Pray: Pray for the staff of Setshabelo Family and Child Services. They sow their lives daily and sacrifice much to place children in loving families and their own communities. Pray for children to receive healing from trauma, abuse, and resource scarcity. Pray for local churches in Botshabelo, South Africa, who are committed to inspire and mobilize the community to be agents of the good news.
Give: For the average cost of a daily visit to Starbucks ($3.05) for 2.5 years, you can give a child a stable family for a lifetime. Consider becoming a Partner in Mission to support the work of Denise Kingdom Grier in Botshabelo. Your church can commit to a Partnership-in-Mission (PIM) share, which provides ongoing support for an RCA Global Mission missionary or partner. Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org to commit to a PIM share or if you have questions.
Go: Join Denise for a vision, learning, and mission trip to South Africa. Experience the history and culture of sisters and brothers who will inspire you to see God at work and return home with a living passion for orphans and vulnerable children. Contact Denise for more information.
Pray: For the 40+ million slaves around the world. Pray the Lord would grant them freedom, if not in a physical sense, an emotional and spiritual freedom in the midst of the horror they live in. Pray for the exploiters, perpetrators, and those who purchase sexual services, that their eyes may be opened to the injustice and harm they perpetuate. Pray that they seek a life of restoration and reparation and experience God’s grace in their lives.
Give: Support Jennifer Lucking’s and Bob Abel’s work to help end sex slavery and human trafficking globally. Give time to missionaries and leaders of local organizations to speak to your church and its leaders about the issue of human trafficking.
Sponsor a room in Restorations’ new home by hosting a fundraiser to cover the costs of renovating a specific room in the house. Contact Jennifer for more information.
Go: Become aware of what trafficking looks like in your community and go to gas stations, hotels, and truck stops, etc. to train employees to identify the signs of human trafficking in their context. Establish a group dedicated to specific and regular prayer. Coordinate a volunteer work team to help work on the renovations of Restorations’ first home.
Global Church Planting
Pray: Pray for church planters around the world. Pray for open hearts, open countries, and endurance through the church planting process. Pray that the churches they are planting will help their members continue to experience the transforming love of Christ. May there be a revival for Christ globally in countries experiencing corruption, social injustice, leadership transition, and political instability.
Give: Support global church planting efforts through RCA Global Mission. We are currently planting churches in Brazil, Nepal, Romania, Thailand, the Netherlands, Hungary, Kenya, and beyond. Give your gift today!
Go: Several of our church planters host vision and mission trips each year. Learn more about these opportunities.
Do you feel called to church planting? Pray with your church and see how God might lead you to be a missionary with the RCA. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Pray: Pray for individuals who are still recovering from natural disasters. The reality is that it can take years to recover from hurricanes, floods, tornados, and more. Pray that God would provide volunteers to help in relief efforts and the funding to restore homes and communities.
Give: When a natural disaster strikes, the RCA works with our trusted partners domestically and around the world to financially support the rebuilding efforts. Support disaster relief or contact Scott Engelsman for immediate needs.
Go: RCA Short-Term Mission is your connection to serving in areas affected by natural disasters.
Whether you desire to help with the ongoing hurricane rebuilding efforts at St. Thomas Reformed Church or elsewhere, contact the Short-Term Mission team or check out more opportunities.
Pray: Pray for people on the margins who are least reached with the gospel. Pray that those who have no access to a Bible or the gospel would receive it in a way they can understand, and pray that God can use us to help reach them in their heart language. Pray that the church in North America is welcoming and encourages involvement from all believers.
Give: Support the work of WCOI and Chris Briggs at the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD).
Go: Visit CCCD and experience mission to the least reached population in Jamaica. Learn more about a trip. Seek opportunities in your own community to reach people who might not have access to the gospel. Be an inviting and intentional church with accessible and inclusive mission. Connect with Terry DeYoung on disability concerns for your church.
Short-Term Mission and Next Generation Engagement
Pray: Pray for God to raise up the next generation of leaders for mission and leadership within the church.
Give: Give to the Next Generation Missional Engagement Fund, which provides scholarships for young people to serve locally and globally. Give to support the Cultivate program. Learn more at www.cultivate.rca.org.
Go: Invite young people to lead in your church. Join a Growing Young cohort through the RCA to create systemic changes in your church. Encourage a young person you know to serve in mission with Cultivate.
Refugees and Displaced People
Pray: Pray for God’s peace in conflicted nations and regions in the world and for safety of every person who is forced to flee their home. Pray that the body of Christ in every part of the world will extend hospitality to refugees and displaced people.
Give: Financially support RCA missionaries ministering with refugees and displaced people, including JJ TenClay and Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather.
Donate new and gently used clothing and housewares to local refugee resettlement agencies.
Go: Volunteer with agencies who provide services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Work with JJ TenClay to discern how God might be calling you, your congregation, classis, regional synod, or community to care for refugees and displaced people. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Advocate for your neighbors and welcome refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. Discover specific ways to do that.