Synod honored Ben Vandezande, retiring interim director of Christian Reformed Home Missions, for his service over the past two and a half years.
“He has been God’s gift to me, to Home Missions, and to the church. I have been so impressed by him and have learned so much from him,” said Rev. Moses Chung, incoming director. “I appreciate his deep love and dedication for God’s mission.”
Synod 2011 president Rev. James Dekker thanked Vandezande for his work, adding, “Ben Vandezande has been a friend and mentor to me for at least the last seven or eight years.”
Chung and Vandezande embraced as Vandezande came to the podium. “It’s a joy to be before you today not because my work is done but because of what we are doing,” Vandezande said.
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