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
Resonate Global Mission/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 started their journey in January 2014. Laura is 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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Tesoros de Dios (God's Treasure)
Tesoros de Dios, translated as "God's Treasures," is a ministry in Managua, Nicaragua, that serves over 130 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
Roseland Christian Ministries | Chicago, IL
Palos Heights CRC has been in support of the work at the Ministries Center since the 1970s.
Roseland Christian Ministries is dedicated to serving the Roseland community through service, work, worship and fellowship via their food pantry, Women's shelter, thrift center and Roseland Christian Reformed Church. They strive to carry out the mission that God has given them to display His love to the community they are called to serve.
Rev. Jeong and Misook Gho
Resonate Global Mission| Japan
Jeong and Misook, though U.S. citizens, are natives of Korea. Christian Reformed World Missions (Now called Resonate Global 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.
Caspar and Leanne Geisterfer
Resonate Global Mission | Honduras
They have served the Lord in Latin America for more than 25 years with Leanne recently retiring in 2020. Caspar served in an organizational development role and later served three years with Habitat for Humanity. During this time, God called Caspar to further study. In 2001, Caspar enrolled in Calvin Theological Seminary, finishing his studies in 2008.
Caspar provides leadership training for church leaders, ministry to at-risk youth, and teaches 25 seminary students annually.
They have one son, Reuben who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Haiti, and currently living in Canada.
Stephan and Alicia Lutz
World Renew | Kenya, East Africa
Stephan and Alicia have been our partners in mission since about 2002, shortly after joining Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now World Renew). They have two boys, Noah and Oliver and Alicia is presently teaching in high school. In serving with World Renew as their Program Consultant in Kenay, 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.
One Collective | Ukraine
Katie began working with One Collective in the fall of 2018. She is enjoying her work as she brings Christ's message and shows the love of Christ to the children at the orphanage. She wants to bring real transformation to the kids that she works with both spiritually and physically. That means going beyond just spreading the message of Christ, it is also giving them what they need to have successful lives.
Rehoboth Christian School | Rehoboth, New Mexico
Steve is the Spanish teacher at Rehoboth Christian School. A native of Oak Lawn IL, Steve attended Chicago Christian High School and Trinity Christian College before accepting the call to become a teacher on the Navajo Reservation. Rehoboth Christian School is located just outside Gallup New Mexico and serves children from the Navajo and Zuni tribes providing a Pre-school through High School Christ-centered education. Steve is very interested in getting members of the congregation to come and visit Rehoboth.