Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) is charged with taking the transformational power of the gospel to people around the globe. World Missions partners with the church to respond obediently to our Lord’s commission to witness to the good news of God’s kingdom and to make disciples of all nations.
World Missions challenges CRC congregations to vigorously participate in mission with churches and other Christian organizations throughout the world.
In Sierra Leone, a country ravaged by an 11-year civil war, CRWM-supported missionary Rev. John Phiri of the Reformed Church in Zambia is partnering with the Christian Reformed Church in Sierra Leone to reach out to people hungry for the hope found in Christ. Over the past three years, the CRC in Sierra Leone has at least tripled in size.
World Missions continues to promote Christian education around the world. This year, almost 70 people are serving as partner teachers in international Christian and secular schools. A new training program promotes teaching and learning from a Christian worldview by equipping Christian educators who have few resources and little formal training.
World Missions works with partner organizations to train and equip national leaders for service in their communities. Increasingly, Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) is being used from Bangladesh to Haiti as a practical, affordable, hands-on approach for training people in a biblical worldview of leadership. Along with TLT, CRWM missionaries teach in seminaries, developing and encouraging future church leaders so they can teach others.
Special Projects: Hope Equals
In January 2010, World Missions will launch a youth project, Hope Equals, as a way to encourage Christian college-age youths to become actively involved in a peaceful, just, and mutually respectful resolution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Together with Palestinian and Israeli organizations and individuals committed to peacemaking, CRWM will begin a process of discussion and discovery to help build hope in the Middle East.
Missions Education and Engagement
The Missions Education and Engagement Team (MEET) of World Missions walks alongside local congregations to enhance their vision for global outreach. CRWM wants to see local congregations actively engaged in global ministry. Through tailored resources, training, and consultation, MEET staff assist local leaders in stimulating a deeper vision for and involvement in missions. n
- World Missions has more than 200 missionaries serving in over 20 countries around the world.
- The Spirit has moved more than 9,000 people to commit their lives to Christ this year through the work of World Missions missionaries and partners.
- Nearly 50 new worshiping communities were established in the past year.
- 15 new missionaries received training during July 2009 to serve in countries such as Nigeria, Honduras, Uganda, and Nicaragua.
- 13 young adults served in four countries around the world as part of our Summer Mission Program.
- World Missions continues to partner with Calvin Theological Seminary to provide cross-cultural internships for seminary students.
- 85 teachers and administrators serve in international schools through World Missions.