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July/August 2020

Hello from your Resonate Global Mission Central USA regional mission team! We'll be sending out regular updates with reflections, resources, and opportunities that will help you and your church engage mission—both in your neighborhood and around the world. We're looking forward to working with you!

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Where You Live Matters

Each of us has been placed in a neighborhood. Our church buildings are also within a specific context. As individuals and church communities, we can make the choice to isolate behind the walls of a building, or pay attention to our place in the neighborhood.

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Resources & Events

Check out these resources and events to help you engage mission

Online cohort
Joining God in the Neighborhood

Resonate wants to help you—both individuals and congregations—to develop missional practices and be the hands of feet of Jesus in your neighborhood. You can learn more about Joining God in the Neighborhood here. Want to join? Contact Ruth Kelder at rkelder@crcna.org.

The New Parish

How do we faithfully share the gospel in our communities? In a post-Christian context, there is no easy answer or one-step solution. In this book, David E. Fitch offers a new vision for the witness of the church.

Mission Emphasis

During the fall, a lot of churches set aside time to celebrate mission during worship services and other events or activities. Resonate has resources to help you plan. We'll be updating this page as fall draws nearer.

“God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God.”

Revelation 21:3, The Message

Stories from Central USA

Here's a glimpse of what's been happening your region

Update from Kurt Rietema in Kansas City

I want to share with you an excerpt from an update I recently received from Kurt Rietema and how God is working in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City where Kurt and his family live—as well as through their ministry in Mexico.

Iowa Church Follows God to Laos

Faith CRC in Sioux Center, Iowa, has been partnering with the persecuted church in mission for nearly 12 years. When the opportunity first arose, they were nervous and unsure how to engage in international mission, but they stepped out in hope and trust.

Church Planting Recognized as a Denominational Priority Moving Forward

Resonate recently conducted a study that showed a desire for a denominational vision for church planting. Now, it's recognized as a ministry priority for the next five years. What role will you and your church play?

Pointing People to God in the Chaos of COVID-19

“I think the church as a whole is being a witness that we have something more foundational ... it’s a time of opportunity for the church to really shine.” said Pastor Ashley Bonnes of Lafayette CRC in Indiana.

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Best regards,
Peter Kelder
Central USA Regional Leader
Resonate Global Mission

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