RCA missionaries have played a key role in the incredible growth of the Presbyterian Church in Chiapas, Mexico, over the past 90 years. Today that church of about 800,000 believers is fully self-supporting and has started sending missionaries of its own. It’s the ideal model of RCA mission—working ourselves out of a job.
Part of starting over is letting go with as much grace as possible. Even when we won’t see the harvest from the seeds we planted. That’s what Joanna Swart learned as she said goodbye to a people and a place she loves.
In what was a life-changing experience for many of them, 13 members of First Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church in Lester, Iowa, traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, on a mission trip June 13-22, 2014.
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.
For Rachel Hashimoto, long-term volunteering in Japan was a great way to learn about the country and the culture there “without having to deal with taxes,” she jokes. But it was more than that, of course—it was a chance to quietly witness to others and share Christ’s love in a country where Christianity is a minority religion.