Two Grateful Great-Grandmothers

Last year, a group of immigrant Chinese Christian Reformed Church pastors and their spouses visited CRC members in Lynden, Wash. Two stories were told of four generations of CRC members.

The first story was that of Janet Steiger, a CRC member who was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States. She has four children and 16 grandchildren, and has become a great-grandmother.
The other story is about Lily Chiang,  who came to the CRC late in life and now, at the age of 95, worships at a CRC in California.

Despite their different histories, both families now have four generations that belong to the CRCNA. Comparing the stories of Chinese and Dutch immigrants highlighted for them how similar the struggles of immigrants are and how God provides during difficult times through his church and his people.

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About the Author

David R. Koll is a retired pastor in the CRC. He lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., and is a member of Anaheim CRC. He was the director of candidacy for the CRCNA from 2008 to 2021.