This provides many opportunities for Christians to be good neighbors.

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