Only a week after returning from the mission field in Haiti, Rev. Zachary King is preparing to direct the Christian Reformed Church’s new mission agency, now called Resonate Global Mission.
King told delegates of Synod 2017, “I did not grow up in the CRC, and I can’t play Dutch Bingo.” He grew up in a Pentecostal church and attended Calvin College, where he “ran headlong into the Reformed tradition. I was so impressed by the depth and thoughtfulness of Reformed theology.”
He was ordained in the CRC and has worked in Michigan, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, and Haiti, teaching, preaching, and developing mission strategies and leadership for the past 12 years.
King encouraged delegates to communicate with his agency. “Our new mission agency staff are as far as a phone call away. You can be sure that wherever you are, our humble and responsive team wants to be present with you in ministry.”
King asked for three things from delegates and their churches: prayer, support, and raising up of leaders.
“We have a relative abundance of leaders, however, that does not always translate into people who are willing to undertake a mission-focused ministry,” he said. “Encourage your leaders to consider these opportunities.”
As King ended his speech, synod vice president Thea Leunk mentioned that she has a postcard of the Segaar-King family on her desk. The postcard reminded her to pray for the family, since her church sponsored them as missionaries.
“I think I’m going to leave it up there,” Leunk said with a smile.
Resonate Global Mission is the name of the agency created by the joining of Christian Reformed Home Missions and Christian Reformed World Missions.
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Roxanne VanFarowe is a freelance writer who claims both Canadian and American citizenship and grew up in the Christian Reformed Church. She is a member of Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina.