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Ministry in Thailand faces huge challenges: crime is rampant, the culture is deeply Buddhist, and Christians are a tiny fraction of the population.

A faith-filled leader helps insure that God’s work continues among the Daasanech people.

I grew up in a Christian home, but to call myself a believing, faith-in-action Christian would be a stretch. My mom constantly told me that God had a purpose for my life, and I truly believed it up until age nine. I believed it so much that if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would not have given you the typical firefighter or policeman answer. No, instead I wanted to be a pastor.

At age nine, my father died in a one-car accident and good-intentioned Christians told me things like "God has a plan" or "God must have needed your father more than you did."

These three short words describe a long, deep transformation under way at The Journey, an RCA chu

Before taking Vantage I was in the group of people who had done church for a long time. I was growing but felt it was no longer enough. There had to be more…but I didn’t know what that was or what it looked like or how to get there. My Vantage experience has been an awakening experience.

By investing two years in weekly homework, readings (Bible and other books), meetings, and talking to a mentor, my eyes were opened and so was my heart.

To fashion a Christian education ministry that would connect the generations, Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa, looked to the stars.

I went to the dump the other day. They call it the County Landfill, but don't let them kid you. It's the dump. 

(UPDATED: December 22, 2015)

Prayer took center stage at a November event in Byron Center, Michigan.

“Fanning the Flame: Rekindling Our Heritage of Prayer” was a joint effort of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.

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