A collection of reviews of children’s books for Black History Month.
Elly Boersma’s path to ministry in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) wasn’t straightforward. Raised in Surrey, British Columbia, Elly graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BSc in Kinesiology. God’s Spirit eventually led her to Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated with a MA in Worship.
Elly, 27, now serves as Pastor of Worship at Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario, where I attend. I recently interviewed her to discover how God led her to her present position and to plumb her thoughts on being a young leader in the CRC.
Readers will find in Forgiveness an incredible story of God’s grace, as well as a horrific testimony to the evils the human heart is capable of executing.
One of my children died. My wife and I were struggling. I felt like the Lord said, “Make your wife’s dream come true.” She had always wanted to go to Africa. We had friends working at Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kijabe, Kenya, and they invited us out for a year to be dorm parents. It ended up being 14 years. Africa can get a hold on you.
Karl Vanderkuip doesn’t enjoy going hungry. But as a member of the board of St. Catharines and Thorold Community Care, Karl agreed to participate in their Six People Hungry Campaign during National Hunger Awareness Week (May 7-11)
Grocery donation program: Eric Schmiedl, former Inn Out of The Cold Coordinator (left) and Stephen Giuliano, Executive Director and Chaplain (right).
When Jenny and Richard Bowen read a newspaper headline about the report – “U.S. rights group asserts that China lets thousands of orphans die” – they knew they had to do something. Sending money – where would they send it, anyway? – didn’t seem like an adequate solution to a crisis that involved the deaths of predominantly “unwanted little girls.”
Watoto, which means “the children” in Swahili, is a holistic care program that was initiated in Uganda in 1994 as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Africa as a result of HIV/AIDS and war.
According to David Garrison, “most Christians admit to knowing little about Islam or the way God is at work in their world to reach Muslims.
In this lively, inspiring, and sometimes humorous synopsis of the lives of seven men, Eric Metaxas explores the secret of their greatness.