Evangelism

Albino & Sandra Rodriguez

A bus trundles by, wheezing exhaust into the street. Crowds of people push past. To a teenager from the nearby valley, the city of Cusco, Peru, can be overwhelming. But because most rural households lack electricity and many more are without running water, young people often migrate to the city seeking opportunity.

Paolo Naso

Immigrants, especially Africans, are increasingly joining Italians and other European members of Waldensian churches in Italy’s major cities, resulting in increasingly vibrant ministries. Unfortunately, immigrants also face discrimination and marginalization, magnified by recently passed laws that deny basic rights to immigrants. The Waldensian Church has partnered with four Italian and North American groups—the RCA, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the American Waldensian Society, and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy—to form a partnership called Being Church Together (BCT).

Ministry to Japanese People in Southwest Michigan

The ministry with Japanese people in southwest Michigan focuses on evangelism and discipleship in four west Michigan locations: Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo (campus ministry), and Battle Creek. Rev. Bob and Nancy Laning are an integral part of the ministry. They spend much time with Hope’s international students, lead the college Bible study group, preach, and give counseling. Rev. Andy Nakajima is working with RCA/Japanese ministry members in Kobe, Japan helping equip them to create church communities and reach out to more Japanese people.

Grace Covenant Ministries

Shoe squeaks, basketball thumps, and happy children squeals echo through the air at Grace Covenant Ministries (GCM). GCM provides Bible camps, sports, art, and gymnastic camps and programs for local youth in Jackson County, Kentucky. GCM executive director Tommy Miracle uses these opportunities to share Jesus with the people in the greater Jackson County area. GCM’s goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community.

Craig & Christa Hollander

Sweat drips down Craig’s forehead even at 7:00 a.m. as he makes his way to the hangar for a preflight inspection. Days are hot and humid this close to the equator. Today, Craig’s delivering one ton of cargo, including books and farming tools, to a village in interior Borneo. Later, he’ll transport a small group of pastors across the island. In between those flights, Craig might make an emergency medical evacuation flight.

Jones Galang

The RCA helps support Jones Galang, who has been reappointed by the Presbyterian Church of Korea to serve migrant workers in Osan and nearby places. (Galang previously served in migrant ministry in Seoul.) At Osan Migrant Mission Center Galang organizes and evangelizes migrant workers. He helps them in their interactions with Koreans and helps them adjust when they go back to their countries of origin. He also helps migrants who are married to Koreans, particularly women, by assisting them as they organize themselves into a self-reliant community.

Rawee & Nui Bunupuradah

The deep, gong-like vibrations of Buddhist bells call individuals to prayer in Thailand. The sound carries through the air, and the bell’s pulse lingers in people’s bones. It’s a daily reminder of religion’s strong presence.

In a culture deeply intertwined with Buddhism, less than one percent of the Thai population confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. Rawee Bunupuradah and his partners at United World Mission are working to strengthen the pulse of Christianity in Thailand.

Brian & Elizabeth Bruxvoort

As a pilot, mechanic, and chief pilot for the Mission Aviation Repair Center (MARC), Brian Bruxvoort helps make evangelization and church ministry possible in Alaska's remote villages. He transports pastors to and from their congregations; brings missionaries, students receiving mission training, and work teams to their mission sites; flies children to Bible camps; and helps maintain MARC's airplanes. He also connects people with the goods or services they need and helps Alaskan Christians feel connected to the rest of the body of Christ.

Barry & Terryl Bruce

Homeless and addicted, Jesse stumbled down the streets of Hawaiian Gardens, California. For 15 years he’d been known as the town drunk. Free food and warm greetings at a weekly Bible study attracted him to The Way Out Ministries, but the long-term care was more than he bargained for. When Jesse was scooped off the streets by first responders and hospitalized, he woke to a praying Terryl Bruce. Jesse has since given his life to Christ and things have turned around.

Nathan & Nozomi Brownell

Dozens of shoes spill out from the entryway of the Green House youth center where adolescents have gathered for the afterschool program. They’ve finished a snack and now sit attentively while a speaker shares her testimony. This kind of story is rare in a nation where only 1 percent of the population professes to be Christian, but the students lean in, some tearing up.