Just before parting from his disciples after his death and resurrection, Jesus commissioned them to go and make more disciples throughout the world, teaching what he had taught them. In obedience to that command, our congregation seeks not only to prepare its own members for the privilege and responsibility of being followers of Jesus, but to extend that good news of his kingdom to regions and lands beyond our own community, in places where often that good news has been obscured or is in short supply.
To do this, we partner with a number of people who have dedicated themselves to extend that gospel to other places, some nearby, but most to peoples in other lands. Following are those who carry on the good news for us.
Pastor Glenn & Laura Adams
Christian Reformed World Missions/Pioneers | Bolivia
Pastor Glenn, his wife Laura and their sons, are excited to serve the Lord in Bolivia by starting a church planting movement as missionaries through Pioneers in partnership with Christian Reformed World Missions. They are starting their journey in January 2014. Laura will also be teaching at Vida y Luz, a Christian school located on the outskirts of Sucre.
To follow their blog click on the following link: http://byhisgrace52.wordpress.com/
Jena & Rey Phillips
Arabian Gulf Youth for Christ | Bahrain
In 2007 Jena started her amazing journey that took her to Bahrain as a teacher. Now she has come to believe deeply in the mission of modeling the love or Christ through her life, and actions and her role in reaching the youth of Bahrain. In 2013, Jena began working for Arabian Gulf Youth for Christ full time. She is taking on the role of pioneering director, as Youth for Christ is not active in Bahrain. Her goal is to begin building a network of youth leaders, provide resources and training for them, and encourage youth ministry in the churches in Bahrain. Additionally, Jena and her husband, Rey, are working on opening a youth center. They hope to create a place where fellowship, training, and discipleship will take place for youth and leaders. Jena attended PHCRC in her teenage years with her parents, Tunie & Sheryl Helmus, who are members.
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God's Treasures - Tesoros de Dios | Managua, Nicaragua
Michelle is the director of Tesoros de Dios in Nicaragua. Tesoros de Dios, translated as "God's Treasures," is a ministry in Managua, Nicaragua, that serves over 80 children with a variety of developmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hydrocephaly, Autism, Brain Damage, and others. Through programs offered and family support, the center provides tools to help the children reach their fullest potential physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
Roseland Christian Ministries | Chicago, IL
Palos Heights CRC has been in support of the work at the Ministries Center since the 1970s.
Jei Wilson is the Director at Roseland Christian Ministries. He works in a ministry which focuses on embodying the compassion of Jesus toward those who need some additional help in the challenging circumstances of our broken world.
Pastor Carl & Sandy Kromminga
The New City Church | Long Beach, CA
Carl and Sandy have been partnering with our church since 1987 when they began serving as church planters in Texas. In 1993 they moved to California where they began planting a church in north Long Beach, an effort that was blessed in that group becoming an organized congregation in 2003. The New City Church is not a typical Christian Reformed congregation. It is ethnically very diverse, and a majority of its members became believers after attending New City. Carl & Sandy have 4 children. Sandy is the daughter of Ira and Evelyn Slagter who are members of our congregation.
Rev. Jeong and Misook Gho
Christian Reformed World Missions| Japan
Jeong and Misook, though U.S. citizens, are natives of Korea. Christian Reformed World Missions called the Ghos in 1995 to do mission work in Japan. After some struggle in overcoming their Korean hostility to an enemy nation, the Ghos did accept the challenge of presenting the good news to the Japanese, a people who have been very resistant to the Gospel (only about 1% of Japanese consider themselves Christian). But Jeong, who works with the Reformed Churches in Japan, is hopeful that this will begin to change with his switch from church planting to more of leadership training, especially as the new Timothy Leadership Training procedures are being introduced for the pastors of the churches there. The Ghos, who have partnered with our congregation since 2004, have three children.
Leanne and Caspar Geisterfer
Christian Reformed World Relief | Honduras
Leanne and Caspar have served as Christian Reformed missionaries since 1982. They have been our partners since about 1998. While only Leanne, who serves with CRWRC, is officially listed as our partner missionary (Caspar is with Christian Reformed World Missions), we consider both of them as our partners in mission. Caspar serves in leadership development with the Christian Reformed churches in Honduras, while Leanne devotes her expertise to World Relief efforts throughout the Central American and Caribbean area. They have one son who resides in Canada.
Stephan and Alicia Lutz
Christian Reformed World Relief | Kenya, East Africa
Stephan and Alicia have been our partners in mission since about 2002, shortly after joining CRWRC. They have two boys, Noah and Oliver, both in their early elementary school years. Alicia is presently teaching in high school. In serving with CRWRC, Stephan is enabled to fulfill his serious concern about our Christian and human responsibility to be faithful stewards over the earth and its resources. The Church in East Africa and Kenyan society in general has neglected that responsibility, but there are hopeful signs that suggest the Church there is beginning to grapple with these challenges.