Education

Pat and Kara Bloemendaal

Living as a Deaf person in a hearing world can be isolating, lonely, and difficult. This is life for much of Jamaica’s large Deaf population, one of the most marginalized people groups on the island. The Deaf are also one of the largest unreached people groups in the world.

Pat and Kara do counseling and pastoral work with the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD). CCCD provides the Deaf with accessible education, authentic community, and knowledge of the gospel through the operation of one Deaf village and three residential schools for children who are Deaf.

Cheryl Barnes

It’s the first day of school. You don’t have new clothes, new shoes, or new school supplies. School is one room with 100 students of all ages and one teacher. This has been the reality in the nearly 1,200 primary schools that make up the five synods of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). But there has to be a better way.

Joshua and Erica Bode

God calls Christian communities to bear witness to the gospel of peace and reconciliation through service and discipleship. In Oman—a Muslim-majority nation—this call is lived out, in part, through the Protestant Church in Oman (PCO). The PCO was founded by the RCA and has been charged with the stewardship of all Protestant Christianity in the country, comprising more than 50 Protestant congregations. Josh has been called to be the RCA shepherd to this diverse and international body of believers in Muscat, Oman, as they seek to build bridges and love their Muslim neighbors.

Bob Oliveira

Bob believes that God has been preparing him for this missional role his entire life.

Chris Briggs

The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) provides the Deaf community in Jamaica with a language, education, mentoring, and an opportunity to encounter the gospel.

John Hubers

John is engaged in missional leadership development at the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  

Felipe and Janelle deWaard-Silva

Since the fall of communism, Romania has been putting itself back together. Felipe and Janelle deWaard-Silva have been called to work with Roma youth in the Jiu Valley to build trust, perseverance, character, and courage through rock climbing. 

John Lokeno

Too often, community development projects rely on outside resources, which create an unhealthy environment of dependency. John Lokeno hopes to do the opposite—to inspire and equip local people to determine their own future with their own resources.

Juan Kempers Seminary

In the 1920s, a new field of expansion opened in Chiapas with the help of missionaries John and Mabel Kempers of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The National Presbyterian Church in Mexico developed important evangelistic work in Chiapas, first among the Spanish-speaking population and then among the Mayan-speaking people in the 1950s. Today Chiapas is one of the strongholds of the National Presbyterian Church. The number of members of the National Presbyterian Church in Chiapas alone is greater than the total number of RCA members.

Josh & Sally Vis

A son and mother working together for peace and justice, Josh and Sally Vis seek a political conversation in the U.S. that is pro-Palestinian, pro-Israeli, and pro-peace. To this end, Josh and Sally educate individuals about the injustices of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. They also offer individuals opportunities to support Palestinians, Israelis, and others who seek an alleviation of and ultimately an end to the Israeli occupation.