Heartland

"Razor wire and prison bars do nothing to stop the grace of God," writes prison ministry pastor Jason Wiersma on the ministry's website, livingstoneprisonchurch.org.

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A group of Iowa youth traded in a relaxing weekend to take the plunge, the Urban Plunge—48 hours of working with people in the inner city: feeding the homeless, visiting the elderly, sorting clothing, and serving, serving, serving.

The group, from First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa, stepped out of their suburban bubble to discover what life is like for many people who are less fortunate in and around their own community.

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To fashion a Christian education ministry that would connect the generations, Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa, looked to the stars.

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The Regional Synod of the Heartland is serious about Transformed and Transforming. Each regional, congregational, classical, and church leader is being encouraged to consider how the Lord is leading them to implement T and T.

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Sarah Van Rees and I just returned from a conference focused on family ministry. A key speaker spoke to us about doing church differently. 

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Last year, I was just a small freshman with little to no influence. But our God likes to work through the lowly.

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When I was given the opportunity to travel to Israel with the RCA, I came with big expectations.

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