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In the core city of Los Angeles, church planting is under way to transform neighborhoods. The men and women being trained to lead these new churches grew up in and live in the neighborhoods they serve. And that’s why they’re effective.

A hospital founded by RCA missionaries more than 100 years ago has received a special honor: A meeting between its board members and the king of Bahrain.

The global water shortage is a huge problem, but there are solutions. The RCA is partnering around the world to dig wells and provide purifiers and delivery systems that make it easier to get clean water to the people who need it. 

“We felt like a story slam would capture some of the artistic and urban feel which is close to the heart of our church, but also allow people to simply tell their stories,” says pastor Josh Mc Paul. 

The March/April edition of the Women's Transformation & Leadership newsletter is now available.

Robert H. Schuller, founder and former pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, died April 2 at age 88.

The February edition of the Women's Transformation & Leadership newsletter is now available.

RCA general secretary Tom De Vries gives a statement on the recent killings of Egyptian Christians by criminals connected to ISIS/ISIL in Libya.

Key church leaders from all traditions met in Houston with Christian Churches Together to reflect on the impact and how immigrants are radically transforming the Church in the United States. New immigrants, a majority of which profess the Christian faith, are major actors in the transformation of American life and culture. 

This story first appeared in the winter 2015 issue of Breaking Barriers, the newsletter of CRC and RCA Disability Concerns: www.rca.org/breakingbarriers.

‘I’ll pray for you.” How many times I have said those words with good intentions, to comfort a friend or encourage an acquaintance going through a hard time. Maybe I said a quick prayer on my way out of church, or when I saw that person again.

Prayer took on an entirely new dimension when our son Andrew, a sophomore at Hope College, was in a car accident in August 2013. His friend, the driver, was killed, and Andrew sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). As my husband, two daughters, and I raced to the hospital where he lay comatose, we had no idea what was ahead of us. We prayed in desperation on the long flights to Michigan.

In those early days at the hospital we gathered with countless friends and relatives in the family lounge, as TBI patients cannot tolerate stimulation. Two at a time, we crept into his frigid, dark, quiet room to pray for him. On the hospital dry-erase board in his room, the category “Goals” stood empty. He was so critical that there were no goals. We took the marker and wrote underneath, “God’s Miraculous Healing.”

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